Topographies of Urbanity
fall semester 2010
A determining quality of the urban is the simultaneity of the diverse, the formation and overlapping of differences and the conjunction of diverse ways of life. Every urban situation consists of a unique morphology with specific rhythms. The research seminar Topographies of Urbanity constitutes the first part of a sequence of four semesters, of which results will be incorporated in the research project on the topic of Urban Potentials and Strategies in Metropolitan Territories. Within the seminar we will utilize mapping and observation as methods to explore the diverse forms of urbanity in three different areas of the Zurich region (Limmatplatz-Wiedikon, Oerlikon-Zurich Airport, Richterswil-Freienbach). The objective of the seminar is to develop and elaborate the different topographies of urbanity.