Inès is a French urban designer and founder of Healing Places, a practice-led research that focuses on urban health, sensory experiences and spatial design.
Together with users and a a multidisciplinary team of experts, Inès is exploring the relationship between the human body and physical space, influenced by scientific discoveries and societal changes. She works on different scales and uses a multilayered approach to create adaptive and therapeutic spaces in cities that can help improving people's physical and mental health.
Her Master thesis focused on daylight/sunlight. She analysed their impact on the built environment as well as people's physical and mental health. She provided a set of methodologies and design tools to integrate them in masterplans or any spatial strategy.
She uses a multilayered approach, combining disciplines that are often treated separately : urbanism with science (climatology, neuroscience, behavioral sciences) and art, hard technology with low technology, traditional quantitative methods with experimentation etc.
She is also interested by the representation of space and current urban transformations. During the past few years, she collected experiences through researchs and workshops in various European countries ; from designing strategies for post-industrial regions in North of France and Belgium, to exploring the relationship with nature and urbanity in Baltic Regions, or even a psycho-geographical analysis of Porto's architectural ruins.