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.