Category: 01_Texts

Advance Notice: Public Panel Discussion “Bauen für die Kunst / Bauen für die Besucher_innen”

LE FOYER – IN PROCESS 22.06.2019, 16:00, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Grüzenstrasse 44, 8400 Winterthur Im Kontext der gegenwärtig realisierten Museumsneu- und -umbauten stehen grundlegendere Fragen zu Perspektiven des Bauens für die Kunst und für ein inklusives Publikum im Zentrum des Gesprächs.Das Fotomuseum Winterthur plant eine Sanierung sowie einen Anbau. Für dessen Umsetzung haben Absolventinnen und Absolventen der Architekturfakultät […]

Panel Discussion “Feministische Perspektiven in Kunst und Lehre”

21. Mai 2019, 18.30 RAA-G-01 (Rämistrasse 59) Welche unterschiedlichen feministischen und antirassistischen Perspektiven gibt es auf den Hochschulalltag? Inwiefern lassen sich patriarchale Verhältnisse und Rassismus in akademischen Strukturen und der Lehre ausgehend von diesen Perspektiven diskutieren, wie gehen Lehrende damit um? Die öffentliche Podiumsdiskussion bringt unterschiedliche Perspektiven, Erfahrungen und Disziplinen zusammen, um auch im universitären […]

The Posthuman – Rosi Braidotti

by Giorgia Mini Rosi Braidotti was born in Latisana, Udine, Italy, on 28 September 1954. At the Liceo Classico in Udine she obtained her scientific high school diploma. In 1970 her family decided to emigrate to Australia, where Braidotti graduated from the University of Canberra in Literature (1976) and Philosophy (1977), obtaining two important awards: […]

Introduction: Posthuman Bodies – Judith Halberstam and Ira Livingston

By He Xingyu Introduction to the author and background of the text: The text is an introduction from the posthuman body, an anthology co-edited by Judith/Jake Halberstam and Ira Livingston. While Judith/Jake Halberstam has already been elaborated introduced in another blog entry about Transgender Butch: Butch-FTM Border Wars and the Masculine Continuum – Judith Halberstam, […]

Transgender Butch: Butch-FTM Border Wars and the Masculine Continuum – Judith Halberstam

by Aurore Delory The Author Judith/Jack Halberstam is a professor of English, American studies and Ethnicity and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. He has authored six books: Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters(1995), Female Masculinity(1998), In A Queer Time and Place(2005), The Queer Art of Failure(2011), Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal(2012), […]

The Prosthetic Imagination: 
Enabling and Disabling the Prosthesis Trope – S. Lochlann Jain

by Masato SHODA S. Lochlann Jain’s is a professor in the Anthropology Department at Stanford University, where she teaches medical and legal anthropology. Her research is primarily concerned with the ways in which stories get told about injuries, from car crashes to lung cancer, from mountain climbing deaths to space shuttle explosions. Figuring out the […]

Embodying Space. An Interview and Lived Spatiality (The Spaces of Corporeal Desire) – Elizabeth Grosz

by Sven Fawer Elizabeth Grosz is an Australian philosopher and feminist theorists. She taught philosophy at various universities in Australia, the United States and Europe and is working as a professor in the field of feminist and gender Studies. She wrote her PhD on Psychoanalysis and social construction of subjectivity 1in 1980 at the University of Sydney. Her […]

Doubles and Multiples – Peg Rawes

by Mebuki FURUTANI 1) The Author Peg Rewes is Professor in Architecture and Philosophy, Programme Director of the MA Architectural History, and a PhD Supervisor for Architectural Design and Architectural History and Theory PhD Programmes. Her research and teaching focus on material, political, technological and ecological histories and theories of contemporary architecture and art. 2) […]

Normate Template: Knowing-Making the Architectural Inhabitant – Aimi Hamraie

by Jamshidi Helia In today’s architecture practice it is self-evident to base our design on given norms, which build on a average user we can align on. As in the use of handbooks such as Ernst Neufert’s „Architects’ Data“ or DIN EN we are dealing with given templates of the inhabitants, specified with measurements of […]

Envisioning Cyborg Bodies – Jennifer González

by Jiang Weilan The term „cyborg“ was coined by Manfred E.Clynes and Nathan S.Kline in an astronautic article for a self-regulating human-machine, who can survived in the outer space. Cyborg as a scientific study began with the implanted rat. It was first researched in the military sphere, especially for the astronautics explore during the cold […]

A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late 20th Century – Donna Haraway

by Christopher Smith  Donna Haraway opens her text, A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century, with the provocation that the essay is “an effort to build an ironic political myth faithful to feminism, socialism, and materialism.”1She argues she knows no better positioning of her work than with irony among the […]

Feminist Perspectives on the Body – Kathleen Lennon

by Anna Kärtner Feminist Perspectives on the Body is a reference text that traces the historical lineage of philosophical thought on embodiment, and specifically female embodiment. The author, Kathleen Lennon is professor of Philosophy at the University of Hull in England. Her areas of research include gender theory and embodiment within the context of contemporary […]

A Manual for Cleaning Women – Lucia Berlin

by Petronella Mill and Tamino Kuny     Nice to meet you, Lucia. Our names are Petronella and Tamino, we are two architecture students interested in Care Work. We have read some stories in your book ‘A Manual for Cleaning Women’ that was posthumously published in 2015. Now we would like to ask you some […]

Caring: Making Commons, Making Connections – Kim Trogal

by Zelda Frank and Wiebke Gude     Caring: Making Commons, Making Connections is a chapter in the book The Social (Re)Production of Architecture. Politics, Values and Actions in Contemporary Practice co- written by Kim Trogal and Doina Petrescu. The author of the chapter, Kim Trogal, studied architecture at the University of Sheffield, including a […]

Visibility and Worth in Maintenance Work and Art – Mierle Laderman Ukeles

by Yagmur Kültür and Lena Stolze   The ‘Manifesto for Maintenance Art 1969!’, written by Mierle Laderman Ukeles and published in Artforum in 1971 is divided into two parts: the first simply titled ‘Ideas’ is further subdivided into 5 parts, from A. to E. The second part is her proposal for The Maintenance Art Exhibition […]

Making Citizens, Reassembling Devices: On Gender and the Development of Contemporary Public Sites of Repair in Northern California – Daniela K. Rosner

by Emma Lindén and Tobias Lenggenhager   As we all know from our childhood, our pants still could be used even if there was more than one patch on it. If we think about maintenance in today’s throw-away-society it is obvious that there could be prevented so much waste by caring a little bit more […]

Not One of the Family. The Tight Spaces of Migrant Domestic Workers – Rhacel Salazar Parreñas and Rachel Silvey

Rhacel Salazar Parreñas is Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California (USC). Prior to working at USC, she taught at a number of other universities including the University of California, where she had also done her studies. After a Bachelor of Arts in peace and conflict studies in 1992, Parreñas […]

A Lecture by Britta Hentschel : “Why Do We Care? Architecture and Social Responsibility in Early Modern Europe”

by Deborah Augsburger and Xenia Strohmeyer Why do we care? Is it a natural given or of cultural and religious nature? And who do we care for? How can a state be fair, when there is poverty? Those are questions that have been occupying the human race from its early beginnings up until now. With […]

INTERDEPENDENT BODIES – Making Non-Normative Space(s) for Care

On October 29th, 2018, Dr. Gabrielle Schaad and Dr. Torsten Lange of the Visiting Lectureship of the Theory of Architecture at ETH initiated a roundtable discussion called „INTERDEPENDENT BODIES – Making Non- Normative Space(s) for Care“. Therefore, they invited Dr. Jos Boys (independent scholar, Dis/Ordinary Architecture Project, UK), Caroline Cardus (artist, UK), Dr. Nina Mühlemann […]

Strolling Into Imaginaries. When the Constitution of Space Produces Disabled Bodies – No Anger

by Laia Meier and Alex Walter   It’s something the majority of us don’t really think about much. We walk around in streets and parks and open doors to enter buildings without that causing us any problems. But by doing this we cross lines we don’t even know could be borders to others. When the elevator is broken, […]

Invisibility Work? How Starting from Dis/ability Challenges Normative Social, Spatial and Material Practices – Jos Boys

by Lorena Bassi und Vivienne Yao   The text Invisibility Work? How Starting from Dis/ability Challenges Normative Social, Spatial and Material Practices was written by Jos Boys and published in 2018 in Architecture and Feminism. Ecologies, Economies, Technologies. Jos Boys is a British architect, journalist, photographer, researcher and was a co – founder of Matrix […]

Koolhaas Houselife – Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine

by Daniela Gonzalez and Alexander Poulikakos The 58-minute film “Koolhaas HouseLife” by Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine was first shown in 2008 being the first release of four documentaries called „Living Architectures“. The film was presented by the film makers and co-founders of BêkaFilms at the Barbican Centre in London and describes a much-noticed architectural masterpiece […]

The Industrial Revolution In The Home – Ruth Schwartz Cowan

by Mirjam Kupferschmid and Manon Mottet  From today’s point of view, we can barely imagine that only a few decades ago, women were washing clothes in a tub or had to lit fire in the stove in order to cook a meal. It seems to us that the introduction of tools such as the washing machine, […]

The House That Did The Housework – Margalit Fox & Amisha Padani

by Petra Steiniger and Viviane Zibung Margalit Fox, born in 1961 is an American wirter. In the 1980s, already before she went to journalism school, she worked in magazine and book publishing. In 1994 she joined ‘The New York Times’ and has been a staff writer on the Obituaries desk since 2004. Her collection of […]

Wages Against Housework – Silvia Federici

by Julia Kobzar and Dzulija Jakimovska   In 1975 Silvia Federici published a book called “Wages Against Housework“. This book deals with the issue of domestic work, analyzing it as consequence of the capitalism and as a women oppression. The book is written during an important period of feminist organizations. It is a period of […]

What Would A Non-Sexist City Be Like?  – Dolores Hayden

by Sara Finzi and Carola Hartmann   Review of Dolores Hayden’s article of 1980 „What Would a Non-Sexist City Be Like? Speculations on Housing, Urban Design, and Human Work”   Dolores Hayden, born in 1945, is an American professor of architecture, urbanism, and American studies at Yale Universi- ty, urban historian, architect, author, and poet. […]

Reproductive Commons: From Within and Beyond the Kitchen – Julia Wieger

by Achilleas Lehmann   Julia Wieger is an architect and researcher. She works as a architecture department in the Academy of fine arts in Vienna. She is interested in collective approaches to research, production and design. Before addressing her main exapmles for collective housing which try to break the socially defined gender barrier, she briefly […]

The Critical Potential of Housework – Catharina Gabrielsson

by Nora Molari and Bing Yang   Part I Catharina Gabrielsson is an architect, critic and writer. She is assistant professor in urban theory at the School of Architecture KTH and Director of the doctoral programme Art, Technology and Design in collaboration with Konstfack. With an emphasis on creative academic writing, her research investigates the interface […]

Contradictions of Capital and Care – Nancy Fraser

by Tatjana Bergmeister and Matthieu Schwartz The text we are going to focus on is written by Nancy Fraser, a feminist and critical theorist from Baltimore, US. Professor of philosophy and social sciences in the New School in New York, as well as the president of the American Philosophical Association, she shares her critique on […]

“E. 1027” by Bess Laaring, Alexander Poulikakos, Magdalena Stolze

Cape Martin, South of France. A house built in 1929 sits on a cliff, overlooking the sea. Dear Badovici, Thank you for hosting us recently in your sea-side villa. I will admit to liking it greatly, and being full of admiration of the villa’s sophisticated design. It accommodates, in its well-formed layout, decompression and the […]

Wildness – Complexity, Contradiction and Failure

Time is borrowed. It changes everything. Faces. Relationships. Neighbourhoods. There are not many like me left. And I wonder, what will become of me? How can I explain my legacy? (Movie “Wildness” by Wu Tsang, 2012, 00:00:23) The very first sentences of the movie “Wildness” unfold its thematic territory. The movie addresses questions about inclusiveness, diversity, […]

Learn To Unlearn To See

In her article « Situated Knowledges : The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perpective », Donna Haraway is questioning the traditional scientific approach that claims to be completely objective. A neutral standpoint whose main aim is to be « the truth ». However, she wonders to what extent is this constructed scientific knowledge really objective […]

A Room of One’s Own: Creation of a Queer Space

  In both analyzed texts « A Queer Analysis of Eileen Gray’s E.1027“ by Katarina Bonnevier and „Closets, Clothes, disClosure“ by Henry Urbach, the queer space is discussed. In his text, Urbach focusses his attention on the physical built-in closet that lead to the famous expression « Out of the closets ! Into the streets » (Urbach, 1996, 69) […]

Discussion – #MeToo

The Literaturhaus invites you to Cabaret Voltaire, where Annette Hug, Sylvia Sasse, Nadia Brügger and Manuel Bamert are going to have an open discussion. Women and men are currently trying to renegotiate their ways of living together and communicating with each other – on the one hand there is the question of how and where […]

Exhibition: “Frau Architekt. Seit mehr als 100 Jahren Frauen im Architektenberuf”, 30.09.2017–08.03.2018, Deutsches Architekturmuseum DAM, Frankfurt

FRAU ARCHITEKT: SEIT MEHR ALS 100 JAHREN FRAUEN IM ARCHITEKTENBERUF Die Ausstellung Frau Architekt. Seit mehr als 100 Jahren: Frauen im Architektenberuf ist vom 30. September 2017 bis am 8. März 2018 am DAM (Deutsches Architekturmuseum) in Frankfurt zu sehen. Die Ausstellung befindet sich im 1. Obergeschoss des von Oswald Ungers umgebauten Hauses. Um zur Ausstellung […]

Review – Arab Women in Architecture

  As announced on this blog here, the 1. Architektur Film Tage in Zurich took place on November 17-19th and hold the projection of the documentary “Arab Women in architecture”.   Unable to attend this event, I was really happy to find the movie available on Youtube and decided to write a small review and […]

Matrix Feminist Design Cooperative

The Matrix Feminist Design Co-operative was set up in 1980 as an architectural practice and a book group that grew out of the Feminist Design Collective. They were one of the first architectural groups in Britain to take an overtly feminist stance in their way of working and designing and in the projects they took […]

Advance Notice: Lecture by Nina Power

Nina Power is a senior lecturer in philosophy at Roehampton University in London, author and blogger, combining philosophy, art, film and political activism in her work. She wrote the book „One-Dimensional Woman”, in which she asks and criticizes the standardization that the current form of feminist pop culture brings with it. In her lecture at […]

CFP: “Women’s Creativity Since the Modern Movement (1918-2018)”

Women’s Creativity since the Modern Movement (1918-2018): Toward a New Perception and Reception International Conference on 13th til 16th June 2018 – Politecnico di Torino – Lingotto Campus Via Nizza 230 – Torino – Italy Submission of Abstract until 31st of October 2017 After almost four years of successful project activities, and in accordance with […]

Educating Women: A Feminist Agenda – by bell hooks

Educating Women: A Feminist Agenda – by bell hooks – Published in: Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center (Boston: South End Press, 1984) In “Educating Women: A Feminist Agenda” bell hooks declares that many participants of the contemporary feminist movement are college educated. But they have not yet thoroughly explored the connection between sexist exploitation […]

Unisex Toilets Action at ETH

Last month, a group of student organized a small-scale action in the restrooms of the HIL building at ETH Zürich. During one day, they removed all gender signs on the restrooms door and changed it with a gender-neutral one. They asked afterwards the students to give feedbacks. The reaction were mitigated: “Women take longer to […]

Sex Separation: Gendered Toilets

Why are our public restrooms genderly segregated ? Why do we feel unconfortable with the idea of shared public restroom ? This is what Terry Kogan tries to understand in his article “Sex Separation: The Cure-All for Victorian Social Anxiety”. As a matter of fact, our public restrooms were not always divided according to our […]

Advance Notice: Lecture by An Fonteyne

Professor An Fonteyne (*1971), currently Professor at Hasselt University, Belgium, as Associate Professor of Architecture and Design. An Fonteyne advocates a building culture that pays particular attention to the economic and social boundary conditions of construction, as a counterweight to the trend for self-oriented and object-related architecture. By appointing An Fonteyne, the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich is gaining an incisive teacher and an outstanding architect. With her particular background she introduces an important theme to the department: construction in existing contexts, which will be of increasing relevance to the architects of the future.



Advance Notice: Exhibition in Paris Women House

Women House is the meeting of two notions: a gender – the female – and a space – the domestic one. Architecture and public space have been masculine while the domestic space was for a long time the prison or the shelter of women: this historical evidence is nevertheless not a fatality and the exhibition […]

Discussion: Texts by Beatriz Colomina and Paul Preciado

Thoughts about the texts “The Split Wall: Domestic Voyeurism” by Beatriz Colomina and “Pornotopia or the Architecture of Playboy” by Paul (Beatriz) Preciado. Loos and Materiality – As Loos is an architect that works very precise with materiality in his interiors, we were wondering what role it has in the context of creating gendered rooms. It […]

Pornotopia or the architecture of Playboy

We are at the beginning of the fifties, WWII is over, the Gis are returning home. The “suburban family” ideology is very strong. Women should stay at home taking care of the house and the kids while the men are working in the city. Typical representation of the perfect American family It is in this […]

The Split wall: Domestic Voyeurism – Beatriz Colomina

  Le Corbusier quoted ones Adolf Loos as followed: „A cultivated man does not look out of the window; his window is a ground grass; it is there only to let the light in, not to let the gaze pass through.“   Beatriz Colomina writes in her essay “the Split wall” about two architects: Adolf […]

Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire, Judith Butler

In her Text ”Subjects of Sex/Gender/Desire”, (published in Gender Trouble: Feminism and the subversion of Identity, New York: Routledge, 1990, 6-16) Judith Butler expands the feminist distinction of sex and gender. She argues that not only gender is a binary social construct “whereby gender mirrors sex” but that sex itself is constructed by scientific discourse. […]