A GRASSROOTS URBANISM: Community involvement and participation towards the making of the city. Innovative research processes in India and Canada(Québec) (GRASS-URB)
Yves Pedrazzini (LASUR-ENAC)
This innovative project addresses the issue of users’ participation towards urban development and policies. It is through a transdisciplinary action research that we plan to investigate this issue. Our intention is to develop a community-based methodology taking principles from community psychology and participatory urbanism. This collective research ambitions to be ground-based from the early beginning, identifying non-academic actors and making them co-researchers. Our goal is to generate spatial and social change by empowering communities in regard to urban issues.
Concrete eXperience: exploring challenges and opportunities of actual building practices
This project aims to bring together experts from the field and academia working on one of the multiple aspects of inadequate practices with concrete construction in urbanizing countries. With the CODEV Seed money grant, we will launch the first preparatory meeting of this new inter-disciplinary group. Not only important data and knowledge will be generated during this first meeting, but a strategic research roadmap towards appropriated concrete technology will be established to identify the 3 major collaborative projects that the group will developed in 2020.
Metare app: Appropriating digital technologies for Tikuna language revitalisation in the Colombian Amazon.
This project seeks to develop a minimum viable prototype a mobile application for learning Tikuna (an Amazonian endangered language), Metare app. For two generations, Tikuna speakers have steeply declined. Children growing up in cities no longer have practical opportunities for language learning with their elders. This collaboratively developed app follows a Tikuna origin story, and uses a game format, to provide young people with an interactive and situated learning experience to reconnect with their language and traditions.
Nanostructured Antimicrobial Catheters to reducE Nosocomial infecTions (NAsCENT) – Phase II
Magalí Lingenfelder (CMNT NL-CMNT–ENT-R)
Hospital and care acquired infections (HAI) are responsible for 140,000 annual deaths in Europe and United States, while in Argentina has 28,700 people die each year. Infections starting at catheters are the most frequent. We propose a new approach to inhibit the adhesion of microorganisms and the growth of biofilms that contaminate catheters. The novelty of our approach lies on the use of highly versatile and cheap biocompatible nanostructured surfaces that inhibit microbial colonization and can be directly printed on the catheter material
Sustainable 3D Printing for Peace in Colombia – 3DP4PEACE
Véronique Michaud (IMX-LPAC-STI)
The project is part of a strategic engagement between Omnis Institute, EPFL-LPAC and a social leader in Colombia active in the Human Inclusion sector. It aims to promote social, technical and scientific solutions for the manufacturing of assistive devices with a sustainable 3D printing process for people with disabilities in Colombia. The project will create an innovative and tailor-made process including plastics waste recycling, assistive devices design, low cost 3D printing and local implementation to assist people with disabilities, who will become active actors of the sustainable development.