Exopolis Northern Zurich
fall semester 2011
The research seminar investigates the new developments in the northern area of Zurich, in the quickly expanding twin city surrounding the airport. What are the mundane qualities of this eccentric and patchwork-like urban configuration, referred to as “exopolis” by Edward Soja? We advance to this question by means of research on concrete urban situations by typification, observation and interviews.
The objective of the seminar is to reconstruct and image the networks of everyday life and to then phrase statements on the qualities and deficits of these forms of housing. We are particularly interested in finding out which types of use and forms of everyday organization are inhibited or enabled by specific urban design structures. The seminar constitutes the third part of the sequence on urban transformations in the metropolitan region of Zurich. The results will be incorporated in the research project on the topic of Urban Potentials and Strategies in Metropolitan Territories.