063-0701-23L  Methods of Urban Research: Extended Urbanisation

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersC. Schmid, I. Apostol, N. Bathla
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


063-0701-23 GMethoden der Stadtforschung
Keine Lehrveranstaltung am 26.10 (Seminarwoche) sowie in den beiden letzten Semesterwochen (vor Schlussabgaben).
2 hrs
Thu13:45-15:30HIL E 1 »
C. Schmid, I. Apostol, N. Bathla

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AbstractWhile architects, planners, and urban designers have engaged with the city, the analysis of urbanising territories ‘beyond the city’ have been a blind spot. This lecture series attempts to close this gap by discussing with researchers who will present methods, experiences and findings from a great variety of territories of extended urbanisation.
ObjectiveThe lecture series “Methods of Urban Research: Extended Urbanisation” presents the methodology of sociological analysis of territories of extended urbanisation. These territories, which have traditionally been beyond the sensorium of architecture and urban design professions provide important terrains for urban practice. The lecture series will bring together researchers that have been part of a long-standing research project on territories of extended urbanisation. They will present a kaleidoscopic overview of the diverse methods and insights into international research on urbanisation processes in large metropolises and in territories characterized by extended urbanisation. Most of the presented case studies are published in the brand new book “Extended Urbanisation: Tracing Planetary Struggles”.
Semester performance will be assessed on the basis of a written group assignment on extended urbanization (approximately 10 pages, in groups of four). For the assignment - describe and analyse an example of extended urbanization in a geography of your choice. The example may be from Switzerland or from any other region of the planet. Based on scientific literature and other data, conduct a critical analysis of the chosen case study, and discuss the consequences of urbanization of this area for its people and the environment. Develop a possible urban strategy for alternative inclusive development. Summarize your findings through a A3-sized poster.
ContentIntroduction: Christian Schmid
Contesting the dispossession of Land and Nature. The Peripheralisation of Arcadia - Metaxia Markaki
The Horizontal Factory. The Operationalisation of the US Corn and Soy Belt - Nikos Kastikis
Losing Sea. Abstraction and the End of the Commons in the North Sea - Nancy Couling
The Mine, the City and the Encampment. Contesting Extractivism in Eastern Amazonia - Rodrigo Castriota
Palm Oil and Extended Urbanisation in the Malaysian Hinterland - Hans Hortig
Urbanisation en Route. The Lagos-Abidjan Corridor - Alice Herzog
Extended Urbanisation in Guateng, South Africa - Lindsay Howe
The Extended Urbanisation of Bejing - Yiqui Liu
The Highway Revolution. Enclosure and State Space in India - Nitin Bathla
Concluding Discussion
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Social CompetenciesSensitivity to Diversityassessed
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Self-awareness and Self-reflection assessed

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersC. Schmid, I. Apostol, N. Bathla
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationUnterrichsprachen sind Deutsch und Englisch.

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Architecture MasterField of Landscape Architecture and Urban StudiesWInformation
Spatial Development and Infrastructure Systems MasterMajor in Spatial and Landscape DevelopmentWInformation