NEWROPE is the shared endeavour of rediscovering a territory, both as a shared history and a common future. The rediscovery of the territory comes with a reinvention of the large diversity of urban practices that inhabit and shape them.
The chair is part of the department of Architecture of ETH Zürich and deals with the field of spatial design and social innovation, focusing both on innovative solutions and processes. The chair applies and investigates the idea of Design in Dialogue, or the belief that the complexities of our time can only be tackled collectively. The chair develops transdisciplinary ideas and answers, linking spatial and strategic knowledge to other disciplines and urban practitioners, with a radical openness to learn from others.
- Freek Persyn, Professor
- Evelyne Gordon, Administrator
The physical space of the chair in the ETH ONA building. As a versatile work and dialogue setting, it offers a variety of configurations that allow us to come together, test new ideas and practices and to reflect, share and relax. Combining theatrical elements with tools for coproduction, the Lab offers the conditions for a variety of work sessions, informal gatherings, small presentations and public events.
The Lab was developed in collaboration with Alice Babini (51N4E), Myriana Karamousli (ETH), Stefan Reiser, OK-RM & Chevalier Masson.
The programme of educational activities for students. The studio is getting involved in real-life situations and investigates new urban practices, based on the idea of Design in Dialogue. The studio is a reality check for existing practices and a laboratory for new ones. While participating in design studios, every student will explore moments of urban transformation and confront the inherent instability of these situations by engaging with a multiplicity of stakeholders and perspectives in cities across Europe.
- Ben Pohl, Practice Lead
- Charlotte Schaeben, Practice Assistant
- Lukas Fink, Practice Assistant
The chair’s investigation of urban transformation as the result of transecting trajectories of collective learning. By engaging directly with transformation processes, we want to reveal the ever-changing configuration of collective actions and conflicts and show ways to create new cultures of collaboration. We call this approach Performative Action Research, as a process of collective questioning and creative action and as a way to understand the necessary conditions for sharing and learning in the future.
- Seppe De Blust, Research Lead
A series of further learning events for all people involved in urban transformation, professionally or otherwise. They can use the ETH and the Design in Dialogue Lab as a reflective space for their own practice; a place to learn about new expectations, to meet other professionals, explore new potentials and references, reflect on their own position, develop new knowledge, invent opportunities, and innovate through networking. The School actively arranges exchanges between practitioners from different fields and cities.
- Falma Fshazi, School Lead
All efforts to reach out and resonate within and beyond the context of the university through public events and publications. The ecological and societal challenges we face demand that we both rethink and redesign our environments and learn new ways to collectively inhabit them. Treating this as a cultural question challenges us to open up to new expressions and learn from them. Through a combination of public events and more intimate reflections on NEWROPE, a range of creative and critical minds will try out, reflect, connect and question our beliefs and behaviours.
- Michiel van Iersel, Programme Lead