Inaugural lecture Tom Avermaete, gta

2 April 2019, 17:00–18:00 | ETH Zurich, Zentrum, Auditorium Maximum (HG F 30).

Inaugural Lecture of Prof. Dr. Tom Avermaete.

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.

No registration necessary.


Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta).

History and Theory of Urban Design, Prof. Dr. Tom Avermaete