27.11.2019, 14.30–16.00 | ONA Focushalle E7, Neunbrunnenstr. 50, 8050 Zürich (Oerlikon). In conversation with Marc Angélil, Arno Brandlhuber, Charlotte Malterre Barthes, and Milica Topalović. KELLER EASTERLING is an architect, professor at Yale, and one of the most eloquent theorists of architecture and design. In ‘Medium Design’ (Strelka Press, 2018) Easterling argues that design tools are often inadequate to More
Department / Institute: Prof. Dr. Marc Angélil
Marc Angélil hat die Architekturlehre an der ETH entscheidend mitgeprägt, sowohl als Professor wie auch als Vorsteher des Departements. Seit Jahren forscht er zu politischen, sozialen und ökonomischen Treibern der globalen Verstädterung. Im Rahmen seiner Emeritierung wirft er nochmals einen kritischen Blick auf aktuelle Urbanisierungstrends. Gespräch mit Prof. More
25 September 2019, 18:00-19:00 | The Grand Projet Book Launch & Exhibition Opening | ETH Zürich, Hauptgebäude, im Lichthof, Erdgeschoss (HG E Nord), Rämistrasse 101, Zürich | exhibition open 25.9. to 4.10.2019. At this book launch and exhibition opening, The Grand Projet team at the ETH-Future Cities Laboratory presents the More
24-25 September 2019 | Zurich. The FCL conference ‘Future Cities: Actions’ will feature outcomes of research conducted at the Future Cities Laboratory since 2015, when the second phase of the programme began. In particular, the conference will focus on actions and FCL’s contribution to sustainable future cities.
The Institute for Landscape and Urban Studies (LUS) has been founded as part of the Department of Architecture, with the Professors Christophe Girot, Hubert Klumpner, Freek Persyn, Christian Schmid, Milica Topalovic, and Günther Vogt. It replaces the three previous Institutes for Urban Design (ISB), Landscape Architecture (ILA) and the Contemporary City Institute (CCI).
Marc Angélil’s stance for multidisciplinarity influenced the research of his chair, his message to the students, and his award-winning publications. After more than two decades at the ETH Zurich and thus at the NSL, he will be emeritus. Sascha Delz interviewed the searcher for the essence of urbanism More
This second volume in the Indicia series focuses on the tools, methods and approaches needed for research on future cities. Following Marshall McLuhan’s famous provocation, we focus less on the ‘message’ and more on the ‘medium’ of research. This involves retreating from research contents—the topics, themes, questions, hypotheses, More
Book launch, Monday 6 May 2019, 16:00 | ONA, Fokushalle, Neunbrunnenstrasse 50, Zürich. With Marc Angélil, Cary Siress, and Hans Frei. Mirroring Effects, written by Marc Angélil and Cary Siress, analyses political and economic practices concerning environment-making in the contemporary world. The presented case studies unfold as real-life tales More
5 Sessions on selected Mondays, 16:00–18:00. ETH Zurich, Oerlikon, ONA Focushalle E7, Neunbrunnenstr. 50. Sessions 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 More
Addressing Contextual and Spatial Indifference in Design, Urban Planning and International Cooperation: A Case Study from Ethiopia This chapter draws from the author’s research on recent urbanisation processes in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, and its hinterland. It addresses two aspects that are often neglected but crucial when discussing More
Ausstellung im ZAZ Zentrum Architektur Zürich, 17.11.18 – 28.02.19. Vernissage am 16. November, 18:00 Uhr. Das Zentrum Architektur Zürich lädt Sie ein, Zürich neu kennenzulernen. Die Ausstellung wirft einen Blick auf das Zürich von 1939 nach dem Ausbruch des Zweiten Weltkriegs und zeigt Ihnen, welche Spuren dieser Zeit noch More
Lecture Series: 6 Sessions on selected Mondays, 16:00–18:00 | ETH Zurich Oerlikon, ONA Focushalle E7, Neunbrunnenstr. 50. Sessions 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 More
Norms and standards determine our living space. The spaces in which we work, shop, move and enjoy ourselves are based on them. They help define the organisational spatial principles that should contribute to offering optimised conditions for each specific spatial use. Spaces generated on a foundation of norms More
In an increasingly interconnected world, the question of how to adequately prepare prospective architects, urban designers and planners for an international working environment is a crucial topic. The practitioners’ challenging tasks not only include how to appropriately engage with particular conditions on the ground, but usually ask to More
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests sent to any other email will not be considered.
In: PhotoResearcher, No. 28/2017. Vienna: European Society for the History of Photography. S. 68–83. Download A discussion about the relationship between photography and territorial research. Does photography have the status of a document, or does it have a «projective» status of its own? How is it possible to More
The bilateral research project Cooperative Production of Low-Cost Housing – Socio-Technological Innovation for the Provision of Housing for Low-Income Populations investigates previous and current practices of affordable housing production in order to detect the transformative potential of urban development based on community organizations and the formation of housing More
In: PhotoResearcher, No.28/2017. Vienna: European Society for the History of Photography. S. 30–35. Images of hydro-infrastructures and their inaugurations served various purposes. From asserting power over natural resources by colonial powers, to establishing the image of a self-sustaining nation and presenting dams as nation-building and political leverage tools, More
Related to the project Housing the Co-op, the research team at the chair of Prof. Marc Angélil hosted a session at the Global Conference of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA). It aimed at highlighting the enormous potential that housing co-operatives can have for the key challenges of inclusive More
5 Sessions on selected Mondays, Autumn 2017, 16:00 – 18:00 h | Elective Course Place: ETH Zurich, Oerlikon | ONA Focushalle E7 | Neunbrunnenstr. 50, 8050 Zurich «Sessions on Territory» is a new series of public debates on the political economy of architecture and territory within and beyond the neoliberal order. Focusing More
The research on Cidade de Deus, a low-income neighborhood located in Rio de Janeiro’s western urban expansion zone, addresses the transformation of a peripheral mass housing settlement from the 1960s into a consolidated urban environment today. The violent story of Cidade de Deus has been widely popularized through More
Die Forschungsarbeit zur Entwicklung von Cidade de Deus, einer Siedlung für Massenwohnungsbau aus den 1960er Jahren in Rio de Janeiro, untersucht die Transformation eines damals isolierten Randgebiets in ein heute funktionierendes städtisches Quartier. Die von Gewalt bestimmte Geschichte von Cidade de Deus hat durch das gleichnamige Buch von More
The game plan was as follows: five colleagues from the Department of Architecture of ETH Zurich, whose positions could not be further apart, accepted the challenge of the Swiss National Research Programme “New Urban Quality” (NRP 65) to investigate measures for improving the contemporary urban condition. Whereas a More
This research addresses the intersection of two of the most important socio-demographic transformations occurring in our contemporary world: population ageing and urbanization. It reacts to these parallel shifts by identifying and conceptualizing emerging urban experiments for this exploding demographic. Liberated from the responsibilities of the first and second More
Each of the case studies comprising Mirroring Effects: Tales of Territory unfolds as an all too real-life tale chronicling the ramifications of urbanization under the influence of integrated world capitalism. Taken together, they narrate the ongoing restructuring of built and lived spaces in highly diverse regions of what More
Focussing on the metropolitan region of Cairo, this research project aims to identify the forces at work – both formal and informal, and combinations thereof – in the production of territory. Over the past decades, Greater Cairo has morphed into an indistinct zone structured by moments of concentration More
Ruby Press. More Hot off the press! Featuring essays by Paulo Tavares, Keller Easterling, Matias Echanove and Rahul Srivastava of URBZ, and Rainer Hehl. Empower is the third volume in the «Essays on the Political Economy of Urban Form» series, this time adding a touch of political ecology.
Berlin: Ruby Press. Mehr A biography of an experiment undertaken in Ethiopia for nearly a decade, starting with the founding of a school, setting off a series of investigations assembled in a book, and leading to the construction of a town. A timeline running all through the book More
Berlin: Ruby Press. Mehr A cross-section of urban informality drawing on broader theoretical frameworks as well as case studies. Reading the city of yesterday as the physical manifestation of the failure of the urban economy to meet the needs of a growing population, Informalize! turns to the city More
Zürich: Verlag Niggli. Mehr In den vorliegenden «Architekturdialogen» befragen neun Interviewer 30 namhafte Schweizer Architekturschaffende nach Leitbildern, Tendenzen und einem Ausblick ihrer theoretischen Überlegungen und praktischen Arbeiten. Unter den Architekten und Büros sind Herzog & de Meuron, Peter Zumthor, Valerio Olgiati, Mario Botta, Luigi Snozzi und viele More
Basel, Boston, Berlin: Birkhäuser. Mehr The research investigates the performance of cities in view of resource fluxes – the interplay and transformation of stocks and flows of resources according to changing parameters in time. Specifically, seven trajectories are identified, acknowledging both physiological and morphological transformations of urban systems: More
Generalist. Darmstadt: Nicolaische Verlagsbuchhandlung, Technische Universität Darmstadt. 51-61. ISBN 978-3-89479-573-3. Mehr Der Artikel untersucht das visuelle Medium des Planes hinsichtlich seines Zweckes der abstrahierten Darstellung einer Planung (Abstraktion) sowie der Anleitung zu deren Umsetzung (Konkretisierung). Planformen werden hierzu mit Karten und Musikpartituren verglichen, deren Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschiede erarbeitet More
Zürich: Edition Hochparterre. Mehr Unsere Siedlungsgebiete haben sich grundlegend verändert: Agglomerationen, Städte, Dörfer und Landschaften bilden metropolitane Netzwerke, neue funktionale Zusammenhänge und räumliche Strukturen sind entstanden. Dieses Handbuch verschafft Orientierung und hilft Qualitäten und Defizite in urbanen Gebieten festzustellen. Als praxisorientiertes Arbeitsinstrument richtet sich das Buch an alle, die sich mehr für Qualitäten More
Die Städte unserer Erde wachsen rasant. In kürzester Zeit entwickeln sich kleine Dörfer zu Millionenmetropolen. Gewohnt wird Schulter an Schulter und das zu Preisen, die sich Haushalte mit tiefen Einkommen kaum oder gar nicht mehr leisten können. Neue, innovative Wohnbaustrategien scheinen unausweichlich zu sein.
Exploring the political-economic mechanisms underlying the production of affordable housing has been a recurring research theme at the chair of Prof. Marc Angélil. While also addressing the more familiar settings of the United States and central Europe, the main focus has been on rapidly growing urban territories of More
As part of the Scientific & Technological Cooperation Programme Switzerland – Rio de Janeiro (STCPSRJ), the Chair of Prof. Dr. Marc Angélil has launched this three-year research project in January. A joint research between the Institute of Urban Design (ISB) at the Department for Architecture of ETH Zurich and More
Sitting under a tree on a pile of discarded furniture, surrounded by fifteen-story buildings, the sad-eyed farmer and his wife tell a gloomy story, that of disappearing agriculture at the periphery of Cairo. Surrounded on three sides by blind brick facades, their field is about 100 meters long More
What are the mechanisms at work in the production of territory and what are their effects on the make-up of the human habitat? In order to tackle this question, the research focused on the relationship between forms of collective organization (social, political, and economic) and the forms of More
Das Forschungsprojekt Urbane Potentiale und Strategien in metropolitanen Territorien leistet einen qualitativen Beitrag zur aktuellen Stadt- und Raumentwicklungsdebatte in der Schweiz und unterscheidet dabei nicht nach den Kategorien städtisch, suburban oder periurban, sondern entlang von ausgewählten urbanen Qualitäten, die sich aus zahlreichen Untersuchungen konkreter Fallbeispiele in der Metropolitanregion Zürich herauskristallisiert More
Im Rahmen des NFP 65 Neue Urbane Qualität wurden Eigenschaften einer nachhaltigen urbanen Entwicklung sowie strategische Massnahmen zu deren Stimulierung erarbeitet. Daraus resultierte ein Instrumentarium zur Integration städtebaulicher und sozialwissenschaftlicher Aspekte von Urbanität: Das Urbane Profil. Momentan wird es in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Amt für Raumentwicklung des Kanton More