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Cleanup operations after the 1960 Agadir earthquake that destroyed almost the entire city. © Alfred Strobel/Süddeutsche Zeitung Photo

The «Contact Zone» of Agadir’s 1960 Emergency Aid Programme

The reconstruction of the Moroccan city of Agadir in the immediate aftermath of the devastating 1960 earthquake is an exemplary yet much overlooked cross-cultural «contact zone» between local and international rescuers, experts, citizens, organizations, and governments. Studying why the development aid Morocco received was not unconditionally accepted, but Mehr

Embracing the challenge of staying below the max. temperature of 28°C in the classrooms © Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, ETH Zurich (Enlargement by klicking on image in slider)

Growing Schools Prototype: A Socio-Ecological Framework Addressing the Current Urbanization Challenges

Colombia has suffered an armed conflict for over 50 years. As a result, more than 1 million children lack access to education with a deficit of 3’000 schools and more than 8 Million civilians displaced from their homes. Growing Schools Prototype is a strategic up-scaling concept for replicating Mehr

Images of Senan forest plots showing a range of conditions and management histories, photos by Adrià Nebot © Chair of Being Alive, ETH Zurich

Reading a Forest, Documenting the Existing

Looking at the fields of wheat and orchards of almond blossoms around Senan, Spain, «crisis» is not the first word that comes to mind. The valleys appear tranquil and unchanging. However, like most rural landscapes in Spain, the area has transformed dramatically in the past decades.

Bild: Buero Bauer

Dwelling / Living & Urban Care | Nurturing & Urban Care

28. Mai – 3. Oktober 2021 | Vienna Biennale for Change 2021: Planet Love: Climate Care in the Digital Age im MAK Museum für Angewandte Kunst Wien.

Optimistic Suburbia 2 – Middle-class Large Housing Complexes

17 June, 16:30 (Lisbon, Portugal/GMT+1 | Online & face-to-face) | International Conference. Session 3 ‚Publicness in middle-class large housing complexes as a new way to examine the premises of cultural encounters and social integration‘ Liv Christensen and Eveline Althaus. Language: English Registration necessary Further informationen and programme Optimistic Mehr

«Geographies of Age – Altersfreundliche Lebensräume in der Stadt» Foto: Liv Christensen

«Geographies of Age» Altersfreundliche Lebensräume in der Stadt

2. Juni 2021, 16:30 – 17:30 | Online. «Altersfreundliche Stadtquartiere: Was bedeutet das in der Praxis? Die Kulturwissenschaftlerin Liv Christensen des ETH Wohnforum – ETH CASE spricht im Rahmen der Impuls Mobilität-Veranstaltung «Planen für Jung und Alt» über den Zugang älterer Menschen zu städtischem Leben. Sprache: Deutsch Hinweise: Die Mehr

Transitional Space – Japanese Houses Through Digital Scans

27th May 2021, 9:00-13:00 CET | Zoom: https://ethz.zoom.us/j/68199616818 デジタルスキャンでみる日本の家 A collaboration between the ETH Zurich and the Kyoto Institute of Technology KIT.

Projektstart: Historische Dynamik von Siedlungs- und Lebensraumnetzwerken

Während Siedlungsnetzwerke im vergangenen Jahrhundert wuchsen, schrumpften vor allem Lebensraumnetzwerke. Im neuen SNF-Projekt EMPHASES werden wir die Dynamik dieser Netzwerke im Schweizer Mittelland untersuchen, indem wir historische topographische Karten klassifizieren. Wir werden langfristige Regelmässigkeiten und plötzliche Veränderungen im Wachstum oder in der Schrumpfung dieser Netzwerke analysieren.

Neues Video über das Institut für Raum- und Landschaftsentwicklung

Neben dem Lehrstuhl für Planung von Landschaft und Urbanen Systemen (Prof. Adrienne Grêt-Regamey) sind in den letzten Jahren zwei neue Forschungsgruppen im Institut für Raum- und Landschaftsentwicklung entstanden: Raumentwicklung und Stadtpolitik (Prof. David Kaufmann) und Spatial Transformation Laboratories (PD. Dr. Joris Van Wezemael). Ein neues Video stellt die Mehr

Common Water – The Alps is about a new understanding of the Alps as a landscape island within a circle of cities in the middle of Europe that is condensing into a ribbon city. The Alps do not separate, they interact with the urban landscapes all around. © Chair of Günther Vogt, ETH Zurich

Common Water – The Alps

22 May to 21 November 2021 | 17th International Architecture Exhibition Venice: How will we live together? | Chair of Günther Vogt (ETH Zurich), VOGT Landscape Architects.

Philippe Rekacewicz with Alice Hertzog, 2020 © ETH Zurich

Worlds of Planetary Urbanization

22 May to 21 November 2021 | 17th International Architecture Exhibition Venice: How will we live together? | Neil Brenner (Urban Theory Lab-Chicago), Christian Schmid / Milica Topalović (ETH Zürich).

Context in the industrial area of Barrio Abajo © Alejandro Arango and Luis Bernardo Cano

Radical Care

22 May to 21 November 2021 | 17th International Architecture Exhibition Venice: How will we live together? | Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, Prof. Klumpner and others.

Infobild CAS Verkehrsingenieurwesen 2021

Infoveranstaltung CAS Verkehrsingenieurwesen

Das Verkehrssystem verändert sich rasant. Neue Angebote setzen neue Massstäbe an Komfort. Neue technische Möglichkeiten stellen alte Praktiken in Frage, z.B. beim Fahrscheinverkauf oder bei der Lichtsignalsteuerung.

Cover disP 56/4, December 2020

disP 56/4, December 2020

disP – The Planning Review, Volume 56, Issue 4, December 2020 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.

Call for Contributions trans#39 Comfort

We are happy to invite you to propose contributions for the upcoming issue trans#39 Comfort. trans magazin is the bi-annual architecture journal of the Department of Architecture at th ETH Zurich. We are looking forward to hearing your proposals in English and German. Please send a brief abstract to trans@arch.ethz.ch by Mehr

Figure 1 Ecosystem Services-Design Loop (Credit: Ecosystem Services in Urban Landscapes Project).

Introducing Ecosystem Services-Design Loop

Until recently, urban planners and designers gave little consideration to the multifunctional design of green spaces. This was partly because quantitative information about the extent of ecosystem benefits was not readily accessible to landscape professionals. Future Cities Laboratory (FCL), Singapore-ETH Centre has developed an ‘Ecosystem Services-Design Loop’ that Mehr

Territories of urban potentials for the Geneva region in 2050. The plan outlines the future land use strategy for a polycentric, equitable and ecological region. The project methodology serves as a precedent for the FCL Global research. Source: Team Grand Genève et son sol, M. Topalović, F. Hertweck, K. Kostka, N. Katsikis, 2020.

New Agendas Under Planetary Urbanisation: Designing Sustainable Agri-Urbanisms

What is the future of the manifold agricultural territories across the world that support contemporary cities? While discussions on urban sustainability have focused on cities and urban regions, many agricultural territories are equally exposed to rapid and far-reaching urban transformation processes with massive social and environmental implications, opening Mehr

Governors Island Park, New York – West 8 Et.Al. (Image: Governors Island Trust)

New Civic Landscapes & Public Health

The course is organized around core principles of civic design, public health and landscape systems at the scale of the watershed – including riverine and wetland systems, steep slopes subject to erosion, soil stability and soil quality, and varied forests, meadows, wilds and productive landscapes. The overall structure Mehr

Alpine Seenlandschaft Schweiz, Wasserbedarf künstliche Beschneiung © Lukas Ryffel, ETH Zürich

Beschneiungsspeicher: erfassen, analysieren und beurteilen

Der Klimawandel verändert die Konditionen für die touristischen Regionen in den Alpen. Zahlreiche Speicherkapazitäten für die Produktion von Schnee wurden in den letzten Jahren gebaut oder sind projektiert. Diese artifiziellen Kleinstseen stellen massive Eingriffe in das sensible Gefüge der alpinen Landschaft dar. Das von den Toggenburg Bergbahnen geförderte Mehr

A cow peacefully grazes on an open field, a real estate development site with a row of houses and electrical poles in the background. Such landscapes are commonly seen around the world – and it could be just about anywhere there is arable land. In this case it is in Manila where, as in many countries, we find the rise of mixed land uses, the enclosure of formerly public land for private uses, and the conversion of agricultural land for industrial, commercial and real estate purposes. Although arable land is rare and valuable (only about 4% of the earth’s surface) this is a familiar pattern – urban eats rural, and rural eats wilderness. The ambition to break this pattern is at the heart of the FCL Global programme. © University of the Philippines Population Institute, «Spaces in Transition: Mapping Manila’s Peri-Urban Fringe,» with the kind permission of Prof. Arnisson Ortega, Syracuse University.

Thinking Future Systems

FCL Global addresses the globally significant challenges of expanding urbanisation and aims to create a better understanding of the relationship between the city and its surrounding region, so as to make city-regions more sustainable. Following FCL Global’s Launch Event on 2 March 2021, FCL Global Co-Director Professor Sacha Mehr

View of the agro-urban landscape of Antananarivo © by Rod Waddington

FCL Global Tana – Co-designing a Blue-green Future for the Agro-urban City of Antananarivo

The capital city of Madagascar, Antananarivo, is a high-altitude city. Traditionally, the Merina culture settled on hills dominating rice cultivation in the plains. However, urban growth is changing this landscape fast as city dwellers are more and more settling in the rice plain. This growth also raises the Mehr

The existing cargo port in Tanjong Pagar will make way for a new expansion of the central business district of Singapore. The Rail Corridor with its terminus station could be integrated into the strategic use of the open spaces to dissipate the urban heat island effect. At street level, the airflow improves thermal comfort. Designs by ETH and SUTD students applying the design method by Philipp Urech, simulations in OpenFOAM by M.O. Mughal.

Form and Performance in Shaping Urban Landscapes

Digital technologies have become ubiquitous in current design practice for urban landscapes. Not only does the rapidly increasing extent and resolution of digital data help to study urban systems, but digital technologies have also enabled the inclusion of dynamic conditions in the design process. Understanding these conditions makes Mehr

Ehemaliger Bahnhof Oberstadt, Baden. Bild: AZ / san


Das Projekt «Oberstadt4D» unterstützt die Entwicklungsplanung des Badener Quartiers Oberstadt. Dieses soll sich zu einem dichten, urbanen Wohnquartier transformieren. Im Fokus der Untersuchung stehen die künftige bauliche Dichte, die Bebauungs- und Freiraumstruktur sowie das Nutzungsverhältnis von Wohnen und Arbeiten. Mit dem partizipativen Ansatz schliesst es Wissenschaft, Praxis und Mehr

Wohnforum Talks

16. März / 13. April / 11. Mai / 1. Juni, jeweils 13.30–15 Uhr | online. Die Wohnforum Talks (ehem. BBL) eröffnen eingeladenen Gästen und Mitarbeitenden des ETH Wohnforum – ETH CASE die Möglichkeit, aktuelle Bereiche ihrer Forschung zu teilen und Ideen, Konzepte und Ergebnisse zu diskutieren. Die Veranstaltung findet online Mehr

Projektdokumentation Jugendjobbörse Winterthur

Age-Talk: «Sackgeldjobs – Wie funktioniert das?»

8. April 2021, 11 Uhr | online. Diesen April findet der von der Age-Stiftung organisierte Age-Talk «Sackgeldjobs – Wie funktioniert das?» zur Jugendjobbörse Winterthur statt. Zu Gast ist die Sozial- und Kulturanthropologin Dr. Eveline Althaus (ETH Wohnforum – ETH CASE), die über den kürzlich erschienenen Bericht zur Jugendjobbörse Mehr

Bild: Stadtansicht, Zürich. Foto: Patrick Federi.

Blickpunkt Stadt & Wohnen – Perspektiven zum langfristigen Umgang mit Wohnbaubeständen

19. März 2021, 18:00–19.30 Uhr | Online Webinar. Die Stadt Zürich wächst. Wie kann die Schaffung von ausreichend Wohnraum auch in Zukunft für alle Bevölkerungsgruppen gesichert werden und welche Herausforderungen stellen sich dabei?

Athena Lecture Series (Graphic: unfolded, Zurich)

Athena Lecture Series

10 March 2021, 18:00–19:30 | Alexandra Lange: «Looking for Role Models in All the Wrong Places». ETH CASE organizes in collaboration with the Parity-​ and Diversity Group of DARCH a series of lectures by internationally recognized designers and scholars in the field of urban studies, architecture, urban design, Mehr

Schwerpunkte 9 – On Authorship

7-8 June 2021. Schwerpunkte is a doctoral event organized by doctoral students from several institute at the Department of Architecture, ETH Zürich: the Institute for History and Theory of Architecture (gta), the Institute of Landscape and Urban Studies (LUS) and the Institute of Design and Architecture (IEA). The Mehr

Quantitative Evaluation of Highway Designs Considering Uncertainties in Future Mobility Patterns and Flexibility Using Real Options

Road owners are increasingly being confronted with the need to optimize highway design for an uncertain future. A recent research project at the Infrastructure Management Chair investigated the use of a real options-based method to evaluate alternative highway designs for a fictive case study based on the A15 Mehr

TACK Talks: How to? A Guide Through Knowing

18:00–19:00 | online. We aim to examine the notion of mediating tacit knowledge from different perspectives, in conversations between the cultural institutions Het Nieuwe Instituut, Vlaams Architectuurinsituut, and Architekturzentrum Wien.

Sessions on Territory – Urbanism as Material Accumulation

Lecture Series | On selected Mondays, 16:00–18:00 | online Zoom link: 95007725252.

Sociology: Extended Urbanization – A Research Seminar

Elective Course Starting | 26 February on Fridays, 12:45–14:30 | online. Lecturers: Christian Schmid, Ileana Apostol, Lindsay Howe. Urban research is confronted today with urbanization processes that unfold far beyond the realm of agglomerations and urban regions.

ACTION! On the Real City: The Audiovisual Poetics of Circularity

Elective Course | Starting 22 February on Mondays, 10:00–12:00 | online. Lecturers: Prof. Hubert Klumpner, Klearjos Eduardo Papanicolaou, Michael Walczak. Giving audiovisual form to the concept of ‘circular economy’, we will encourage students to think about the socio-economic relations that constitute our cities, through the use of digital Mehr

Urban Policy Analysis: Theoretical and Empirical Developments

Panel at the 5th International Conference on Public Policy in Barcelona from 6–8 July 2021, registration until 28 June. This panel will explore theoretical and empirical developments of urban policy analysis.

Writing Model Histories

12 May, 10:00–13:00 | Colloquium | online. Invited Lecturers: Professor Dr. Thea Brejzek, School of Archi- tecture, University of Technology, Sydney; Professor Dr. Mari Lending, Oslo School of Architecture and Design; Dr. Matthew Wells, Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta), ETH Zurich.

From Cerda’s Block to the Ecosystemic Urbanism Superblock

10 May, 15:45 | Lecture | online. Lecturer: Salvador Rueda, Urban ecology Agency Barcelona.

BAQ – Fábrica De Cultura – Inauguration

June | Zurich, Switzerland (exact time and date TBD).

School of Architecture for Reconciliation: Cooperative Housing and Sustainable Habitats in Post-conflict Colombia

12–16 April, 9:00–17:30 | ETH Zurich, Hönggerberg, HIT H22.11 or online, depending on the current rules.

Wastewater Urbanism

15 March, 15:45 | Lecture | online. Lecturer: Seth Denizen, Harvard GSD.

Complex Resurgences

12 March 2021, 16:00 | online. Lecture on the Rapperswiler Tag 2021: «Brennnessel oder Wasabi – Pflanzen neu denken». Lecturer: Teresa Galí-Izard.

Writing Automobile Histories

Colloquium: 5 March, 15:00–18:00 | online. Workshop: 5 March, 18:30–20:30 | online. The colloquium aims to untie the specificity of car travel as a new episteme, addressing issues related to the emergence of the new perceptual regimes that emerged thanks to the automobile.

MAS ETH in Housing

22 February, 17:00–18:00 | Online Information Event. The MAS ETH in Housing team will hold an online public information event where all interested students can learn more about the MAS ETH in Housing and ask questions directly to the programme director and staff.

ETH Zürich, Hönggerberg, in front of the HIL building. © Dunja Richter, ETH Zurich

Information Event Master of Science in Landscape Architecture at ETH Zurich

2 March, 18.30 – 19:30 | Zoom. The Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich offers a two-year Master’s degree programme in Landscape Architecture with a focus on the design and planning of open spaces and landscapes.

Densification: Acceptance and Socio-Economic Effects of Urban Development

4 October, 17:15 – approx. 17:40 | Inaugural lecture David Kaufmann | ETH Zürich, Rämistrasse 101, F 30 (Auditorium Maximum).


The View from the Car: Autopia as a New Perceptual Regime

30 March 2021 – 15 June 2021 Online exhibition | 15 September – 15 October 2021 Real space exhibition at the Baubibliothek, ETH Zürich, Hönggerberg.

Toronto © David Kaufmann

Urban Policy Analysis: Theoretical and Empirical Developments: Call for Papers

Call for Papers by 29 January 2021. This is a call for papers for the panel Urban policy analysis: Theoretical and empirical developments that David Kaufmann (ETH Zürich) and Mara Sidney (Rutgers University) organize at the 5th International Conference on Public Policy in Barcelona from 6-8 July 2021.

ETH-EPFL Summer School: Transects Through Alpine Water Landscapes

16-21 August 2021 | Application deadline PROLONGED: 1 July  | Villa Cassel, 3987 Riederalp, Kanton Wallis.

Seminarwoche in Bhuji, Indien, 2019 © MAS ETH in Housing

Master of Advanced Studies ETH in Housing

Bewerbungsfrist VERLÄNGERT: 1. Januar bis 30. Juni 2021, Kursstart: September 2021. Das MAS setzt sich zum Ziel, durch multidisziplinäre Ausbildung und Forschung auf hohem Niveau dazu beizutragen, Lösungen für die Herausforderungen des Wohnungsbaus in der Schweiz, in Europa sowie in Ländern mit niedrigem und mittlerem Einkommen weltweit zu Mehr

Graphic: ETH Architecture of Territory and Goda Budvytytė 2021

Master of Advanced Studies ETH EPFL in Urban and Territorial Design

Call for applications PROLONGED until 30 June 2021. Urban and territorial design has acquired a new meaning and urgency. From drivers of progress to the source of planetary hazards, the impacts of cities and wider urbanisation processes are being recast in the public sphere. The critical examination of Mehr

Architektur für einen Planeten in der Krise | Architecture for a Broken Planet

26.3.–29.8.2021 | ZAZ Zentrum Architektur Zürich. «Critical Care» ist eine Ausstellung des Architekturzentrum Wien und wurde dort erstmals 2019 gezeigt.