Global History of Urban Design II

Lecture (052-0802)
Organizer: Chair of Prof. Avermaete
Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Tom Avermaete, Dr. Janina Gosseye
Time: Spring 2020, Thursdays, 10-12 am
Location: ETH Zürich Hönggerberg, HIL E4

Course description
This course, together with Geschichte des Städtebaus I / Global History of Urban Design I that was offered in the Fall semester, provides an overview of the development of cities and urban design from the very beginning until today. It specifically challenges students to value this history on a broader, global scale, highlighting cross-cultural developments. The course aims to extend this field of knowledge beyond the focus on urban developments in Europe and North America, taking into account the various instances of cultural cross-fertilization that build up a global history of cities and urban design. From the earliest human settlements in India, Turkey and the Near East, the survey examines the traditional, pre-modern and modern concepts that have historically had a bearing on urban development, up to and including the dynamic growth of contemporary cities in Asia and Africa.

Time and Location
The course is offered each Thursday morning, starting 20 February 2020, from 10.00 to 12.00, and takes place in room HIL E4

Course overview
  • Lecture 2.01 / 20.02.2020: The City, Urban Design and the Long 20th Century
    B2.01 SCRIPT  B2.01 APPENDIX 
  • Lecture 2.02 / 27.02.2020: Housing and the Industrial City: From Speculative to Cooperative
    B2.02 SCRIPT 
  • Lecture 2.03 / 05.03.2020: Cities and Ideologies: Building for Healthy Minds in Healthy Bodies
  • Lecture 2.04 / 12.03.2020: Envisioning Urban Utopias
  • No Lecture on 19.03.2020: (Seminar Woche)
  • Lecture 2.05 / 26.03.2020: Reconstructing the City, Constructing New Towns
  • Lecture 2.06 / 02.04.2020: New Capitals for New Democracies; New Institutions for Old Democracies
  • Lecture 2.07 / 09.04.2020: Rethinking Masterplanning
  • No Lecture on 16.04.2020: (Easter)
  • Lecture 2.08 / 23.04.2020: The Countercultural City
  • No Lecture on 30.04.2020
  • Lecture 2.09 / 07.05.2020: The Postmodern City: From Neo-rationalism to Neo-liberalism
  • Lecture 2.10 / 14.05.2020: Urban Implosion

  • Attendance to all lectures is expected and strongly recommended.
  • Lectures will not be recorded and the powerpoint presentations will not be provided online.
  • For each lecture, a script can be downloaded from the GTA Chair website two days before the lecture.
  • This script is conceived as a working tool and we recommend that you bring a print-out to the lecture to use in your note-taking.

Exam for the GESS Students
  • GESS students that only follow the course in the first semester have their examination in the Sessions-Prüfungen Summer 2020 (1 hour).
  • The specific date of the mentioned exam will be announced online in due course.
  • The exam will contain two parts: encyclopaedic questions (30% of grade) and open interpretative questions (70% of grade)

  • The lectures are given in English.
  • The scripts supporting the lectures are offered in English.
  • The exam will be bilingual (English/German). Students are free to do the exam in English, German or French.

General Literature
We recommend the readings below as general reference for the course. These may be found in the library, where they have been placed on reserve.
  • 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)


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