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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