Colloquium Avermaete: Urban Commons

3 April 2019, 09:30–15:30 | ETH Zurich, Hönggerberg, HIL E4.

The architecture of the city has always been based on a set of common codes and conventions. Explicated in texts, drawings and models or tacitly defined as compositional principles, typological choices or construction modes, these codes and conventions represent a specific conception of the city and urbanity. During the twentieth century we have been inculcated with the idea that urban norms and forms are articulated by either the state or the market, and are thus either exclusively public or private. As a result, our understanding of urban codes and conventions as ‘common matter’ has vanished.


09.30 – 10.30 Keynote lectures by Adrian Forty (UCL Bartlett) and Hannah Leroux (Wits University)
11.00 – 12.00 Keynote lectures by Hilde Heynen (KU Leuven) and Yoshi Tsukamoto (Atelier Bow Wow, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
13.30 – 14.30 Position lectures followed by panel discussion with Adam Caruso (Caruso St John, ETH Zürich), An Fonteyne (noA Architecten, ETH Zurich) and Christoph Grafe (BU Wuppertal)
14.30 – 15.30 Concluding discussion panel with Adrian Forty, Hannah Leroux, Hilde Heynen and Yoshi Tsukamoto


Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta).
History and Theory of Urban Design, Prof. Dr. Tom Avermaete