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NameHerr Prof. Alfredo Brillembourg
Professur Architekt. u. Städtebau
ETH Zürich, ONA J 14
Neunbrunnenstr. 50
8093 Zürich
BeziehungOrdentlicher Professor

051-0160-00LUrban Design II Information 1 KP2VA. Brillembourg, H. Klumpner
KurzbeschreibungThe lecture series will introduce tools for reading contemporary urban conditions, patterns and processes. Each lecture will introduce a city and three extracted operational tools, which we have deciphered. The tool format offers a structure for understanding of how urban landscape has taken shape as well as a basis for developing an own position by synthesizing information into future practice.
LernzielUrban Stories aims to amplify the students' repertoire of urban instruments and empowers to critically reflect on the urban environment. This lectures series will produce a toolbox containing operational urban tools that provide students with knowledge to navigate between theory and practice. The tools will be used as a basis for reading cities and recognizing in them current operational modes, models and phenomena.

Urban Stories promotes a critical and analytical, research-based approach on crosscutting scales and timelines by offering a methodology that respects the political, socio-economic and ecological components of urban design and planning. Through this lens, and with our toolbox, we aim to tell the fundamental story of contemporary cities. The course provides information, analysis and knowledge to help students to prepare for their own justifiable interventions in the future.
InhaltHow did cities develop into the cities we live in now? Which urban plans, instruments, visions, political decisions, economic reasonings, cultural inputs and social organization have influenced urban settlements in specific moments of change? Which cities are exemplary in illustrating how these instruments have been implemented and how they have shaped urban environments? Can these instruments be translated into urban operational tools that we recognize within existing tested cases in contemporary cities across the globe? How can the tools and cities be compared and put into a system rather than a database? Can this system show unusual connections and foster the transfer of knowledge among cities? Urban form cannot be reduced to the physical space. Cities are the result of social construction under the influence of technologies, culture, the impact of experts and accidents. Unconcluded urban processes respond to political interests, economic pressure, cultural inclinations, along with the imagination of architects and planners and the informal powers at work in complex adaptive systems. Current urban phenomena are the result of an urban evolution. The facts stored in urban environments include contributions from its entire lifecycle. That is true for the physical environment, but also for non-physical aspects, the imaginary city that exists along with its potentials and problems and with the conflicts that have evolved over time. Knowledge and understanding along with a critical observation of the actions, processes and policies are necessary to perceive the diversity and instability present in the contemporary city.
SkriptThe Skript can be downloaded from the student-server:
LiteraturThe learning material can be downloaded from the student-server: afp://brillembourg-klumpner-server.ethz.ch

Please check also the Chair website: http://u-tt.arch.ethz.ch
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesEXERCISE
After each lecture, students are asked to produce an exercise based on the presented tools. The format of the Exercise is an A3 or an A4, according to the given template. Each student has one week to prepare each exercise, and it should be delivered in the next lecture. (Language: preferably English, German).
The exercise tasks are a valuable addition to understand the class contents and therefore it is highly recommendable to finalize all weekly exercise tasks as an individually conducted work.

"Semesterkurs" (semester course) students from other departments or students taking this lecture as GESS / Studium Generale course as well as exchange students must successfully hand in a Research Paper at the end of the semester, which will be subject to the performance assessment: "Bestanden" (pass) or "Nicht bestanden" (failed). The performance assessment type, for "Urban Design II" taken as a semester course, is categorized as "unbenotete Semesterleistung" (ungraded semester performance).
051-0816-16LACTION! On the Real City Information Belegung eingeschränkt - Details anzeigen 2 KP4UA. Brillembourg, H. Klumpner
KurzbeschreibungThe elective course "Action! On the Real City" develops a board game that facilitates decision-making and design processes for complex, real-life urban transformations. The course aims to explore the quantitative aspects of a sustainable approach to urban development, through the lens of various disciplines such as architecture, engineering, and environmental sciences.
LernzielBuilding upon an existing role-playing game, students will refine several aspects to enrich its potential as an urban analysis and scenario making tool. The main focus of this semester is to create a reality-based urban quality index used to evaluate the outcomes of the game. This index will be derived from the analysis of real world case studies and existing indices. Students will be challenged and encouraged to draw connections between the abstract world of the board and the real world.

Tasks consist of both individual and group work: understanding the game components (such as actors, board, game pieces etc.), identifying relevant parameters constituting the urban environment, creation of a urban quality index that incorporates principles of social design and extending this index as a means of comparing global cities.

Through developing this board game, students will learn how to define common visions and justify urban planning decisions in a trans-disciplinary framework. The course will teach both systematic and creative approaches, strengthening the role of future urban designers and planners as moderators of integrated city development.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesThis course is open to students from all disciplines.

Contact: Marie Grob, grob@arch.ethz.ch
051-1140-16LArchitectural Design V-IX: Occupy/Grow/Edit (Brillembourg/Klumpner) Information Belegung eingeschränkt - Details anzeigen
Please register (www.mystudies.ethz.ch) only after the internal enrolment for the design classes (see http://www.einschreibung.arch.ethz.ch/design.php)
13 KP16UA. Brillembourg, H. Klumpner
KurzbeschreibungThe design studio focuses on the development of a replicable housing prototype and its anticipative urban strategy for an informal settlement of Cape Town, South Africa. The studio will respond to the urgent need for dignified, affordable and quality housing and leverage the potential of rapid and strategic urban planning, community capacity building, industry and local building systems.
LernzielEach student will develop his/her project through three scales:

OCCUPY - the individual housing unit and its aggregated form
GROW - neighborhood development including public space and services
EDIT - urban systems and large scale visions on how the townships become part of a unified city

The focus of the studio is on Masiphumelele, a township in Cape Town that as of November 2015 lost 1000 households in a devastating fire, leaving 4000 residents homeless. Before the fire, residents lived in "shacks" - informal structures constructed from wood and corrugated metal scraps. After the fire, these newly formed refugees are quickly attempting to rebuild their livelihoods with any available material, while the city struggles to structure the development with safety implementations and basic infrastructure to prevent more fires from happening. What results is the contested city, a battle between occupation and intervention, leading to the creation of an uncertain urban landscape.

Brillembourg and Klumpner will lead students of this class in an investigation, in real time, on solutions for ground up, tabula rasa urbanism while attempting to understand the complex roles residents, city planners, architects, governments, and charitable institutions have in upgrading metabolistic communities afflicted by urban reconstruction issues. We will investigate architecture's role in the context of land appropriation, rapid construction, incremental development, the inclusion of appropriate infrastructure, and the implementation of sustainable densities, all in the context of the three proposed scales for the design studio.

Students will develop a comprehensive housing prototype (approximately 80 aggregated households) into a resultant urban plan to be presented in Cape Town with local partners including the City of Cape Town, NGOs Masicorp and Ikhayalami, and the University of Cape Town. The studio research and design will engage itself in the Empower Shack project, an ongoing housing design-research initiative currently being developed in the Urban-Think Tank Chair with support of the Swiss Re Foundation. The goal is to provide design strategies to alleviate a national and global crisis, while remaining embedded within local community-driven processes around resource allocation.
InhaltStudents will undertake research by studying existing test cases, formulating their design hypothesis, planning individual urban scenarios, modeling their designs through various formats, and communicating their intentions in a series of critiques and reviews. Students will be encouraged to develop an individual and critical position on the potential role of the architect to guide a design process within broader social, political and economic systems.

A series of lectures, screenings, readings and discussions will accompany the design program. Workshops and in-studio tutorials will also be provided to train students in effective methods of representing complex ideas through visual media. These will be given by selected experts from the fields of architecture, urbanism, landscape, building technologies and associated disciplines, as well as experts from the Urban-Think Tank Chair.
- Developing strategies of design for informal settlements afflicted with issues such as poverty, environmental disaster, high density, resource delivery, crime and safety. (With the UN Habitat Chair of Informal Urbanism and the newly formed Institute of Science, Technology and Policy (ISTP/ETH)).
- Developing drawing and modeling techniques across a variety of media to represent architectural and urban ideas. (Courses on GIS, Rhino, VRay, Graphic Design taught by U-TT researchers Andrea Rossi, Diego Ceresuela, Danny Wills, and Michael Waldrep)
- Understanding techniques of building focused on alternative materials and construction systems, methods of rapid development, economic modeling, environmental strategies, community based participatory design processes, incremental spatial planning, and the creation of new urban scenarios.
- Addressing the rapidly changing context of cities in developing and post-disaster countries in the global south. Bridging top-down policy with bottom-up practices.
- This studio includes an integrated discipline component (Planning). ECTS Kreditpunkte: 13 + 3
LiteraturFor more information on this studio, please refer to our Chair's website: http://u-tt.com/teaching/masi

All inquiries can be directed to:
Danny Wills - wills@arch.ethz.ch
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesThe design studio is also offered in conjunction with the Seminar Week trip to Cape Town, South Africa through the Urban-Think Tank Chair of Architecture and Urban Design. Enrollment in the Seminar Week is NOT required but is recommended as it forms an essential part of the studio and maximizes design output.

Introduction: 23 February 2015, 10 am, ONA

Integrated discipline: Urban design (Planning)
Language: English
Work: Groups (analysis) - Individual (design project)
Location: ONA

Chair: Prof. Brillembourg & Prof. Klumpner

Assistants: Danny Wills, Diego Ceresuela
063-0816-16LACTION! On the Real City (Thesis Elective) Information Belegung eingeschränkt - Details anzeigen
Wahlfacharbeit für Master-Studierende.

Die Belegung der Wahlfacharbeit ist nur in Absprache mit dem Dozierenden möglich.
6 KP11AA. Brillembourg, H. Klumpner
KurzbeschreibungIn relation to the elective course "ACTION!" students will have the possibility to extend their research into the behaviours and components that make up the urban realm. A special focus on the processes and mechanisms of (in)formal urban forms and systems will characterise the research. Specific research goals tailored to individual interests will be discussed before proceeding.
LernzielThe course will help frame an understanding of the forces shaping (in)formal settlements and the critical behaviours, requirements and practices of its inhabitants. It will also encourage the development of an analytical and critical position on the potential role of the architect to mediate a design process within broader socio-economic, political and ecologic systems.
064-0018-16LNSL Doctoral Colloquium: Methods in Urban and Landscape Studies Information Belegung eingeschränkt - Details anzeigen 3 KP1KM. Angélil, A. Brillembourg, K. Christiaanse, C. Girot, H. Klumpner, C. Schmid, G. Vogt
KurzbeschreibungAdvanced PhD candidates of urban studies, urban and landscape design and urban sociology report about their experiences and insights in the concrete application of methods utilized for their research and scientific publications. Discussion of ongoing individual work, methodological questions, critical perspectives on urban and landscape design and city's relation to society.
LernzielThe seminar seeks to provide participants with a differentiated knowledge of methods in the field of the urbanism. Furthermore, it provides a platform to exchange contemporary urban research experiences across disciplinary boundaries, drawing from different geographies of knowledge production. Possible meta-themes include modes of data assessment in urban studies, ways of progressing from hypothesis to synthesis, and research by design as method.
InhaltThe format of FS16 will consist of 2-3 thematic panels, each with 3-4 panelists and one invited critic. Discussion will take place after the completed panel presentations, allowing for enhanced comparison and synthesis.
Participants will be expected to submit single-page abstracts of their papers in advance and to make a presentation of app. 20 minutes at the colloquium. The discussion rounds will be moderated by the organizing professors and invited guests.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesThe seminar is joint-organized by the chairs of Prof. Kees Christiaanse, Prof. Dr. Christian Schmid, Prof. Dr. Marc Angélil and Prof. Hubert Klumpner as one full-day event in the academic semester.
The will comprise different formats, alternating with the responsible chair.

Participants in both cases will be expected to submit single-page abstracts of their papers in advance and to make a presentation of app. 20 minutes at the colloquium. The discussion rounds will be moderated by the organizing professor and the invited guests.

Enrolment on agreement with the lecturer only.