MAS ETH EPFL UTD - Urban and Environmental Theory Session #5


Event details

Date 02.12.2021 18:0019:30  
Speaker Greet De Block, Erik Swyngedouw
Location Online
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English

The Habitat Research Center is very pleased to continue next Thursday the cycle of Urban and Environmental Theory Sessions, associated to the MAS ETH EPFL in Urban and Territorial Design. Over the fall semester, these public sessions address the challenges of spatial, social and energy transition through various contributions: from human geography, urban studies, spatial design, environmental studies and system thinking. With a focus on territorial realities and scales, these moments also constitute a place for debate. Each session concludes with questions from the audience, in which you are warmly welcome to participate.

Ecological design for whom? Politicizing the urbanization of nature
Greet De Block, Professor of Urban Studies Institute, Centre for Urban History, University of Antwerp
Erik Swyngedouw, Professor of Human Geography, University of Manchester
introduced by Paola Viganò
THURSDAY 02.12.2021 - 18:00-19:30 
EPFL Foyer SG (Covid certificate or EPFL temporary pass required)
and ZOOM registration here 

For this fifth session, Paola Viganò will welcome Greet De Block and Erik Swyngedouw to better understand these questions around ecological design and other key challenges.
Greet De Block is trained as an architect and urban planner. Her teaching and writing focus on infrastructure and technology as driving forces of urbanization, mobilizing history to provide insight in, and critical reflection on, the current urban condition and related design theories and practices. Recent publications advance an interdisciplinary approach linking urbanism withengineering, political geography, philosophy, and landscape studies, to explore the (dis)connections between ecological design and socio-political agendas.

Erik Swyngedouw is a human geographer, Professor at the University of Manchester and member of the Manchester Urban Institute. He graduated both in Agricultural Engineering and Urban and Regional Planning from Leuven, and holds Honorary Doctorates from Malmo University in Sweden and Roskilde University in Denmark. His thesis entitled "The production of new spaces of production" has been completed under the supervision of David Harvey in 1991. Erik Swyngedouw also taught at the University of Oxford and Ghent. His interests focus on political-ecological issues related to water, transformation of nature and urban governance. The figure of the Post-Democratic City will be leitmotiv of its contribution "Promises of the Political: The depoliticized politics of post-democratic urbanization".


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  • Habitat Research Center  MAS ETH EPFL UTD 


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