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Tom Avermaete: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2019

Name Prof. Dr. Tom Avermaete
FieldHistory and Theory of Urban Design
Address
Geschichte u.Theorie d. Städtebaus
ETH Zürich, HIL D 70.7
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5
8093 Zürich
SWITZERLAND
Award: The Golden Owl
E-mailtom.avermaete@gta.arch.ethz.ch
DepartmentArchitecture
RelationshipFull Professor

NumberTitleECTSHoursLecturers
051-0364-00LHistory of Urban Design II Information
Only for Architecture BSc, Programme Regulations 2011.
2 credits2VT. Avermaete, J. Gosseye
AbstractThis course focuses on the history of the city, as well as on the ideas, processes and actors that engender and lead their developments and transformations. The history of urban design will be approached as a cross-cultural field of knowledge that integrates scientific, economic and technical innovation as well as social and cultural advance.
ObjectiveThe lectures deal mainly with the definition of urban design as an independent discipline, which maintains connections with other disciplines (politics, sociology, geography) that are concerned with the transformation of the city. The aim is to make students conversant with the multiple theories, concepts and approaches of urban design as they were articulated throughout time in a variety of cultural contexts, thus offering a theoretical framework for students’ future design work.
Content21.02.2019: Housing and the Industrial City: From Speculative to Cooperative

28.02.2019: Cities and Ideologies: Building for Healthy Minds in Healthy Bodies

07.03.2019: no class

14.03.2019: Envisioning Urban Utopias

28.03.2019: Reconstructing the City, Constructing New Towns

04.04.2019: New Capitals for New Democracies; New Institutions for Old Democracies

11.04.2019: Rethinking Masterplanning

18.04.2019: The Countercultural City

02.05.2019: The Postmodern City: From Neo-rationalism to Neo-liberalism

09.05.2019: Global Cities: Urban Explosion /Urban Implosion

16.05.2019: Reflection
Lecture notesPrior to each lecture a chapter of the reader (Skript) will be made available through the webpage of the Chair. These chapters will introduce the lecture, the basic visual references of each lecture, key dates and events, as well as references to the compulsory and additional reading.
LiteratureThere are three books that will function as main reference literature throughout the course:

Eric Mumford, Designing the Modern City: Urban Design Since 1850 (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2018)

Francis D. K. Ching, Mark Jarzombek and Vikramditya Prakash, A Global History of Architecture (Hoboken: Wiley & Sons, 2017)

David Grahame Shane, Urban Design Since 1945: A Global Perspective (Hoboken: Wiley & Sons, 2011)

These books will be reserved for consultation in the ETH Baubibliothek, and will not be available for individual loans. A list of further recommended literature will be found within each chapter of the reader (Skript).
051-1206-19LIntegrated Discipline History of Urban Design Information Restricted registration - show details 3 credits2UT. Avermaete
AbstractThis part of the curriculum addresses design work in different areas of architecture and urbanism and integrates the knowledge acquired in previous years. It involves the active participation of specialists from related disciplines (e.g. building structures, landscape architecture, history of art and architecture, monuments conservation etc.).
ObjectiveAim of this subject is to explain bacis principles of scientific methods to the students. This aim shall be obtained through the analysis of plans and texts of urban case stuies.
Prerequisites / NoticeBefore the registration to Integrated Discipline History of Urban Design the students have to make an appointment with one of the assistants of the chair.
052-0802-00LHistory of Urban Design II Information 2 credits2VT. Avermaete, J. Gosseye
AbstractThis course focuses on the history of the city, as well as on the ideas, processes and actors that engender and lead their developments and transformations. The history of urban design will be approached as a cross-cultural field of knowledge that integrates scientific, economic and technical innovation as well as social and cultural advance.
ObjectiveThe lectures deal mainly with the definition of urban design as an independent discipline, which maintains connections with other disciplines (politics, sociology, geography) that are concerned with the transformation of the city. The aim is to make students conversant with the multiple theories, concepts and approaches of urban design as they were articulated throughout time in a variety of cultural contexts, thus offering a theoretical framework for students’ future design work.
Content21.02.2019: Revisiting the Industrial City (21.02.2019)

28.02.2019: Red Cities: Building the Socialist Dream

07.03.2019: In Urbis, Ex Urbis: Of Existenzminima and Colonies de Vacances

14.03.2019: Envisioning Urban Utopias

28.03.2019: Reconstructing the City, Constructing New Towns

04.04.2019: New Capitals for New Democracies; New Institutions for Old Democracies

11.04.2019: Rethinking Masterplanning

18.04.2019: The Countercultural City

02.05.2019: The Postmodern City: From Neo-rationalism to Neo-liberalism

09.05.2019: Global Cities: Urban Explosion /Urban Implosion

16.05.2019: Reflection
Lecture notesPrior to each lecture a chapter of the reader (Skript) will be made available through the webpage of the Chair. These chapters will introduce the lecture, the basic visual references of each lecture, key dates and events, as well as references to the compulsory and additional reading.
LiteratureThere are three books that will function as main reference literature throughout the course:

Eric Mumford, Designing the Modern City: Urban Design Since 1850 (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2018)

Francis D. K. Ching, Mark Jarzombek and Vikramditya Prakash, A Global History of Architecture (Hoboken: Wiley & Sons, 2017)

David Grahame Shane, Urban Design Since 1945: A Global Perspective (Hoboken: Wiley & Sons, 2011)

These books will be reserved for consultation in the ETH Baubibliothek, and will not be available for individual loans. A list of further recommended literature will be found within each chapter of the reader (Skript).
052-0804-00LHistory and Theory in Architecture II Information 2 credits2V + 2UM. Delbeke, T. Avermaete, L. Stalder, P. Ursprung
AbstractIntroduction and overview of the history and theory of architecture from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century. (Prof. Dr. M. Delbeke)
Introduction in the methods and instruments of the history of art and architecture. (Prof. Dr. M. Delbeke, Prof. Dr. L. Stalder, Prof. Dr. P. Ursprung, Prof. Dr. T. Avermaete)
ObjectiveAcquiring basic knowledge of the history of architecture and architectural theory, resp. of the methods and instruments of research into architecture.
Being able to identify the main architectural issues and debates of the period and geography covered in the course.
Acquiring the attitudes and tools to develop a historically informed reading of the built environment.
Acquiring the tools to be able to draw on historical, theoretical and critical research to nourish one's architectural culture.
ContentThe course History and Theory of Architecture II offers a chronological and thematic overview of the architecture and architectural theory produced in Europe from the 15th up to 19th century. Thematic lectures about key questions at play during the period will be combined with the in-depth analysis of historical buildings. 
Themes will cover the emergence and development of Vitruvian design theory and practice up to the 19th century, and related issues such as the emergence of the architect; the media of architectural design and practice (drawings, models, building materials); patterns and media of dissemination and influence (micro-architecture, imagery); building types (the palazzo and the villa); questions of beauty and ornament; questions of patronage (e.g. the Roman papacy); the relation of buildings to the city (e.g. the development of European capitals); attitudes towards history (origin myths, historicism); the question of the monument.

The course Fundamentals of the History and Theory of Architecture II consists of different parts, each dealing with a particular area of research into the history of art and architecture
(1) The historiography of architecture (M. Delbeke)
(2) Architectural media (L. Stalder).
(3) Architecture and art (P. Ursprung)
(4) Urbanism and the Commons (T. Avermaete)
LiteratureLiterature and handouts will be provided over the course of the term.
Prerequisites / NoticeFor the course History and Theory of Architecture II students will rely on assisted self study to acquire basic knowledge of the canonical history of architecture in Europe.
063-0368-19LHistory of Urban Design (Thesis Elective) Information Restricted registration - show details 6 credits11AT. Avermaete
AbstractWithin 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.
ObjectiveAim of this seminar work is to learn how to write a small thesis on a case study. This work should include a creative text, but also to obey certain rules, which turn a regular text into a scientific one.
Prerequisites / NoticeEnrollment on agreement with the lecturer only.

Specials: The thesis must be handed in before 31st May 2017.
063-0370-19LTheory of Urban Design (Thesis Elective) Information Restricted registration - show details 6 credits11AT. Avermaete
AbstractFollowing the seminar focusing on the urban history of Zurich a hypothesis and question should be posed. With the small academic writing this question should be answered.
ObjectiveThe main aim of this seminar is learning the scientific handling of theoretical texts on the city. These texts range from pamphlets, to commentaries and literary products.
Prerequisites / NoticeEnrollment on agreement with the lecturer only.
Specials: The thesis must be handed in before 31st May 2017.