Zurich and its systems. Topology of a city

Seminar Week (051-0911-20)
Organizer: Chair of Prof. Stalder
Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Laurent Stalder, Mélissa Vrolixs
Time: Monday, 19 October to Friday, 23 October 2020
Location: Zurich

The city of Zurich owes its smooth functioning and quality of life to a number of perfectly coordinated systems. They are such a natural part of our daily life that one could almost forget about them. It is often only when one of these systems malfunctions that citizens are reminded of their existence. Nevertheless, they appeared at a certain point in the city's history and have continued to develop ever since. Some have become obsolete and have been taken out of use for the same reason. In the course of their renewal, expansion or abandonment, these systems have left as many traces in the city, making Zurich look like a veritable palimpsest. Through visits, text readings and discussions, this seminar week will focus on the development of the defense, water, rail and road, communication and waste systems of the city of Zurich. How have these systems shaped our understanding of the contemporary city? How do they contribute to urban space as we know it today?

Max. 12 students, cost frame A (CHF 50 to 250)


Mélissa Vrolixs