Urban Architecture Nantes Research Centre (AAU)

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General information

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Research Department

Authority : Ministère de la Culture, Centrale Nantes, CNRS

Reference : CRENAU laboratory is the Nantes team of UMR 1563 CNRS / MCC / ECN "Ambiances Architectures Urbanités" with CRESSON laboratory, at the National School of Architecture of Grenoble since 2015.


Research topics

Researchers work on housing, living environment and urban public spaces. They cover a wide range of competences in architecture, urban planning, physical sciences, computer graphics, sociology, anthropology, history, arts.

CRENAU and CRESSON lead the International Ambiances Network "Ambiances.net" , which aims at structuring and developing the research field of architectural and urban ambiances, with twenty international team members (Germany, Brazil, Canada, United States, etc).

CRENAU is involved in a partnership with the Institute for Research on Urban Sciences and Techniques, IRSTV -,founded by CNRS, which leads an interdisciplinary research in the field of urban environment.

CRENAU is involved in the research master programmes of Nantes School of architecture and particularly in the specialisation in "Perceptible atmosphere and urban forms" of the master of Sciences and Techniques on Urban Environment, which relies on researchers and scientific and research facilities of CRENAU.

Published on January 28, 2016 Updated on April 4, 2017