Based on an evolving and radical understanding of research, experimentation and
trans-disciplinarity :

– construct an unparalleled understanding of architecture at the encounter of disciplines
– cross prospective and experimental visions
– create an appetite for engagement
– generate unpredicted alternatives
– resist the uniformization of production and imposed standards

CONFLUENCE, anchored in the economy of the world, is a site of synergies, a site of hybridization:
architects, critics, artists, thinkers, philosophers, film-makers, scientists, engineers and manufacturers
work together to share knowledge and discoveries. Without stylistic prejudice or ideology, a diversity of
cultures, knowledge and practices makes it possible to develop ideas and projects in order to imagine all
that is possible.

Teaching is structured around contemporary questions from new fields of critical thinking. The five
thematics are:

The thematic fields are treated in a transversal and non-hierarchical manner in order to reinforce the
autonomy and personal implication of students who construct their own research programs linked to
specific preoccupations.

The neurosciences relate to the study of the human nervous system. They are at the intersection of
biology, medicine, psychology, chemistry, computer science and mathematics. The link to architecture
manifests itself in the relation between the body and space. This theme focuses on their interrelations in
order to question and to propose new ways of life.

The new tools at our disposal today in the elds of information, communication and fabrication which
transform modes of life and places of habitation renew possibilities for mobility, relations and exchanges
in space. This theme focuses on the interrelations in the spaces generated by these new technologies in
order to question and propose new places.

The emergence of new media has transformed the traditional vision of the links between art and
architecture. New means of conception and representation inform and modify our perception of space.
This theme focuses on the new visual cultures generated by these new medias in order to question and
propose new spaces.

The observation and the analysis of critical situations and the study of ways that permit individuals to
adapt to their social environments generate a renewal of thinking and action for the city. This theme
focuses on the diverse approaches – sociological, anthropological, ethnological, etc. – to these situations
in order to question and propose new environments.

Recent studies in geography, material and energy have generated new elds of exploration for the human
environment. This theme focuses on the interrelation between territories, their resources

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