A Global History of Urban Design II

Vorlesung A Global History of Urban Design II (052-0802)
Veranstalter: Chair for the History and Theory of Urban Design
Dozierende: Prof. Dr. Tom Avermaete
Zeit: Donnerstags, 09:45 - 11:45
Ort: Online

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
Given the special COVID-related circumstances, the lecture will be held purely through Zoom, until further notice. An email will be sent in the beginning of each week, containing all the relevant links and information for the week's lecture. Recordings of the lectures will be made available to students of the course.

Course overview
  • Lecture 2.01 / 25.02.2021: The City, Urban Design and the Long 20th Century
    SCRIPT 2.01 
  • Lecture 2.02 / Housing and the Industrial City: From Speculative to Cooperative
    SCRIPT 2.02 
  • Lecture 2.03 / 11.03.2021: Cities and Ideologies: Building for Healthy Minds in Healthy Bodies
    SCRIPT 2.03 
  • Lecture 2.04 / 18.03.2021: Envisioning Urban Utopias
    SCRIPT 2.04 
  • No Lecture on 25.03.2021: (Seminar Woche)
  • Lecture 2.05 / 01.04.2021: Reconstructing the City, Constructing New Towns
    SCRIPT 2.05 
  • No Lecture on 08.04.2021: (Easter)
  • Lecture 2.06 / 15.04.2021: New Capitals for New Democracies; New Institutions for Old Democracies
    SCRIPT 2.06 
  • Lecture 2.07 / 22.04.2021: Rethinking Masterplanning
    SCRIPT 2.07 
  • Lecture 2.08 / 29.04.2021: The Countercultural City
    SCRIPT 2.08 
  • Lecture 2.09 / 06.05.2021: The Postmodern City: From Neo-rationalism to Neo-liberalism
    SCRIPT 2.09 
  • No Lecture on 13.05.2021: (Auffahrt)
  • Lecture 2.10 / 20.05.2021: Global Cities: Urban Explosion / Urban Implosion
    SCRIPT 2.10 

  • Attendance to all lectures is expected and strongly recommended.
  • The lectures will be recorded and made available through the D-ARCH Remote Cloud.
  • For each lecture, a script can be downloaded from the GTA Chair website two days before the lecture, see: https://avermaete.arch.ethz.ch/courses
  • This script is conceived as a working tool and we recommend you bring a print-out to the lecture to use in your note-taking.

Further / Additional readings
  • At the end of each lecture-script you will find the list of further readings in relation to that specific lecture.
  • Additional readings will be available for download at the end of the semester from our Chair website: https://avermaete.arch.ethz.ch/courses

  • Assessment by written examination.
  • Questions will cover the compulsory scripts and lectures.

Exam for the BSC Architecture Students
  • Students from the Bachelor of Architecture will do one examination that covers both courses (Geschichte des Städtebaus I and II) in the Sessions-Prüfungen FS2021 (2 hours).
  • The specific date of the mentioned exam will be announced online in due course.

The exam consists of:
  • 3 encyclopaedic questions (30% of grade)
  • 3 open, interpretative questions (45% of grade)
  • 1 drawing question (25% of grade)

Exam for the GESS Students
  • GESS students that only follow the course in the first semester have their examination in the Sessions-Prüfungen FS2021 (1 hour).
  • The specific date of the mentioned exam will be announced online in due course.

The exam consists of:
  • 2 encyclopaedic question (30% of grade)
  • 2 open interpretative question (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 reserved.
  • Ching, Francis D. K, Mark Jarzombek, and Vikramditya Prakash. A Global History of Architecture. Hoboken: Wiley, 2017.
  • Ingersoll, Richard. World Architecture: A Cross-Cultural History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • James-Chakraborty, Kathleen. Architecture Since 1400. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014.

Chair for the History and Theory of Urban Design
Prof.dr.ir. Tom Avermaete
HIL D 75.2

Student assistant:
Luca Can (lcan@student.ethz.ch)