Michael Gnehm: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2022

Name PD Dr. Michael Gnehm
FieldKunst- und Architekturgeschichte
Dep. Architektur
ETH Zürich, HIL D 64.1
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5
8093 Zürich

063-0807-22LHistory and Theory of Architecture IX: Coming Home - Stories in Architectural Theory Information 1 credit1VM. Gnehm
AbstractThe lecture course discusses architecture and literature in its diverse relations: Stories as moments when architecture comes to life, the writing of architectural history and theory and literary writing. The focus aims at the notion of home and its discontents.
ObjectiveThe objective of the course is to provide knowledge of literary aspects for an architectural practice committed to create spaces for living.
ContentComing home has dubious connotations in wartime. Rilke’s poetizing of the residents’ traces visible due to the missing façade of a condemned house has a different impact when associated with a shelled building. Perhaps home is a place where stories intertwine in ways that affect one’s quest for identity in a nuclear and explosive manner. What is an architectural home? What is home in the history and theory of architecture? Is public space the opposite of private housing? Cosmopolitism the opposite of regionalism? Stories intersect these poles. They are both architecture’s immaterial and real side. The lecture course discusses these issues through glimpses into texts by natural-born writers like Kafka, Joyce, Munro, Didion or Danielewski, by engineers like Musil, by musicians like Cage, by architects like Frisch and Burger. Tschumi’s detective stories encounter Koolhaas’s citationist joy in the wake of poststructuralist or deconstructionist recourses to the Freudian uncanny.
LiteratureSyllabus and readings on https://www.gta.arch.ethz.ch/staff/michael-gnehm/courses
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesfostered
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesfostered
Project Managementfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Customer Orientationfostered
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Sensitivity to Diversityassessed
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityfostered
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection assessed
Self-direction and Self-management fostered