International PhD Seminar Post-Extraction Territories in Transition / HRC


Event details

Date 16.12.2022 17.12.2022
Hour 14:0019:30
Speaker Michel Desvigne, Beatrice Mariolle, Thaddeus Pawlowski, Hannah Le Roux, Benoît Moritz, Arthur Hardy, Paola Viganò, Elena Cogato Lanza, Tom Avermaete
Location Online
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English
International PhD Seminar
Post-extraction territories in transition: Designing the socio-ecological transition in post carbon marginal spaces.

The Seminar proposes a European and transatlantic dialogue around the questions of the social and ecological transition (post-carbon) of marginal spaces, and territories of exploitation as the ancient coal territories on the two sides of the Atlantic.
The post-extraction marginal spaces are characterized by a condition of permanent land exploitation due both to the past extractive phase and to present processes of strong ecological impact, shortage of resources, and negligible investments. As a result, these areas experience stagnation and lower pressure from an economic growth standpoint. Yet, these territories inherit a high environmental and cultural quality - also given by technical and industrial processes that have marked their development - and a rooted identity that underlies a dormant social and human capital.
Given these premises, these territories could be seen as a laboratory in which to investigate a socio-ecological transition. In a panorama of energy precarity, resource contraction, landscape erosion and climate urgency, we advocate for new proposals of socio-environmental reconciliation of these marginal spaces and a new gaze that considers these territories as subjects of their transformation.

Keynote Speakers
  • Michel Desvigne - Grand Prix de l’Urbanisme 2011, Agence MDP 
  • Arthur Hardy - Architect, Landscape Designer, Charleroi Bouwmeester 
  • Hannah Le Roux - Visiting Professor of the Theory of Architecture, ETH 
  • Beatrice Mariolle - Chair Post Mining, Scientific International Network Post-Mining, Architecture, Landscape, Design, École d’Architecture de Lille  
  • Benoît Moritz - Head of Metrolab Brussels, Belgium, LoUIsE, Université Libre de Bruxelles 
  • Thaddeus Pawlowski - Managing Director, Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes, Columbia University GSAPP

  • Chiara Cavalieri - UCL Louvain 
  • Martina Barcelloni Corte - ULiège
  • Roberto Sega - Swiss Federal Office for Space Development

Scientific Committee 
  • Tom Avermaete - Chair of the History and Theory of Urban Design, ETH
  • Elena Cogato Lanza  - Director, EDAR, EPFL
  • Paola Viganò - Director, Habitat Research Center, EPFL

Executive Board 
  • Anna Karla De Almeida Santos - Lab-U, EPFL

Practical information

  • General public
  • Free


Architecture Urbanism Habitat Research Center Post-extraction


Sub events


Lecture by Michel Desvigne /HRC

Start date: 16.12.2022 18:00 19:30

Speaker: Michel Desvigne Location: , Online Category: Conferences - Seminars
Target audience: General public


Roundtable - Post-extraction territories: Towards a Cartography of research

Start date: 17.12.2022 16:15 17:30

Location: , Online Category: Conferences - Seminars
Target audience: General public