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
  • Energy efficiency and thermal comfort
  • Urban comfort in smart cities
  • Indoor and outdoor air quality
  • Psychological wellbeing in architecture
  • Healthy cities


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


  • Cyber Security in smart cities
  • Safety in public spaces
  • Crime prevention through urban design
  • Rethinking space in response to terrorism
  • Disaster risk management
  • Resilient cities


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

  • Bioclimatic architecture
  • Bio-sourced/bio-waste materials
  • Bio-urbanism
  • Bio urban agriculture
  • Biomimetism
  • Biotechnology for smart cities


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

  • French Smart cities
  • Home automation and domotics examples
  • CIM (City Information Modelling)
  • E-Mobility and new transportation solutions
  • Digital innovations (VR, AR)
  • Challenges and drawbacks of a smarter city



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

Visit: Energy renovation example


For module 2:

Project: Enhancing urban safety

Visit: Public space renovation


For module 3:

Project: bio-district planning

Visit: bioclimatic architecture


For module 4:

Project: Smart solutions to help solve an urban problem

Visit: Energy positive smart project




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.

 To apply, please follow the application procedure described on the main page