Hubert Klumpner: Katalogdaten im Herbstsemester 2022

NameHerr Prof. Hubert Klumpner
LehrgebietArchitektur und Städtebau
Professur Architekt. u. Städtebau
ETH Zürich, ONA J 14
Neunbrunnenstr. 50
8093 Zürich
Telefon+41 44 633 90 78
Fax+41 44 633 11 83
BeziehungOrdentlicher Professor

052-0707-00LUrban Design III Information 2 KP2VH. Klumpner, M. Fessel
KurzbeschreibungStudents are introduced to a narrative of 'Urban Stories' through a series of three tools driven by social, governance, and environmental transformations in today's urbanization processes. Each lecture explores one city's spatial and organizational ingenuity born out of a particular place's realities, allowing students to transfer these inventions into a catalog of conceptual tools.
LernzielHow can students of architecture become active agents of change? What does it take to go beyond a building's scale, making design-relevant decisions to the city rather than a single client? How can we design in cities with a lack of land, tax base, risk, and resilience, understanding that Zurich is the exception and these other cities are the rule? How can we discover, set rather than follow trends and understand existing urban phenomena activating them in a design process? The lecture series produces a growing catalog of operational urban tools across the globe, considering Governance, Social, and Environmental realities. Instead of limited binary comparing of cities, we are building a catalog of change, analyzing what design solutions cities have been developing informally incrementally over time, why, and how. We look at the people, institutions, culture behind the design and make concepts behind these tools visible. Students get first-hand information from cities where the chair as a Team has researched, worked, or constructed projects over the last year, allowing competent, practical insight about the people and topics that make these places unique. Students will be able to use and expand an alternative repertoire of experiences and evidence-based design tools, go to the conceptual core of them, and understand how and to what extent they can be relevant in other places. Urban Stories is the basic practice of architecture and urban design. It introduces a repertoire of urban design instruments to the students to use, test, and start their designs.
InhaltUrban form cannot be reduced to physical space. Cities result from social construction, under the influence of technologies, ecology, culture, the impact of experts, and accidents. Urban un-concluded processes respond to political interests, economic pressure, cultural inclinations, along with the imagination of architects and urbanists and the informal powers at work in complex adaptive systems. Current urban phenomena are the result of urban evolution. The facts stored in urban environments include contributions from its entire lifecycle, visible in the physical environment, and non-physical aspects. This imaginary city exists along with its potentials and problems and with the conflicts that have evolved. Knowledge and understanding, along with a critical observation of the actions and policies, are necessary to understand the diversity and instability present in the contemporary city and understand how urban form evolved to its current state.

How did cities develop into the cities we live in now? Urban plans, instruments, visions, political decisions, economic reasonings, cultural inputs, and social organization have been used to operate in urban settlements in specific moments of change. We have chosen cities that exemplify how these instruments have been implemented and how they have shaped urban environments. We transcribe these instruments into urban operational tools that we have recognized and collected within existing tested cases in contemporary cities across the globe.

This lecture series will introduce urban knowledge and the way it has introduced urban models and operational modes within different concrete realities, therefore shaping cities. The lecture series translates urban knowledge into operational tools, extracted from cities where they have been tested and become exemplary samples, most relevant for understanding how the urban landscape has taken shape. The tools are clustered in twelve thematic clusters and three tool scales for better comparability and cross-reflection.

The Tool case studies are compiled into a global urbanization toolbox, which we use as typological models to read the city and critically reflect upon it. The presented contents are meant to serve as inspiration for positioning in future professional life and provide instruments for future design decisions.

In an interview with a local designer, we measure our insights against the most pressing design topics in cities today, including inclusion, affordable housing, provision of public spaces, and infrastructure for all.
SkriptThe learning material, available via is comprised of:
- Toolbox 'Reader' with an introduction to the lecture course and tool summaries
- Weekly exercise tasks
- Infographics with basic information of each city
- Quiz question for each tool
- Additional reading material
- Interviews with experts
- Archive of lecture recordings
Literatur- Reading material will be provided throughout the semester.
052-0725-22LACTION! On the Real City: Drawing With Light - Daylight and the Moving Image Information Belegung eingeschränkt - Details anzeigen 2 KP2UH. Klumpner, C. E. Papanicolaou
KurzbeschreibungThe word photography combines Greek roots phōtos, "light," and graphé, "represent by drawing lines". Photography is essentially "drawing with light."

We will encourage reflections on this topic by developing new forms of urban literacy integrating ethnographic research methods, filmmaking and other forms of digital media.
LernzielThrough a combination of practical exercises in video and audio techniques in parallel with the study of seminal observation-driven texts, this course aims to equip students with the basic tools and core principles to create short but complex portraits of urban space. This semester, the focus falls the the topic of daylight, in all of the ways in which it affects everday life - both indoors, outdoors, and everything in between.

This approach will be applied to experiments in filmmaking and photography. Through various audiovisual experiments, students will collectively speculate on ways to marry the various forms of research methods that traditionally do not intersect, creating mosaics of experimental research forms.

Using widely available recording tools and editing software, students will turn their fieldwork into short video or audio works of about 3-5 minutes.
InhaltThe course will compose of lectures, practical crash courses in media use and storytelling, and fieldwork sessions. The course will be a laboratory in the creation of short media works that aim to inform the architectural design process, working between the city and the studio in ONA. Students will be expected to complete all required work within the hours that the elective meets, with few requirements outside of the class hours.
LiteraturSeminal texts include:

- ‘Cross-Cultural Filmmaking’ (Barbash, Castaing-Taylor)
- ‘Acoustic Territories’ (LaBelle)
- 'Ethnography: Principles in Practice' (Hammersley, Atkinson)
- 'Thick Description: Toward an Interpretative Theory of Culture (Geertz)
Fachspezifische KompetenzenKonzepte und Theoriengeprüft
Verfahren und Technologiengeprüft
Methodenspezifische KompetenzenAnalytische Kompetenzengeprüft
Medien und digitale Technologiengeprüft
Soziale KompetenzenKommunikationgeprüft
Kooperation und Teamarbeitgeprüft
Persönliche KompetenzenAnpassung und Flexibilitätgeprüft
Kreatives Denkengeprüft
Kritisches Denkengeprüft
Selbstbewusstsein und Selbstreflexion geprüft
Selbststeuerung und Selbstmanagement geprüft
052-0727-22L4D-Geodesigning Urban Transformation - Summer School Information Belegung eingeschränkt - Details anzeigen
Is offered until end of FS23. This summer school is suitable for Master and doctoral students only. Please register before 6.6.22.
3 KP7GS. Wälty, H. Klumpner
KurzbeschreibungThe project addresses critical issues of urban planning by using cutting-edge technology for analysis and communication. Students actively engage with building and zoning regulations ((i) reconstruct, (ii) reformulare and (iii) simulate/virtualise in web-based 4D urban models) as well as maintain an ongoing exchange through (peer) review activities in class.
Lernziel- Capture and analyse the past and present; design, present and discuss future living spaces in 4D.
- Read, understand, deconstruct and formulate new zoning and building rules (BNO)s.
- Set up an ArcGIS Urban model and integrate current and new urban rules and visualize/simulate development scenarios/variations of urban designs.
- Learn from students from different disciplines through teamwork and by peer-reviewing each other's work.
- System thinking through causal loops.
InhaltThis planned course addresses the crucial urban transformation issues of our time at the 10-minute-neighbourhood level. Technology, communication and online learning materials are leveraged and opportunities for online interaction are combind with traditional place-based teaching methods. The course can be taught as elective with exercise and as an integrated discipline in design classes. In addition, the online material can be used for self-paced learning.
(i) Students actively engage with building and land use regulations by reconstruction them in a 3D model, formulating new 3D regulations based on design and land use criteria, and simulating possible developments based on existing building criteria in 4D. As students from different disciplines work in teams and share knowledge through mutual work and peer reviews, they can learn from each other across disciplines.
(ii) Urban design lecturers can benefit form being relieved of the task of teaching students software as part of the diesign class.
(iii) The entire degree programmes in architecture, landscape architecture, building information systems (all D-ARCH), and spatial development and infrastructure systems (D-BAUG) can benefit from this. It is also conceivable that, building on this, a joint program will be developed and offered in the future, with the integration/combination of City Energy Analysis (CEA) by Prof. Schlüter, IÖ-app by Prof. Menz, Enerpol Tool/Daylight by Prof. Klumpner, to name but a few.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesThe course is offered in summer 2022 as an elective block course with exercises, in HS22 as an integrated discipline within the Klumpner design studio and in FS23 to choose between the elective course or the integrated discipline.

Places: 20 at the most
Group work: groups of two
Primary target groups: Master Architecture, Integrated Building Systems, Landscape Architecture, Master Spatial Development and Infrastructure Systems
Registration: until 06.06.2022
Waiting list: until 17.06.2022
052-1139-22LArchitectural Design V-IX: Roots, Shaping African Urbanities (H. Klumpner) Information Belegung eingeschränkt - Details anzeigen
Please register (Link) only after the internal enrolment for the design classes (see Link).
Teaching Languages: English and German

Project grading at semester end is based on the list of enrolments on 1.11.22, 24:00 h (valuation date) only. This is the ultimate deadline to unsubscribe or enroll for the studio.
14 KP16UH. Klumpner
KurzbeschreibungHow can we design a Health Care Center for KIGALI / RWANDA between the informal city and agricultural wetlands, connecting neighborhoods with public health spaces and education infrastructures, in the context of rapid urban growth and the question of what constitutes an African city?
LernzielStudents will emerge in our Chair’s “urban method-design” to step by step develop their individual prototypical design projects. They will address both architectural urban scales and will be guided to collaboratively develop a baseline scenario. Mapping, identifying existing and future challenges and opportunities, students will take the role of stakeholders and translate their demands and resources into different scenarios. They will design urbanistic concepts and translate them into an evidence-based prototypical architectural project- intervention. This prototype is the synthesis of a process in time and space on different scales. The design project will be framed as a narrative that is consequentially visualized and communicated in analogue and digital graphic representations. Conceptual ideas will be co-developed with partners of Kigali`s Department of Architecture and local students, overlapping research questions with policies and guidelines of the Kigali Green City Pilot Project.
InhaltThe basic thesis for this Studio Fall Semester 2022 is the design of a prototypical Health Care Center in Kigali, integrating socio-economic networks, promoting health, education, and the wellbeing of communities in alignment with Rwanda`s Green Growth, Innovation, and Climate resilience -strategies.

By 2050 the global population will change from 70 % rural to 70% urban population, particularly in Asia and Africa. The State of African Cities report, produced by UN-Habitat in 2018 show, that foreign direct investment, if distributed into secondary cities, and smaller towns, could promote growth of local economies, and that decentralization could impact inequality, poverty, employment, and food security on the continent.

Kigali city has been shaped by postcolonial urbanism, post-conflict-state building, and neoliberalism. Since the 1994 Genocide, Rwanda`s government has rewritten its history, setting strategic frameworks to promote, social cohesion, unity, and peace. Processes towards the restoration of human dignity are reflected through community programs, dialogue, economic and structural reforms. Strong governance, the revision of policies, masterplans and regulated urbanisation relate to interdependent development drivers that accelerate innovation, integration, agglomeration, and competition. Providing access to basic resources like clean water, electricity, education, healthcare, and sanitation facilities to all citizens, stresses the need to reduce widespread poverty and promote a middle in comes society by 2035. The landlocked country's economic growth and attractivity drive in the East African Community is supported by a ban on plastic bags since 2008, and making use of 21st-century technologies.
Kigali has re-designed itself to be Africa`s model gateway city, a global example for implementing environmental cleanliness and leapfrogging future-orientated IT and startup sectors.

`The Shanghai of Africa` has doubled in size in the last 20-30 years, driven by foreign investment, internal migration, and continuous urban growth. The contrast between densely populated hillside villages, gaping standards of formal and informal housing, blur notions of center, periphery rural and urban. Whilst many African and global cities battle desertification, build sponge cities, re-construct large scale-eco systems, to mitigate climate change, Kigali`s unique aquatic wetlands in the valleys are at threat. Degradation, increasing pollutant input come with human settling, farming and inadequate land-use along movement corridors.

In collaboration with the University of Rwanda`s Department of Architecture (SABE) in Kigali, we our studio envisions trans-scalar processes and small-scale interventions, addressing the city's social and ecological challenges. The parameters of Kigali`s urban development and Green City Pilot Agenda will be translated into selected sites, sustainable systems and placemaking.
The studio applies a systemic urban design methodology, responding to the urgent need for concrete projects that promote the well-being of communities, climate action, and the UN´s SDG targets. Policy recommendations and general advice to upscale prototypical concepts are already successful in other cities globally and apply to the Kigali Case.
At the interface of architecture, urban -landscape design and art, design can create a measurable impact in cities increasing social justice, health, and wellbeing. The development of robust frameworks in environments that are adaptable to change, can enable process driven growth, long-term operational, environmental and social benefits in response to global, local, and site-specific conditions.

The studio is an opportunity to engage in global south challenges, to imagine and model sustainable urban scenarios and to articulate a transformative architectural response interrelating the quality of the built and natural environment with systems of health and wellbeing.
Skript“ Urban Method-design”: Systematically engaging students in the Studio topic, to unlock their potential and skills towards developing prototypical design resolution on an urban and architectural scale. Identifying, understanding and developing local stakeholder networks, so as to translate challenges into opportunities and negotiate diverse interests into strategic ideas for development, geo-references, inter-linked systems, diagrams and maps. Develop design concepts for urban prototypes on different scales, framed by a narrative of a process that is consequentially visualized and communicated in analog as well as digital tools.
Investigative Analysis/ Local Perspective: Registering the existing; prioritizing challenges and opportunities through qualitative and quantitative information; mapping on different design scales and periods of time; configuring stakeholder groups; connecting top-down and bottom-up initiatives; idea mapping and concept mapping; designing of citizen scenarios.
“Project Design”: Synthesizing between different scenarios and definition of a thesis and program between beneficiaries and stakeholders; projecting process presentation as a narrative embedded in multiple steps; describing an urban and architectural typology and prototypes; defining an urban paradigm.
“Domain Shift”: Shifting and translating different domains; testing and evaluating the design in feedback loops; including the project in the Urban Toolbox.
LiteraturReading material will be provided throughout the semester, as well as references to case studies.
The class material can be downloaded from the student server.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesTeam:
Prof. Hubert Klumpner
Anne Graupner, Diogo Figueiredo, Fernando Tulio | Chair of Architecture and Urban Design
Dr. Sibylle Wälty, | ETH Wohnforum

In Collaboration with:
UR | University of Rwanda, College of Science and Technology
SABE | School of Architecture and Built Environment
DoA | Department of Architecture

Dr. Manlio Michilietto, Dean of the Department of Architecture
Dr. Sandro Grispan, HoD, Studio Coordinator 5th year
Dr. Rahman Tafahomi, Studio Coordinator 4th year
Dr. Josephine Malonza, Studio Coordinator 3rd year
Phd. Cand. Alexis Sebarenzi Gatoni, UN-Habitat

Seminar Week:
Travel to Kigali: 23.-30. October 2022

Architectural Design V-IX | ECTS Credits - 14
Integrated Discipline Planning | ECTS Credits - 3
4D-Geodesigning Urban Transformation

Recommended: Elective Course | ‘ACTION! On the Real City: Drawing With Light
Language: German, English, Spanish and Portuguese
Fachspezifische KompetenzenKonzepte und Theoriengeprüft
Verfahren und Technologiengeprüft
Methodenspezifische KompetenzenAnalytische Kompetenzengeprüft
Medien und digitale Technologiengeprüft
Soziale KompetenzenKommunikationgeprüft
Kooperation und Teamarbeitgeprüft
Menschenführung und Verantwortunggeprüft
Selbstdarstellung und soziale Einflussnahmegeprüft
Sensibilität für Vielfalt geprüft
Persönliche KompetenzenAnpassung und Flexibilitätgeprüft
Kreatives Denkengeprüft
Kritisches Denkengeprüft
Integrität und Arbeitsethikgeprüft
Selbstbewusstsein und Selbstreflexion geprüft
Selbststeuerung und Selbstmanagement geprüft
064-0017-22LResearch Methods in Landscape and Urban Studies: Writing Landscapes, Writing the Urban Information Belegung eingeschränkt - Details anzeigen 2 KP2KF. Persyn, T. Avermaete, T. Galí-Izard, H. Klumpner, C. Schmid, M. Topalovic
KurzbeschreibungThis seminar supports researchers writing on topics related to landscape, urban studies, and architecture through offering hands-on guidance and a safe space for peer-to-peer exchange. The seminar participants receive guidance on how to work with fieldwork, literature reviews, and archival research, develop arguments and narrative arcs in writing.
LernzielResearch writing can often be a solitary, arduous, and unrewarding exercise, this seminar aims to promote peer-to-peer exchange, and offer hands-on guidance and a safe space for researchers writing on topics related to landscape, urban studies, and architecture. The seminar will offer guidance as to how researchers can work with fieldwork, literature reviews, and archival research, develop arguments and narrative arcs in writing, in addition to practical tips and tricks. While the seminar is primarily geared towards supporting doctoral researchers in the dissertation-writing phase, it is open to all researchers regardless of where they might be in their research provided they are in the process of developing a work of academic writing such as research plan, a journal article, or a design manifesto.

The participants of this seminar are expected to bring a text that they would like to develop over the course of the semester. The texts can be diverse in format and length; it can be a dissertation or book chapter, journal or magazine article, or a research plan.

The seminar will alternate between inputs by invited guests, reading and discussion sessions, tutorials, and peer-review. A total of five input lectures by invited guests will be offered during the seminar, where senior academics from the Department and elsewhere will provide a behind-the-scenes look into their writing process. The invited guests will discuss as to how they structure their arguments, organise their sources and materials, and how they find inspiration for their writing process. These input lectures will be alternated with thematically organised tutorial sessions structured around the following themes: writing about fieldwork and field methods, about landscapes, about political ecology and economy, ethnographic human and other-than-human vignettes, about dwelling and urban space. In the first half of these tutorial sessions, the seminar participants will discuss and debate a requisite reading followed by a writing tutorial and feedback session based on the texts. The seminar participants can choose to present the work developed during the seminar at the LUS Doctoral Crits organised at the end of the semester.
InhaltThe format will provide an overarching methodological meta-theme, to be defined prior to the event. One external guest critic will be invited. In this case, each presentation will conclude with a discussion round, providing sufficiently detailed feedback for every doctoral candidate.
29.09 – Ethnography from the field and archive – ADAM JASPER
06.10 – Writing spatially, writing otherwise - MATTHEW CRITCHLEY
13.10 – Indigenous Landscape Urbanism - KELLY SHANNON
03.11 – Informed gardening activism - BARBARA VAN DYCK
10.11 – Ordering the unfamiliar - ANNE HULTZSCH
17.11 – Landscape, dwelling, and the political ecology - MAAN BARUA
24.11 – From notes to narrative - NIKOS MAGOULIOTIS
01.12 – Imagining the invisible - NANCY COULING
08.12 – Writing in the Planetary Age - HOLLYAMBER KENNEDY
15.12 – LUS Doc Crits
LiteraturBarua, M. (2014) ‘Bio-geo-graphy: Landscape, dwelling, and the political ecology of human-elephant relations’, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 32(5), pp. 915–934.

Crysler, C.G. (2003) Writing Spaces: Discourses of Architecture, Urbanism and the Built Environment, 1960–2000. London: Routledge. Available at:

Eco, U. (2015) How to write a thesis. MIT Press.
Geertz, C. (1973) ‘Thick Description: Toward an Interpretive Theory of Culture 1973’.

Hultzsch, A. (2017) Architecture, travellers and writers: Constructing histories of perception 1640-1950. Routledge.

Jackson Jr, J.L. (2013) Thin description. Harvard University Press.

Jon, I. (2021) ‘The City We Want: Against the Banality of Urban Planning Research’, Planning Theory & Practice, 22(2), pp. 321–328. Available at:

Kennedy, H. (2019) ‘Infrastructures of “Legitimate Violence”: The Prussian Settlement Commission, Internal Colonization, and the Migrant Remainder’, Grey Room, pp. 58–97.

Madden, M. (2005) 99 ways to tell a story: exercises in style. Penguin.

Malm, A. (2013) ‘The origins of fossil capital: From water to steam in the British cotton industry’, Historical Materialism, 21(1), pp. 15–68.

Malm, A. (2016) Fossil capital: The rise of steam power and the roots of global warming. Verso Books.

Malm, A. and Hornborg, A. (2014) ‘The geology of mankind? A critique of the Anthropocene narrative’, The Anthropocene Review, 1(1), pp. 62–69.

Marcus, G.E. (1995) ‘Ethnography in/of the world system: The emergence of multi-sited ethnography’, Annual review of anthropology, 24(1), pp. 95–117.

Narayan, K. (2012) Alive in the Writing: Crafting Ethnography in the Company of Chekhov. University of Chicago Press.

Queneau, R. (2018) Exercises in style. Alma Books.

Shannon, K. and Manawadu, S. (2007) ‘Indigenous Landscape Urbanism: Sri Lanka’s Reservoir & Tank System’, Journal of Landscape Architecture, 2(2), pp. 6–17. Available at:

Soja, E. (2003) ‘Writing the city spatially1’, City, 7(3), pp. 269–280. Available at:

Tornaghi, C. and Van Dyck, B. (2015) ‘informed gardening activism: steering the public food and land agenda’, Local Environment, 20(10), pp. 1247–1264.
Voraussetzungen / BesonderesThe seminar is joint-organized by the chairs of the professors H. Klumpner, Ch. Girot, G. Vogt and M. Angélil (who in HS18 is mainly responsible for the course (one full-day event in the academic semester).

Participants in both cases will be expected to submit single-page abstracts of their papers in advance and to make a presentation of app. 20 minutes at the colloquium. The discussion rounds will be moderated by the organizing professor and the invited guests.

Enrolment on agreement with the lecturer only.