New Metropolitan Mainstream

spring semester 2012

This rese­arch semi­nar explo­res the New Metro­po­li­tan Main­stream in Zurich’s inner city. What are the ever­y­day qua­li­ties that the­se urban con­fi­gu­ra­ti­ons, affec­ted by com­mo­di­fi­ca­ti­on and gen­tri­fi­ca­ti­on, have to offer? Which actors can bene­fit from them and how? Whe­re and how can the New Metro­po­li­tan Main­stream be obser­ved?
We approach this topic by means of ana­ly­zing spe­ci­fic urban situa­ti­ons through obser­va­ti­on and inter­views. The objec­tive of the semi­nar is to repro­du­ce the net­work of ever­y­day activi­ties and to express state­ments con­cer­ning the assets and short­co­m­ings of Zurich’s inner city. We are espe­ci­al­ly inte­rested in fin­ding out which activi­ties and which ways of orga­ni­zing ever­y­day life are eit­her con­vey­ed or inhi­bi­ted by cer­tain urban struc­tures.

This elec­tive class con­sti­tu­tes the fourth part of the semi­nar series 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. 

Con­tact: Prof. Chris­ti­an SchmidRahel Nüss­liCaro­li­ne Ting