Power & Practice

On December 10 the NEWROPE Chair of Architecture and Urban Transformation organises a Power & Practice workshop. Hosted by Andrea Reimer, a former politician and Adjunct Professor in Power & Practice at the University of British Columbia, the workshop focuses on power literacy and explores different (mapping) techniques to better understand power and its exercise through influence.

Power is rarely discussed in the context of architecture and urban transformation, despite the undeniable impact that power structures and dynamics have on how we shape and experience our environment. The workshop will help participants gain a better and deeper understanding of what power means, where power lies and how it can be influenced, obtained and applied.

We will explore (power) mapping techniques to understand the presence of and interaction between stakeholders in different situations. We will investigate a real urban transformation project in Tirana and its underlying power dynamics, as well as the hierarchical structures of ETH Zürich, the school we are part of.

With this workshop we hope to gain a better understanding of the nature of power and how to navigate within its fields of tension and to find ways how to integrate new ways of thinking and working that challenge and destabilise power relations.

Andrea Reimer at Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Andrea Reimer served on Vancouver’s City Council from 2008 to 2018 and is now Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, where she teaches power literacy. Andrea started her public work as a community organizer on community efforts to achieve greater social, environmental and economic justice. As Vancouver’s first permanent Deputy Mayor, she took the lead on many transformative policy initiatives including the bold plan to make Vancouver the world’s Greenest City and transition to 100% renewable energy.

– Workshop Power & Practice
– 10 December 2020
– 13:00 - 17:00
– Online via Zoom
– Registration deadline: 1 December 2020
– Limited number of participants, for more information and registration please write to vaniersel@arch.ethz.ch