It was community-owned land. The fields of La Feyssine and La Doua once belonged to all the inhabitants of Villeurbanne, who would use them as they saw fit. The river Rhône also liked to ‘pay a visit’ there from time to time, submerging the pastures whenever it flooded. From 1791, the Doua grasslands were devoted to “shooting exercises and military maneuvers”.
November 12, 1957: two newly constructed buildings with nothing opposite them. 289 engineering students, including just 13 females, started their academic year before the decoration was even finished.
After Jean Capelle had been ‘exfiltrated’, as some of his contemporaries dared to refer to it, an interim director was appointed at INSA. Mr. Crauss, who came directly from his post as professor in Algiers, only stayed at the Villeurbanne campus for a few months before Henri Lefèvre arrived. Some people say that Lefèvre was ‘INSA’s savior’...
A new type of unrest prevailed on the lawns and in the lecture theaters of INSA until the administrative offices ended up occupied. A hint of May ‘68 reigned on the campus, mixed with the students’ sparse demands.
En1991, Joël Rochat polytechnicien spécialisé dans les télécommunications et sortant de vingt ans de carrière chez France Télécom, s'était porté candidat à la direction de l’INSA Lyon avec dans ses bagages, plusieurs idées naissantes.
At the end of Joël Rochat’s term, the director position became vacant. Who would INSA Lyon’s Board of Directors choose to guide the vessel?
INSA Lyon embarked on a new era and had to find its next ‘helmsman’ for the coming five years. 2010 was drawing to a close and the position of director would soon be vacant.