Thesis Project
The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, NYC (1967-1984)

Thesis Project
Förster, Kim
Ass.-Prof. Dr. Laurent Stalder, ETH Zürich / Prof. Dr. emer. Günter H. Lenz, HU-Berlin

Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, New York (1967-1984).
A cultural project in architecture (working title)

The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies has influenced the architectural culture in New York and contributed to the development of new positions of architectural discourse in the USA. Beginning with an analysis of the discussions in the publications (Oppositions, Skyline, Oppositions Books) the project examines the genealogy of the Institute’s other projects, programs and products (exhibitions including catalogues, Architecture, City as Theatre and OPEN PLAN lecture series, architectural education) in order to study strategies for the control and institutionalisation of the debate. Archival research and interviews form the basis for a contribution to the cultural history of architecture in New York in the 1970s.

Individual funding of the Swiss National Fund (SNF): Columbia University, New York, July 2009 to June 2010

Joint research grant of the Department of Architecture (D-ARCH) of the ETH Zurich and Canadian Center for Architecture (CCA): Montreal, February to June 2009.

Period of validity since 2007


Dr. Kim Förster