Architecture and Wars: Forms of Destruction and Construction in War Zones

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Type: 
Conference
Date: 
June 2, 2017 to June 3, 2017
Location: 
Switzerland
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Geography, Military History, Urban Design and Planning

Architecture and Wars: Forms of Destruction and  Construction in War Zones

    
International Conference
2-3 June 2017

Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta)
Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5
8093 Zurich
Room: HIL H 40.4 (Plaza)


DAY 1
Friday, 2 June 2017

8–8:30am     
Welcome

8:30-9am
Prelude
Jean-Louis Cohen, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

9–9:30am
Opening Remarks: Architecture and Wars
Samia Henni, ETH Zurich
                    
9:30-10:30am
Urbanism and War: Zoöpolitics and the Architecture of Bare Life
Lieven De Cauter, Leuven University

Break

10:45am-12:45pm    
PLANNING
Calculating the Apocalypse: The Unexpected Career of the Swiss Nuclear Bunker
Silvia Berger, University of Zurich
Reconstructing Nahr el Bared and the Urbanism of Palestinian Camps
Ismail Cheikh Hassan, Beirut
Discussants: Laurent Stalder, ETH Zurich; Bess Laaring, ETH Zurich

Lunch

1:30 -3:30pm
ETHEREAL
Radio-Activities: The Architecture of the Broadcasting Apparatus in Cold War Berlin
Alfredo Thiermann, ETH Zurich
Media as Conflict Zone
Susan Schuppli, Goldsmiths, London University
Discussants: Doreen Mende, HEAD Geneva School of Art and Design, Harun Farocki Institut; Mark Zahran, ETH Zurich

Break

3:45-5:45 pm    
OPERATIONAL
Double-truth Strategies in Colombian Dictatorship
Maria del Pilar Sanchez-Beltran, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
The Rocks Remain: Landscapes of Conflict from the Falklands War
Tony Pollard, Glasgow University
Discussants: Philip Ursprung, ETH Zurich; Tamim Hokan, ETH Zurich

Break

COUNTERINSURGENCY
6–7:30pm
Outlaw Territories: Environments of Insecurity/ Architecture of Counter-Insurgency
Felicity Scott, Columbia University
Roundtable with Lieven De Cauter, Tony Pollard, Susan Schuppli, and Felicity Scott moderated by Samia Henni

 


DAY 2
Saturday, 3 June 2017


9–11am
BORDERLINES
The War Relocation Project: Japanese-Americans and War’s Re-Territorialization of the Civilian Sphere, United States (1941-1945)
Helene H Nguyen, Princeton University
Perilous Meetings at the Truce Village: Transformations of the Joint Security Area in the Korean Demilitarized Zone since the Korean War (1950-1953)
Hyun-Tae Jung, Lehigh University
Discussants: Stanislaus von Moos, University of Zurich; Akagawa Ayami, ETH Zurich

Break

11:15am–1:15pm    
URBICIDE                
From Spectacle to Norm: The Incarceration of Pakistani Cities in Times of Perpetual Violence
Ayesha Sarfraz, Director, Architect at MAS Architects; Arsalan Rafique, Creative Director, Architect at Caramel Tech, Lahore
“Click and Kill:” The Architecture of Drone Warfare
Eva Schreiner, Columbia University
Discussants: Andri Gerber, ETH Zurich, ZHAW School of Architecture, Design and Civil Engineering; Edvardas Bukota, ETH Zurich

Lunch

2–4pm
SURVIVAL
Dialectics of War: Cinema as an Infrastructure in the Liberation War in Guinea-Bissau (1963–1974)
Carolina Rito, Nottingham Contemporary; Nova University of Lisbon
Urban Transformations: Modalities of Survival in Besieged Sarajevo
Asja Mandic, University of Sarajevo
Discussants: Alla Vronskaya, ETH Zurich; Alison Brunn, Iowa State University, ETH Zurich


Break

4:15–6:15pm
SECURITY                 
Supporting War in a Distant Land: Long Binh and the U.S. Army in Vietnam
Marcel Berni, Military Academy, ETH Zurich
Outposts of Security? Dutch Military Architecture
Rick Krosenbrink, TU Delft, Netherlands Defence Academy
Discussants: Karl R. Kegler, Munich University of Applied Sciences; Lisa Maillard, ETH Zurich

Break                 

6:30–6:45pm
Concluding Remarks
Samia Henni, ETH Zurich

Apéro


The conference is convened by Dr. Samia Henni and generously supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Chair for the History of Art and Architecture Prof. Dr. Philip Ursprung, the Chair for the Theory of Architecture Prof. Dr. Laurent Stalder, and the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta), ETH Zurich.

The conference is open to the public, free of charge, and registration is not required.

Contact: samia.henni@gta.arch.ethz.ch