AIPAI in Rome, “General States of Industrial Heritage”


On June, 2022, Helena Roux and Giorgia Cestaro participated to the 2nd General States of Industrial Heritage in Rome, organized by AIPAI (Associazione Italiana per il Patrimonio Archeologico Industriale). They presented comparative research on industrial heritage reuse in the frame of mega-events, using Beijing 2022, London 2012, and Torino 2006 as a case study. The (…)

Workshop on the Recreational City with Christophe Gibout


On April 4th, 2023, the research team organized a workshop at EPFL inviting Christophe Gibout, to exchange on recreative practices in an of the urban space. Christophe Gibout is a Professor in Planning and Urbanism at the University of Dunkerque, France, and part of his work tackles issues related to public space, from the perspective (…)

Fieldwork in Shougang (June 2023)

Field Trip

In June 2023, Helena was able to conduct fieldwork in Shougang, after the country’s reopening to foreign visas. She visited the site together with Mengke and on her own and realized several interviews with stakeholders including members of the Shougang Group, Shougang Funds, consultants, architects, and users.   This was the occasion to witness the (…)

Workshop on Asian Urban peripheries


On December 2023, a workshop on “Asian Urban peripheries” was organized by the research group at EPFL. The workshop featured nine speakers from Swiss universities, including Yimin Zhao (UZH and Renmin University of China), Florence Graezer Bideau (EPFL), Thierry Theurillat (HEG-Arc), Helena Roux (EPFL), Mengke Zhang (EPFL), Yiqiu Liu (ETHZ), David Gogishvili (UNIL), Sylvie Tram (…)

Workshop on the Anthropocene and Public Space in China

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On October 11th, 2023, a workshop took place at EPFL with Jérémy Coeval, a French architect and scholar specialised on the Urban Anthropocene. The one-day workshop had a dual focus. First, we explored the intersection between recently promoted policies of ecological civilisation, and the application of the Anthropocene concept in China. Second, we aimed to (…)

RC21 Melbourne Conference, “Resurgent Authoritarianism”


Florence and Huishu took part at the RC 21 Conference “Resurgent Authoritarianism: The Sociology of New Entanglements of Religions, Politics, and Economies”, in XX ISA World Congress of Sociology, Melbourne, Australia, 26 June-1 July 2023. They presented the research project with the title “The leisure activities in community “vacant” lots: how the grassroots practices appropriate (…)

TICCIH 2022 Congress, “Industrial Heritage Reloaded”


Florence and Huishu moderated the session “The role of mega-event to enhance industrial heritage in urban (re)development” in TICCIH Congress, UQAM, Montreal, Canada, August 31, 2022. In this session, they also presented the research project with the title “Mega-event reinforced industrial heritage transformation: a typological matrix between narratives and practices”. Meanwhile, Helena presented her research (…)

Fieldwork in Beijing and Zhangjiakou (2021-2022)


From November 2021 to May 2022, Mengke Zhang went to China to conduct fieldwork in Beijing and Zhangjiakou, including one month of strict quarantine in the hotel according to China’s Covid prevention policy at that time. The 2022 Winter Olympic Games were held from February 4th to 20th, and then the Winter Paralympic Games from (…)

Workshop between EPFL and PoliTO


On Sep 13th 2022, associated PhD candidates from EPFL and PoliTO met online and in Lausanne for a half-day workshop as the continuation for the Turin workshop in July, with the participation of professors from China Room research center of PoliTo. After the first round of workshops in person in July in Turin, this second (…)

Webinar workshop, Tsinghua University and Politecnico di Milano


Florence took part of the international webinar workshop Dialogue on Winter Olympic Games: From Beijing to Milan: Design Innovations for Sustainability, organized by Tsinghua University with the collaboration of Politecnico di Milano, in May 12 2022. She presented a contribution with the title “Uses of Cultural Heritage: The iconic case of Shougang”. This contribution was (…)