Co-opolis: Collective Codes, Collective Actors and the Production of the City

Organizer: Chair of Prof. Avermaete
Date: Tuesday, 5 October 2021 to Tuesday, 5 October 2021
Time: 14.00 to 18.00
Location: Siemens Auditorium Gebäude HIT, Wolfgang-Pauli-Strasse 27, 8093 Zurich

Registration is required


As urbanization intensifies all over the world, so do contestations over how city space is produced. Citizens, politicians, urban designers and architects become increasingly aware of the fact that the city can no longer be solely developed as the playing field of private interests or of state ideologies. Instead, they propose to look upon the production of the city as a ‘common matter’, guided by common codes and the care for common resources. This colloquium aims to explore the collective production of the city from two angles. Firstly, it examines how the city may be understood as a matter of ‘common codes’, a set of implicit rules that represent shared cultural beliefs and allows urban designers and architects to contribute to the common good. Secondly, it probes into the ways that ‘common actors’, such as housing cooperatives and neighborhood associations with interest in shared resources, provide alternative, often more creative ways of producing the city than the predominant logics of the state and the market.

NSL-Colloquium 2021|1


14.00 – 14.15
Welcome and Introduction

Prof. Tom Avermaete, ETH Zurich
Dr. Irina Davidovici, ETH Zurich

14.15 – 15.30
Session 1: Common Codes

14.15 – 14.45
Prof. Monique Eleb, Paris-Malaquais
Évolution des usages dans l’habitat et conception (In French with simultaneous English translation.)

14.45 – 15.15
Prof. Jonathan Sergison, Accademia di Mendrisio
Urban Husbandry

15.15 – 15.30

15.30 – 15.45

15. 45 – 17.45
Session 2: Collective Actors

15.45 – 16.15
Prof. Eve Blau, Harvard GSD
Architecture as Common Actor

16.15 – 16.45
Andreas Hofer, Director IBA’27
How to co-create?

16.45 – 17.00

17.00 – 17.45
Final Panel Discussion
With: Tom Avermaete, Eve Blau, Irina Davidovici, Monique Eleb, Andreas Hofer, Jonathan Sergison