Chair of / Cátedra de /
Lehrstuhl für


Prof. Hubert Klumpner


Chair of Architecture and
Urban Design /  
Institute of Landscape- and
Urban Studies / LUS
Member of Network City and Landscape / NSL
Co-Director of ETH Wohnforum,
Centre for Architecture
Society and Environment / ETH Wohnforum / 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



WasteX, Santiago (Chile) & Barranquilla (Colombia)

Co-imagining a Circular City Framework

How can we design socio-ecological public space networks, based on our idea of transitioning towards a zero waste

A circular city based on a sharing economy questions unlimited growth and unsustainable junk culture. Instead of perpetuating the practice of material waste, we are designing prototypes for common spaces, from small-scale interventions to integrated infrastructures projects, addressing urgent needs for a systemic approach to SDG 11.

Our Studio Design is a project representing the metabolism of a neighborhood. We are researching material flows and designing on a former waste depot of the city, a Circular Workshop (Kresilaufwerkstatt) integrating strategies for productive public spaces as commons for community life and innovative work opportunities.

By invitation of a new generation of mayors, we are testing our findings in the context of social and economic inequality in the two neighborhoods (Comuna Santiago de Chile and Barrio Abajo Barranquilla), working with communities on the ground, dealing with challenges of solid waste, social housing,justice, and urban development.

  • Students
    Jan Aebi | Cool Town
    Raphael Freudiger | Open Borders
    Tamara Zecevic | Reshaping Arroyos
    Mario Kalberer | Mobility Center
    Michelle Courtsens | Floating Garden
    Anic Hollinger | Grow Green
    Anja Carisch | Grey Greens
    Saraja Gantner | El Otro Chile
    Quentin Domézon | Redistributing Wealth
    Lara David | Symbiosis of Cycles
    William Tice | Cementeria Urbana
    Leon Kallert | AGRIFRANKLIN
    Mederic Küchel | ReLooping Contrasts
    Mauritz von Kardorff | The Trash Line
    Leon Weissheimer | Barrios Verticales
    Sandro Fischer | Value Chain
    Joshua Ziegler | Circular Library
    Hannah Kunzelmann | Common Factory
    Seraina Muntwiler | City Park
    Elif Isikli | Circular Festivity
  • Team
    Prof. Hubert Klumpner
    Anne Graupner
    Diogo Figueiredo
    Diego Ceresuela (UTPC Urban Transformation Program Colombia)
    Pablo Levine (UTPC Urban Transformation Program Colombia)
    Alejandro Jaramillo (UTPC Urban Transformation Program Colombia)
  • In Collaboration With
    Irací Hassler Jacob, Mayoress of Santiago de Chile
    Prof. Isabel Serra, City and Urban Lab, Univesidad Diego Portales, UDP
    Prof. Juan Pablo Urrutia y Sebastian Rozas, Universidad de Chile, FAU
    Manuel Moreno, Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla
    Alejandro Restrepo, U-TT Next Medellin
  • Organization
    Architectural Design V-IX I ECTS Credits -14
    Integrated Discipline Planning I ECTS Credits - 3
    Language: German, English and Spanish
  • Zoom Link
  • Elective Recommendation
    ACTION! On the Real City: Filmmaking of the Future - Media Tech and its Urbanisms
  • Final Review Guests
    John Lyn | Rural Urban Framework, Hong Kong, Ruedi and Vera Baur | Integral Designers, Paris Justin Mc Gurk | London, Design Museum, Georgeen Theodore | Interboro, New York, Roland Krebs | SuperWien, Mark Neuner and Irina Nalis | Mostlikely, Wien, Gordana Memiseviscs | Canton Sarajevo, Melanie Fessel | Terrefrom One / ETHZ, Ciro Miguel | ETH Zurich / São Paulo, DanielaSanjinés | ETHWohnforum/Colombia, Diego Ceresuela | ETH Zurich / Medellín, Sergio Chirivella | Uni.Norte, Colombia, Isabel Serra | City and Urban Lab, Santiago, Sebastian Rozas | Universidad de Chile, Roberto Moris | Universidad de Chile
  • Miro Board Exhibition Link