Apur'Café #12 : Innovative places and universities

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Higher education and research establishments have over the past few years been enhanced. By associating the sharing skills and knowledge, mixing types of public, experimenting, they make sense of academic learning and produce creativity, the desire to undertake and open to the world. Forerunners of larger fundamental movements, they take their place among reforms that have been being carried out for a good number of years which aspire to reorientate establishments: devolution of the university heritage, increased autonomy, government support for innovative projects, improved occupation of premises, energy transition, improved living conditions for students. These multi-scaler objectives have enabled  a challenges to be turned around by transforming the objective to increase and improve spacial distribution of built surfaces (the university building / architectural heritage has doubled in less than 30 years, thus forming a third ofState buildings), by searching for ways to improve what exists with: optimising uses, reception conditions, report on energy situation and changes in teaching. 

The transformations gone into here are minor in size but major in their effects. They are illustrated by 30 examples located both in Ile-de-France and in the Region. Through them one wan explore the genesis of a project, its gestation period, the conditions for its implementation, the difficulties met and also the positive results obtained.

This Web Café was prepared using the study published in November 2020, “Places of Innovation on university campuses”.

The work also put forward the unchanging aspects which characterise these sites: the aspiration of proposing active teaching tools, the will to break frontiers between the academic world, the economic world and civil society, and hence to requalify buildings / premises that have housed functions / uses that have become obsolete. 

The analysis underlines / stresses the differences that distinguish these spaces and thus condition the ways they are used. 

With contributions by :

  • Dominique Alba, Managing Director of Apur
  • Jérôme Masclaux, Managing Director of Épaurif
  • Sophie Renouvel, Head of projects, Apur
  • Pauline Sirot, Project Manager, Épaurif

Study carried out by :

  • Sophie Renouvel, Head of project, Apur
  • Anne Servais, Cartographer, Apur
  • Marie Molinier, Research Assistant, Apur
  • Jennifer Poitou, Infographic Cartographer, Apur

Épaurif Steering team :

  • Sylviane Bourget, ex-directrice of development and real estate 
  • Pauline Sirot, Projects Manager
  • Emmanuelle Viaud, Operations Manager


Documents to download

  • Webinar

    Presentation of the webconférence #12 : Places of innovation on university campuses

    Format : pdf, 21.85 MB
  • Study

    Places of innovation on university campuses

    Format : pdf, 15.02 MB
  • Provisional program of web conferences - Part 4

    Format : pdf, 154.23 KB