Thesis colloquium

Portrait thesis colloquium:

We are a group of doc­to­ral stu­dents from the disci­pli­nes archi­tec­tu­re, urban plan­ning, archi­tec­tu­ral histo­ry, geo­gra­phy and urban anthro­po­lo­gy working with methods of qua­li­ta­ti­ve urban rese­arch under the (co-) super­vi­si­on of Prof. Chris­ti­an Schmid at ETH Zurich. Sin­ce three years we have been mee­ting regu­lar­ly in self-orga­ni­zed col­lo­quia to dis­cuss our the­sis pro­jec­ts. We ther­e­by encou­ra­ge an aca­de­mic exchan­ge that is alrea­dy initia­ted at doc­to­ral level bet­ween various insti­tu­tes of the Depart­ment of Archi­tec­tu­re of ETH Zurich like the Cent­re for Rese­arch on Archi­tec­tu­re, Socie­ty & the Built Envi­ron­ment (ETH CASE), the Insti­tu­te for the Histo­ry and Theo­ry of Archi­tec­tu­re (gta) and the Insti­tu­te of Land­s­cape Archi­tec­tu­re.

Our main inte­rest lies in aca­de­mic dis­cus­sions about the imple­men­ta­ti­on of qua­li­ta­ti­ve rese­arch methods. The­se are important for (main­ly) two rea­sons: in regard to prac­ti­cal pro­fes­sio­nal expe­ri­ence prac­tice-ori­en­ted ana­ly­ses that are based on qua­li­ta­ti­ve methods are of increa­sing rele­van­ce in inter­di­sci­pli­na­ry urban- and archi­tec­tu­ral pro­jec­ts. In sci­en­ti­fic terms theo­ry-con­sti­tu­ting qua­li­ta­ti­ve tech­ni­ques are par­ti­cu­lar­ly sui­ta­ble to com­pre­hend soci­al and cul­tu­ral issu­es as struc­tures and pro­ces­ses wit­hin the realms of their deve­lop­ment and con­text. They also allow fur­ther refi­ne­ment of exis­ting theo­re­ti­cal models of urban plan­ning and urban theo­ry or even the deve­lop­ment of new models.

Group members:

Andrea Hagn (Archi­tect) is working on the fol­lo­wing ques­ti­on: What makes some urban poor com­mu­nities more suc­cess­ful in acces­sing governmen­tal sup­port to upgrade their neigh­bour­hoods? A qua­li­ta­ti­ve socio-spa­ti­al ana­ly­sis focu­sing on the medi­um-size temp­le city Puri and the Government of India’s Jawa­harl­al Neh­ru Natio­nal Urban Rene­wal Mis­si­on.

Kon­takt: hagn@arch.ethz.ch

Tho­mas Kis­s­ling (Archi­tect): The Alpi­ne Ter­rito­ry as Public Space in the Case of Enga­din. This rese­arch pro­ject exami­nes the Enga­din Val­ley as a case stu­dy of this spe­ci­fic form of urba­ni­za­ti­on of the Alps. The goal of this inves­ti­ga­ti­on is to loca­li­ze the spa­ti­al and func­tio­n­al bounda­ries of Enga­din (resort) as well as to reveal its inte­rior struc­tu­re and mani­fold rela­ti­ons­hips to extra-Alpi­ne metro­po­li­tan regi­ons. This will be achie­ved by retra­cing the diver­se pro­ces­ses that trans­for­med Enga­din from an “Alpi­ne tou­rist regi­on” into a com­plex urban con­fi­gu­ra­ti­on.

Kon­takt: kissling@arch.ethz.ch

Anne Kockel­korn (Archi­tect): The Soci­al Con­den­ser (Paris). This rese­arch pro­ject inves­ti­ga­tes the junc­tu­re bet­ween archi­tec­tu­ral pro­duc­tion and socie­ty and ques­ti­ons its effect on archi­tec­tu­ral dis­cour­se, design, and prac­tice. In doing so, it offers a case stu­dy of Ricar­do Bofill’s resi­den­ti­al com­plex Les Espaces d’Abraxas. The histo­ry of the com­plex exem­pli­fies the buil­ding poli­cy of 1970s Fran­ce from the archi­tec­tu­re of the post­war wel­fa­re sta­te to an ear­ly form of neo­li­be­ral urban deve­lop­ment.

Kon­takt: anne.kockelkorn@gta.arch.ethz.ch

Rahel Nüss­li (Urban Geo­gra­pher): Poli­tics of urba­ni­sa­ti­on in the metro­po­li­tan regi­on of Zurich. This rese­arch pro­ject inclu­des two level of ana­ly­sis: the metro­po­li­tan regi­on and three spe­ci­fic con­fi­gu­ra­ti­ons wit­hin this area (one down­town neigh­bour­hood and two more peri­pheral urban con­fi­gu­ra­ti­ons). The focus lies on the poli­tics of urba­ni­sta­ti­on and a com­pa­ri­son among the dif­fe­rent sca­les and con­fi­gu­ra­ti­ons. The empi­ri­cal rese­arch is main­ly based on expert inter­views.

Kon­takt: nuessli@arch.ethz.ch

Moni­ka Streu­le (Urban Anthro­po­lo­gist): Pat­terns and Pathways of a Mega­ci­ty: A trans­di­ci­pli­na­ry ana­ly­sis of con­tem­pora­ry urba­ni­za­ti­on pro­ces­ses in Mexi­co City. The rese­arch pro­ject is based on two main inte­rests: on the one hand my focus lies on the under­stan­ding of the main urba­ni­za­ti­on pro­ces­ses which shaped the urban mega regi­on of Mexi­co City in a his­to­ri­cal as well as in a con­tem­pora­ry per­spec­tive. On the other hand my scope is to deve­lop a trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry qua­li­ta­ti­ve metho­do­lo­gy for this empi­ri­cal urban stu­dy lear­ning from disci­pli­nes like anthro­po­lo­gy, geo­gra­phy and archi­tec­tu­re.

Kon­takt: streule@arch.ethz.ch

Fee This­sen (archi­tect and urba­nist): Urban pro­ces­ses of trans­for­ma­ti­on and the deve­lo­pe­ment of open space in Zurich West. With the objec­tive to achie­ve an inte­gral under­stan­ding of the com­plex pro­ces­ses of trans­for­ma­ti­on, this rese­arch pro­ject ana­ly­ses the pro­cess of plan­ning and the pro­cess of urban deve­lop­ment of the last two deca­des of Zurich West. The princi­pal pur­po­se is to explo­re their con­se­quen­ces on soci­al life and to gain per­cep­ti­ons on ever­y­day — per­spec­tives of the inha­bi­tants.

Kon­takt: feethissen@student.ethz.ch

Caro­li­ne Ting (archi­tect)

Kon­takt: ting@arch.ethz.ch

 

Events:

Podi­um zum The­ma Qua­li­ta­ti­ve Stadt­for­schung

Ver­an­stal­tungs­spra­che: Deutsch

18. und 19. Juni 2014

Approa­ches and methods in qua­li­ta­ti­ve urban rese­arch

with:

- Dr. Tho­mas Dörf­ler

- Prof. Dr. Ste­fan Kip­fer

- PD Dr. Marit Rosol

- Prof. Dr. Ange­la Sti­enen

 

Earlier events:

11. Juli 2013

Open Forum: Approa­ches and methods in qua­li­ta­ti­ve urban rese­arch

with

- Dr. Car­rie Frie­se, Depart­ment of Socio­lo­gy, Lon­don School of Eco­no­mics

- Dr. Marie Gla­ser, ETH Wohn­fo­rum – ETH CASE, ETH Zürich

- Dr. Hen­ning Fül­ler, Insti­tut für Geo­gra­phie, Fried­rich-Alex­an­der Uni­ver­si­tät Erlan­gen-Nürn­berg

- Dr. Nadi­ne Mar­quardt, Insti­tut für Human­geo­gra­phie, Goe­the Uni­ver­si­tät Frank­furt am Main

- Prof. Dr. Chris­ti­an Schmid, Dozen­tur Sozio­lo­gie, ETH Zürich

- Prof. Dr. Kath­rin Wild­ner, Ver­tre­tungs­pro­fes­sur für Kul­tur­theo­rie und kul­tu­rel­le Pra­xis an der Hafen­Ci­ty Uni­ver­si­tät Ham­burg

 

11. und 12. Juli 2013

Work­shop: Approa­ches and methods in qua­li­ta­ti­ve urban rese­arch

with

- Dr. Car­rie Frie­se, Depart­ment of Socio­lo­gy, Lon­don School of Eco­no­mics

- Dr. Hen­ning Fül­ler, Insti­tut für Geo­gra­phie, Fried­rich-Alex­an­der Uni­ver­si­tät Erlan­gen-Nürn­berg

- Dr. Nadi­ne Mar­quardt, Insti­tut für Human­geo­gra­phie, Goe­the Uni­ver­si­tät Frank­furt am Main

- Prof. Dr. Gabrie­la Muri, Dozen­tur Sozio­lo­gie, ETH Zürich

- Prof. Dr. Kath­rin Wild­ner, Ver­tre­tungs­pro­fes­sur für Kul­tur­theo­rie und kul­tu­rel­le Pra­xis an der Hafen­Ci­ty Uni­ver­si­tät Ham­burg

 

sin­ce May 2011

self-orga­ni­zed col­lo­quia with the group mem­bers to dis­cuss methods of inter­di­sci­pli­na­ry qua­li­ta­ti­ve soci­al and archi­tec­tu­ral rese­arch