21 February 2024, 17:30–19:00 | ETH Zürich, Hönggerberg, HIL E 4.

Lecture by Sarah Whiting
Spielraum & Öffentlicher Raum

On the occasion of the launch of Architecture Philosophy, vol 6, no. 1-2, Prof. Dr. Sarah Whiting (Dean and Josep Lluís Sert Professor of Architecture at Harvard GSD), will deliver a lecture, entitled Spielraum & Öffentlicher Raum.

If a hundred years ago, our public realm was characterized by articles in newspapers that theorized people’s different relations to time and space (Siegfried Kracauer’s «Those Who Wait» or «Boredom,» both published in the Frankfurter Zeitung, for example), today, newspaper accounts of our urban relations rely instead on anecdote or data (see the «Headway» article series in The New York Times, including «Could Better Buses Fix Your Commute?»). This talk looks at urban time and space today and whether the disappearance of public theory has flattened our public urban realm or whether the elimination of public theory is the result of the economic flattening of our public global realm. Where lies the possible future running room of our public realm?

Journal presentation
Public Space: The Real and the Ideal

Architecture Philosophy Vol. 6, no. 1–2. Theme: Public Space: The Real and the Ideal. Edited by André Patrão, Hans Teerds, Christoph Baumberger, Tom Spector. With contributions by, amongst others, Sven-Olov Wallenstein, Chantal Mouffe, Kenneth Frampton, Margaret Crawford.


History and Theory of Urban Design, Prof. Dr. Tom Avermaete
Contact: Hans Teerds