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.

Cooking Sections / RCA London
in conversation with Katja Jug and Jenny Rodenhouse

Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, ETH Zürich
in conversation with Marc Angélil and Something Fantastic

University of Luxembourg
in conversation with Christian Schmid and Ilmar Hurkxkens

Reassembling the Natural, Berlin
in conversation with Dubravka Sekulic

OOZE, Rotterdam
in conversation with Dirk Hebel

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,
Hans Hortig.
See also:
All sessions will be recorded and published online. Thank you to Jörg Sovinz for the video recording.
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.

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

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

Metaxia Markaki

Metropolitan Projects
PROJECT FOR PUBLIC LANDSCAPE—BEOGRAD UNBUILT continues its focus on the urban body formed by Belgrade’s many green islands and large open spaces enclosed within the built fabric. Emerging over time in distinct geographic situations and from diverse historical circumstances, these sites have served as vital ecologies, productive lands, and symbolic public spaces of the metropolis. But today, owing to years of social-political turmoil, many of these public landscapes are found in a precarious state: some of them, deeply anchored in the collective memory, have become largely obsolete in the present; others, encumbered with private interest, are considered only placeholders for development to arrive.

The urban fabric of the city of Belgrade extends across three distinct ecologies—growing from the confluence of the Sava and the Danube, it spreads into the floodplains of the two rivers, and across the folded landscapes of the Šumadija Upland in the south and the Pannonian Plain in the north. Since the early nineteenth century, the city has gradually enclosed the once open lands along the rivers and at the city fringes, creating extremely rich and diverse urban landscapes.

They now include the old royal hunting grounds of Topćider and Košutnjak, which are encircled by luxury residences, the representational green spaces and forgotten memorial grounds of socialist-modernism, such as the Park of Friendship and Jajinci Memorial Park, and since the 1990s, the haphazard wastelands leftover in the fields of red-brick informal houses in Kaludjerica and Mirijevo. At the same time, the riverbanks of the Sava and the Danube have become frontiers of complex urbanity: riddled with leisure areas next to industrial wastelands, and with many risky constructions in wetlands and nature reserves.

Stabilised over a long historical period as essential urban “voids” within the evolving city fabric, these enclosed landscapes have become architectonic constructs themselves: in their form, we can now trace the paths and symbols of the city’s public rituals, its power geometries and its geographical necessities. Each of these landscapes represents a complex and specific urban form that intertwines ecology with leisure, power and memory.

With the most recent major paradigmatic passage from socialist to post-socialist era, like much of Belgrade’s built-up urban space, these islands in the city are once again changing profoundly. Having fallen victim to the post-socialist “memory wars”, a shrinking public sector and economic hardship, their uses and meanings in most cases now keep eroding together with their green bodies. Socio-spatial practices of the post-socialist city have yet to discover ways in which the many neglected destination points, monuments and fading landscape architectures, now hidden in the green, can be reinhabited in the present time.

This studio wants to propose that taken together, the unbuilt landscapes can constitute a major and necessary urban project for the city of Belgrade. Amidst often conflicted interests projected in urban space, an unbuilt landscape inherently holds the values of ecology, of specific identity, and of public good. These values are seen as the crucial common ground, which provides the basis for the metropolitan design. As an antidote to the city‘s ravenous development, we propose to rethink the meaning of the UNBUILT, and envision its contemporary form.

The core of the research and design studio will be the integrated seminar week trip to Belgrade. We will explore the city and conduct in-depth surveys on a range of public landscapes, in order to arrive at first project hypotheses. Throughout the semester, public events and reviews will be held in both Belgrade and Zurich. The studio will result in a common book of drawings, images, and physical models.

PROJECT FOR PUBLIC SPACE–BEOGRAD UNBUILT is the second semester in the new series of Metropolitan Projects at the chair of Architecture of Territory. Each project will address a particular topic in two subsequent semesters, building up a common metropolitan vision by means of research and design. Students are invited to participate in a collective project that extends beyond academia and engages with actual themes and protagonists in the public sphere. After Belgrade and public landscape, our research in the coming semesters will continue in other European cities on themes concerning housing, urban resources, infrastructure and mobility, and more.

The semester offers an intensive fieldwork and studio program, with an opportunity for 18 students to focus on metropolitan-scale research and design. The outcome will be urban and architectural interventions within the public realm of the city. Architecture of Territory’s approach enables students to work with a wide range of methods and sources pertaining to city and territory, including ethnographic research, literature, architectural and urban design precedents, urban theory, photography and visual art. We are looking for avid travellers and team workers with high motivation and independent positions.

The project will benefit from an academic exchange with the Department of Architecture and the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Belgrade. The collaborative exchange will take place in the form of design workshops during the field trip to Belgrade. The studio will also engage with a variety of local experts and institutions from Belgrade’s public life and build in-depth knowledge about the city. We will return to Belgrade for an exhibition and publication of the work in early 2019.

The semester consists of an investigative journey into the city of Belgrade, and intensive studio sessions with fellow students, the teaching team and guests. Students will work in groups of two. All projects will compose a common vision for the public landscape of Belgrade. Students are encouraged to experiment with a variety of representations and approaches to build a research narrative and conclude with a self-set brief in the first half of the semester. The second half will be dedicated to developing a design proposal for a specific site. The final work will be represented in the form of drawings, images and physical models recorded in a book. All projects will be made public on the Architecture of Territory website.

An investigative journey constitutes the core of the project. Travelling through the territory, we will experience its complexity and beauty. Our journey will entail curated walks through the city,  boat trips and hikes, followed by workshop sessions with guest tutors, experts and fellow students. Student teams will have additional time for individual research and documenting their project sites. The integrated seminar week will take place from the 20th to 27th of October 2018. Cost frame B.

The semester project offers the total of 18 credit points: The Design Studio with Integrated Discipline (Planning) 13+3 KP and the Seminar Week 2 KP.

ASSOC PROF Milica Topalović
TEAM: Hans Hortig, Karoline Kostka, Metaxia Markaki, Ferdinand Pappenheim, Adrianne Wilson
Core Course
This lecture series sets up the 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 growing scales of contemporary urbanization. It discusses the concepts of territory and urbanisation, and their implications for the work of architects and urbanists. 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 framing our contemporary urban agenda.

On Territory

Architecture and Urbanisation (pre 1966)

Architecture and Urbanisation (post 1966)

Cartography and Representation

Methods in Territorial Research and Design

Landscape and Image
Guest lecture by BAS PRINCEN

Planetary Urbanisation: Hinterland

Urbanisation of the Sea

Disappearance of the Countryside

Food Systems

Our Common Territories: An Outlook

The lectures are animated by a series of visual and conceptual exercises 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.

Contact: Tobias Baitsch,
BEOGRAD UNBUILT seminar week (2/2)
20.10. – 27.10.2018
PROJECT FOR PUBLIC LANDSCAPE—BEOGRAD UNBUILT continues its focus on the urban body formed by Belgrade’s many green islands and large open spaces enclosed within the built fabric.

The investigative journey during the seminar week constitutes the core of the research and design semester BEOGRAD UNBUILT. Traveling through the territory, we experienced its complexity and beauty. Our journey entailed curated walks, bike rides, boat trips and hikes, guided by local experts and collaborators of the project.
We looked for traces, collected materials, interviews, and photographs, using hand drawings as an analytical and speculative tool. Our journey was followed by workshop sessions in collaboration with the Faculty of Architecture and the Faculty of Forestry at Belgrade University.

20.10 – Day 1

21.10 – Day 2

22.10. — Day 3

23.10.–Day 4

24.-27.10. – Day 5-8
Individual site explorations and common workshop at the Belgrade Faculty of Architecture.

We would like to thank all collaborators and experts for supporting our research and guiding us through the city of Belgrade! Special thanks to the University of Belgrade FACULTY OF FORESTRY Dragana Ćorović, Andreja Tutundžić, Marina Vukin, Mirijana Tešić, FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE Ana Nikesić, Pavle Stamenović, Branko Pavić, FACULTY OF AGRICULTURE Ružica Stričević, to SERBIA FOREST BELGRADE Goran Dražić, Andgelika Janković, to MINISTRY OF SPACE Iva Čukić, to CENTRE FOR CULTURAL DECONTAMINATION Ljubica Slavković, to NE DAVIMO BEOGRAD Ksenija Radovanović, and to Dušan Ćavić, Dušan Šaponja, Davor Ereš, Nebojša Milikić, Petar Matunović, Srdjan Stanković, Danilo Ćurčić and Vladimir Miladinović.