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


LECTURES FS13


Foto Marc Latzel, Zürich

Kulturlandschaft II

Outside the major cities multiple requirements of peri-urban and peripheral rural space interfere with each other: the use of ground and space has to be renegotiated time and again between residential areas, agriculture, forestry, mobility, leisure activities and energy production. The demographic and socioeconomic change of our increasingly cross-linked society compound this process additionally. The bipolar pattern city - countryside doesn't exist anymore, neither in spatial nor in socio-economic or cultural respects. The rural areas, in many aspects, do not differ from urban agglomerations anymore: they are (in central Europe) relatively densely populated, easily accessible and easy to supply with goods, they have the same access to the global communication networks and they offer the same or similar living conditions. Farming as a defining economic activity loses increasingly its significance. So much so, that the Swiss Government declared years ago, that the whole of Switzerland can be described as urban.

 

If the urbanization of the country is looked upon as an opportunity, central questions about the future of the cultural and cultivated landscape can be raised on the basis of these changed and newly formed structures: Will the agricultural country turn into a leisure country? Will it remain the idyllic setting for the dream of a homestead for over 80% of Europeans? Where does the public domain start and end? What about the vitality of villages and small towns? How can food and resources be produced and transported in a cost-effective and energy neutral way? And what consequences for our lifestyle and settlement models arise from this?

 

The series of lectures about the Kulturlandschaft addresses these questions. The professorship of Kees Christiaanse has, on this account, invited selected experts in the fields of spatial planning, economics, settlement development, landscape, energy, urban design and architecture, to relate their experiences, projects and visions about the Kulturlandschaft.

 

 

Lecture hall and time

Focushalle Werk 11, ONA E7, Thursdays 10:00 to 12:00 am

 

Dates and Lecturers

21.02.2013 Prof. David Grahame Shane, Columbia University

28.02.2013 Michael Wagner, ETH Zürich

07.03.2013 Prof. Mark Michaeli, TU München

14.03.2013 Prof. Kees Christiaanse, ETH Zürich

Seminarwoche

28.03.2013 Prof. Ronald Rovers, Hogeschool Zuyd

Osterferien

11.04.2013 Prof. em. Thomas Sieverts, Bonn

18.04.2013 PD Dr. Irmi Seidl, WSL Zürich

25.04.2013 Assoc. Prof. Pierre Bélanger, GSD Harvard University

02.05.2013 EXAM COLLOQUIUM

16.05.2013 SEMESTER END EXAM

 

This lecture series in the spring semester 2013 is part of the main research Kulturlandschaft of the Chair for Architecture and Urban Design, Prof. Kees Christiaanse.

 

Contact: Michael Wagner

 

© Foto Marc Latzel, Zürich