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



Methods in Urban and Landscape Studies

The goal of this colloquium is to invite advanced PhD candidates in the field of urban studies, including urban and landscape design and urban sociology, to report about their experiences and insights in the concrete application of methods utilized for their research and scientific publications. The seminar seeks to provide participants with a differentiated knowledge of methods in the field of the urbanism. Furthermore, it provides a platform to exchange contemporary urban research experiences across disciplinary boundaries, drawing from different geographies of knowledge production. Possible meta-themes include qualitative vs. quantitative methods, modes of data assessment in urban studies, progressing from hypothesis to synthesis, and research through design as method.


Besides discussing ongoing individual work and its methodological questions, the course will also probe critical perspectives on urban and landscape design and the city’s relation to society, as well as examine the enduring historical and epistemological significance of these perspectives.


The seminars are jointly organized by Prof. Kees Christiaanse, Prof. Marc Angélil, Prof. Hubert Klumpner and Prof. Dr. Christian Schmid as full-day events, once per academic semester. They will comprise two different formats, alternating every semester, with one of the four Chairs taking the lead with each event.


The first format will provide an overarching methodological meta-theme, to be defined prior to the event. One external guest critic will be invited. In this case, each presentation will conclude with a discussion round, providing sufficiently detailed feedback for every doctoral candidate. The second format will consist of 2-3 thematic panels, each with 2-3 panelists and one invited critic. Discussion would take place after the completed panel presentations, allowing for enhanced comparison and synthesis.


Participants are expected to submit single-page abstracts of their papers in advance and to make a presentation of app. 20 minute at the colloquium. The discussion rounds will be moderated by the organizing professors and invited guests.


Contact: Daniel Kiss