HRC PUBLICATIONS

Highlighted Publications

2020

Territories in time: Mapping Palimpsest Horizons

Edited by Chiara Cavalieri and Elena Cogato Lanza
Urban Planning Vol. 5, Issue 2, 2020


In the early 80s André Corboz, in describing the territory as being the re-sult of slow and long-term processes involving multiple transformations, implicitly declares the onset of a new paradigm for understanding cities and territories: a new gaze attentive to the chronological dimension of spaces, aware of the long history of places, interested in that ensemble of signs, traces and voids so tangible, and yet ignored by the paradigm of tabula rasa. To describe this complexity, Corboz proposes the metaphor of territory as palimpsest: A palimpsest is a two-dimensional writing board bearing a three-dimensional matrix of signs, which, as a metaphor, allows for a contextual, four-dimensional apprehension of territory, por-traying space in its chronological evolution. This text re contextualizes the notion of palimpsest—both as a methodological and a theoretical que-stion—in the light of two main conceptual ‘shifts’: the ‘territorial turn,’ which increased interest among different disciplines, projects, and poli-cies for the dimension of cities as territory, and the ‘digital turn,’ namely the rapid evolution of data recording, archiving, and mapping technologies.


2019

Racines Modernes De La Ville Contemporaine. Distances et Formes de Résilience

Edited by Panos Mantziaras and Paola Viganò. MētisPress, 2019

Almost a century after the Declaration of La Sarraz, the founding act of the International Congresses of Modern Architecture and, by extension, of Modern Urbanism, new questions arise for the future of a predominantly urban planet. Widely known and partly justified, criticism of the principles of CIAM, the projects and the concrete results derived from them have never sufficiently taken into account their discrepancy with the environmental and social challenges of the contemporary city. Designed to achieve social emancipation objectives, the urban framework of the last hundred years needs to be evaluated in terms of its resilience in the face of the ecological crises that lie ahead. In short, what about the modern city as a relay between the first modernity and the ecological transition project? This book addresses this issue both from a theoretical and critical angle and through the study of the evolution of the modern city in its European geographical epicenter and outside it. Original research themes are thus sketched out between global visions and case studies, diagnoses, and prospective studies, by reconstructing the trajectories of eminent personalities and dynamic collectives. A striking disciplinary aporia emerges, that of the trajectory taken by the city in the 20th century, undoubtedly promising for individuals, but highly ambiguous for communities and certainly too demanding for the biosphere.


2018

Urbanisme de l’Espoir. Projeter des Horizons d’Attente

Edited by Panos Mantziaras and Paola Viganò. MētisPress, 2018.


This book proposes to redefine the role played by the project – a project of cities and territories – in the social construction of hope. The disciplines of spatial transformation have always contributed to the development of shared world visions and value systems. Yet their participation in the construction of hope is being called into question today, mainly because of their difficulty in being part of a convincing collective narrative about the future. The contributions collected in this book aim to identify the theoretical and practical conditions necessary for the constitution of an urban planning of hope: grasping the socioeconomic configurations of the territory outside the dominant theories; apprehending the territory as a palimpsest, considering its historical depth and its evolutionary potentialities; favouring a descriptive and qualitative approach to address, from the angle of climate and energy issues, such crucial problems as soil regeneration, landscape structures, buildings or forms of industrial and agricultural production. A paradoxical stance must be taken: to reanimate the indissoluble link that modernity has established between project and hope, while reversing its foundations.

Other Publications

— Drevon G., Pattaroni L., Delley L. Hamel N., (2020) “Rhythms of the Eventful City: Elements for a Spatiotemporal Mapping of the Montreux Jazz Festival », Urban Planning, accepted. in: Territories in time: Mapping Palimpsest Horizons, Urban Planning (5) 2.

— Koseki, Shin Alexandre, Jacques Lévy, and Irene Sartoretti. (2020). “De l’espace pour la réussite scolaire.” Research report. Paris: Ministère de l’Éducation nationale et de la Jeunesse. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3773955.

— Yang, Y., Viganò, P., Zhang, Q., et al. (2020). Waterfront Analysis and Design Comparative Report of Beijing, Suzhou and Yinchuan. TU Delft Open.

— Cogato Lanza, E., Barcelloni Corte, M., & Graezer Bideau, F. Eds. (2019). Comparing Habitats. Contour Journal, Issue 2(4). 

— Koseki, Shin Alexandre, Paola Viganò, Derek Christie, Martina Corte Barcelloni, Claire Guenat, Roberto Sega, and Matthew Skjonsberg. (2019). “Cadres de référence et expertise requise pour une réfection des espaces publics dans le secteur de la Borde-Bellevaux à Lausanne.” Research report. Lausanne: École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3813656.

Architecture, système agricole et construction

E. Cogato Lanza 

Dessiner des (éco)systèmes agro-urbains résilients. Urbanisme, architecture et agriculture au défi du changement climatique, Agadir, Maroc, Septembre 09-10, 2019.

Projet et Subsistance : systèmes agro-urbains en transition

E. Cogato Lanza 

Dessiner des (éco)systèmes agro-urbains résilients. Urbanisme, architecture et agriculture au défi du changement climatique, Agadir, Maroc, Septembre 09-10, 2019.

Cadres de référence et expertise requise pour une réfection des espaces publics dans le secteur de la Borde-Bellevaux à Lausanne

S. A. Koseki; D. P. Christie; M. Barcelloni Corte; C. Guenat; R. Sega et al. 

2019-07-22

Symposium ‘Ghost Writers: Collectors, Creators, Archives, and Memory’

M. Skjonsberg 

Water Ecosystems Threats Across the Vietnam Mekong Delta’s Diffused Territories

S. T. Nguyen 

Dessiner des (éco)systèmes agro-urbains résilients. Urbanisme, architecture et agriculture au défi du changement climatique, Agadir, Morocco, September 9-10, 2019.

La ville productive

R. Sega 

Atelier Impulsion, Etat de Fribourg, Fribourg, Suisse,

The geographic evolution of political cleavages in Switzerland: A network approach to assessing levels and dynamics of polarization between local populations

S. A. Koseki 

PLoS One. 2018-11-29. DOI : 10.1371/journal.pone.0208227.

Hypertypes: From social bridges to an urbanism of aspirations, affordances and capabilities

S. A. Koseki 

2018-11-17. Smartness? Between discourse and practice / AHRA 2018, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, November 15-17, 2018.

Globalizing the digital: A cross-cultural framework for the ethics of operationalizing Big Data

S. A. Koseki 

Swiss Inter- and Transdisciplinarity Day 2018, Lausanne, Switzerland, November 15, 2018.

Between the Lines: On the Explicit and Implicit in Writing and Building

M. Skjonsberg; R. Winogrond 

Writing Place. 2018-10-22. Vol. 1, num. 2, p. 144-157. DOI : 10.7480/writingplace.2.26550.

A Civic Hope: from Lausanne to Los Angeles

C. Arnsperger; M. Skjonsberg 

Urbanisme de l’espoir : Projeter des horizons d’attente; Geneva: Metis Presses, 2018-10-05. p. 232.