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Langstrasse entwerfen: Stadtforschung im Dialog mit den Bewohnern Zürichs

English title Making the City: Langstrasse. A dialogue on urban research with Zurich's residents
Applicant Schmid Christian
Number 184055
Funding scheme Agora
Research institution Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur (gta) D-ARCH - Departement Architektur ETH Zürich
Institution of higher education ETH Zurich - ETHZ
Main discipline Architecture and Social urban science
Start/End 01.01.2019 - 31.03.2020
Approved amount 43'000.00
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All Disciplines (2)

Discipline
Architecture and Social urban science
Social geography and ecology

Keywords (6)

urban qualities; urban development ; architecture; urban design; urban studies; Zürich

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Die Metropolitanregion Zürich entwickelt sich rasant, was zu starker Bevölkerungszunahme, steigenden Grundstückspreisen, Verdichtungsprozessen und verschiedenen Formen der urbanen Intensivierung führt. Diese widersprüchlichen Prozesse, die in jüngster Zeit zu verschiedenen Debatten in der Bevölkerung geführt haben, möchten wir in einer Ausstellung und Veranstaltungsreihe diskutieren.
Lay summary
Die gegenwärtigen Urbanisierungsprozesse in Zürich werden aus dem Blickwinkel der Langstrasse thematisiert. Dieses innerstädtische Gebiet verkörpert die grossen Widersprüche der aktuellen Stadtentwicklung in idealtypischer Weise. Unsere Forschung zeigte, dass die Langstrasse einer der urbansten Orten im gesamten Stadtraum ist, in dem sich die verschiedensten Menschen begegnen. Gleichzeitig steht sie unter erheblichem Druck durch den Immobilienmarkt und ist von starker Gentrifizierung bedroht. Welche Auswirkungen haben Wachstum und Wandel auf die Bevölkerung der Stadt? Wer ist an der Entstehung und Gestaltung der Stadt beteiligt? Was können wir von der Langstrasse lernen? Welche Möglichkeiten bestehen zur Stärkung der urbanen Potentiale in der Region Zürich? Ziel dieses Kommunikationsprojektes ist es, aktuelle Fragen der Stadtentwicklung mit einer breiten Öffentlichkeit zu diskutieren. Das Projekt findet im Zentrum Architektur Zürich (ZAZ) statt und steht im Kontext der Ausstellung „Making the City: Meilensteine der Stadtentwicklung Zürichs“. Der Teil zur Langstrasse umfasst historische und aktuelle Ausstellungsteile sowie eine Reihe von fünf interaktiven Veranstaltungen mit einem breiten Publikum. Diese Veranstaltungen, die in Form von Podiumsdiskussionen und Workshops durchgeführt werden, behandeln Themen wie Dichtestress und Verdichtungsstrategien, urbane Szenografie und Dramaturgie, sowie die Möglichkeiten der Förderung urbaner Qualitäten. Sie möchten einen Beitrag zum Dialog zur Stadtentwicklung leisten und Antworten zur brennenden Frage suchen: „Welche Stadt wollen wir“?
Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 28.01.2019

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
ETH Wohnforum, D-ARCH, ETH Zürich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Exchange of personnel
gta Verlag, D-ARCH, ETH Zürich Switzerland (Europe)
- Publication
gta Archiv, D-ARCH, ETH Zürich Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Zentrum Architektur Zürich (ZAZ) Switzerland (Europe)
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Media relations: print media, online media Ausstellung zu Zürich: Glück gehabt! NZZ German-speaking Switzerland 2019
Media relations: print media, online media Die G-Punkte einer Stadt Tages-Anzeiger German-speaking Switzerland 2019
Media relations: print media, online media Kalter Zürcher Kaffee Hochparterre German-speaking Switzerland 2019
Media relations: print media, online media Nach Zürich: Kontroversen zur Stadt artlog.net, Kunstbulletin 6 German-speaking Switzerland 2019
Media relations: print media, online media Städtebauliche Visionen weiterspinnen Geomatik Schweiz German-speaking Switzerland 2019
Media relations: print media, online media Städtebauliche Visionen zu Zürich: Was macht die Stadt zur Stadt? NZZ German-speaking Switzerland 2019
Media relations: print media, online media Stadtvisionen von gestern für heute? werk, bauen + wohnen German-speaking Switzerland 2019

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
130548 Urbane Potentiale und Strategien in metropolitanen Territorien - Am Beispiel des Metropolitanraums Zürich 01.09.2010 NRP 65 New urban quality

Abstract

The communication project Making the City: Langstrasse aims to launch a discussion on pressing and highly debated issues in urban development, exploring possible futures for socially diverse and inclusive inner-city neighborhoods with strong urban qualities. Zurich’s Langstrasse, the concrete area that will form the starting point of this project, is a place highly present in the collective conscious, because it is one of the few places in which many different kinds of social groups in the city encounter one another. The entire neighborhood is currently undergoing significant levels of change: new urban developments, such as Europaallee, are profoundly altering the character of the neighborhood, and the strong pressure of the real estate market has led to heated discussions about gentrification. At the same time, discussions on densification and urban qualities are highlighting the great urban potentials of the area. Therefore, Langstrasse is an ideal place upon which to build a dialogue on the challenges and potentials of urban development with a wider audience. Participants shall include local people living and working in the area, visitors, shopkeepers and customers, people from other neighborhoods, politicians, planners, architects, students, and all those who want to participate in debates on the future of urban development. Making the City: Langstrasse intends to display and discuss the theoretical and empirical results of a range of completed and ongoing research efforts and design projects on Langstrasse, and more generally on urban qualities in the Metropolitan Region of Zurich conducted at the Department of Architecture at ETH Zürich into material that can be experienced by both expert and non-expert audiences. It has two basic purposes: to discuss the current urban qualities of dense and diverse inner-city neighborhoods, and to co-create design proposals for the future development of these unique urban spaces. For this purpose, a series of events, an exhibition, and a publication will be organized. A series of five public events is planned (evening discussions and workshops), each of which targets a specific urban development topic. This will allow various groups from the general public, impacted by urban development in a variety of ways, to provide feedback on the urban research and design materials and to situate the concrete example of Langstrasse into the broader discourse on urban quality and urban development in the Metropolitan Region of Zurich. Regardless of the format, all sessions will always be open to the public. These events are supported by an exhibition, which illustrates the topic of discussion. At the conclusion of the series, a publication oriented towards a general audience will be compiled, containing a representative selection of the exhibition materials and an analysis of the discussions conducted in the interactive workshops and panel discussions.The communication project will take place at the Zentrum Architektur Zürich (ZAZ), a new platform for discussion, exchange, events, and exhibitions supported by the city of Zurich that opens in September 2018. Located at Villa Bellerive on the lake, this space has a high level of visibility, and is also highly accessible to a multitude of social groups in Zurich and beyond. The project will be organized and implemented by the team of the Chair of Sociology of Christian Schmid. It will be supported and supplemented with contributions from further partners at the ETH Department of Architecture: the ETH Wohnforum; the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta); the Chairs of Architecture and Urban Design of Marc Angélil, Kees Christiaanse, and Hubert Klumpner; and the Chairs of Architecture and Construction of Arno Brandlhuber, Adam Caruso, Dietmar Eberle, Christian Kerez, Anne Lacaton, and Annette Spiro. Publicity for the topic and events will be supported by the ETH Zurich Communication Office, through traditional as well as social media channels.
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