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Dozentur Soziologie, Departement Architektur, ETH Zürich, 18. October 2018
Henri Lefebvre
Henri Lefebvre and the Theory of the Production of Space

Teaching and Publications


Henri Lefebvre’s theory of the production of space is one of the most important contemporary contributions to the analysis of urbanization and socio-spatial processes. It is of special importance for the transdisciplinary research in social sciences and architecture. The long-standing engagement of the chair of sociology with this theory resulted in many publications (see CV Christian Schmid). This theory is also one of the focal points of teaching and serves as an analytical base for many research projects of the chair of sociology.

Goonewardena, K., Kipfer, S., Milgrom, R. & Schmid, C.: Space, Difference, Everyday Life: Reading Henri Lefebvre. New York: Routledge; 2008


Christian Schmid: Stadt, Raum und Gesellschaft: Henri Lefebvre und die Theorie der Produktion des Raumes, 2. Aufl., Stuttgart : Franz Steiner, 2010






Chair of architecture theory, faculty of architecture, ETH Zürich

Chair of sociology, faculty of architecture, ETH Zürich

Delft School of Design, faculty of architecture, TU Delft

Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht


While Lefebvre’s theory has inspired, since the 1980s, much debates about the current processes of urbanization, urban empirical studies based on this theory remain still very rare. In order to promote a debate on this topic, the chair of architecture theory and the chair of sociology of ETH Zurich, the Delft School of Design and the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht organized two conferences: Rethinking Theory, Space and Production: Henri Lefebvre Today (TU Delft, November 11–13, 2008) and Architecture and Social Sciences: Urban Research and Design beyond Henri Lefebvre (ETH Zurich, November 24–26, 2009). Both conferences focused on the application and further development of Lefebvre’s theory in today’s empirical urban research and design. They gained significant international attention, and gathered scholars from various disciplines, including architecture, urbanism, sociology, geography, and political sciences 





Conference Program 2008





Conference Program 2009



Łukasz Stanek, Christian Schmid: Teoría, no método: Henri Lefebvre, investigación y diseño urbanos en la actualidad. 2011




Book project


Ákos Moravánsky, Christian Schmid, Łukasz Stanek; faculty of architecture, ETH Zurich


Encouraged by the great international interest in the two conferences as well as by the high quality of the presentations, a book project was established, combining a selection of the conference contributions with commissioned essays. The ambition is to advance Lefebvre’s theory beyond the limitations of current theoretical debates; to develop a general theoretical and methodological framework for the analysis of contemporary urbanization processes; and to conceive new design tools in response to today’s urban challenges.