CHAIR OF ARCHITECTURE
AND URBAN DESIGN —

PROF. KEES CHRISTIAANSE

ETH Zurich – Institute for Urban Design
ONA G41 – Neunbrunnenstrasse 50 – 8093 Zurich
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TEACHING


URBAN RESEARCH STUDIO - INTERDISCIPLINARY WORKSHOP


 

Re/Occupation

Shopping center, train stations, libraries, hotels, factories—what do all of these places have in common? You would think nothing, yet in these places strangers are in constant contact. They exchange a glance, speak to one another, trade or work together. They are not public spaces in the classic sense of the word, but they are spaces where there is a high level of public business and encounter.

 

The Ciudades Paralelas project invited artists to Zurich to develop theatrical interventions for everyday spaces such as these. By means of these interventions, the city becomes a stage, and its inhabitants, actors or the audience of an extraordinary piece of theater. Suddenly, one is more aware of everyday occurrences and more willing to encounter the unexpected. Can such interventions be designed specifically in order to increase the value of public space in the city? If so, which interventions would be the most effective? And how would urban or architectural space need to be designed so that these interventions can best succeed? In order to search for answers to these questions, we will be following the Ciudades Paralelas project in Zurich and examine its interventions using empirical research methods.

 

Course objectives

Applications, evaluation, and visualization of empirical research methods (participatory observation, interviews, filmed documentation, mapping).

 

Info evening

May 4th, 6 pm, “Red Hell” (HIL E67)

Powerpoint presentation of the info evening

 

Registration

During the info evening or at the chair of professor Kees Christiaanse

 

Workshop

Block 1: June 14-17th

Block 2: June 28-30th

Presentation: July 15th

(50 semester week hours)

 

Participants

Max. 30 Students

Institute for Popular Cultures (Zurich University)

Architecture department (ETH Zürich)

 

Student obligation and credit points

A ten-page description and visualization of the observations  2 credits


Lecturers

Dr. Gabriela Muri Koller (lectureship for sociology)

Tim Rieniets (professor of architecture and urban design)


Partners:

Department of Architecture and Urban Design (ETH Zürich)

Lectureship for Sociology (ETH Zürich)

Institute for Popular Cultures (Zurich University)


The project was made possible by:

“Re/Occupation – Designing Urban Public Spaces with Theatrical Interventions,” a SNF/DORE project at the Institut Design2context der ZHdK; Project leader: Imanuel Schipper


Ciudades Paralelas, a project by Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll) and Lola Arias