Chair of / Catedra de /
Lehrstuhl für

Archi-
tecture
&
Urban
Design

Prof. Hubert Klumpner

Chair of Architecture and
Urban Design /  
Institute of Landscape- and
Urban Studies / LUS
Co-Director of ETH Wohnforum,
Centre for Architecture
Society and Environment / ETH CASE
Co-Founder and Members
of Institute of Science
Technology and Policy / ISTP
Member of the ETH Sustainability
Steering Committee 
Informal Urbanism Regional
Hub of UN-Habitat Universities

D'ARCH

Introduction

We know cities can be different. Our local and global urbanization project is in a crisis. Our paradigms and models of building cities lead to success, but at the same time, it created dramatic negative impacts, a decline in the quality of human life and breakdown of society. Take pollution and climate change, our current practice of living in cities and building urban environments is contradicting scientific evidence. We have a professional responsibility as architects and urban designers. We still not doing enough, despite the urgency of the challenges and our obligation to be at the forefront, to shape an urban future for the whole of humanity.

Focusing on Researching, Teaching, and Making within amethodological paradigm of interrelated teaching and research design, the Klumpner Chair triangulates urban design, policy- making and habitat-building in current and future global research zones including Latin America, the Balkans, and southern Africa through prototypingand project-making. Klumpner Chair Studios lend themselves to longterm engagement in projects, allowing students to participate inteaching and research from bachelor to PhD levels. The Chair operates in close collaboration with the Institute of Science, Technology and Policy (ISTP), the ETH Wohnforum– ETH CASE, and is the regional representative of the UN Habitat University Informal Urbanism Hub.

We have to engage with these urgent challenges — possible models, scenarios, throwbacks, resistances. We have the creative power to propose a change in the way we live in cities. Scientific evidence makes it clear, three main processes and challenges are at the center of this project for humanity.

  • urbanizing: decline of quality of human life, alternative models
  • distributing: mobility, transport, inequality exclusion, inclusion
  • resourcing: land, water, air, food, biodiversity, circular thinking

All three challenges create pollution and climate change. Our voice and response in informing policymakers and the society at large within our educational responsibility of teaching, researching and making our environment, are still too weak despite some gradual success.

We need to identify new ways to communicate our findings and possible answer in a transparent joint effort and design alternative approaches to create a dialogue for trans-national and local policies as part of our understanding of designing cities as a concrete local project with global reach.

We see urbanization through architecture, at the centre of our actions. Based on transformative processes, incremental growth, turning informal into formal and formal into informal developing something new, inspired by context and evidence-based research and design. Urban Design practice is at the centre of the tripod of globalization, informatization and urbanization around: 

people:
society, social, political, economic, cultural, resilience, livelihood, imaginary social transformation of the individual citizen and massive public

program:
re-activating, temporary, incremental, process-based development, transformative, periodic cycles, open building, urbanization, from the simple to the complex.

environment:
built, spatial, landscape, natural, ecologies, topography, climate, integrated infrastructure, spatial transformation, morphology, from small to large.

The first-hand agency-based learning, researching and making is necessary for engaging with the on-site presence for, listening, engaging with people and their realities as the basis of all our projects.  We propose to engage in real-world challenges training people in methods and tools from analogue to digital) to develop urban design projects as architectural prototypes.  Architecture and Urban Design emerges at a particular time and place. Cities challenged by extended urbanization have much to share and collaborate, so do architects working with the people in the cities.

a.) research axes:
informal urbanization, inclusion of urban poor, scenarios empowering people, crisis and conflict, incremental implementation processes, alternative urbanization models, urban-design prototypes, trans-scalar, public space, low-cost housing, policymaking, transferability, digital tools, model and graphic representation, observatory.

  • Design Studio
  • Urban Stories
  • Elective
  • Seminar Week

agency of teaching, researching and making  
We typically create a local presence with partners by founding a local urban-lab for 2-3 years, built legitimate engagement together with multiple stakeholders, students and researchers in the realization of projects. We start with baseline studies, document map, photograph and film the condition, we accompany medium and long-term processes marked by innovation, success and also failures. After constructing prototypical projects, we document and disseminate. Communicating the results in exhibitions, publications, films etc. is an integral part of our agency. We observe the results over time, sense and measure their impact to create feedback loops for improvement and replications. We participate in the design of policies and provide knowledge transfer, independent from scale and hierarchies using digital tools to amplify analogue models.

Method Design / Urban Tool Box/ Prototypes: 
We engage in the social and physical site, analysis, research-based design, applied research, evidence-based design process, interrogation of existing program or site, concept and scenario development. We map and enter stakeholder networks, register quantitative and qualitative data, prepare for long-term impact observation. We simulate, consider design independent from scale hierarchies, make our own digital mapping, empower self-determination, livelihood, agency, legitimation, and search for participatory by initiation, moderation and on-site presence agency. We think and act problem and challenge-based, look for inclusive development, social equity, mitigating the impact of migration, and poverty. We communicate decision making transparently.

We are committed to the development of analogue and digital tools, process-based strategic and tactical design scenarios, transparently, planning, mapping, modelling, app- design.

We develop and execute prototypical projects within the reality of constraints, development of a thesis, position and design language. We analyze the context with a real solution in mind that can resist over-abstraction and commit to architectures mission to help us figure out where we are and work towards making them examples for more sustainable, open and beautiful places. 

b.) urban research laboratory locations: 
We put our theories into action. The primary purpose of our concept development is putting them to the test by practical implementation. Design ideas that bring improvement to extended urbanization and the quality of 'people's lives. We like to broaden the band-with of what architecture and architects do, without giving up the actual realization of projects. 

1.Colombia:
Peace process, Urban Transformation program with SECO, IDB and two local Universities. Based with an ETH staffed Lab in Medellin, Urban Research Incubator with ISTP. 

1Phd. principal advisor, 2Phd's. Co-advisor, coordination of URI 8 Phd. ' 's with ETH 'Prof.'s from D-GESS, D-MAVT, D-BAUG, NADEL.  

2. South Africa:
Post-Apartheid Urban Development in Townships (Cape-Town Township Khayelitsha. Low-cost housing, light and illumination, public space) , Security, Safety, Urban Economy, Energy, Policymaking.

1Phd. Public Space Light and lighting

3. Balkan:
Post-Conflict Urban with SECO, and partners in Sarajevo, Rijeka, Athens. Digital plan for 2020 to 2050 with the City and Cantonal planning office (financing proposal in evaluation process) 

1 Phd. presentation on Non-Aligned City in Oct. DK, PK)

4. Shenzhen-Hong Kong:
Vertical mobility and vertical public space, 1Phd. space syntax, on people, flows

5. Switzerland:
Integration of 1-4 into a base for knowledge transfer, ISTP project on safety and security concerning 1 to 4. UN-Geneva, book on SDG 11, research on Urban-Design Education,

1.Phd. in preparation for Sept. Dec. Doc Committee.

We remain ultimately committed to the conception which insists upon the social program.

c.) 3rd Party funding: 
currently approx. CHF 3.5 million from Swiss and other country governments, Industries, professional organizations, development agencies, partner Universities and Foundations. 

Focusing on Researching, Teaching, and Making within a methodological paradigm of interrelated teaching and research design, the Klumpner Chair triangulates urban design, policy- making and habitat-building in current and future global research zones including Latin America, the Balkans, and southern Africa through prototyping and project-making. Klumpner Chair Studios lend themselves to long- term engagement in projects, allowing students to participate in teaching and research from bachelor to PhD levels. The Chair operates in close collaboration with the Institute of Science, Technology and Policy (ISTP), the ETH Wohnforum– ETH CASE, and is the regional representative of the UN Habitat University Informal Urbanism Hub.

Events

Exhibitions

Ciudad Isla
29 August – 15 October 2019
Museo de Arquitectura Leopoldo Rother Bogota, Colombia

www.ciudadisla.com

Lectures /
Conferences

Ciudad Isla // Urbanism Through
Architecture – Hubert Klumpner
4 September 2019
18:00 – 20:00
Museo de Arquitectura Leopoldo Rother
Bogota, Colombia

www.ciudadisla.com

teach-
ing

The semester Studio, elective course, lecture courses, diplomas, seminar week trips and PhD research are intertwined in the context of prototyping and project- making. Each semesters, students at every level of their studies engage in real-life projects, focusing on the research areas of Latin America, the Balkans, and Southern Africa.

Design Studio

We teach students the chair’s method-design to identify and develop networks as stakeholder groups that are on the basis of an urban project, translate demands into ideas and geo-referenced maps, and develop out of these ideas urban prototypes on different scales within narratives that is visualised and communicated in analog and digital tools.

Students will research by studying existing international test cases, formulating their hypothesis, planning urban scenarios, modeling their designs through various formats, and communicating their intentions in a series of critiques and reviews. Students will be encour- aged to develop an individual and critical position on the potential role of the architect to giude a design process within broader social, political and economic systems.

A series of screenings, lectures, readings, and discussions will accompany the design program. These will be given by selected experts from the fields of archi- tecture, urbanism, landscape, building technologies, and associated discipline, as well as experts from the Chair. Workshops and in-studio tutorials will be provided to train students in effective methods of representingcomplex ideas through visual media.

Design Studio Fall ’19
Start: 17. September 19
09:30 ONA Studio, E25
Prof. Hubert Klumpner

Making
Medellín

How can the existing infrastructure and the lack thereof, shortages and limited mobility, climate crisis and scarcity create an integrative urban vision that could regenerate, revitalize and reconcile the city?

Assistants:
Melanie Fessel (ETH Zürich)
Diogo Figueiredo (ETH Zürich)

In Collaboration with:
Prof. Diego Ceresuela-Wiesmann (ETHZ-COL/PBU Medellín)
Prof. Alejandro Restropo Montoya
(PBU Medellín)

Research Partners:
ETH Wohnforum
ETH Institute for Science,
Technology and Policy
SECO, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, Switzerland/Columbia
World Economic Forum/C4IR
IdB Inter-American Development Bank
Pontificial Bolivarian University, Medellín Columbia
Municipality Medellín, Columbia

Urban Stories /
Lecture Course

How did cities develop in the cities we live in now? Which urban plans, instruments, visions, political decisions, economic reasonings, cultural inputs and social organization have been used to operate in urban settlements in specific moments of change? We have chosen cities that are exemplary in illustrating how these instruments have been implemented and how they have shaped urban environments. We transcribe these instruments into urban operational tools that we have recognized and collected within existing tested cases in contemporary cities across the globe.

Urban Design Lecture
Course l/ll, Fall ’19
Thursdays 08:00–9:30
ONA Focushalle
Prof. Hubert Klumpner
Doz. Vera Baur

Urban
Stories

How did cities develop in the cities we live in now? Which urban plans, instruments, visions, political decisions, economic reasonings, cultural inputs and social organization have been used to operate in urban settlements in specific moments of change? We have chosen cities that are exemplary in illustrating how these instruments have been implemented and how they have shaped urban environments. We transcribe these instruments into urban operational tools that we have recognized and collected within existing tested cases in contemporary cities across the globe.

ECTS-Credits: 2

  • Course 1
    19. Sep ’19

    Intro-
    duction

  • Course 2
    26. Sep ’19

    New
    York

  • Course 3
    3. Okt ’19

    Ciudad
    de Madrid

  • Course 4
    10. Okt ’19

    Zürich
    Oerlikon

  • Course 5
    17. Okt ’19

    Sarajevo
    Сарајево

  • Course 6
    31. Okt ’19

    Addis
    Ababa

  • Course 7
    7. Nov ’19

    Pearl
    River Delta

  • Course 8
    14. Nov ’19

    Grand
    Paris

  • Course 9
    21. Nov ’19

    Detroit
    City

  • Course 10
    28. Nov ’19

    Jerusalem
    al-Quds

  • Course 11
    5. Dez ’19

    Bogota
    Caracas

Urban Design Lecture
Course l/ll, Fall ’19
Thursdays 08:00–9:30
ONA Focushalle
Prof. Hubert Klumpner
Doz. Vera Baur

Intro-
duction

2. New York
3. Pearl River Delta
4. Zürich Oerlikon
5. Sarajevo
6. Addis Ababa
7. Gross Berlin
8. Grand Paris
9. Detroit City
10. Jerusalem
11. Bogota Caracas

Urban Design Lecture
Course l/ll, Fall ’19
Thursdays 08:00–9:30
ONA Focushalle
Prof. Hubert Klumpner
Doz. Vera Baur

New
York

Tools:
1. Horizontal-vertical grid
2. Repurposing infrastructure
3. Bottom-up vs. Top-down planning initiatives

Urban Design Lecture
Course l/ll, Fall ’19
Thursdays 08:00–9:30
ONA Focushalle
Prof. Hubert Klumpner
Doz. Vera Baur
Diego Ceresuela Wiesman

Ciudad
de Madrid

Urban Design Lecture
Course l/ll, Fall ’19
Thursdays 08:00–9:30
ONA Focushalle
Prof. Hubert Klumpner
Doz. Vera Baur

Zürich
Oerlikon

Tools:
1. Planning the metropolitan area
2. Re-densification
3. Creating informality

Urban Design Lecture
Course l/ll, Fall ’19
Thursdays 08:00–9:30
ONA Focushalle
Prof. Hubert Klumpner
Doz. Vera Baur
Dr. Harris Piplas

Sarajevo
Сарајево

Tools:
1. Identify construction
2. De-urbanisation
3. Turbo urbanism

Urban Design Lecture
Course l/ll, Fall ’19
Thursdays 08:00–9:30
ONA Focushalle
Prof. Hubert Klumpner
Doz. Vera Baurbr
Dr. Sasha Delz

Addis
Ababa

Urban Design Lecture
Course l/ll, Fall ’19
Thursdays 08:00–9:30
ONA Focushalle
Prof. Hubert Klumpner
Doz. Vera Baur
Jing Zhou

Pearl
River Delta

Tools:
1. Top-down urban planning
2. Megascale neighborhoods
3. Urban villages

Urban Design Lecture
Course l/ll, Fall ’19
Thursdays 08:00–9:30
ONA Focushalle
Prof. Hubert Klumpner
Doz. Vera Baur

Grand
Paris

Tools:
1. Modern spectacle
2. International situationists
3. Regional urbanism

Urban Design Lecture
Course l/ll, Fall ’19
Thursdays 08:00–9:30
ONA Focushalle
Prof. Hubert Klumpner
Doz. Vera Baur

Detroit
City

Tools:
1. Generating suburbia
2. Shrinking city
3. Active infill

Urban Design Lecture
Course l/ll, Fall ’19
Thursdays 08:00–9:30
ONA Focushalle
Prof. Hubert Klumpner
Doz. Vera Baur
David Kretzer

Jeru-
salem
al-Quds

Tools:
1. Sacred urbanism
2. Violent infrastructures
3. Overcoming borders

Urban Design Lecture
Course l/ll, Fall ’19
Thursdays 08:00–9:30
ONA Focushalle
Prof. Hubert Klumpner
Doz. Vera Baur

Bogota
Caracas

Tools:
1. Oil and the automobile city
2. The hybrid city
3. Multiple hubs

Elective

The course aims to use diverse qualitative research methods and practical recording tools to inter- rogate the notions of place-making, map-making, and socio-spatial navigation through a multi- disciplinary lens including urbanism, social research and media use. Through a combination of practical exercises in 3D digital modelling, video and audio techniques, this course aims to equip students with the basic tools and core principles to create short but complex portraits of urban space through innovative forms of mapping.

This approach will be applied to the emerging field of creative geography, inviting students to challenge conventional notions of what ‘maps’ are and how they may be read, through experimentation with new audiovisual perspectives on urban cartography.

Based around various field sites in Zürich, students will use widely available recording tools and modelling / editing software to embed video and audio into animated, 3D digital models (provided by us) to create short video works of about 3-5 minutes.

These outputs will collectively form analmanac of emerging forms of mapmaking and socio-spatial navigational tools.

Elective Course | Fall ‘19
Start 23. September ’19
10:00 ONA, E16
Prof. Hubert Klumpner

ACTION!
On the
real city:
Mapping
Narra-
tives

The course aims to use diverse qualitative researchmethods and practicalrecordingtools to interrogate the notions of place-making, map-making, and socio-spatial navigation through a multi-disciplinary lens including urbanism, social research and media use.

Assistents:
Klearjos Eduardo Papanicolaou (ETH Zurich)
Michael Walczak (ETH Zurich)

Information:
ECTS-Credits 2
English

Seminar Week

Medellìn presents a unique example of how a city has bounced back from notorious violence succes. A crisis that brought the city chaos, the horror of armed conflict and struggle, but also the cocainemoney to build the skyline of empty towers and endless slums.

The city Medellìn stands for Urbanismo Social. A process-oriented, experi- mental movement of bold charismatic political leadership, paired with a new generation of young entre- preneurs, architects and urban designers who realize the strategy of inserting in the city is rapidly growing fabric, sports- and cultural buildings like; Memory House, librarie, but also public spaces and new park and river access. A new metro-line is running the lengths of the city. Cable-Car systems and escalators are climbing up the lush tropical valley to reach the slum zones with the settlements of the formerly most vulnerable population. We will visit together with our research partners in Medellìn which is world capital for urban innovation. Improvements through architecture have helped tackle security, develop the economy and improve it’s citizen education, success and quality of life. Today after overcoming the crisis years Medellìn is the centre of attention in the Spanish speaking world for urban innovation winning 2014 the „Global Smart City Award”. It is inspiring other post-crisis cities. Switzerland’s World Economic Forum chose Medellín in 2019 as one of the global Centers for the 4th International Revolution / CelR. This Urban Lab has received international recognition making the city is today boomtown and an urban lab for architects and technology start-ups.

The Studio will work on the develop- ment of the C4lR urban regeneration project set in a 60ha area including the Museum Antioqua, Botanical Garden, the cities market, and post- industrial building stock from the last century with an inclusive approach to incorporate existing stakeholders and activities.

The seminar week will offer city and architectural tours, museum visits, lectures and talks from local partners. Additionally, with representatives, from the City’splanning office and Pontificial Bolivarian University, Medellìn, Colombia, we will take part in on-site mapping workshops to collect urban ideas and input from residents, interdisciplinary experts, community groups, NGOs, and the private sector.

Seminar Week Fall ’19
20.–27 October ’19
Medellín, Columbia

Urban
labora-
tory
Explo-
ring

Medellín

INNOVATION FOLLOWS CRISIS
MEDELLÍN

Medellín presents a unique example of how a city has bounced back from notorious violence to success. A crisis that brought the city chaos, the horror of armed conflict and struggle, but also the cocaine money to build the skyline of empty towers and endless slums.

ECTS Credits - 2,
Kostenrahmen: F
Includes: Flights, transportation, accommodation, group transportation, entrance fees, and guides.

rese-
arch-
ing

Klumpner Chair research is conducted both by PhD, Masters and Bachelor students, as well as by a dedicated team of researchers engaged or projects across various scales, mediums, and contexts. Focusing on prototyping, project-making, and habitat-building, the research of the Klumpner Chair feeds in and out of teaching offerings in the Chair. The chair is engaged in the following list of research topics:

PhD - Research

PhD -
Research

Michael Walczak
Qualitative visualization of quantitative urban models impacting policy decision making: A case study of urban infrastructure interventions.

In many developing countries, there is a lack of data and/or fragmented provision of data, a lack of tools and methods to understand the available data (Schechtner 2017) and “only by identifying more comprehensive ways to map [visualize], understand and engage urban real economies [and policy makers/shapers] can the momentum for infrastructure-led and environmentally sustainable economic growth be maintained” (Simone 2014). In order to develop visualization technology - being able to communicate in an information dense and accessible format - resulting into policy recommendation, South Africa’s legislative capital Cape Town and Colombia’s capital and largest city Bogotá, is chosen as one of the two focal points of the ETH Institute of Science T echnology and Policy (ISTP) Urban Research Incubator (URI). This research uses empirical research results around gated communities, urban norms in Bogotá and stigmatised neighbourhoods in Cape town and their representation in immersive experiences to test the impact on policymakers’ values and perceptions.

David Kretzer
The impact of lighting technology and design on public lighting policies for informal settlements.

Adequate lighting constitutes a crucial night-time requirement for people. However, public space lighting in informal settlements tends to be characterised by fragmentation, which means an inconsistent distribution of light due to missing luminaires or due to luminaires provided by the authorities that fail to adapt to the informal context. Such fragmentation can be regarded as one element that contributes to socio-spatial inequality.

The aim of this research is to contribute to a reduction of socio-spatial inequality in contemporary urban environments by developing a luminaire based on state-of- the-art lighting technology that considers the special lighting application requirements of the informal urban fabric in cities of the Global South, as well as the social structure of the residents living within it. In doing so, it is believed that informal settlement communities provide clues to their own improvement and that the cultural adaptations and survival strategies found there can guide future interventions. Furthermore, the aim is to define the content of a policy required for the implementation of such lighting technology.

The local focus is on informal settlements in the Colombian capital Bogotá.

Jing Zhou
Public to Private - Space Hierarchies in the Vertical City

With fast population growth and urban densification in some cities, the urban space in the high-density environment has a tendency towards “verticalization.” The complexity of verticalized urban space reflected not only in the physical perspective, but also expressed by how people use these urban spaces. This research tries to offer a three-dimensional point of view to describe the geographical morphology and further more to analyzing the urban spatial structure and human behavior in the so-called “Vertical City” by both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Haris Piplas
Re-Constructing Sarajevo - Radical Spatial Transformations in a (Geo)Politically Contested Urban Laboratory

As it has become both a node of real estate speculation and a demarcation line of socio-economic segregation, the post-socialist Marijin Dvor was examined both through the lens of Néstor Canclini ‘s theory of relationship between globalization-implied consumerism and citizenship, as well as Jürgen Habermas’ classification of the post-secular society as “shopping is the new church” - a drastic shift from the socialist modernist urban design introduced by Neidhardt in 1955.

mak-
ing

Projects led by the Klumpner Chair sit at the crossroads of policy-making and research, working with officials on a variety of formal and non- formal levels, from state development and economic agencies to mayor’s offices, to meetings with residents and users. Projects range from cultural institutions, to schools, to projects that speculate and anticipate the future needs of growing, post- conflict cities.

BAQ - Fabrica de Cultura

The popular carnival culture, toady UN-heritage is the vital part of urban life, however cultural facilities are often limited to consumption. Developed by ETHZ at U-TT in collaboration with an international network of partners such as Uni-Norte, the Fábrica de Cultura: BAQ will provide a “maker space” for teaching young people the creative arts and popular traditions centered around Barranquilla‘s Carnival. Operated by the municipality, the facility will offer cultural education, in music, dance, sculpture, dress making, painting poetry, theater, food production, digital film and audio tecniques, to all residents but especially to the popular Barrio Abajo.

The low-cost design, which utilizes local materials and processes of prefabrication, adopts open building principles to establish a creative framework that can be modified and reprogrammed by users over time. Working closely with engineers from the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, as well as experts in sustainable building technology from the SuAT Chair at ETH Zürich, the aim is to develop a flexible building prototype and construction system that can be replicated throughout the region.

The Fábrica de Cultura: BAQ project is sponsored by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), and coordinated by the Inter-American Development Bank as part of the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative. In September 2016, the project was recognized with an International Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.

Location: Barranquilla, Colombia
Year: 2013 – present
Status: Under construction
Client: Secretary of Culture, Municipality of Barranquilla, Colombia
Sponsor: Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Development (SECO)
Leads: Hubert Klumpner (Alfredo Brillembourg till July 2019)
Coordinator: Arch. Diego Ceresuela-Wiesmann
Project Team ETHZ: Pablo Levine Mardones, Blanca Garcia Gardelegui, Lucas Lerchs, Alejandro Jaramillo
Project Team Colombia: Prof. Manuel Moreno, Uni Norte
Other Partners: Universidad del Norte (Manuel Moreno, Fabian Amaya, Ricardo Vives, Andres Guzman, Guisselle Garcia, Antonio Bula, Augusto Sisa, Daniel Soto, Luis Villadiego, Lasidez Ripoll, Guardo Polo, Victor Cantillo, Pedro Otero, Daniela
FINDETER: Luis Fernando Arboleda, Maria del Rosario Hidalgo, Maria Lourdes Lacouture, Paulo Sanchez, David Montero, Vanessa Alvarez) / Alcaldía de Barranquilla & EDA (Alejandro Char Chaljub, Juan Jose Jaramillo, Yehoshua Sanchez, Yino Marquez, Cristian Pacheco, Alejandro Navia, Eder Hernández, Mario Zapata, Nivaldo Castro, Emilio Zapata)

Cohen STATE SECRETARIAT FOR ECONOMIC AFFAIRS (SECO) Dagmar Vogel, Cliff Hammer, Jerome Wieser, Christian Sieber, Natalia Mayorga, Gregoire Labhardt INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (IDB) Ellis Juan, Andres Blanco, Horacio Terraza, Ramiro Lopez Ghio, Oswaldo Porras, Luis Manuel Espinoza FINDETER: Luis Fernando Arboleda, Maria del Rosario Hidalgo, Maria Lourdes Lacouture, Paulo Sanchez, David Montero, Vanessa Alvarez) / Alcaldía de Barranquilla & EDA (Alejandro Char Chaljub, Juan Jose Jaramillo, Yehoshua Sanchez, Yino Marquez, Cristian Pacheco, Alejandro Navia, Eder Hernández, Mario Zapata, Nivaldo Castro, Emilio Zapata)

School in Cartagena

Collaborating with the Pies Delscalzos (‘Bare Feed’) Foundation (founded by Colombia musician, Shakira), the Chair is developing an urban vision for a public school at the center of a new town development for 200.000 migrants on the edge of the city in Cartagena / Colombia, through the construction of a new school typology in ‘Ciudad Bicentenario’. Cartagena characterized as the most unequal citiy tormented by raising sea-levels in Colombia, as well as a centre for climate catastrophe and destination for internal migrants displaced by conflict, various stakeholders like FMSD within the city of Cartagena offered land for development of the future of the city.

Working within the confines of a parcel of land at the edge of the proposed ‘Ciudad Bicentenario’, the development of this school is a matter of negotiation between local communities, land-owners, adjacent informal communities occupying nearby lands, and the city of Barranquilla.

This project is part of the broader Urban Transformation Program headed by the ETHZ via the Klumpner Chair, with the support of the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

Location: Cartagena, Colombia
Year: 2018 - present
Status: Proposal
Sponsor: Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Development (SECO)
Leads: Hubert Klumpner
Coordinator: Arch. Diego Ceresuela-Wiesmann
Project Team ETHZ: Pablo Levine Mardones, Blanca Garcia Gardelegui, Lucas Lerchs, Alejandro Jaramillo
Project Team Colombia: Prof. Arch. Alejandro Restrepo, UPB Medellin

Makers' Space - Baranquilla

The Chair is involved in research to develop a Makers’ space in the City of Barranquilla, Colombia, combining elements of indigenous Carnival Culture with tools and digital-know how, to create an integrated economic development and talent hub.

Working in partnership with local artists, students, and entrepreneurs, the Makers’ Space to be situated in Barranquilla is intended as a cultural, social and economic hub for the local community and economy.

This project is part of the broader Urban Transformation Program headed by the ETHZ via the Klumpner Chair, with the support of the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

Location: Barranquilla, Colombia
Year: 2018 - present
Status: Proposal
Client: Secretary of Culture, Municipality of Barranquilla, Colombia
Sponsor: Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Development (SECO)
Leads: Hubert Klumpner (Alfredo Brillembourg till July 2019)
Coordinator: Arch. Diego Ceresuela-Wiesmann
Project Team ETHZ: Pablo Levine Mardones, Blanca Garcia Gardelegui, Lucas Lerchs, Alejandro Jaramillo
Project Team Colombia: Prof. Arch. Alejandro Restrepo, UPB Medellin

Vertical Gym - Medellín

Following the success of the Gimnasio Vertical model in Caracas, Venezuela, which serve over 15,000 users on a monthly basis and have been correlated with a drop of crime rate in their respective areas, the Chair is developing a Vertical Gym for the city of Medellin, Colombia.

Like their counterparts in Caracas, these sports zones are strategically located to bring together a clientele both from nearby informal settlements and barrios, and more developed parts of the city, fostering togetherness through shared athletic activity.

This project is part of the broader Urban Transformation Program headed by the ETHZ via the Chair, with the support of the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

Location: Medellin, Colombia
Year: 2018 - present
Status: Proposal
Client: Secretary of Culture, Municipality of Medellin, Colombia
Leads: Hubert Klumpner with Alfredo Brillembourg
Coordinator: Arch. Diego Ceresuela-Wiesmann
Project Team ETHZ: Pablo Levine Mardones, Blanca Garcia Gardelegui, Lucas Lerchs, Alejandro Jaramillo
Project Team Colombia: Prof. Alejandro Restrepo , UPB Medellin

Sarajevo Urban Transformation Project / Reactive Sarajevo

The objective of the Sarajevo Urban Transformation Project / Reactivate Sarajevo is to make a digital decision making Design tool for planning the city over the next 30 years. contribute to the revitalization of the Marijin Dvor neighbourhood in Sarajevo.

The implementation phase of the project has four key elements: 1) a collaborative City Action Lab Workshop Space to function during the entire lifecycle of the project as a working and exhibition space with periodical multi-stakeholder workshops and a permanent staff. 2) the preparation of the urban and architectural designs for innovative Urban Prototypes for the reactivation of the core of the Marijin Dvor area, and 3) a customized Digital Tool to support in the elaboration of the General Urban Plan Sarajevo 2040, digitizing part of the process of community engagement on the scale of the Sarajevo Central Zone, while supporting the informed decision-making of local authorities.

As a multi-stakeholder project developed between Switzerland and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Sarajevo Urban Transformation Project / Reactive Sarajevo brings together the ETHZ, the Swiss State Secretariat for Development (SECO), the city of Sarajevo, and the University of Sarajevo, among a myriad of partners at every scale.

Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Year: 2018 - present
Status: Proposal
Client: City of Sarajevo
Leads: Hubert Klumpner, Adnan Pasic Univ. Sarajevo, Gordana Mimisevic Canton Sarajevo, City of Zurich, MATICA.

Team Members

Hubert Klumpner

Hubert Klumpner was born in Salzburg, Austria in 1965. He graduated in 1993 from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna in the Master Class of Prof. Hans Hollein. Klumpner worked with Enrique Miralles and Paul Rudolph before receiving a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University in 1995. He has been a member of the German Chamber of Architects since 1997. In 1998 Klumpner joined Alfredo Brillembourg as Director of Urban-Think Tank (U-TT) in Caracas.

Starting in 2007, Klumpner was guest professor at the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, Columbia University. From 2010 - 2019, he held the Chair of Architecture and Urban Design at the Swiss Institute of Technology (Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule, ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland with Alfredo Brillembourg. From 2019, he is solely responsible for the Chair.

Flavia Reginato

Flavia Reginato has a Bachelor in Visual Communication and Publishing, and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Social Development in Public Spaces. With background experience in IT business development and public administration, she has worked as a project manager for large companies in Brazil, Germany and Switzerland. She has been an engaged volunteer of Swiss NGO’s with an emphasis on social and health issues.

Diego Ceresuela- Wiesmann

Diego Ceresuela-Wiesmann is an architect and urban designer with a masters degree from the Polytechnic School of Architecturein Madrid (ETSAM) where he graduated with honors. He has worked in Madrid, Berlin, and New York, and has been a member of the internationally awarded Architects Collective LEON11 since 2006. His final thesis received awards from the Emerging New York Architects (AIA) and the Biannual Pasajes- Iguzzini International Award, among others. He has lectured at various schools including Columbia University (GSAPP), Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and the Polytechnic School of Engineers in Madrid (ETSII). He has been part of the U-TT team since 2014 and is currently working on the Fábrica de Cultura: BAQ project.

Melanie Fessel

Before joining U-TT, Melanie was Director of Design at Terreform ONE, Head of Design Development at Alice Aycock Ltd., Managing Editor at Ecogram and Ecogram Papers, and Associate with the Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design.
With a focus on municipal buildings and masterplanning, Melanie’s training includes a M.Arch from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Dipl.- Ing. from Technical University of Berlin, Germany and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. She won national and international awards including; LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for North America, AIA New York Urban Design Merit Award, and the Victor Papanek Social Design Award. She is co-author and editor of “Ecotarium: Unlimited Lifecycle Design” (Moncaster Press, 2015). Her work has been published in magazines and books; Detail, Topos, “Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned” (Prestel, 2014) and “XXL-XS New Directions in Ecological Design” (ACTAR 2016). Additionally, her work has been exhibited at White Box Gallery in New York, DOX Center for Contemporary Art in Prague, MASS MoCA in North Adams, The Building Centre in London, DAZ in Berlin, OCAD in Toronto, NAI in Rotterdam, and the Venice Biennale.

Vera Baur

Vera Baur specializes in Design theory, Sociology of Design, Cultural and Visual Studies, and Urban Design among other fields. Her theoretical and applied research is situated at the interface between culture, science and society. Since 2014, she is a stakeholder of Integral Ruedi Baur and partners, and is a Lead of the department for social design and politics of visual representation at IRB Paris and Zurich.

Klearjos Eduardo Papanicolaou

Klearjos is a filmmaker and researcher born in Mexico City and raised in Chile and the United States. He holds degrees in Philosophy and English Literature (BA), Sociology (MSc) and has studied filmmaking in Denmark. His first major project was a no-budget feature-length documentary titled ‘The Seven Sisters Indoor Market’, that has screened at various film festivals, universities, and community spaces.

Michael Walczak

Born in Nuremberg to a Polish family, Michael a architect, researcher, lecturer and assistant. He has studied architecture at the Bern University for Applied Sciences (BFH) in Burgdorf, where he attended a project semester at Stanford University and an exchange semester at the Bremen University of Applied Sciences. Michael is bridging interdisciplinary to the ETH Zurich institutes Laboratory for energy conversion (LEC) and the ISTP Urbanization Research Incubator. He is currently working on a PhD between ETH and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and lecturing on digital technologies at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) in Muttenz.

Ursina Roffler

Ursina is a political scientist with a masters degree from the University of Bern. She gained international project experience through various stays abroad including employment at the Swiss Embassy in Thailand and at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC. Two summer long she was organizing an advanced training course at the World Trade Institute in Bern. Before joining the Chair she was working as a Junior Project Manager at a Swiss consulting company in the areas of communication and location promotion. Ursina has been part of the Chair in her role as Project Coordinator since January 2019.

Lucas Lerchs

Lucas Lerchs trained as an architect and urban designer at Université Catholique de Louvain (BE) and pursued a postgraduate M.Sc. in Urbanism and Strategic Planning at KU Leuven (BE). His privileged field of investigation focuses on the social and spatial margins. His work explores the relation between informality and landscape-urban tactics in diverse context as Brussels, São Paulo and Palestine. Lucas is currently architect and scientific researcher in the Urban Transformation Program Colombia.

Diogo Figueredo

Diogo Rabaça Figueiredo is an architect born in Lisbon, Portugal, with a master degree from the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio (AAM-USI) in Switzerland. He has worked on several international projects during his collaboration with the Herzog & de Meuron office in Basel, between 2011 and 2018. He joined Prof. Hubert Klumpner Chair of Architecture and Urban Design in 2019, collaborating with the ongoing projects in Colombia and he is currently the Teaching Assistant of the Chair Design Studio.

Bojana Papic

Born in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bojana completed her undergraduate studies at University of Edinburgh in UK and completed her masters in architecture at Political Architecture: Critical Sustainability at KADK in Denmark. Before joining the Chair of Architecture and Urban Design at the ETHZ, she worked for Dietrich Schwarz Architekten and EM2N Architekten in Zürich.

Blanca Garcia Gardelegui

Blanca Garcia Gardelegui is an architect and urban designer with an M.Arch from the Polytechnic School of Architecture in Barcelona. She has worked with Herzog & de Meuron for five years, where she participated in the development of hybrid public buildings like M+ Museum i n Hong Kong and Hillerod Hospital in Copenhagen. She then taught Architecture in Bangkok Royal University of Chulalongkorn where she led a research/design studio dedicated to critical perception of conventional tourism and its influence on local culture, society and economy. She also collaborated as an architect for the United Nations in Geneva.

Pablo Levine Mardones

Graduated in Architecture from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. From 2018 he holds a "Master in Urban Design" at ETH. In Chile, he practiced standalone and in associations, going so far as to win and build several public competitions of architecture. With projects as varied as a large-scale pedestrian walkway to link two parks separated by a highway in Santiago. The new wooden teaching building of the same university where he studied or the new cross-border complex "Los Libertadores" between Chile and Argentina. A trajectory that involved him in large infrastructure projects that undoubtedly had positive repercussions on the nearby setting and the urban fabric.

Alejandro Jaramillo

Alejandro is a Colombian architect graduated from the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá. He completed the Master of Advance Studies (MAS) in Housing at the ETH Wohnforum - ETH CASE research center in Zurich. His research focused on the challenges and achievements of internally displaced persons in returning to their places of origin and accessing adequate housing. He also has several years of experience in the design, management, and construction of public projects in Germany.

Jing Zhou

Jing Zhou is an urban researcher and also an architect. She started to work in ETH as a Ph.D. candidate in Information Architecture and joined the Chair of Architecture and Urban Design in 2017. Now her doctoral research focuses on analyzing and measuring the dynamic public space hierarchies in “Vertical City” from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives.

David Kretzer

David Kretzer received an MSc degree in Light and Lighting from The Bartlett (University College London) in 2009. Subsequently he worked as a luminaire product manager in Austria, as a lighting designer and lecturer in China, and again as a luminaire product manager in Switzerland until 2017. David is currently pursuing his PhD at the ISTP, where he is investigating public lighting in informal settlements as member of the Urban Research Incubator (URI).

Institutes

Institute of Science
Technology and Policy (ISTP)

ETH Wohnform –
ETH CASE

UN Habitat Informal
Urbanism Hub –
Regional Chair

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