Research Team

Philippe Bonnin

Philippe Bonnin is an architect (DPLG), anthropologist of space, and research director (DR1) at the CNRS. He is actually deputy director of the AUS laboratory (Architecture, Urbanismes, Sociétés) belonging to the UMR 7218 LAVUE. Philippe Bonnin also created and animates the french-japanese thematic research network JAPARCHI. He is working on the comparison between France and Japan, on the architecture of limits, systems and rituals of doorways, on the evolution of the habitat and architecture, on time in popular architecture, ordinary esthetics of the city, and on the use of images in the observation and analysis of housing.


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Patricia Bordin

Patricia Bordin obtained her PhD in geographic information sciences in 2006 from the University of Marne la Vallée, after graduating as an engineer (corps des ponts et chaussées), in  1994. In 2009, she became scientific director at the ENSG, the school of the French mapping Agency, where she founded the LGA (laboratory for applied geomatics). She resigned in july 2011 to create GeoSpective, her own structure dedicated to research projects development in geomatics. In particular, her field of interests are: modelling for GIS, time and multiscale observations with GIS.

Thomas Courtat

Thomas Courtat was a PhD student and defended his thesis in January 2012 on the subject: "Promenade dans les cartes de ville, Phénoménologie mathématique et physique de la ville - une approche géométrique".

Clément-Noël Douady

Clément-Noël Douady, urbanist and architect, participated to the creation of the "ville nouvelle" of Cergy-Pontoise and to the development and the reshaping of different cities and areas in the region Ilede- France. As an architect, he participated to the  construction of various social lodging. Clement-Noel teached at the Magistere "Aménagement" (Paris 1-Paris 8) and is a visiting professor at the University of Wuhan (China). His main interest is now the shape and evolution of chinese cities.


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Stéphane Douady

DR1 in the laboratory MSC (Matière et Systèmes Complexes).

Jean Pierre Frey

Jean-Pierre Frey is a certified architect (Strasbourg, 1973) and studied sociology at Nanterre University. Under the direction of Henry Raymond, who took over from Henri Lefebvre, he contributed to the development of urban sociology and architecture according to historical approaches. Its third cycle thesis in sociology focused on the genesis of architectural space of the Renaissance (1981) and his thesis of State Humanities (1987) on the policy of paternalistic employer housing and urbanization of the industrial cities of nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Research professor in several universities and schools of architecture in France and abroad, particularly in North Africa, Prof. Frey continues to invest in stocks of cooperation to develop research training and research in science social, architecture and urbanism. His current research focuses on issues of urban morphology and social morphology as well as the history of  urban planning theories and doctrines.

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Claire Lagesse

Claire Lagesse is a geomatic engineer. She graduated at the french engineer school ENSG (École Nationale des Sciences Géographiques) in november 2011. She's currently doing a PhD at the University Paris Diderot, in the laboratory MSC (Matière et Systèmes Complexes), under the direction of S. Douady (MSC). Her research deals with the modelling of urban morphogenesis. In particular, she will develop an Internet application to visualize the growth of cities.

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Pierre Vincent

Pierre VINCENT qualified as an architect from the Paris-Belleville School of Architecture, under the direction of H. Ciriani in 1988. Vincent has been lecturing in Architecture at the ENSA Paris Val de Seine since 2008. He is responsible for the school of numerical technology in architecture and urbanism, and for managing the academic relations with Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China. He is an Associate Director of Z.STUDIO architecture, for which he develops, builds and conceives architectural and urban project centered around the theme of ‘mobility’ for RATP, EDF, SNCF, La Poste, Air France, Boeing. He has been involved in urbanism projects of territorial scale, including a study for the classification of the UNESCO World Heritage site "Landscapes of Champagne", the project management and development of the Regional Natural Park of Vexin, and the National Interest site of the international market of Rungis. Pierre Vincent is also the administrator of the Fondation d’Entreprise de la Société de la Tour Eiffel.


Ms. WANG Xi got a chinese grant for 2 years for a PhD thesis under the co-supervision of the University of Wuhan (under the direction of Pr. Zhan Xingming) and the University Paris 8 (under the direction of Pr. Philippe Bonnin). Her research subject is the study of the interaction between the subway network and the urban growth in Paris, and the application to the Wuhan subway project  in a sustainable perspective.


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Correspondants in China

LI Jun

Ms. LI Jun is full professor at the department of urbanism of the School of Urban Design at the University of Wuhan. She received a grant under the co-supervision of the University of Wuhan and the University of Paris 8.

ZHAN Qingming

M. ZHAN Qingming is professor at the School of Urban Design. Research Center for Digital City, specialist of GIS.

Dr Qingming Zhan is currently a professor and associate dean at School of Urban Design, Wuhan University. He received his BSc and MSc in photogrammetry and remote sensing from Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping (WTUSM), Wuhan, China, in 1985 and 1995 respectively. He obtained PhD in Geo-information Science from Wageningen Universitty - ITC, the Netherlands in 2003. Dr. Zhan has been involved in more than 50 scientific research projects since 1985. He has undertaken scientific research projects with the Natural Science Foundation of China, the Ministry of Science and Technology (863 Program), the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping of China, UNDP, World Bank, and the Netherlands development aid fund etc. His research experience covers GIS, remote sensing and applications in urban planning and management. His research interests include planning support systems, 3D city modeling and applications, object-based analysis of remote sensing images, land-cover and land-use classification methods, etc. He has supervised more 10 PhD students and more than 50 MSc students. He is the author and co-author of over 100 scientific articles. He is the author and co-author of 6 books.

Former Members

Auguste Bonnin

Auguste Bonnin has a master [] and designed for the team the code Morphopolis which permits to adjust two historical maps of the same region but with different features.

Marc Barthelemy

Marc Barthelemy is a former student of the Ecole Normale Superieure of Paris. In 1992, he graduated at the University of Paris VI with a thesis in theoretical physics titled "Random walks in random media". After his thesis, Marc Barthelemy focused on disordered systems and their properties. Since 1992, he has held a permanent position at the CEA (Paris) and since 2009 is at the Institute of Theoretical Physics (IPhT) in Saclay. His interests moved towards applications of statistical physics to large networks and complex systems. In particular, he  worked on complex networks, theoretical epidemiology, and is now interested in the evolution of spatial networks and other problems in urban systems.