Daily news headlines inform us about crises situations due to conflict and economic issues leading to soaring hunger and mass emigrations in various parts of the world. The ongoing research efforts at our chair in post-conflict Colombia, post-apartheid South Africa, and Ex-Yugoslavia focuses on creating synergies between city, Mehr
Department / Institute: Prof. Hubert Klumpner
Screening and panel discussion on Monday 11 March, 20:00 – 22:00 | Kino Kosmos, Zurich. London, 1972 – the city is growing, and with it the need to house working populations. Post-war values of social welfare make experimenting with new forms of housing possible, ushering in an era of Mehr
On Mondays, 10:00 – 12:00 | ETH Zurich, Oerlikon, ONA E16, Neunbrunnenstrasse 50, 8050 Zurich. Lecturers: Hubert Klumpner with Klearjos Eduardo Papanicolaou The elective course «Action! On the Real City – CAMPUS: Sensory Ethnography of Educational Space» develops new forms of urban literacy in learning from the complex, Mehr
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays 08:00 – 18:00 | ETH Zurich, Oerlikon, ONA E25, Neunbrunnenstrasse 50, 8050 Zurich. The Urban Prototype studio will address environmental issues and social inequality by exploring urban resettlement strategies and knowledge transfer spaces through new urban and building typologies in the context of the Mehr
On Thursdays 08:00 – 09:30 | ETH Zurich, Oerlikon, ONA E7, Neunbrunnenstrasse 50, 8050 Zurich. How did the cities develop that we live in now? Which urban plans, instruments, visions, political decisions, economic reasonings, cultural inputs and social organization have been used to operate in urban settlements in Mehr
Swiss Federal Council member Ignazio Cassis visited the site of the Empower Shack Project in the township of Khayelitsha in South Africa, meeting Prof. Hubert Klumpner on site. Together with the Swiss Ambassador, they spoke at length about the project’s potential to reshape housing policy in post-apartheid South Mehr
5th and 6th April 2019, a linked two-day event with the ETH Forum Wohnungsbau. Featuring an interdisciplinary panel of 24 PhD’s and Post-Docs engaging with the topics ‚Sharing‘, ‚Co-Creating‘, and ‚Dwelling‘, the Shareland Doctoral Conference will debate new frameworks for understanding cities, housing, and land distribution today. Sign Mehr
The experiences gained from designing and implementing digital tools that aim to replicate an urban development methodology allows a critical reflection on the limits of emerging planning technology. These limits become clear when assessing how successful the technology is in enhancing the «focal practices» (Borgmann 1984) of participants Mehr
Lecture course on Thursdays, starting 20 September, 8:00–9:30 | ETH Zurich, Oerlikon, ONA E7, Neunbrunnenstr. 50. How did cities develop in the cities we live in now? Which urban plans, instruments, visions, political decisions, economic reasonings, cultural inputs and social organization have been used to operate in urban settlements in specific moments of Mehr
Elective course. Ethnographic Filmmaking on the City’s Edges. On Mondays, starting 17 September, 10:00–12:00 | ETH Zurich, Oerlikon, ONA E16, Neunbrunnenstr. 50. Lecturers: Alfredo Brillemboug & Hubert Klumpner with Klearjos Papanicolaou. The elective course «Action! On the Real City – Informal Zürich – Ethnographic Filmmaking on the City’s Edges» develops new forms of Mehr
The collaborative «Urban Prototype» research focuses on alternative architectural projects for the Colombian capital of Bogotá. Among the outputs, typologies, integrated infrastructure, and innovative urban scenarios wer developed, generating challenges to conventional urban development approaches, mobility models, and open space concepts around the Plaza de Los Mártires area Mehr
Our collaborative «Langstrasse with Love – Rogue Urbanism» research aims to develop new building typologies in response to gentrification processes in one of Zurich’s most diverse and inclusive areas, the Langstrasse district. Together with the Chair of Sociology, Prof. Dr. Schmid, and the ETH CASE / Wohnforum, Dr. Mehr
Ausstellung im Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich, vom 5. Oktober 2018 – 3. Februar 2019. A loom to start a business, a do-it-yourself house, or a solar kiosk for local power supply: social design is design for and with society – and highly topical. The consequences of the global growth Mehr
While much has been written about the fate of buildings that outlast their program, typically in the post-industrial context, this essay «Waiting In The Sky: Test Beds for a Vertical Future in Torre David» addresses the topic from a different angle: vertically. Taking the Centro Financiero Confinanzas – Mehr
Date: To be defined. As part of the series of NSL Colloquiua, this event will bring together practitioners from the fields of architecture and urban design with a special emphasis on the most pressing issues for cities in the 21st century. Through talks and open discussions, this event Mehr
The Empower project uses applied design research and organizational models to address the current deficit in urban land readjustment through the development, implementation and evaluation of 42 housing units and integrated urban systems. The research is conducted under the tracks: (A) Land Readjustment methodology, (B) Stakeholder Relationship Arrangements Mehr
Die Lehr- und Forschungsinitiative «Empower-Shack» (des Lehrstuhls für Architektur und Städtebau von Alfredo Brillembourg & Hubert Klumpner) und dessen Weiterführung in eine Realierungsphase wurde von einer Internationalen Jury des Royal Instituts for British Architects (RIBA) auf die Longlist für das Weltbeste Gebäude gewählt. RIBA vergibt seit 1848 einen der wichtigsten Architekturpreise Mehr
The Doctoral Programme at the ETH Zurich Department of Architecture’s Institute of Landscape and Urban Studies (LUS) offers two fellowship positions starting on 1 October 2023. 100%, Zurich-based, fixed-term. Job description
The LUS Doctoral Programme
The Doctoral Programme at the Institute of Landscape and Urban Studies (LUS), ETH Zurich D-ARCH, focuses on contemporary issues of urban and environmental transformation within their broader socio-cultural, political-economic, and theoretical contexts. The programme seeks to promote critical discourse and to cultivate independent, inventive, and proactive research addressing urgent social and environmental challenges.
The LUS Institute tackles the production of landscape, territory, and human settlements across a range of scales and diverse geographies. Research areas currently in the foreground include studies around landscape and designed ecologies, energy transition, agroecology, hydrology, and regenerative agriculture, adaptive infrastructures, housing, and socio-economic development addressing urban inequality. The geographical focus of the LUS Institute lies mostly within Switzerland, Europe, and across the wider global South.
The doctoral programme at the LUS Institute therefore attempts to bring together the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, urban and territorial design and planning, and the social sciences. Inter- and transdisciplinary research thus lies at the core of the LUS Institute. It is practiced through a diverse set of methodological approaches, both qualitative and quantitative, ranging from ethnographic research and critical cartography to design-based action research, systems research, and urban theory.
We are seeking individuals with a background in architecture, landscape architecture, urban and territorial design and planning, and social sciences, with strong research or design experience that can benefit from the inter- and transdisciplinary engagements offered by the institute.
You must hold a university diploma or master’s degree obtained at university level (equivalent to the FHEQ-Level 7) in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, urban planning, and social science, or related fields.
You must additionally demonstrate excellent research and writing skills.
Applications must be addressed to the Institute of Landscape and Urban Studies rather than to individual professors. Applicants must note that the application will be solely evaluated for their content and the applicants are thus requested to not contact individual professors before applying.
We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents by 15 March 2023, 23:59 CET:
- Letter of motivation (1 page).
- Outline of the proposed research project (max. 4 pages + max. 3 illustrations + bibliography and project timeline).
- Curriculum vitae (including publications, portfolio, and work samples, max. 10 pages).
- Published piece of writing if available (1 text, max. 15 pages)
- Name, affiliation, and email addresses of 2 referees.
Please note that applications missing any of the documents listed above and/or exceeding specified page limits will not be considered for evaluation.
The programme exclusively accepts application documents submitted through the ETH online application portal. Applications submitted via email or postal services will not be considered.
- 15 March 2023: Submission deadline (23:59 CET).
- Middle of April 2023: Notification to shortlisted candidates.
- End of April 2023: Interviews with shortlisted candidates.
- Beginning of May 2023: Notification to successful applicants.
- 1 October 2023: Start of programme.
About the Programme
The language of instruction of the doctoral programme is English. With over 25 participants currently enrolled, the LUS Doctoral Programme cultivates both individual research and collective exchange within the doctoral community. These modes of exchange include the LUS methods seminar, institute-wide colloquia, workshops, and doctoral reviews. The LUS Doctoral Programme is part of a larger, highly stimulating environment of doctoral education offered within the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich. A close collaboration with the Doctoral Programme in History and Theory of Architecture offered by the gta Institute has been established.
Participating Chairs at the LUS
While an overall alignment between the research proposed by the candidates and the individual and collective research agendas of the participating chairs at the LUS Institute is desirable, candidates are free to apply with an independent research topic. The following seven chairs currently form part of the LUS Institute:
- Chair of History and Theory of Urban Design, Prof. Dr. Tom Avermaete
- Chair of Architecture and Housing, Prof. Maria Conen
- Chair of Landscape Architecture, Prof. Dr. Teresa Galí-Izard
- Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, Prof. Hubert Klumpner
- Chair of Architecture and Urban Transformation, Prof. Freek Persyn
- Chair of Sociology, Prof. Dr. Christian Schmid
- Chair of Architecture and Territorial Planning, Prof. Milica Topalovic
Employment, Residence & Funding
The programme offers to fund for only up to three years. You will receive full employment (100% Pensum), based on the ETH Zurich doctoral student contract, with monthly salaries according to the ‘standard rate’. For a detailed calculation of salaries please refer here.
You are required to take up residency in Zurich during the period of the scholarship.
Applicants are requested to refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) before approaching the programme coordinator. Only for questions that cannot be addressed through the FAQs contact the doctoral programme coordinator Nitin Bathla at email@example.com. Requests sent to any other email will not be considered.
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