Conference | Ecological urbanism and sustainable urban design: non-oppressive design

Conference | Ecological urbanism and sustainable urban design: non-oppressive design

The urban culture in which people live in the 20th century takes on new dimensions. Growing urban population cause large-scale functional issues, and put not only our planet’s resources but also our collective life in the city at risk.

By putting people at the heart of his architectural and urban projects, and reconsidering them increasingly dominant and oppressive technical universe, architect and urban planner Jacques Ferrier positions his work in the context of ecological and sustainable urbanism.His work includes cultural projects (French Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo French Pavilion), public facilities (Collège de France in Paris, Lycée Français International de Pekin), research centers and urban development projects that all follow the same philosophy: to create an architecture and a city for a sustainable society.

The conferences proposed by Jacques Ferrier invite the public to discover the forms of "non-oppressive design" that characterize his creations. In fact he focuses on how the industrial and technological materials at his disposal can be used in his projects. In a sense, Jacques Ferrier exploits the properties of his building materials creatively and opportunistically in order to combat impulsivity and “oppression” associated with addictive innovation and consumption. His design strategy thus fulfills the objectives established by the current sustainable development movement.

A graduate of the Paris-Belleville School of Architecture and the Ecole Centrale de Paris, Jacques Ferrier founded his agency in Paris in 1993 and works in France and abroad. He is a professor of the Architecture Schools. In 2010, Jacques Ferrier created the Sensual City Studio with Pauline Marchetti and philosopher Philippe Simay, a research laboratory with a prospective, humanist and sensitive approach to the city and architecture. Jacques Ferrier was nominated three times for the National Grand Prix of Architecture. He was made Knight of the National Order of Merit and Knight of Arts and Letters.


11.10.2017 17:00 - 11.10.2017 18:30


Institut français of Beijing

Guangcai International Mansion, 18 Gongti Xilu

Chaoyang district, Beijing, Beijing


Phone : 010-6553 2627


13.10.2017 19:00 - 13.10.2017 20:30
Free entrance


Tongji University - College of Architecture and Urban Planning

1239 Siping lu

College of Architecture and Urban Planning Building A, room 215, 11 Guokang lu

Yangpu district, Shanghai, Shanghai







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