052-0653-23L  Future Cities Laboratory Indicia 03: Actions and Evidence for Future Settlements

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersT. Schröpfer, S. Menz
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


052-0653-23 KFuture Cities Laboratory Indicia 03: Actions and Evidence for Future Settlements
Course will take place on Fridays at HIB Open Space 3 (HIB E31).
No course on 27.10 (seminar week) and in the last two weeks of the semester.
2 hrs
Fri08:00-09:35HIB E 31 »
T. Schröpfer, S. Menz

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AbstractThe course is organised based on the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) publication Indicia 03. Indicia 03 conveys the main research results as actions and guidelines for sustainable city-making. The course offers twelve thematic colloquiums. It aims to introduce research outcomes of FCL and provide a platform for interdisciplinary knowledge exchange and critical thinking crossing domains.
ObjectiveWe expect students to achieve the following objectives at the end of the course:
• Students learn about the main research results of FCL regarding sustainable urban development in an interdisciplinary format.
• Conversations with experts from different disciplines enable students to think critically and wholistically about urbanisation and sustainability strategies from a global perspective.
• Through knowledge exchange and debates across disciplines, students explore and refine future studies/research in specific urban contexts.
ContentPlanning and designing cities is complex and needs to address both short- and long-term sustainable development. The realisation of sustainability and resilience requires technology development with improved individual understandings and responsible actions, which brings with it challenges and great opportunities for change and transformation. FCL’s research covers multiple experiences and scales, from the individual citizens to larger communities and from small villages to megacities and offers important insights into the development of future settlements worldwide. This research has resulted in important Actions and Evidence required for the planning and design of future high-density, high-liveability cities published in Indicia 03.

The course consists of 12 colloquiums with specific themes that correspond to the chapters of Indicia 03. Each colloquium is joined by two to four external experts and FCL Global researchers from different disciplines to present their work. Moderated dialoques (debates and discussions) encourage students to explore the interrelationship between actions and guidelines as described in Indicia 03.

These include but are not limited to:

• Dialogue 1: Design Liveable Density
• Dialogue 2: Plan Variable Flows
• Dialogue 3: Partner with Nature
• Dialogue 4: Adopt Open Processes
• Dialogue 5: Harness Cyber-Physical Interactions
• Dialogue 6: Stimulate Diverse Economies
• Dialogue 7: Build Well
• Dialogue 8: Foster Settlement Systems
• Dialogue 9: Waterfront Tanjong Pagar: An Exploration in Transformative Design Research
• Dialogue 10: Cooling Singapore: Towards Urban Climate Design and Management
• Dialogue 11: Bioregion Java
• Dialogue 12: The Pandemic City

At the end of the course, students write an essay of 2,000 to 3,000 words based on one of the dialogues. The essays reflect the specific research content and actions described in Indicia 03 and address students' insights into sustainable urban development.
Prerequisites / NoticeThis elective course is organised with a focus on FCL Global research contents. We provide digital copies of the Indicia 03 for the students attending the course. The format of the course is physical (at ETH Hönggerberg) and virtual. It will be open to all researchers and students in FCL Global, D-Arch and D-Baug.

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersT. Schröpfer, S. Menz
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationoral 30 minutes
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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