Smart cities & engineering for sustainable architecture

The summer school Smart cities & engineering for sustainable architecture will take place at Paris from July 1st to July 26th, 2019


July 1st through July 26th, 2019

EPF Graduate School of Engineering is a French Grande Ecole Located in Sceaux, South of Paris, with two other campuses in Troyes in Champagne Region and Montpellier, South of France.

The five-year long curriculum leading to the Engineering Degree (Titre d’Ingénieur) is fully recognized by the French Government and combines scientific, technical and technological modules.

The School has strong reputation nationally and internationally in teaching and Research and trains generalist engineers with expertise fields in various academic disciplines including Water, Energy, Durable Environment and Sustainable Housing.

ESTP Paris (Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics, du Bâtiment et de l’Industrie) was founded in 1891 and officially recognized by the State in 1921 to give the Master Degree in Engineering, over three campuses in Paris, Cachan and Troyes.

In a little over a century, ESTP Paris has trained more than 45 000 engineers and has become the French institution that trains the biggest student flow for the civil and building engineering and planning industries.

ESTP Paris is renowned for the quality of its education and close relations with leading multinational groups (Vinci, Eiffage, Colas, Bouygues, etc.)



Participants will be welcomed at Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Paris on Monday July 1st, 2019.

Courses will start on Tuesday 2nd July 2019

At their arrival in France, participants will be welcomed at Charles-de-Gaulle airport by members of the International Relations Office and will be conducted to their accommodation. The residence can be reached with the suburb train “RER B” (direct train from the airport to the ‘Arcueil-Cachan’ stop).


In Paris, the school will provide accommodation for all the participants in the campus residence offering single rooms with shared bathroom. The residence is located on ESTP campus.

In Troyes, single rooms will be provided in a students’ residence nearby the EPF campus.


All meals are included in the programme (breakfast, lunches and dinners) and will take place in nearby restaurants and bakery. Some organized meals will also be offered in other places (school, restaurants) for special events.

On Sunday July 14th, 2019 (Bastille Day), meals may not be included if the usual places are closed for this Holiday.


Participants will be provided with the Paris monthly public transport pass at their arrival (Navigo card – 5 zones). This pass gives access to unlimited travel in the region of Paris.

Railway transportation between Paris and Troyes will be organized on the first and last day and train tickets will be provided to the participant.


End of the school and return to China: Friday 26th July 2019.




The “smart cities & engineering for sustainable architecture” school is organized in 4 independent modules and follows 2 general themes:

·         Comfort and security in built environment (Troyes)

·         Bio-digital architecture and city (Cachan)


These modules are as below:

1.      Energy efficiency, comfort & culture (01/07/2019 – 05/07/2019, in Troyes)

2.      Security & resilience in [smart] cities (08/07/2019 – 12/07/2019, in Troyes)

3.      Bio-architecture & bio-city (15/07/2019 – 19/07/2019, in Paris)

4.      Digital connected city & architecture (22/07/2019 – 26/07/2019, in Paris)

Each module consists in 5 lectures (2 hours each), two cultural visits, two French courses, one technical visit and one project. In this program a particular attention is paid to the following subjects:

  • a)      Smart cities
  • b)      Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • c)      Domotics
  • d)     Urban comfort
  • e)      Interior comfort
  • f)       Energy efficiency
  • g)      Security
  • h)      Sustainability
  • i)        Digital transition
  • j)        Energy transition


For module 1 (Energy efficiency, comfort & culture), the lectures are as follow:

-        Visual and acoustic comfort -> Mrs. Monika RYCHTARIKOVA/ Mr. Peter HANULIAK

-        Energy efficiency and thermal comfort -> Mr. Abdelatif MERABTINE

-        Urban comfort in smart cities -> Mrs. Farinaz FALAKI

-        Indoor and outdoor air quality -> Mr. Vincent BASECQ

-        Psychological wellbeing in architecture -> Mr. Etienne FAMIN

-        Healthy cities -> Mr. Price NJANDA


For module 2 (Security & resilience in [smart] cities), the lectures are as follow:


-        Cyber Security in smart cities -> Mr. Antoine GAUME

-        Safety in public spaces -> Mr. Jean-Pierre GYEJACQUOT

-        Crime prevention through urban design -> Mrs. Anne-Michèle JANSSEN

-        Rethinking space in response to terrorism -> Mr. Xavier VITTORI

-        Disaster risk management -> Mr. Vincent MATHIEU

-        Resilient cities -> Mr. Etienne FAMIN


For module 3 (Bio-architecture & bio-city), the lectures are as below:

-        Bioclimatic architecture -> Mr. Uli SEHER

-        Bio-sourced/bio-waste materials -> Mrs. Sandrine MANSOUTRE

-        Bio-urbanism -> Mr. Price NJANDA

-        Bio urban agriculture -> Mrs. Anne-Michèle JANSSEN

-        Biomimetism -> Mr. Etienne FAMIN

-        Biotechnology for smart cities -> Mr. Antoine GAUME


For module 4 (Digital connected city & architecture), the lectures are as below:

-        French Smart cities -> Mrs. Alice LAVASSIERE/ Mr. Frédéric GAL

-        Home automation and domotics examples -> Mr. Olivier FORNER

-        CIM (City Information Modelling) -> Mr. Rani ELMEOUCHE

-        E-Mobility and new transportation solutions -> Mr. Gilles BETIS

-        Digital innovations (VR, AR) -> Mr. Jeremy ROUOT

-        Challenges and drawbacks of a smarter city -> Mr. Cristian SANTIBANEZ



The school is designed for undergraduate students pursuing in a Master or Master student who may be interested in Research and PhD studies in Engineering, Architecture, Urban planning/design, Sociology, Computer Sciences, etc.



Within each module students have the opportunity to attend a technical visit and work together with their team members on a real project all along the week. Three hours of technical visit and up to ten hours of teamwork on project (Five hours of which are supervised) are organized in each week. The details of these visits and projects are as below:


For module 1:

Project: Energy efficiency and comfort improvement -> Mr. Price NJANDA/ Mr. Geoffrey HENRIOT

Visit: Energy renovation example -> Mr. Vincent BASECQ


For module 2:

Project: Enhancing urban safety -> Mr. Christophe MATRAN

Visit: Public space renovation -> Mr. Xavier VITTORI


For module 3:

Project: bio-district planning -> Mr. Etienne FAMIN

Visit: bioclimatic architecture -> Mr. Uli SEHER


For module 4:

Project: Smart solutions to help solve an urban problem -> Mr. Olivier FORNER

Visit: Energy positive smart project -> Mr. Frédéric GAL



During each week (module) an independent basic theme is discussed in French during 4 hours. Each theme contains common vocabulary and phrases that can be used in daily conversations. Moreover, students can learn about French culture during cultural visits and informal sessions of meetings with French students and professors.


Two cultural visits are organized for students in each module:

-        ArkéAube Museum

-        Cité de Vitail and Cathedral of Troyes

-        MOPO Museum

-        Champagne & Prunelle tasting

-        Boat excursion on Seine river

-        Castle and gardens of Sceaux

-        Theatre “How to become Parisian in 1h”

-        Museum “city of architecture”

In addition to these cultural visits, several informal gatherings can be proposed to students (garden party, picnic, concert, local food tasting, photo shooting around Eiffel tower, promenade in old town, shopping, etc.).


Smart cities & engineering for sustainable architecture

July 1st through July 26th, 2019 in EPF Troyes and ESTP Paris

The group will be limited to 25 participants

The price does not include the trip from China to Paris.

Accommodation, meals and local transportation are all included

The summer school will deliver 8 ECTS.

The summer school is open to BACHELOR/MASTER students.