Upkeep

This year's theme is ‘Upkeep’ and will turn the focus back on our own institution, discussing the process of keeping something, such as a building, a conversation, an institute, in good condition. In the wake of the Engage DARCH Report which identified and highlighted the work of all of the grassroots self-organized initiatives within the school, this year we are supporting and enabling these groups to help us construct the culture of the school from within.

'Parity Talks VII: Upkeep' will take place this year in person and in the Architecture Department on the 7th & 8th March 2022. The Athena Lecture, co-hosted by the Wohnforum will kick things off on the evening of the 7th with a lecture by Gabu Heindl, which will be followed by a day of workshops, discussions and talks. Building on all of the conversations and inputs we have had over the last six years, this year will be about keeping the conversation alive with direct actions through live workshops throughout the day.

If you would like childcare during any of the events on the 7th & 8th March please write to us at parity@arch.ethz.ch

18:00
ATHENA LECTURE
Monday, 7.03.2022
18:00 Gabu Heindl - 'Urban Conflicts. Radical Democracy in Architecture and Urban PlanningUrban Conflicts. Radical Democracy in Architecture and Urban Planning' introduced by Jennifer Duyne Barenstein
19:30 Q&A moderated by Marie Glaser

Location : ETH Hönggerberg, HIB Building, Open Space 2
20:00
APÉRO
WHERE : ETH Hönggerberg, HIB Building, Open Space 3
09:00
INTRO
9:00 Welcome by Julia Dannath-Schuh, ETHZ Vice President for Personnel Development and Leadership
9:10 Welcome by Prof. Tom Emerson, Dean of the Department of Architecture
9:20 Welcome from the Parity and Diversity Commission of the Department of Architecture
9:30 Workshop Introductions followed by coffee and gipfeli

WHERE : ETH Hönggerberg, HIB Building, Open Space 2
09:30
BREAK : Coffee & Gipfeli
WHERE : ETH Hönggerberg, HIB Building, Open Space 3
10:00
WORKSHOP: A Hundred Thousand Billion Poems for Parity
The workshop A hundred Thousand Billion Poems takes as point of departure the archive-in-progress of 7 years of Parity Talks at ETH. A disparate collection of unpublished texts, drafts for lectures, personal notes and memories, references and images will be revisited and indexed, with the aim to create an interface between past and future concerns. Rather than a hermeneutical close-reading of the source material, we will crossbreed epistemological, performative and poetic tools to make a double gesture towards stabilizing an incomplete archive, as well as activating its unbound potential. We will use participatory conversation scores, poetic indexing and collaborative writing to delineate areas of shared concern and we work towards a small publication that will be distributed after the event. WHERE : ETH Hönggerberg, HIB Building, E51.2 (Glass cube) WITH : Kristien Van den Brande
10:00
WORKSHOP: Own your Crits
«The Crits», a format with a history. Intended as a moment of exchange and an opportunity to learn from the elders, this workshop provides the tools to navigate the complex dynamics of these discussions.
Psychologist and Zurich activist Sonja Wolfensberger from Empathie Stadt Zürich will introduce you to the psychological tools from constructive feedback culture and non-violent communication to design a conversation that meets your needs. We change our perspective and learn to not only care for the built environment and our work, but show the same empathy towards ourselves. You’ll be given the possibility to mourn past experiences, recharge and grow strength for future «Crits», so that you remain aware of your needs even in challenging situations.

WHERE : ONA Fokushalle E7
WITH : Sonja Wolfensberger (Empathie Stadt Zürich)
10:00
WORKSHOP: Mapping / Power / Networks
Several people working together with continuity on a shared task aiming for a common goal is better known as: an organisation. The work actions distributed among individuals are thereby to be coordinated with one another and directed toward the common goal. It is these characteristics that distinguish companies, associations, institutions etc. as organizations from other gatherings of people, such as the queue at the bus stop. With this workshop we put the ETHZ as an organisation in the center of our attention. We understand organisations as social entities and therefore want to understand the power relations at the school better. The fabric social entities are made of are relations between humans. In order to better understand the ETHZ’s social structure, we will analyse the communication, commands and hierarchies that form the institution. In particular we are interested in the power structures that order and stabilise institutions. WHERE : ETH Hönggerberg, HIB Building, Open Space 2
12:30
LUNCH WORKSHOP: Musical Pic-nic : Listening to Identity Morphologies
Identity is the link of all the aspects which make you feel one and singular and at the same time sharing similarities with particular groupS. Studies of identities morphologies workshop will be part of a music podcast channel released by ETHZ students. The idea is to recognize background identities in public space, to raise awareness on the importance to upkeep differences in the institution. Through this listening workshop-session, we pic-nic together and explore music presenting different layers of our identities. Bring your lunch, share your music, tell us your experiences and contribute to the podcast! WHERE : ETH Hönggerberg, HIB Building, Open Space 3 WITH : Sandwiches & Cake
14:00
WORKSHOP: Urbanism and Gender Equality : exploratory walks of daily life
The objective of the workshop is to learn about the methodological tools and resources for urban analysis through gender approach. We will do two exercises that will awaken the awareness of our surroundings and the spaces we use in our daily life. The second exercise will consist of an exploratory walk. An exploratory walk is a field observation method done by a small group of individ- uals. It is designed to identify both positive and negative aspects of the public spaces and its areas of concern, including gaps in infrastructure and amenities. We will work in small groups in order to identify these aspects throughout an itinerary in our university campus. During the exploratory walk, the participants will make an intervention in these spaces by writing their proposals and solutions and then hanging them on the public space. Max participants : 15 WHERE: ETH Hönggerberg, HIB Building, Glass cube (E51.3) WITH : Julia Goula (Equal Saree9 & Laura Mayer (Purple Street)
14:00
WORKSHOP: Sonic Imaginaries
How can Sonic Planning work, how do we want to imagine sonic planning? We are all part of soundscapes, we co-determine them, we all sing to the highway and keep silent on the subway.This workshop will approach gender as a structural category through the agency of physical sonic exercises.The approach of Sonic Planning radically moves away from the visually oriented conception of space and its subsequent materialisation.The artistic and scientific discovery of Sonic Space through both the audible and imperceptible spectrums integrates sound as a basic artistic research and advances the possibility of embedding acoustics in participatory spatial planning processes.The intensity of Soundscapes are reflected in the unconscious and partly conscious reproductions of inequalities, hierarchies, and power relations latent everywhere. During the transient moment of recording we often perceive how small islands – apart from heteronormativity, gender polarity, attributions of origin, religious affiliation and skin colour – get flooded by sound waves. Thus, the extension of public space into sonic space, i.e., the ether and all kinds of sound, must be recognised as space and be thus made negotiable. Simply, this enables a process of rethinking that moves away from the accepted visual hierarchies and towards a primary acoustic sense. WHERE : Location: ETH Hönggerberg, HIB Building, D13.1 WITH : Lale Rodgarkia-Dara & Volta (Mendrisio)
14:00
WORKSHOP: Racism in Architecture
Racism is just one type of discrimination that we experience everyday. The ENGAGE D-ARCH’s final report focuses also on racism next to sexual, gender, and class. We are aware that to address racism in our department's culture means artificially highlighting one kind of harassment that is linked to others in intersectional discrimination. So why then? As gender and class, race is a mighty social category. Its application hinders wellbeing, exchange, and growth. Race especially refers to internationalization and globalization, implying that parts of humankind are or shall be less involved in mastering current challenges. We cannot accept that anymore. Starting with a check-in round with all participants, we will first focus on the teaching and research at the department, with a critical perspective on racism, followed by an input on structural racism and its impact on individual presentations by participants. Our goal is to explore the complexities of racism, its application on the department and to develop one's own perspective. In addition, we would like to collect the results visibly on a wall, which will stand for some time in the foyer of the HIL. (Parts of this workshop will be offered in German - but everyone is encouraged to join!) WHERE : ETH Hönggerberg, HIB Building, Open Space 2 WITH: Mandy Abou Shoak, Zürich, Coachin und Aktivistin Sign-up sheet: https://forms.gle/9N5Pf5dbJ7ZHUsvs9
14:00
WORKSHOP: Querformat: Haus of otHER - Serving ArchiFem Realness
During the late 1980’s in New York amidst the AIDS epidemic and Reagan politics, black, queer communities found refuge within their Houses. They established the Drag Ballroom Scene, an underground subculture which has inspired further generations in their attitude, walks and style. Can we disrupt the cliché of the strict architect persona by performing a hyperbolic character of ourselves? Querformat invites you to experience the dance of voguing, drag and learn more about its history in the Underground space of the HIL. Appropriating it from its conventional use as a recycling and parking station, we aim to create new memories through our physical presence. WHERE : ETH Hönggerberg, HIL Building, A Floor, Loose attire recommended. WITH : House of B Poderosa
17:30
BREAK : Tea and cake
WHERE: ETH Hönggerberg, HIB Building, Open Space 3
18:00
CLOSING DISCUSSION : moderated by Hollyamber Kennedy
A discussion between many of the engines for change within the school of architecture moderated by Hollyamber Kennedy & Amy Perkins.

WHERE: ETH Hönggerberg, HIB Building, Open Space 2
WITH : Laia Meier & Shriya Chaudhry (AGN), Elias Knecht (Baubüro 2022),Tom Emerson (D-ARCH) Khensani de Klerk & Nitin Bathla (Department of the Ongoing), Emmanuelle Farine (Fluid Archive), Amy Perkins (Parity Group), Qianer Zhu, Carolina Contreras Alvarez (Sekundos), Shen He & Juan Barcia Mas (Querformat)
20:00
APÉRO
WHERE: ETH Hönggerberg, HIB Building, Open Space 3
Whats Good?

Together we will discuss our current understanding of good practice, who decides what is good, and the problems of education based on ideas of excellence. Joined by Womxn in Design (Harvard GSD), Claiming*Spaces (TU Wien), DRAG lab (EPFL), Parity Board (TUM), and the Parity Front the Parity Talks 6 will be acting as the departure point for a season of digital events across the five institutions, propelling further debates on gender, equity, inclusion and belonging.

08:00
Welcomes
09:00
Meike Schalk (Anna Boyksen Fellow) “Rethinking Institutionalized Patterns”
Introduced by the Parity Board (TU Munich).

Meike Schalk ( she/her) is an architect, associate professor in urban design and urban theory and docent in architecture at KTH School of Architecture. She is head of the doctoral program in Architecture, and the interdisciplinary doctoral program in Art, Technology and Design, a temporary collaboration with Konstfack - the University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm. Currently, she is also an Anna Boyksen Fellow at the Technical University in Munich (2020-2022) exploring gender- and diversity-relevant themes in technosciences. Between 2011-2016, she was the programme director in Architecture of the cross-disciplinary and interdepartmental MSc programme Sustainable Urban Planning and Design. Until recently, I served as external examiner for the MA program in Urban Design at Sheffield University, School of Architecture, 2016-2020. From 2015-2018, she was director of the Strong Research Environment: Architecture in Effect: Rethinking the Social. Since 2019, she is a member of the committee for artistic research at the Swedish Research Council.
09:45
Katarina Bonnevier (MYCKET) “Architecture as Drag”
Introduced by the DRAG lab (EPFL).

Dr. Katarina Bonnevier (Stockholm & Sankt Anna, 1970) is an artist, architect and researcher. In her practice of building and set design, art installations, performances, workshops, lecturing and writing she explores relations of architecture, aesthetics and power, especially from gender perspectives, informed by theatricality, queerness and the more-than-human. She is currently engaged in artistic research Troll perception in the Heartlands (affiliated to Linnaeus University, Växjö, funded by the Swedish Research Council), a transdisciplinary design project emerging out of southern rural Sweden, expanding the formal field used to generate sustainable future scenarios through site-specific crafting and crafting video animations informed by folktales and mythology. She is part of the upcycling workshop Möbelverkstan (with Madam snickeri), Söderköping and a founding member of the collaborative practice MYCKET (www.mycket.org).

Their recent projects include the participatory and permanent public space for dance and music Kepsen at Råslätt, Sweden (Public Art Agency Sweden, Mix Dancers Academy, Vätterhem, Jönköping municipality, Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning, 2016-20), Kämpaoke - the karaoke bar with protest songs that care, Stockholm Culture Festival, Public Art Agency Sweden, 2019), The Grotto of Naiads (transformation of pedestrian tunnel, Haninge, 2018). Bonnevier received her Master in Architecture (1997) and her Doctoral degree (2007) with the dissertation Behind Straight Curtains: Towards a Queer Feminist Theory of Architecture (Stockholm: Axl Books, 2007) from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm. She holds a M. Arch from Iowa State University, 2001, and has extensive experience as educator (KTH, Konstfack, HES-SO).
10:45
Eric Robsky Huntley “Up, Down, Around: Figuring Perspectives for Feminist Pedagogy”
Introduced by Charlotte Malterre-Barthes (Harvard GSD).

The third talk is going to be held by Eric Robsky ( they/them).

They are a Visiting Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at Harvard GSD. They are also a Lecturer in Urban Science and Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and a research fellow of the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium (NERFC).

Robsky Huntley is a GIScientist, geographer, and designer who builds mapping tools in collaboration with and alongside movements for social justice. They received an Antipode Foundation Scholar-Activist Grant in collaboration with Graphe, the Toronto-based Mining Injustice Solidarity Network, and Beyond Extraction to design citizen science workshops investigating the economic geography of the Canadian extractive industries. They hold a PhD in Geography from the University of Kentucky; a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan; and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performing Arts Technology with a concentration in Media Arts and Engineering, also from Michigan. They are also co-director of Graphe, a collective of critical scholars, practitioners, and teachers who understand mapping as a political intervention and as a distinct mode of inquiry.
11:30
Afaina de Jong (AFARAI) “The Multiplicity of Other”
Introduced by Claiming*Spaces (TU Wien).

AFARAI is an Amsterdam-based architectural agency that specializes in spatial design and strategy, led by architect Afaina de Jong. The studio’s aim is to cross the boundaries of the traditional architecture practice by dealing with the existing city with an intersectional and interdisciplinary approach, integrating theory and research with design. As a studio AFARAI considers itself a feminist practice that encourages change on social and spatial issues and that accommodate differences.

Afaina has worked for renowned international firms before establishing her own firm in 2005. With her creative studio AFARAI she works on the boundary of architecture and art. Her work is deeply connected to represent people and cultural movements that are not traditionally represented in architectural form. By using form languages, colors, patterns and narratives that are other, she works towards a more inclusive experience of space. Afaina is a contemporary thinker, keeping a pulse on the now while at the same time projecting a unique vision of the future. For Afaina it is important that architecture is not only perceived, but also experienced and interacted with. Her discourse is international and intersectional, connecting popular culture with architecture.

Afaina has been an active educator for years amongst others at the Faculty of Architecture at TU Delft, The Sandberg Institute, and ARTEZ and has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University GSAPP in New York, KTH in Stockholm and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. Her design research The Multiplicity of Other is commissioned for the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2021.
12:15
Cruz Garcia and Nathalie Frankowski (WAI Think Tank) “Collective Forms of Care*”
Introduced by the Parity Group (ETH Zürich).

WAI Architecture Think Tank is a planetary studio practicing by questioning the political, historical, and material legacy and imperatives of architecture and urbanism. Founded in Brussels in 2008 by Puerto Rican architect, artist, curator, educator, author and theorist Cruz Garcia and French architect, artist, curator, educator, author and poet Nathalie Frankowski, WAI is one of their several platforms of public engagement that include Beijing-based anti-profit art space Intelligentsia Gallery, and the free and alternative education platform Loudreaders.

The work of Garcia and Frankowski has been part of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial and exhibitions at MoMA NY, Neues Museum Nuremberg, and MAAT Lisbon. They are authors of Narrative Architecture: A Kynical Manifesto, Pure Hardcore Icons: A Manifesto on Pure Form in Architecture, A Manual of Anti-Racist Architecture Education, and the upcoming book From Black Square to Black Reason: A Post-Colonial Architecture Manifesto.
13:30
Round Table – Tastemaking
Featuring: Meike Schalk + Katarina Bonnevier MYCKET + Cruz Garcia + Nathalie Frankowski + Els Silvrants-Barclay + Regine Keller + Dietrich Erben (tbc) + Marion Fonjallaz + Morgane Hofstetter + Dieter Dietz + Tom Emerson (tbc) + Leonie Wagner + Olga Cobuscean
Moderated by Vera Sacchetti
13:30
Round Table – Curriculum Change: Learning/Unlearning Taste - Part 1
Featuring: Lisa Haber-Thomson + Jenny French + Afaina de Jong + Christian Kühn + Mo Hartmann + Bernadette Krejs + Eric Robsky Huntley + K. Michael Hays (tbc) + Shira
Grosman + Lauren Janko
Moderated by Marlene Wagner
15:00
Round Table – Curriculum Change: Learning/Unlearning Taste - Part 2
Featuring: Lisa Haber-Thomson + Jenny French + Afaina de Jong + Christian Kühn + Mo Hartmann + Bernadette Krejs + Eric Robsky Huntley + K. Michael Hays (tbc) + Shira
Grosman + Lauren Janko
Moderated by Marlene Wagner
17:15
Concluding Discussion – What’s good?
DRAG lab asks the Parity Group, Claiming*Spaces, Womxn in Design, and the Parity Board about their experiences of good practice in institutional activism.