The NSL colloquia are a bi-annual presentation of exceptional work under a rotating theme determined by the inviting professor.


Are Integrated Infrastructure Networks Governable in Contemporary City Regions?

Organisierende Professur:

Guest: Prof. Michael Neuman, Professor of Sustainable Urbanism, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Westminster.

14. November 2019, 17:00 – 19:30 | ETH Zurich, Hönggerberg, HIT E 51.

The very possibility of governance that is critical — in terms of providing robust human rights, meaningful participative democracy, equitable distribution of wealth, goods and services, and strong environmental protection — is being severely tested in this neoliberal age. Evidence abounds on both sides of the question. Many small scale initiatives are bubbling up to fill the voids created as the result of the multiple failures of mainstream institutions in all sectors of society to maintain a long-standing social contract to protect individuals from harm and to advance the public good. This lecture addresses some key issues to consider when designing and redesigning governance institutions to promote the common welfare, focusing on infrastructures.


Prof. Martin Savelsbergh, Georgia Tech

Current Challenges for Logistics

You missed this NSL colloquium on 14 May? The film recording is now online! Logistics and mobility of goods is facing relevant substantial challenges, which are mostly invisible to users, differently from the challenges of personal mobility, such as delays, traffic jams, etc, which we witness daily. This More