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  1. Publication by P. Laconte and J. Remy of Louvain-la-Neuve à la croisée des chemins, éd. Academia / L'Harmattan, Louvain-la-Neuve, published on 06/01/2020, 306 pp.

At the invitation of Louvain University P. Laconte, together with J. Remy, has been writing, a book about the achievements of the Groupe Urbanisme Architecture founded in 1968 (by R. Lemaire, J.-P. Blondel, and P. Laconte), which was entrusted with producing the master plan for the new university town and its architectural coordination.

KEYWORDS: Louvain, university, town, architecture, urbanism.

Legend: buildings replacing a former steel works in urban renewal quarter of Bilbao.
  2. "From Information-Communication City to Human-Focused City"

Pierre Laconte, "From Information-Communication City to Human-Focused City" in Information Fusion and Intelligent Geographic Information Systems, editors: Prof Vasily Popovich, Dr Jean-Claude Thill et al, Springer International Publishing, Book Series: Advances in Geographic Information Science, 2019.

* Read the full paper freely available (English PDF)

KEYWORDS: sustainability, functional, data, quality of life, urban services, human, emotional, platforms, circularity.

Legend: street entrance to railway station and forecourt at Louvain-la-Neuve.
  3. Seminar at the UCLouvain Faculty of Architecture, Architectural Engineering and Urban Planning (LOCI) on Louvain-la-Neuve à la croisée des chemins. International seminar based on the book 11/02/2020

The book was the theme of an international colloquium hosted by the LOCI Faculty on 11 February 2020. The minutes of the colloquium, the speakers’ edited papers and additional material were published in the LOCI/UCLouvain Revue lieuxdits #19, November 2020, 52 pp.

* Read the minutes of the colloquium (English PDF)

KEYWORDS: Louvain, university, town, architecture, urbanism.

Legend: cover of the catalogue.
  4. Exhibition booth "The new university town of Louvain-la-Neuve" (12 panels and 3 videos) by Pierre Laconte et Andreas Krüger, participation in international exhibition urbainable/stadthaltig – Positions on the European City for the 21st Century, Akademie der Künste Berlin, 5/9 > 22/11/2020

* Read P. Laconte's excerpt in the catalogue
* Buy the catalogue of the event

KEYWORDS:  European city, habitat, policy, building, public space, diversity, mobility.

Legend: poster of the event.
  5. International conference on "Cool Planning", 21/10/2020

"Cool planning": action on climate change and our urban future.

KEYWORDS:  heat, water, soil.

Legend: cover of publication (alternative housing area) and table.
  6. Publication by Pierre Laconte of "La ville universitaire de Louvain-la-Neuve : Un projet d’urbanisme pour le XXIe siècle", lieuxdits#19, Novembre 2020, pp. 10-27

Review edited by Damien Claeys, Gauthier Coton, Corentin Haubruge, Pierre Laconte, Nicolas Lorent, David Vanderburgh.

KEYWORDS: Louvain-la-Neuve, university, université, hyper-centre, emphythéose, community land trust, territoire, laboratoire.

Legend: view of the newsletters.
  7. Newsletters are published regularly on subjects related to the activities, events and projects of the Foundation, i.e. land use, transport and the environment

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KEYWORDS: urban planning, environement, transport.

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