Our students imagine the future

Our students imagine the future

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The new course “Imaginaires des futurs urbains”, offered to our first year students and apprentices, will be launched for the spring semester. Original and innovative, this series of conferences aims to explore the speeches, stories and urban imaginaries associated with societal, environmental, technological or scientific developments.

Inscribed in different disciplinary perspectives, the sessions will help to confront myths and urban imaginaries, highlight how they are constructed, point out the controversies, debates and ethical, social and political issues they raise. Through this exploration, these lectures aim to arm students in the critical analysis of speeches, stories and representations about the city, by questioning the postulates, hypotheses and paradigms of each of them.

The course is divided into six sessions where an external speaker will present his work by questioning the imaginaries of the urban futures they reveal.

  • Session 1 - Thinking about the future pluralities of the city by Daniel Kaplan, prospectivist, co-founder of FING (New Generation Internet Foundation) and the University of Plurality 
  • Session 2 - Inheriting the future by Alessia de Biase, architect-urbanist, doctor in anthropology and professor at the ENSA in Paris La Villette 
  • Session 3 - Design fiction: ethnography of the city’s future by Nicolas Nova, ethnographer and designer, co-founder of the Near Future Laboratory and associate professor at the Geneva School of Art and Design 
  • Session 4 - The city: central character of science-fiction by Catherine Dufour, writer and co-founder of the collective Zanzibar 
  • Session 5 - The creation of (urban) worlds in video games by Tommy François, VP Editorial & Creative Services, Ubisoft 
  • Session 6 - The forms of urbanity and the colonization of space by Murielle Lafaye, prospective and economic impacts expert and moderator of Space’ibles, CNES

The course will be coordinated by Patrick Le Galès, Dean of the Urban School and Antoine Courmont, Scientific director of the Cities and digital technologies Chair.

To validate their course, students will have to produce an urban imaginary offering a specific representation of a city at 100 years of age. This work, one of the central criteria will be originality, can take various forms: new, design fiction, model, video, photo, illustrations, roaming or questioning books, storyboards, etc. We look forward to seeing this!

N.B. : The conferences, in French, are open to external auditors upon registration. 

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