Conference on the city-river balance of the Rhône


The UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape is presenting, this Thursday October 14th, an online conference by Swiss architect, Sara Formery. This conference is part of the Fluvialities lecture series, organised by the UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape and with the collaboration of the School of Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture of the University of Montreal.

By studying the urban areas through which the Rhône River passes through, the “Rhodanie Urbaine – neighbor-hoods in transition” research project puts forward new concepts of city-river balance, understood as urban resilience strategies in an ecological transition framework. Current practices are emerging from the strengths and weaknesses of fluvial neighborhoods as a way of ensuring sustainability. The elaboration of projectural visions on a local scale of four specific sites localed in the Rhône region, as well as the development of an analytical grid specific to the area allow for the comparison of each site’s evolution potential regarding these new concepts of city-river balance.

After graduating in architecture from the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in 2008 and gaining experience in architectural firms of the Lemanic arc as a project manager for projects of varying scales, Sara For-mery has divided her professional life between working for an independent practice (formerykössler Sàrl) and teaching architecture, which has helped her to deepen her knowledge in the field. She is currently conducting her doctoral research “Rhodanie Urbaine – neighborhoods in transition” under the supervision of Professor Emmanuel Rey at the Laboratory of Architecture and Sustainable Technologies (LAST) of the EPFL.