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



Urban Stories Lecture Series

How did cities develop into the cities we live in now?

Which urban plans, instruments, visions, political decisions, economic reasoning, cultural inputs and social organization have been used to operate in urban settlements in specific moments of change?

In the Urban Stories Lecture Series, we chose cities that are exemplary in illustrating how urban instruments are implemented and how they shape 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.

Tool case studies are compiled into a toolbox, which we then use as templates to read the city and to critically reflect upon it. The presented contents are meant to serve as inspiration for positioning in future professional life as well as to provide instruments for future design decisions.