Philip Ursprung: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2017

Award: The Golden Owl
Name Prof. Dr. Philip Ursprung
FieldHistory of Art and Architecture
I. f. Geschichte/Theorie der Arch.
ETH Zürich, HIL D 63
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5
8093 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 633 44 60
Fax+41 44 633 13 42
RelationshipFull Professor

051-0126-00LArchitecture VI Information 1 credit3VP. Ursprung
AbstractHistory of Art and Architecture since the 1970s
Participation in teaching in guise of the "Lehrcanapé"
ObjectiveKnowledge of the history of art and architecture since the 1970s. Sensibility for historical processes and for the concepts in the realm of visual culture.
ContentCase studies in every lecture.
Meetings and short excursions in guise of the "Lehrcanapé".
051-0780-17LHistory of Architecture: Wars, Architecture and Cities Information 2 credits2GS. Henni, P. Ursprung
AbstractSince the second wave of colonialism, and increasingly after 9/11 and the Global War on Terror, wars have moved to cities and urban areas. The seminar investigates how wars and cities have intimately shape each other throughout military, architectural, and planning histories.
ObjectiveThe aim is to explore architecture and urban planning in war zones and examine the strategic design of destructions and constructions of built environments, including fortifications, barricades, bases, bastions, borders, bunkers, camps, infrastructure, monuments, prisons, towers, tunnels, and walls.
ContentThe design of fortifications of towns was intended to protect populations from war land attacks. With the advancement of warfare technologies, cities became subjected to other forms of offensives and courter-offensives; and thereby, further strategies and systems of assaults, protection, security, surveillance, and control were gradually designed and planned. The seminar examines these designs and their implementations through a wide range of urban war zones and specific case studies, including the French Revolution (1789-1799), the Anglo-Boar Wars (1880-1881; 1899-1902), the Second World War (1939-1945), the Indochina War (1946-1954), the Israeli-Palestinian War (1948-), the Algerian Revolution (1954-1962), the Vietnam War (1955-1975), the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990), the Yugoslav Wars (1991-2001), the War in Afghanistan (2001-2014), 9/11, the Iraq War (2003-), and Tahrir Square (2011).

The seminar is delivered through a series of weekly lectures and discussions of assigned readings. Students will be expected to complete one reading per week and conduct one text presentation/discussion per semester.
LiteratureA syllabus and required readings will be available on the website of Professor Ursprung's Chair at the beginning of the semester.
Prerequisites / NoticeAll lectures, readings, and discussions will be held in English. Those who wish to participate in the course are requested to attend the first introductory lecture on 24 February 2017. For any inquiries, please contact Dr. Samia Henni:
051-1210-17LIntegrated Discipline History of Art and Architecture (P.Ursprung) Information Restricted registration - show details 3 credits2UP. Ursprung
AbstractA brief assignment within the History of Architecture completed in writing
and/or in the form of creative work is integrated into the Architectural Design project.
ObjectiveThe objective is a detailed analysis of a topic chosen within the
History of Architecture. The conclusions gained shall be integrated into
the Architectural Design project.
ContentDie integrierte Studienleistung ist dem Entwurf beigeordnet, doch muss eine klar erkennbare eigenständige Leistung in Form einer kurzen schriftlichen und/oder gestalterischen Arbeit erbracht werden. Die Themenwahl erfolgt in enger Absprache mit der Vertretungprofessur, Form und Umfang der Arbeit werden im voraus abgesprochen.
Prerequisites / NoticeVoraussetzung ist die Anmeldung unter und ein e-mail an die Professur bis zum Ende der ersten Semesterwoche unter Angabe des Entwurfthemas und der betreuenden Professur, ferner die Teilnahme am Kolloquium in der zweiten Semesterwoche zur allgemeinen Einführung und konkreten Besprechung der Integrationsleistung. Ort und Uhrzeit des Kolloquiums werden auf der Homepage der Vertretungprofessur Hildebrand bekannt gegeben. Die Abgabefrist ist analog zu derjenigen des Entwurfs angesetzt.
063-0314-17LHistory of Art and Architecture VI: After Nature: Architecture and Environment Information Restricted registration - show details 1 credit1VP. Ursprung
AbstractThe concept of nature is inseparable from the history of industrialization. It is a screen onto with both hopes and fears are projected. The lecture follows the question how art and architecture, from the late 18th century to the present, are dealing with the ambivalent concept of nature.
ObjectiveKnowledge of the recent history and theory of architecture and art. Awareness of the role of nature in architectural theory and practice.
ContentWhile the current debate is very much focused on the city and its potential growth or decline, the land, or the environment, remain vague. How can we give back a voice to an area which has been, throughout modernization, either demonized or sublimated? The lecture follows this questions in a series of case studies from art and architecture.
063-0320-17LHistory of Art and Architecture (P.Ursprung) (Thesis Elective) Information Restricted registration - show details
Thesis Elective for Master class students
6 credits11AP. Ursprung
AbstractIndependent thesis on a monographic or thematic topic within the scope of the History of Art and Architecture.
ObjectiveThe objective is to write an independent thesis on a monographic or thematic topic within the scope of the History of Art and Architecture. The focus is to thus exemplify a comprehensive view of the approach and methods towards the modern History of Art.
ContentThe aim of the elective course paper is to discuss a topic freely selected from the field of architectural history, in agreement with the assistant lecturer(s). In addition to original ideas, positions taken in the history of research on the subject should also be discussed. It is important to use the correct scholarly format and clear language. The paper should be approximately 36,000 characters in length and should also include as much pictorial material as needed. At the beginning and in the end the paper will be discussed in detail.
Prerequisites / NoticeStudents who are interested to do a Thesis Elective have to arrange an appointment at the chair. For further information please see hompage.
064-0004-17LDoctoral Seminar: Methods in History and Theory of Architecture Information 3 credits2KL. Stalder, M. Delbeke, I. Heinze-Greenberg, P. Ursprung
AbstractMethods in the History of Art and Architecture
ObjectiveKnowledge in the methods of the history of art and architecture
ContentReading and discussion of selected texts
862-0002-17LResearch Colloquium History of Knowledge (FS 2017) Restricted registration - show details
Only for MAGPW students, D-GESS PHD and D-ARCH PHD students.

This colloquium is highly recommended for first and second semester MAGPW students.
2 credits1K + 1AK. M. Espahangizi, M. Hagner, H. Fischer-Tiné, D. Gugerli, A. Kilcher, P. Sarasin, P. Ursprung, L. Wingert
AbstractThe colloquium of the ZGW focuses on present developments, debates and perspectives in the field of history of knowledge.
ObjectiveThe colloquium deals with the general problems, questions and methods of the interdisciplinary research field "The history of knowledge". Knowledge has become one of the existential conditions of modern societies and it increasingly determines their dynamics. Therefore, it is getting more and more relevant to develop a differentiated analysis of the epistemic, social and cultural constraints of the production, circulation and the decay of knowledge. In addition, the colloquium asks after the cultural and ethical resonances of knowledge not only within science but also in relation to art, literature, technology, everyday life, and so on.
Prerequisites / NoticeKurzfristige Veranstaltungshinweise und Programmänderungen werden über den ZGW Newsletter kommuniziert, daher bitte auf eintragen!

Kreditpunkte können durch regelmässige Teilnahme und die Abfassung eines Essays (o.ä.m., Umfang: 5-7 Seiten) über das Thema eines der Vorträge erworben werden. Zusätzlich zu den Kolloquiumsterminen muss an einem weiteren Termin (nach Absprache anfangs Semester) ein vertiefendes Begleitseminar besucht werden (Dozent: Kijan Espahangizi).

Es besteht die Möglichkeit zur parallelen kostenlosen Kinderbetreuung vor Ort.