1968 and Housing

Veranstalter: Philip Ursprung
Datum: Dienstag, 22. Mai 2018 bis Dienstag, 22. Mai 2018
Zeit: 14.00 Uhr bis 16.00 Uhr
Ort: HIL E 67 “Red Hell” ETH Hönggerberg

"1968 and Housing": A Mini-Symposium

The fifty-year-anniversary of “1968” frame a larger methodological debate on how to address the social responsibility of architects within academia. In 1968, students of architecture, both in capitalist and socialist systems, played a central role in demanding change in both design and real estate development models, with a particular critique directed at housing. Today, the lack of affordable housing and segregation by class and ethnic background is as much of an issue as it was fifty years ago.

The conclusion of the three-year research project "Experiment and Ideology: Mass Housing in the Welfare States and Planned Economies of the 1960s and 1970s," funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, is the occasion to convene a conversation.

What is the state of research on housing at schools of architecture, whether historical or design-based, and what does 1968 tell us in this regard? Which recent work can exemplify ways to bridge the discursive divide between architecture as a formal endeavor and housing as a socio-economic need? What should future teaching and research address, and how? What form could transnational, comparative projects take on in this regard?

Participants are invited to provide a succinct prompt for discussion in no more than five minutes.

Introduction by Prof. Philip Ursprung, Dean of D-ARCH and PI of the SNF project.

Participants: Fabian Furter (ETH), Prof. Joseph Heathcott (The New School, New York),
Susanne Schindler (ETH), Prof. Felicity Scott (Columbia University, New York), Kathrin Siebert (ETH), Prof. Stanislaus von Moos (University of Zurich)

Moderated by Dr. Irina Davidovici (ETH)

Language. English, Free Entrance


Sabine Sarwa