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WAYS OF SEEING URBAN TERRITORIES
TRAVELLERS
Lectures and Conversations
Travellers is a series of five lectures and conversations about ways of perceiving, studying and portraying urban territories. Each of the guest speakers is a traveler—a person who places the direct observation and experience of urban landscapes in the core of their practice.

The architectural ways of looking, concepts and techniques are unstable at large territorial scales, and yet, urban territories can be seen as crucial contexts for the production of architecture. Seeing an extended urban territory as part of the city – its mirror – can reflect back in the ways we see the city itself, and its architectures. With students and invited guests, we will consider: How can architects look at, study and design urban territories or the “city’s constitutive outside”: the periphery, the agglomeration, the countryside and the hinterland? What are the motives (aesthetic, political) architects can have in engaging with these territories? The aim is to discuss concepts and techniques for territorial investigations and projects.

We will be looking at urban territories through the eyes, lenses and concepts of an urban geographer, a cartographer, a photographer, an artist and an architect.

12.10.2015
CHRISTIAN SCHMID
urban sociologist and professor at ETH Zurich
conversation with guests—Matthew Gandy, UCL (tbc)

27.10.2015—new date!
PHILLIPPE REKACEWICZ
journalist and chief cartographer, Le Monde diplomatique
conversation with Marc Angélil and Christian Schmid, ETH Zurich

09.11.2015
BORIS SIEVERTS
artist, Büro für Städtereisen
conversations with Marcel Meili

23.11.2015
AGLAIA KONRAD
artist photographer and videographer
conversation with Bas Princen

30.11.2015
MILICA TOPALOVIC
architect, assistant professor at ETH Zurich
5.15pm Inaugural lecture at ETH Zentrum HG, Audi Max F30

Selected Mondays, 5.30 – 7 pm, ONA Focushalle

HS2015 elective 1 ECTS credit