illustration : Laboratory


The Laboratory heading gathers works in progress with a focus on exploration or conceptual construction.

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Le Monde, comme si vous y étiez.

Les nourritures terrestres de l’Expo 2015 à Milan.

Jacques Lévy | 13.07.2015

The topic of Milan’s World Expo 2015, “Feed the Planet” appears simultaneously mediocre, disputable, and complacent. Beyond this mixture of commerce, ecology and geopolitics, couldn’t we find there an indication that the very raison d’être of this kind of event has been exhausted? In the current context, Expos are not necessary, and even not useful anymore to discover the World, and lazy travellers only seem to keep good reasons to go there. However, this “floppy zone of the middle [...]

Imintanout, lieu de pensée.


Augustin Berque | 01.07.2014

The series of pedagogical films Thinking Places/Lieux pensants, directed by Jacques Lévy, is structured around ten questions. The interviewer was Jacques Lévy, the interviewee Augustin Berque, and the place Imintanout, at the foot of the western High Atlas, on the route from Marrakech to Agadir. The filming took place on 19th April 2014. The present text reproduces Augustin Berque’s answers in a more elaborate form. [...]


3e édition du Symposium international Eidolon. Cartographier l’intelligence urbaine, Université Laval (Québec), 3-4 juillet 2014.

Jacques Lévy | 17.05.2014

The texts of this Traversal are position papers. They have been written in the prospect of a conference that will take place in July 2014, organised at Laval University, Quebec, by the Eidolon cartographic research network. The title of the conference will be Mapping Urban Intelligence. The principle of these pre-communications is to prompt a [...]

Quelle place pour les vieilles cartes au pays des nouvelles technologies?

| 17.12.2013

In the streets of their cities, Koreans are replacing their old maps with a new digital representation of urban space, revealing the massive societal changes underway in the land of new technology. These moves, including the promotion of the “smart city”, provide a convenient angle from which to consider the switch from the old industrial cities in decline to the new information cities on the rise. A new system is being born, drawing in the major part of the [...]


Régimes d’historicité et individus contemporains.

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 enable us to detect it. The “No future !” motto only informs us that historicist myths have collapsed. Meanwhile, projects have taken place. By and large, this can be explained by the increase of lifespan time scale degrees of freedom [...]

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 or reductive and totalizing representations challenges the definition of urban space. Beyond traditional representations and metaphors that deny the plurality of urban actors and objects, this article offers an intuitive survey of the representation of urban cities, of urban space [...]

Aménager les rythmes : politiques temporelles et urbanisme. Peer review

Sandra Mallet | 15.04.2013

What do time-oriented policies and time offices bring to urban planning ? Introduced in France in the late 1990s, the originality and interest of their actions lie on their choice to integrate the plurality of urban rhythms in planning. The consideration of this plurality takes three directions : the multiplicity of social time, the polychrony of the places and the sequential versatility of spaces. However, time-oriented policies lack resources and recognition. In this way, their actions lack global scopes. [...]

L’interdisciplinarité, manière de faire ou de dire la science ?

Jacques Hamel | 21.01.2013

This article considers the core aspects of interdisciplinarity. After examining briefly what this commonly-used notion implies, we aim to show that interdisciplinarity, while possibly tempering specialization within the fields of science and social sciences, is not an all-new concept, and proves to be a difficult task, as Durkheim and Simmel have shown in their day in sociology. Indeed, interdisciplinarity does not conceive science as a knowledge by object and by concept, which implies a reduction of what it seeks [...]

À qui profite la mondialisation ?

Choix industriels et interdépendances économiques. Le cas du Boeing 787 et de l’économie française.

| 25.09.2012

L’objet de cet article est de montrer, à partir de l’exemple du Boeing787, la complexité des questions liées à la mondialisation, en particulier la nature des interdépendances économiques qui résultent des choix opérés en matière de configuration de la chaine de production. [...]

Vers une géographie des associations hétérogènes.

Traduction de « Towards a geography of heterogeneous associations » de Jonathan Murdoch.

Traduction de Claire Tollis | 11.06.2012

Dualisms have been a recurring feature of sociospatial analysis. Micro/macro, local/global, subject/object, particular/universal. One or more of these dualistic frameworks can be discerned in many geographical texts. Dissolving the dualisms, somehow finding a way through the gaps which open up between them, requires the development of an approach which allows the various scales of social life to be treated symmetrically so that we never have to shift to a different register when studying large-scale or ‘big’ (usually termed structural) [...]

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