Sympoiesis. Arts of practice in the ecological city


From Tuesday 28 February to Monday 15 may 2023
Archizoom, SG building, EPFL
Ouvert du lundi au vendredi de 9:30 à 17:30
Samedi, de 14:00 à 18:00

Ecological culture is becoming increasingly prominent in the design of the city today. It is the pivot that enables us to articulate new ways of looking, proceeding and operating, generating a new set of arts of practice in and for the ecological city.

Archizoom & UR, architecture and urbanism office.


Vernissage! Monday 27 February, 6pm, fr
Opening lecture by the curators
Gaétan Brunet & Chloé Valadié (UR)

Guided tour Monday 27 March, 5pm, fr
by the curators, on registration

Dialogue Monday 27 March, 6.30pm, fr
Ecological culture * project culture
Pierre Charbonnier & Djamel Klouche (l’AUC)

Dialogue Monday 17 April, 6.30pm, fr
Form, language, relationship
Sophie Dars (Accattone) & Sébastien Martinez-Barat (MBL architects)

Guided tour Monday 8 May, 5pm, fr
by the curators, on registration

Dialogue Monday 8 May, 6.30pm, en
Acting with uncertainty
Ido Avissar (LIST) & Mio Tsuneyama (studio mnm)

Workshop for children from Tuesday 11 to Friday 14 April
Cadavre exquis of the ecological city
organized with Anna Pontais (SPS), on registration

All lectures are also broadcast live on Zoom.
Meeting ID : 646 5060 5823

Sympoïétique, drawing © UR, 2023. 


Sympoiesis comes from the Greek ποίησις / poíēsis, ‘creation, production’ and the prefix σύν / sún ‘with, together’. Poíēsis refers to the study of the potentialities inscribed in a given situation, heralding a new creation. Literally then, sympoiesis is by consequence a making-with or making-together. A making that is not be the autonomous affirmation of a vision, but the revelation of potentialities or the materialization of an as yet unrevealed existence.


The transformations that our societies and environments are currently going through are jeopardizing our way of being in the world. As such they challenge our capacity to set out projects or, more concretely, to produce prospective visions and to anchor tangible ambitions in them. 

This context encourages us to imagine new ways of acting that enable us to integrate uncertainty. We must go beyond torment – not undergo – and invent actions capable of fitting into the climate regime that is taking shape.

Moving from a system of autonomous objects to one of related objects opens up new perspectives on interactions, forms and processes. Organized around these three chapters, the exhibition shows how ecological culture can colour, inform and renew project culture.

With contributions of 
51N4E, Aequipe, AGUR-Dunkerque, Atelier Descombes Rampini, Atelier Fanelsa, B+ Arno Brandlhuber, Simon Boudvin, CENTRAL office for architecture and urbanism, Cookies, Wim Cuyvers, Sophie Dars,  Antoine Devaux, Francis Jonckheere, Claudy, Jongstra, Kosmos architects, l’AUC, LIST, MBL architectes, Comte Meuwly, Louise Morin, Fuminori Nosaku, Office for Political Innovation, Ooze, Plant en Houtgoed, Pedro Prazeres, rebuiLT, Christopher Roth, Studio Céline Baumann, Jo Taillieu architecten, Ten studio, Mio Tsuneyama, V+, Philippe Vander Maren, Richard Venlet 

« 2100 Nouvelles alliances de la métropole »
Model by UR, Peaks, Altitude 35 – with contributions of ZEFCO, Marie Cazaban-Mazerolles et Julien Claparède-Petitpierre and the photographies of Antoine Espinasseau for the exhibition Augures, commissioned by Djamel Klouche, BAP! 2019

Special thanks to
Marie Cazaban-Mazerolles, Julien Claparède-Petitpierre, Gabriele Manoli, Sébastien Marot, Luca Pattaroni, Paola Vigano