Scientific Researcher (w. PhD) / Senior Lecturer

The Chair of the History and Theory of Urban Design at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta), led by Prof. Tom Avermaete, is seeking a highly motivated and qualified postdoctoral colleague. The successful candidate will join a dynamic team working on innovative research projects and educational approaches in the More

Codes and Conventions for Future Zurich: A Propositional Planning Approach to Qualitative Densification

This 4-year project uniquely combines historical and design-led research to explore urban strategies for housing the anticipated 25% population increase that Zurich is facing in the next 20 years. A ‘retroactive analysis’ of the historical evolution of building codes, as well as of the specific urban types and More

Unlocking the ‘Contact Zone’. Towards a New Historiography of Architecture

This research project seeks to develop a new method of writing the history of post-WWII architecture, reflecting the complexities of globalisation and its influence on the built environment. The project investigates an alternative historiographic approach by organising history around cross-cultural ‘contact zones’. This term was first used by More

Conceptualising ‘Cultural Landscape Commons’: Retracing Ecological Thinking from the Swiss Alpine Landscape to Social-Ecological Systems

This paper retraces the fundaments of the ‘nature-culture’ divide within the study of Swiss alpine ‘cultural landscape commons’, showing how this notion was shaped by early ecological thinking expressed through environmental determinism, dynamic systems, and cultural ecology. These fields of research are seen as precursors to some of the More

Architectural Expertise in a World-in-Common

Architectural and urban design are activities embedded in a socio-spatial and political context. Harvard Professor of Urban Planning Susan Fainstein, therefore, challenges theories of planning—and, with that, architectural and urban design—to address these relations: how does the intervention and implementation impact the (urban) context, the (city) users, and More

An Architecture World: The Tacit in Recent Architectural Pedagogy at ETH Zurich

The tacit dimension of architectural pedagogy—which students deploy when designing, but have trouble explaining—remains understudied, beset by methodological difficulties. Existing accounts emphasize isolated studio exercises or cognitive processes, often neglecting cultural, historical, and disciplinary contexts. Meanwhile, the notion of tacit knowledge is not even entirely adequate for architectural More

Exploring Urban-Scale Models: The Projets Urbains and the Performance of the Maquette, 1960s till Today

Little research exists on urban-scale models. In existing scholarship, they are often lumped together with architectural models. Although urban-scale models certainly possess characteristics that are similar to those of architectural models, they also differ. The key difference, this research project hypothesizes, is that in urban-scale models the performative More