ETH Zurich – Institute for Urban Design
HIL H44.1 – Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5 – 8093 Zurich





Methods in Urban and Landscape Studies


The goal of the NSL Doctoral Colloquium is to invite PhD candidates in the field of urban studies to share their experiences and insights regarding the application of methods in their research and scientific publications. It is hosted on an alternating basis by professors of the NSL. The colloquia provide participants with a differentiated knowledge of methods in the field of urbanism. Furthermore, they serve as a platform to exchange contemporary urban research experiences across disciplinary boundaries, drawing from different geographies of knowledge production. Besides discussing ongoing individual work and its methodological questions, the course shall also probe critical perspectives on urban and landscape design and the city’s relation to society, and examine the historical and epistemological significance of these perspectives. A methodological meta-theme is set for each colloquium with the idea that papers presented link the individual dissertations with this theme. After the colloquium, revised papers are published in a booklet, which is disseminated to universities and libraries.

Organization and moderation: Dr Daniel Kiss (lecturer, Institute for Urban Design)



Recent colloquia:

The Single Case in the Backdrop of the General Thesis
(November 23, 2017)

This colloquium’s aim was discussing the relationship of case studies and broader conclusions within one’s dissertation. This includes both ways of selecting cases and of getting from the specificities of each case to general patterns and conclusions of the thesis via abstraction, synthesis and other methodological means.

Hosts: Prof. Ir. Kees Christiaanse, Prof. Dr. Philip Ursprung
Guest critic: Prof. Dr. Aseem Inam (Cardiff University)

Navigating Through Evidence: From Hypothesis Through Data to Thesis
(December 3, 2015)

This colloquium focused on the relationship between the assumptions (hypotheses) that motivate one’s research, the empirical materials gathered in support of these assumptions, and the (re)formulation of statements (theses) based on these materials.

Hosts: Prof. Dr. Marc Angélil, Prof. Ir. Kees Christiaanse
Guest critics: Prof. Dr. Nathalie Roseau (ENPC Paris), Prof. Dr. Paola Viganò (EPFL Lausanne)