Ecological transition

Carré écologique
Respect for the environment, the fight against exclusion, promotion of soft mobility, enhancement of short circuits and the social and solidarity economy, cities in transition, etc. These are all concepts and objectives that today permeate teaching and research in architecture and urban planning.
In accordance with the commitments made by the Ministry of Culture at ENSAS, sustainable development and social responsibility are guidelines that also irrigate the framework of study and work.


ENSAS has been integrating societal issues into its training (initial and continuing education) and research activities for many years. Specific courses are programmed in the pedagogical models, in addition to the skills to be acquired in the transversal courses.

The existing building

The students are initiated to the transformation of the existing future from the Bachelor cycle. In the master cycle, the “Mutations” field develops the questions of transformation of the built environment and in particular housing in the 20th century. Teaching of the project, theoretical courses and seminars are illustrated by the intervention of project managers who are experts in these subjects.
Teaching in the “city and territory” field is based on workshops with local authorities on the transformation of conurbations and the revitalization of the heart of the city. 

Atelier Mutations 2018
architecture et bois


The social dimension of sustainable development is understood through the theme of housing and the spatial devices to be implemented to respond to changes in society. Introduced in the second year of the bachelor’s degree to be deepened in the master’s cycle, the teaching of the housing project apprehends the evolutions of the family, leisure, work, new ways of thinking about the environment and demographic transformations. The issues of ageing and emergency housing are addressed in several forms: workshops, conferences, calls for tenders, some of which are common with ENSA Nancy.

Dedicated workshops

Specific courses on “sustainable engineering of buildings and territories” and raw earth construction are present in the Bachelor’s degree cycle. In the master cycle, the in-depth teaching of vertical M1 and M2 projects deals with subjects related to the ecological transition (mobility, sustainable city, water in the city, wooden constructions). The “Biodiver-Cités” project workshop in the first year of the master’s program focuses on ecological knowledge and its application to architecture and urban planning projects.
These project workshops are nourished by in-depth theoretical and technical courses and seminars on eco-design, renewable energies, energy performance of buildings, etc. All these themes are related to those of the AMUP laboratory but also to those of the RST Arches laboratory on architecture in extreme environments.




Founded in November 2016 following COP 21, its objective is to initiate and pursue a reflection on the teaching of the theme of ecological transition in schools of architecture, while bringing together teachers interested in this theme. The second meetings of this network have made it possible to envisage the concretization of the changes imposed by the Ecological Transition in teaching, research and practices of architecture, urban planning and landscape.
The network invited teacher-researchers, students, young graduates and professionals to discuss the paths of “tipping measures” developed over the past year to bring a wider echo to these reflections.

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From March to June 2019, the seven associate institutions of the University of Strasbourg will promote together and at the same time a series of four eco-gestures, so that good practices in this area continue to infuse our campuses. An awareness campaign on eco-gestures, from four different angles, is being disseminated in the seven partner institutions: the National University Library, the Engees, the Ensas, the HEAR, the INSA Strasbourg, the University of Haute-Alsace and the University of Strasbourg. For each dossier published, a list of suggestions is proposed to all users of our campuses in order to improve our eco-responsibility. 
The seven associated institutions of the University of Strasbourg meet together for different lines of work, particularly in the framework of the master plan for student life. One area concerns the sustainable development and social responsibility of our institutions.