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58597-01 - Kurs: Material Investigations 4 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2020
Angebotsmuster Jedes Herbstsemester
Dozierende Kenny R. Cupers (kenny.cupers@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt This course explores research methods focused on the materiality of cities and landscapes. The process of urbanization is not only an economic, social, and political process, but also a transformation in “bricks and mortar.” As they focus on understanding urbanization as a dynamic process, social scientists often regard the built environment as not more than a passive reflection or manifestation of abstract forces. Yet the city exerts power through its material constitution and transformation. The city shapes and is shaped by the production, circulation, consumption of materials and things—from gold to waste, and from oranges to cell phones. Buildings and streets shape not only meaning and experience but also social identities and cultural difference. And the city's physical form and transformation over time guide, however fickle and unpredictably, the agency of its residents.

The seminar explores some major and minor intellectual traditions upon which materially oriented methods of urban research have been based. Our principal focus is on relating current theoretical debates about materiality (often under the banner of “new materialism”) to concrete methods of material analysis. The latter include formal analysis and phenomenological approaches in architecture and urbanism, analyses of the city as a metabolic system, and archaeological research. From Karl Marx to Bruno Latour and through concepts from meaning to performance, the seminar provides students with conceptual tools and research skills to study the city as a socio-material complex. To put these tools and methods to work, students will explore a specific case study and develop it into a collaborative research project.

Lernziele - An understanding of key conceptual approaches to the material analysis of cities and landscapes
- An ability to analyze environments in aesthetic and architectural terms, using lenses such as style, form, meaning, experience, affect, and performance
- An ability to analyze (and distinguish between) the intentions of physically designed spaces and their social and political effects
- An ability to develop independent urban research projects focused on the materiality of cities and landscapes


Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 15.09.2020 – 15.12.2020
Zeit Dienstag, 13.15-16.00 Alte Gewerbeschule, Studio 357
Datum Zeit Raum
Dienstag 15.09.2020 13.15-16.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Studio 357
Dienstag 22.09.2020 13.15-16.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Studio 357
Dienstag 29.09.2020 13.15-16.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Studio 357
Dienstag 06.10.2020 13.15-16.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Studio 357
Dienstag 13.10.2020 13.15-16.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Studio 357
Dienstag 20.10.2020 13.15-16.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Studio 357
Dienstag 27.10.2020 13.15-16.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Studio 357
Dienstag 03.11.2020 13.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Dienstag 10.11.2020 13.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Dienstag 17.11.2020 13.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Dienstag 24.11.2020 13.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Dienstag 01.12.2020 13.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Dienstag 08.12.2020 13.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Dienstag 15.12.2020 13.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Module Modul: Fields: Media and Imagination (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Materialitäten (Master Studiengang Kulturtechniken)
Modul: Projects and Processes of Urbanization (Master Studiengang Critical Urbanisms (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2020))
Modul: Ways of Knowing the City (Master Studiengang Critical Urbanisms)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Urban Studies