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The Misery and Splendours of Sociophysics.

Pablo Jensen | 03.03.2014

Physicists can be annoying when they attack social systems. For example, when one of them learnedly explains in Le Monde the very close result of several elections from the early 2000s using elegant mathematical models… which are completely unrealistic. Or again when one of the most visible “socio-physicists” affirmed in 2007 in the prestigious English review Nature that, “our knowledge of mechanisms governing of society as a whole”. It seems that physicists live in a space-time of their own… Must they be sent back to their particles and asked to no longer busy [...]

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Les jardins partagés, producteurs vivriers urbains ?

Éléments de réponse à travers une étude à Paris.

Marie Horn | 21.04.2014 illustration Les jardins partagés, producteurs vivriers urbains ?

The reports of a permanent rise of the urban population, a possible scarcity of oil in the future, a means of energy mainly used in the transportations of goods and an essential element of intensive farming imply to consider new possibilities regarding production [...]

Les puissances de l’absence.

Projets personnels et/ou projet de société.

Jacques Lévy | 21.04.2014

The survey carried out on explicit representations of the future among the inhabitants of Geneva’s metropolitan area shows three major groups. The most substantial encompasses individuals that speak little about society as a whole but a lot about their [...]

De la nécessité de ne pas s’ignorer. Vers une linguistique mésologique.

Chomsky, Noam. 2011. Sur la nature et le langage. Marseille : Agone.

Romaric Jannel | 14.04.2014

The high activity in contemporary linguistics is mainly the result of Noam Chomsky’s works. However, this thinker’s postulates are simple reductionisms, which deny the complex phenomenon that allowed the emergence and the evolution of language(s). To get a comprehensive [...]

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Works

Les jardins partagés, producteurs vivriers urbains ?

Éléments de réponse à travers une étude à Paris.

Marie Horn | 21.04.2014 illustration Les jardins partagés, producteurs vivriers urbains ?

The reports of a permanent rise of the urban population, a possible scarcity of oil in the future, a means of energy mainly used in the transportations of goods and an essential element of intensive farming imply to consider new possibilities regarding production [...]

Thinking Dimensionally in Social Sciences.

Klaus Geiselhart | 10.03.2014

This article carries the constructivist idea to its logical conclusion. If space is always perceived in three dimensions and does not have a substance, why not consider social topics in the the same way and see whether this produces [...]

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Laboratory

Virtualités.

Jacques Lévy | 17.12.2013

Among the interviews conducted in Geneva, general and abstract speeches on the future are rare. This does not prove that the future is absent from discourses and imaginations ; it could mean that the tools we use do not [...]

Concevoir l’urbain en figures.

Alexandre Rigal | 12.11.2013

Urban space is sometimes said to be irrepresentable. However, many representations and images make it comprehensible. These forms and images are spreading in our daily lives and in scientific practices through various technological tools. Trying to understand these fragmentary [...]

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Books

De la nécessité de ne pas s’ignorer. Vers une linguistique mésologique.

Chomsky, Noam. 2011. Sur la nature et le langage. Marseille : Agone.

Romaric Jannel | 14.04.2014

The high activity in contemporary linguistics is mainly the result of Noam Chomsky’s works. However, this thinker’s postulates are simple reductionisms, which deny the complex phenomenon that allowed the emergence and the evolution of language(s). To get a comprehensive understanding of linguistic phenomena and exclude any kind of determinism, one should analyse the coevolution human-milieu. This mesological approach of language, characteristic of what may be complex thinking, is an epistemological and ethical necessity. If determinism is considered as a reductionism and Chomsky’s theses can be considered as such, we cannot deny however that [...]

L’Art et le passage du temps.

Zask, Joëlle. 2013. Outdoor art, la sculpture et ses lieux. Paris : La Découverte.

Hervé Regnauld | 07.04.2014

The exhibition of outdoor art works in public areas leads to two main consequences. On the one hand the site where the work is displayed gains a new importance, on the other hand the political body which decides on [...]

Comprendre le retour de la planification territoriale en Europe.

Zepf, Marcus et Lauren Andres. 2011. Enjeux de la planification territoriale en Europe. Lausanne : Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes.

Guy Baudelle | 17.03.2014

Spatial planning seemed to be out of fashion but this very stimulating overview, based on case studies that focus on various European countries, shows that the deep transformation of territorial planning has allowed its unexpected resurgence. The book intends [...]

Interroger l’infrastructure de représentation du monde.

Kurgan, Laura. 2013. Close up at a distance. Mapping, technology and politics. New York : Zone Books.

Jean-Christophe Plantin | 10.03.2014

With her book Close up at a distance. Mapping, technology and politics, Laura Kurgan, Professor of architecture at Columbia University in New York city, interrogates the political, technical and ethical debates around satellite imagery, GPS and Geographic Information Systems. [...]

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Objects

35°Nord 34°Est

Éric Valette | 19.11.2013

Illustrated conference performance, on the basis of a historic timeline of Cyprus. 35° north/34° east is the location of the small section of the beach enclosed in the buffer zone that divides the island in two, just below the [...]

Genève face à sa mondialité.

Manouk Borzakian | 02.04.2013

In this article, Geneva, a small world city that is facing a significant economic and demographic growth, is examined with the help of a map where spatial distribution of Anglo-Saxon and Portuguese residents is represented. The different distribution patterns [...]

L’espace-Obama.

Jacques Lévy et Luc Guillemot | 19.11.2012

Spatial characteristics are more relevant than socio-economic features to distinguish Romney and Obama’s electoral bodies. A cartographic representation at county level that uses a population cartogram as a base map makes the opposition between both geographies obvious. As in [...]

Unveiling the invisible.

Nicolas Lainez | 28.06.2012

This interdisciplinary work examines urban transition in contemporary Vietnam. It focuses on Thu Thiêm, a seemingly ordinary and under-populated neighborhood located across the commercial and tourist center of Ho Chi Minh City. Thu Thiêm has been [...]

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In the air

The future of scientific journals.

Igor Moullier | 23.04.2013

On the occasion of its one hundredth issue (“Faire des sciences sociales du politique”, Politix, 100, 2012/4), the journal Politix offers a series of retrospective points of view following [...]

Rendez-vous en 2012 !

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Traversals

Espace et spatialités du traverser.

Xavier Bernier | 23.09.2013 illustration Espace et spatialités du traverser.

This paper justifies “le traverser” as a scientific notion ; it argues that it can be defined as the social validation of spatial practices organized a posteriori. ”Le traveser” is a process of social “substantivation” that treats the distance traveled as a spatial [...]

Le futur est ailleurs : ici.

Jacques Lévy | 16.07.2013

This Traversal analyses and interprets the outcomes of the GEMS (Geneva Micromega Survey), an interview-based qualitative survey carried out since 2006 on a representative sample of the cross-border Geneva urban area. This inquiry is part of the Dia-Logos project, [...]

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