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SESSIONS ON TERRITORY
Urbanism as Material Accumulation
Materials
SESSIONS ON TERRITORY is a series of public debates on the political economy of architecture and territory. Focusing on the material cultures of architecture and urbanism — from territories of resource extraction to the construction site — the upcoming series unravels contemporary forces at work in the formation of the built and natural environments. Through a series of debates with invited guests, the seminar aims to critically reflect on the materiality of contemporary urbanism. Every intervention by a guest speaker is followed by a panel discussion with invited respondents.

The Spring Semester 2021 Sessions on Territory is curated by Prof Milica Topalovic, Asst Prof Charlotte Malterre-Barthes (Harvard GSD) and Hans Hortig.

01.03.2021
JOSHUA COMAROFF
Yale NUS College
in conversation with Faiq Mari

15.03.2021
CAROLA HEIN
TU Delft
in conversation with Neeraj Bhatia

29.03.2021
SARAH NICHOLS
Rice University
in conversation with Guillaume Habert and Donald Mak

12.04.2021
JANE MAH HUTTON
University of Waterloo
in conversation with Galaad Van Daele

26.04.2021
ANNA TSING
UC Santa Cruz
in conversation with Marija Maric and Nils Güttler

Selected Mondays, 4 — 5.30 pm, Online,
https://ethz.zoom.us/j/95007725252
FS21 elective 1 ECTS credit
Contact: Hans Hortig, hortig@arch.ethz.ch


All sessions will be recorded and published online.
SESSIONS ON TERRITORY
URBANISM BEYOND TECHNOFIX
TECHNOLOGY
SESSIONS ON TERRITORY is a series of public debates on the political economy of architecture and territory. In the name of efficiency and productivity, technology transforms spatial practices and impacts the built and natural environment, propelling us into the ongoing Anthropocene era. The seminar aims to reflect on how machines and systems of modern material culture such as AI and automation can be critically discussed in the design field—beyond techno-fix, toward a constructive response.
Every intervention by a guest speaker is followed by a panel discussion with invited respondents.
The Sessions on Territory are curated by Dr. Charlotte Malterre-Barthes for Milica Topalovic.

24.02.2020
THEO DEUTINGER
University of Art and Design in Linz
in conversation with Andreas Ruby and Andreas Kofler

02.03.2020
IRIS VAN DER TUIN AND NANNA VERHOEFF
Utrecht University
in conversation with Benjamin Dillenburger

30.03.2020
OLA SÖDERSTRÖM
Université de Neuchâtel
in conversation with Daniella Zetti and Jörg Stollman
*ONLINE*

27.04.2020
INES WEIZMAN
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
in conversation with Diana Alvarez Marin
*ONLINE*

04.05.2020
PASCAL MÜLLER
Esri R&D
in conversation with Fabio Gramazio
*ONLINE*

Selected Mondays, 4 — 5.30 pm, ONA Focushalle
HS20 elective 1 ECTS credit
Contact: Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, malterre@arch.ethz.ch
Hans Hortig, hortig@arch.ethz.ch


All sessions will be recorded and published online. Thank you to Jörg Sovinz for the video recording.
SESSIONS ON TERRITORY
URBANISM AND THE ANTHROPOCENE
ECOLOGY
SESSION ON TERRITORY is a series of public debates on the political economy of architecture and territory. Focusing on how the epoch of the Anthropocene reframes our conceptions of the urban and shapes new ecologies, the seminar’s objective is to unravel contemporary forces at work in the formation of the built and natural environment. Every intervention by a guest speaker is followed by a panel discussion with invited respondents.
The Sessions on Territory are a collaboration between the professorships of Marc Angelil and Milica Topalovic.

25.02.2019
JASON W. MOORE
Binghamton University
in conversation with Nikos Katsikis

15.04.2019
SASCHA ROESLER
USI Mendrisio
in conversation with Alice Hertzog

29.04. 2019
HARRY GUGGER
EPFL Laboratory Basel
in conversation with Irina Davidovici and Barbara Costa

06.05.2019
MIRRORING EFFECTS book launch
Marc Angelil and Cary Siress
in conversation with Hans Frei and Something Fantastic

13.05.2019
EMILY ELIZA SCOTT
University of Oregon
in conversation with Christoph Kueffer

Selected Mondays, 4 — 5.30 pm, ONA Focushalle
FS19 elective 1 ECTS credit
Contact: Sascha Delz, delz@arch.ethz.ch
Hans Hortig, hortig@arch.ethz.ch

See also: www.angelil.arch.ethz.ch
All sessions will be recorded and published online. Thank you to Jörg Sovinz for the video recording.

 
SESSIONS ON TERRITORY
URBANISM AND THE ANTHROPOCENE
ECOLOGY
SESSION ON TERRITORY is a series of public debates on the political economy of architecture and territory. Focusing on how the epoch of the Anthropocene reframes our conceptions of the urban and shapes new ecologies, the seminar’s objective is to unravel contemporary forces at work in the formation of the built and natural environment, and, as importantly, to spur debates that challenge the status quo. Every intervention by a guest speaker is followed by a panel discussion with invited respondents.
The Sessions on Territory are a collaboration between the professorships of Marc Angelil and Milica Topalovic.

24.09.2018
ALON SCHWABE & DANIEL FERNÁNDEZ PASCUAL
Cooking Sections / RCA London
in conversation with Katja Jug and Jenny Rodenhouse

15.10.2018
CAIRO DESERT CITIES book launch
Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, ETH Zürich
in conversation with Marc Angélil and Something Fantastic

29.10.2018
NIKOS KATSIKIS
University of Luxembourg
in conversation with Christian Schmid and Ilmar Hurkxkens

12.11.2018
ANNA-SOPHIE SPRINGER
Reassembling the Natural, Berlin
in conversation with Dubravka Sekulic

19.11.2018
EVA PFANNES & SYLVAIN HARTENBERG
OOZE, Rotterdam
in conversation with Dirk Hebel

26.11.2018
SANDRA BARTOLI
Büro für Konstruktivismus / Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
in conversation with Tanja Herdt

Selected Mondays, 4 – 5.30 pm, ONA Focushalle
HS18 elective 1 ECTS credit

Contact: Sascha Delz, delz@arch.ethz.ch
Hans Hortig. hortig@arch.ethz.ch
See also: www.angelil.arch.ethz.ch/SOT
All sessions will be recorded and published online. Thank you to Jörg Sovinz for the video recording.
PROJECTS ON TERRITORY
Swiss Urbanism in Eight Pictures
Wahlfach- & Vertiefungsarbeit, HS18
Projects on Territory explores various histories of urban and territorial design and reconsiders the value of these ideas for the present. Students will be introduced to Silkscreen (Siebdruck) as a tool to analyse and critically reinterpret selected precedent projects and visions reflected at the territorial scale. The final result of the course will be a collection of archival material crafted in the form of a booklet, and a series of silkscreen prints produced at the Dynamo workshop in Zurich.

The course introduces students to the territorial project—in history and in contemporary practice. Students learn by first revisiting and interpreting selected precedents from the history of planning, and critically redrawing them. Works and ideas will become the topic of discussion and of critical representation, with which we will attempt to understand the value of the projects in the present time. Examples include Hans Bernoulli’s visions about common land, Armin Meili’s Grossstadt, the utopian Bolo Bolo by Hans Widmer, and many contemporary projects that engage with sprawling agglomerations and large landscape infrastructures. The work will be informed by the parallel lecture series ‘Sessions on Territory—Ecology’ and will result ina series of critical drawings produced via the silkscreen technique and a research booklet.

At the start of the course, each student or student team receives a selected precedent project, which becomes a focus of his or her investigation. Throughout the initial phase, students will work toward an analytical reading of the reference project by drawing from bibliographical, archival, personal or on-site research. Based on the gathered knowledge and intensive discussions in the class, students will formulate a synthetic reading of the reference project. The research will conclude with a critical representation of the project through a set of drawings. In the course, drawing will be used as an instrument and a technique for analysing and understanding what could be called a stratigraphy of a territorial project. Through seminars at the Dynamo workshop, students will be introduced to the silkscreen printing technique in order to produce their drawings. The semester concludes with an exhibition of the drawings in the space of the ETH. The thesis elective lasts three months, with tutoring sessions taking place within the semester timeframe.

DETAILS:
Introduction Mon. 24.9, 17.30am
ONA Focus Halle
Following the first of the lecture series
Sessions on Territory—Ecology

TEAM:
Metaxia Markaki, Ferdinand Pappenheim
in collaboration with Dynamo Workshop and the silkscreen artist Esther Schena

COORDINATION:
Metaxia Markaki
markaki@arch.ethz.ch

 
SESSIONS ON TERRITORY
URBANISM BEYOND NEOLIBERALISM
PROJECT
SESSIONS ON TERRITORY are public debates on the political economy of architecture and territory within and beyond the neoliberal order. Urbanism, as architectural discipline, has been exhausted by the effects of neoliberal globalization—the power of the urban project has been diminished. The upcoming sessions want to ask “Whatever happened to urbanism?” by spurring debates that challenge the status quo. They bring together architects and other urban protagonists, who give a new meaning to the notion of a project for the urban realm. Every intervention will be followed by a discussion with invited respondents.

The Sessions on Territory are a collaboration between the professorships of Marc Angelil and Milica Topalovic.

26.02.2018
MOMOYO KAIJIMA
ETH Zurich
in conversation with Bas Princen

05.03.2018
MILICA TOPALOVIĆ
ETH Zurich
with an introduction by Philip Ursprung

26.03.2018
RAQUEL ROLNIK
FAU University of São Paulo
in conversation with Charlotte Malterre–Barthes

09.04.2018
STEFANO BOERI
Politecnico di Milano
in conversation with Anne Lacaton

14.05.2018
MICHAEL DEAR
UC Berkeley
in conversation with Benedikt Korf

Selected Mondays, 4 – 5.30 pm, ONA Focushalle
FS18 elective 1 ECTS credit

Contact: Sascha Delz, delz@arch.ethz.ch
Ferdinand Pappenheim, pappenheim@arch.ethz.ch
See also: www.angelil.arch.ethz.ch/SOT

All sessions will be recorded and published online. Thank you to Jörg Sovinz for the video recording.
PROJECTS ON TERRITORY WS17
Swiss Urbanism in Eight Pictures
Thesis Elective HS17 & FS18
Projects on Territory is a thesis elective setting out to explore the various histories of urban and territorial design through selected precedent projects and ideas reflected on the territorial scale. During HS17 and FS18, we will investigate important moments of planning in Switzerland based on eight selected projects: the history of Swiss urbanism in eight pictures. Critical discussion and visual representation will be our key elements with which we attempt to interpret the value of these projects in the present time. The work will be informed by the parallel lecture series Sessions on Territory—Urbanism Beyond Neoliberalism.

In recounting the critical history of Swiss urban/territorial project for the 21st century, we will reconsider the meaning of the chosen examples, as well as their specific design techniques. In the process, the students will be introduced to some of the crucial concepts and methods of urban and territorial design, and will develop a critical understanding of the historical processes and contexts relevant to the various projects. They will also become familiar with a range of drawing techniques as critical tools for representing the project.

Each student group will research and critically analyze one of the selected precedent projects from the history of Swiss urbanism. The work will result in a book of research, a written statement, and a set of critical drawings. In creating the drawings, we will experiment with different representational techniques—this semester we will be working with the technique of silk-screen. The course will conclude with an exhibition of works and drawings.

The working sessions and silk-screen workshops take place within the semester time frame, and they alternate with the events of the lecture series. The credit points for the „Wahlfacharbeit“ (old curriculum) and the „Vertiefungsarbeit“ (new curriculum) can both be obtained in this course.

TEAM:
Metaxia Markaki, Ferdinand Pappenheim
in collaboration with Dynamo Workshop and the silkscreen artist Esther Schena

COORDINATION:
Metaxia Markaki
markaki@arch.ethz.ch
SESSIONS ON TERRITORY
URBANISM BEYOND NEOLIBERALISM
POWER
Sessions on Territory is a series of public debates on the political economy of architecture and territory within and beyond the neoliberal order. The seminar’s objective is to unravel forces at work in the formation and the perception of the contemporary city, and, as importantly, to spur debates that challenge the status quo. Every intervention by a guest speaker will be followed by a panel discussion with invited respondents. This semester’s series on POWER constitutes the first installment of Sessions on Territory—Urbanism Beyond Neoliberalism.
The Sessions on Territory are a collaboration between the professorships of Marc Angelil and Milica Topalovic. 

25.09.2017
The Property Drama
ARNO BRANDHUBER & CHRISTOPHER ROTH
architect & film maker, ETH Zurich
in conversation with Patrik Schumacher and Alexander Lehnerer

30.10.2017
STEPHAN TRÜBY
architectural & cultural researcher, TU Munich
in conversation with Something Fantastic and Charlotte Malterre-Barthes

13.11.2017
JENNIFER ROBINSON
geographer, UC London
in conversation with Christian Schmid and Benedikt Korf

20.11.2017
ANDRÉS JAQUE
architect/researcher, Columbia University NYC
in conversation with Andreas Ruby

27.11.2017
FRANÇOIS CHARBONNET
architect, MADE IN, Geneva
in conversation with Daniel Niggli

Selected Mondays, 4 – 5.30 pm, ONA Focushalle
HS2017 elective 1 ECTS credit

Contact: Sascha Delz, delz@arch.ethz.ch
Ferdinand Pappenheim, pappenheim@arch.ethz.ch
See also: www.angelil.arch.ethz.ch/SOT
TRAVELLERS
Thesis Elective FS16 and FS17
The Travellers course deals with ways of seeing, perceiving and portraying urban territories. Taking different perspectives, from architecture and visual art to urban theory, history and politics, the course enables student-travellers to create an urban portrait of a territory.

Every student is a traveller who embarks on a journey in a territory, both literal and metaphorical, and creates a work about the experience. Travellers produce a travelogue, in free-form that is to be discussed with the teaching team. This can be a written or visual essay, presented as a booklet, an exhibition of drawings, a performative lecture or a guided public walk for example. In doing so, students create an insightful and critical work on urban space and urbanisation.

Please apply with a short exposé, explaining your idea for a topic and suggest a possible travel route. Applications are accepted only in printed form. The number of students in the course is limited to 8.

Please contact the Architecture of Territory professorship.
Ferdinand Pappenheim: pappenheim@arch.ethz.ch
Hans Hortig: hortig@arch.ethz.ch
OCEAN TERRITORIES
TRAVELLERS—MARITIME GEOPOLITICS,
MIGRATION AND GLOBAL TRADE
What is the ocean as a territory? Once imagined as a boundless space, largely untouched by human activity, are oceans still a common horizon bringing together the cities and peoples along their shores? Can the open nature of the sea resist the transformative forces of the carved and conflicted earthly masses it is enclosing? Is the ocean space shaped by the strategic control of resources and trade routes? What is the role of the architects in investigating, describing and visualising the urban dynamic of the ocean space? Can ocean territories be designed?

Taking different perspectives, from history, to activism, geopolitics, and design, travellers who have been crossing the global ocean following refugee migrations, onboard container ships and along ancient maritime routes, contribute elements for an urban portrait of ocean territories.

Travellers is a series of 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.

03.10.2016
On Refugee Camps of the Western Sahara:
MANUEL HERZ
architect/researcher
conversation with Samia Henni

17.10.2016
On Urbanisation of the Sea:
NANCY COULING
architect/researcher
conversation with Christian Schmid

31.10.2016
On the Opacity of World Trade:
SAID TO CONTAIN
artist collective
with special guests

28.11.2016
On Ambivalent Territories of ‘In-Betweenness’:
ANA DANA BEROŠ
architect/researcher
conversation with Dubravka Sekulic

05.12.2016
On the Mediterranean and its New Imaginary:
ADRIAN LAHOUD
architect/researcher and dean at
the Royal College of Art, London
in conversation with Marc Angélil and Emily Eliza Scott

Selected Mondays, 5.30 – 7.30 pm, ONA Focushalle

HS2016 elective 1 ECTS credit
Contact: Hans Hortig, hortig@arch.ethz.ch
Ferdinand Pappenheim, pappenheim@arch.ethz.ch
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
IMAGES OF TERRITORY (2/2)
with Chair of Landscape Architecture
How to see, describe and even construct an urban space through moving images? Looking through the camera lens and sampling what we see into a video reportage, we explored Singapore’s fragmented borderlands. At the same time, the explorations led to questions on cultural aesthetics and hidden ideologies of images. A video work is closely tied to a territory; a moving image and a map are considered as complementary ways of seeing urban space.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

We would like to thank the students, collaborators and experts who contributed to Images of Territory. A special thanks to professor Christophe Girot and video artists Susanne Hofer, Marc Westhof and Marie Laverre who helped us set up and teach the course. We are grateful to guests Charles Lim, Bas Princen, Benjamin Leclair-Paquet and Naomi Hanakata, and to the Pigeonhole for hosting the final review.
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CONSTRUCTION OF TERRITORY
WATER
FOOD
LABOUR
IMAGES OF TERRITORY (1/2)
with Chair of Landscape Architecture
How to see, describe and even construct an urban space through moving images? Looking through the camera lens and sampling what we see into a video reportage, we explored Singapore’s fragmented borderlands. At the same time, the explorations led to questions on cultural aesthetics and hidden ideologies of images. A video work is closely tied to a territory; a moving image and a map are considered as complementary ways of seeing urban space.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

We would like to thank the students, collaborators and experts who contributed to Images of Territory. A special thanks to professor Christophe Girot and video artists Susanne Hofer, Marc Westhof and Marie Laverre who helped us set up and teach the course. We are grateful to guests Charles Lim, Bas Princen, Benjamin Leclair-Paquet and Naomi Hanakata, and to the Pigeonhole for hosting the final review.
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