Fall 2020
Thursdays, 10–12 am

Architecture of TerritoryTerritorial Design in Histories, Theories, and ProjectsTheme: My Earth

This lecture series sets up an agenda for widening the disciplinary field of architecture and urbanism from their focus on the city, or the urban in the narrow sense, to wider territorial scales, which correspond to the increasing scales of contemporary urbanization. It discusses the concepts of territory and urbanisation, and their implications for the work of architects and urbanists.


Within the program, five guest speakers are invited to open up perspectives on territory as Earth and the manifold meanings it embodies: Earth as a living world, a world-system, earth as soil, as land, as field, and even as dirt. By looking at the Earth and its ecologies, the guest speakers will propose novel and urgent approaches to territory and urbanisation: from “Gaia-graphy” of Earth’s critical zones, and emergence of urban soil mapping as tool in urban design, to working with “dirt” in order to develop an ethics of care and maintenance for precarious environments.

The course will enable students to critically discuss concepts of territory and urbanisation. It will invite students to revisit the history of architects’ work engaging with the problematic of urbanising territories and territorial organisation. The goal is to motivate and equip students to engage with territory in the present day and age, by setting out our contemporary urban agenda. The lectures are animated by a series of visual and conceptual exercises, usually on A4 sheets of paper. All original student contributions will be collected and bound together, creating a unique book-object. Some of the exercises are graded and count as proof of completion.

ARCHITECTURE OF TERRITORY—My Earth is curated and organized by Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, Metaxia Markaki, Gyler Mydyti, and Nazlı Tümerdem.

  1. On Territory

    Milica Topalović

  2. Architecture and Urbanisation

    Milica Topalović

  3. Critical Zones: Sensors for Ghost Landscapes

    Alexandra Arènes, guest lecture

  4. Methods in Territorial Research and Design

    Milica Topalović

  5. Urban Soils Mapping: Case West Lausanne

    Antoine Vialle. guest lecture

  6. Planetary Urbanisation: Hinterland

    Milica Topalović

  7. Arable Lands Lost Lands

    Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, guest lecture

  8. Disappearance of the Countryside

    Milica Topalović

  9. Dirty Theory: Dirt and Decolonisation

    Hélène Frichot, guest lecture

  10. Our Common Territories: An Outlook

    Milica Topalović