Dr. Lindsay Blair Howe

ETH Zürich
Depar­te­ment Archi­tek­tur
HIL E 61.2
Ste­fa­no-Fran­sci­ni-Platz 5
8093 Zürich Höng­ger­berg
Tel.: +41 44 633 90 81

E‑Mail: howe@arch.ethz.ch

Lind­say Blair Howe is an urba­nist with a for­mal back­ground in archi­tec­tu­re. She is curr­ent­ly dual-appoin­ted as a Lec­tu­rer and Rese­arch Asso­cia­te at the ETH Zurich Chair of Socio­lo­gy and Pro­fes­sor of Archi­tec­tu­re and Socie­ty at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Liechtenstein.

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A coll­ec­ti­ve forum at the inter­sti­ce of aca­de­mia, civil socie­ty, and poli­tics with Prof. Dr. Han­na Hil­brandt (UZH), Prof. Dr. David Kauf­mann (ETHZ), and Prof. Dr. Phil­ip­pe Kock (ZHAW). Check out our web­site and join our dis­cus­sions in and on Zurich!

Her work attempts to under­stand how urban space is pro­du­ced by peo­p­le and poli­ci­es, and how this can be trans­for­med in the name of a more sus­tainable future. In par­ti­cu­lar, she uses uni­que qua­li­ta­ti­ve and mixed metho­do­lo­gies, such as vol­un­tee­red geo­gra­phic infor­ma­ti­on (VGI), to show how urba­niza­ti­on gene­ra­tes uneven mate­ri­al, regu­la­to­ry, and ever­y­day spaces. Her publi­ca­ti­ons thus con­tri­bu­te to dis­cour­ses on cri­ti­cal theo­ry and urban stu­dies from a social per­spec­ti­ve, advo­ca­ting for the chan­ge of urban poli­ci­es and sys­tems through an increased under­stan­ding of ever­y­day life.

Her PhD, entit­led Thin­king through Peri­phe­ries: Struc­tu­ral Spa­ti­al Ine­qua­li­ty in Johan­nes­burg was com­ple­ted in August, 2017. As part of this work, she was a visi­ting scho­lar at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cali­for­nia, Ber­ke­ley in 2014 and at the Uni­ver­si­ty of the Wit­wa­ters­rand in 2015 and 2016. She has been award­ed num­e­rous grants and awards, inclu­ding from the Swiss Natio­nal Sci­ence Foun­da­ti­on, USAID, and the Sawiris Foun­da­ti­on for Deve­lo­p­ment. Pri­or to her doc­to­ral work, she com­ple­ted her MSc in Archi­tec­tu­re and Urba­nism from the ETH Zurich in 2012, and her BSc in Archi­tec­tu­re and minor in Glo­bal Cul­tu­re and Com­mer­ce from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Virginia.

New artic­le in Urban Stu­dies published in 2021: Thin­king through Peo­p­le. The Poten­ti­al of Vol­un­tee­red Geo­gra­phic Infor­ma­ti­on for Mobi­li­ty and Urban Stu­dies.
Available online HERE.

New artic­le in Urban Geo­gra­phy published in 2021: The spa­tia­li­ty of pover­ty and popu­lar agen­cy in the GCR: con­sti­tu­ting an exten­ded urban regi­on.
Available online HERE.