Roadmaps for resilient decarbonizing cities

Geneva, July 13-24, 2020

Applications open now. Informations and contact at:
+41 (0) 22 311 17 17 (open Tuesday through Thursday 9am-5pm)


Under the overarching cultural Programme The Eco-Century Project ®, the Transition Workshop 2020 addresses the professional interactions, scales and methods of the urgent ecological transition in the future urban realms. In the aftermath of the COVID-19, the Transition Workshop 2020 pioneers in setting the basic tools of our common project:

How people should live in cities to avoid future sanitary disasters?

What should be the relation of human settlements to the biosphere?

How can we fight climate change while providing resilience to crises?

We invite you to:

  • Study the ecological transition through innovative action-research.
  • Design with experts and stakeholders for sustainable communities.
  • Join our global collaborative platform to boost your local initiatives.
  • Be an agent of change for a bio-diverse and healthy planet.

We thus contribute towards achieving the Sustainable Development goals set by the United Nations.



During the workshop, will be present, among many others:

  • Claudia R. Binder, dean ENAC/EPFL, full professor, Laboratory on Human-Environment Relations in Urban Systems (EPFL)
  • Stefano Boeri, architect, urban planner, writer, professor (Polytechnic University of Milan)
  • Dominique Bourg, philosopher, politician, honorary professor (University of Lausanne) 
  • Tobias Brosch, Consumer Decision and Sustainable Behavior Lab, Department of Psychology, Geneva University UNIGE
  • Peter Droege, urban designer, planner and urban sustainability expert (LISD), general chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE)
  • Gregory Giuliani, Head of the Digital Earth Unit (GRID-Geneva) & Senior Lecturer in Earth Observations Geneva University UNIGE
  • Robert Sadleir, Economist, former UN Humanitarian worker UNHCR, ISO Smart Cities and Sustainable Communities
  • Werner Sobek, engineer, architect, co-founder of the German Sustainable Building Council, professor (University of Stuttgart)
  • Paola Viganò, architect, planner, director of the Habitat Research Center (EPFL)

Deadline for applications: June 15th 2020.

Contact: +41 (0) 22 311 17 17
(open Tuesday through Thursday 9am-5pm)
Informations (en français également):

For students and professionals in continuing education, participation in the Workshop will be qualified with 4 (four) ECTS.



The workshop will be organised in digital format in partnership with the Canton of Geneva, the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC/EPFL), the City of Geneva and Geneva Industrial Services (SIG) and with the collaboration of the Liechtenstein Institute for Strategic Development (LISD) and Bureau Haus.

About us
The Braillard Architectural Foundation is a Swiss institution recognized of public utility and established in Geneva since 1987. Beyond our primary mission of protecting and promoting the Braillard archives, we focus our broader activities on the quality of the built environment.

Under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), The Eco-Century Project® of our Foundation actively promotes the understanding of the tense relation between the urban realm and the biosphere. We strive for well designed, managed and lived cities as key parameters of the sustainable development. We ultimately invite architects, planners, decision-makers and the academia to actively engage in the ecological transition.

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