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Laurent Stalder: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2016

Name Prof. Dr. Laurent Stalder
FieldTheory of Architecture
I. f. Geschichte/Theorie der Arch.
ETH Zürich, HIL E 64.3
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5
8093 Zürich
Award: The Golden Owl
Telephone+41 44 633 76 63
RelationshipFull Professor

051-0172-16LHistory, Criticism and Theory of Architecture: Architecture Machine V - The Gost in the Machine Information Restricted registration - show details 2 credits2SL. Stalder
AbstractThe seminar analyses the conditions of contemporary architectural production. In doing so, the importance and meaning of architectural conventions for the design, construction as well as for the transformation of single buildings is systematically challenged.
ObjectiveThe seminar aims at a critical analysis of both material and ideological conventions of the architectural practice. On the basis of the historical analysis the students will acquire instruments for a critical examination of the conditions of the current production of the built environment, in order to develop a sovereign theoretical position on the contemporary architecture.
ContentThe seminar will deal with the conventions of the contemporary architectural practice. The proposed topics should be researched out of a twofold, historical as well as systematic perspective. A detailed description of the syllabus can be found on the homepage of the professorship:
051-0312-00LHistory of Art and Architecture IV Information 3 credits2VL. Stalder
AbstractThe two-semester course offers an introduction to the history and theory of architecture from the industrial revolution up to now. Based on current questions a variety of case studies will be discussed.
ObjectiveThe aim is to give an overview on crucial events, works of art, buildings and theories since the beginning of the 19th century up to now. The course should enhance the comprehension of historical and theoretical issues, and allow the students to localize their own practice within a broader historical context.
ContentThe subject of this lecture course is the history and theory of architecture since the beginning of the 19th century up to now. It examines the architectural answers to the changing technical inventions and social practices. Consequently, the focus will be less on individual architects or buildings than on various themes that determined the architecture of the period.
Lecture notes
051-1214-16LIntegrated Discipline Theory of Architecture (L. Stalder) Information Restricted registration - show details 3 credits2UL. Stalder
AbstractIn the bachelor program, the integration of architectural theory into the design process is only offered in cooperation with the chair of architectural design for the whole design studio. On the basis of a reading of theoretical texts the conventions of architectural practice are critically debated. The theoretical perspective will be discussed in the midterm and/or final design studio criticism.
ObjectiveThe goal is a critical debate on the conventions of architectural practice, the insights of which shall inform the design process.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe integrated design is organized and operated by both chairs engaged in close cooperation.
063-0172-16LHistory, Criticism and Theory of Architecture (Thesis Elective) Information Restricted registration - show details
Thesis Elective for Master class students
6 credits11AL. Stalder
Within three elective courses the students need to fulfill an elective work (seminar work). Elective works serve the independent way of dealing with the contents of the according elective course.
ObjectiveThe goal is to develop a framework of questions within the field of the history and theory of architecture as well as cultural history and to discuss it in a text that will form a scientific thesis. Personal viewpoints and arguments should be based on historical and theoretical sources and literature, and should be presented with reference to the source.
064-0004-16LDoctoral Seminar: Methods in History and Theory of Architecture Information 3 credits2KP. Ursprung, V. Magnago Lampugnani, L. Stalder, A. Vronskaya
AbstractMethods in the History of Art and Architecture
ObjectiveKnowledge in the methods of the history of art and architecture
ContentReading and discussion of selected texts