AR-402(ah) / 13 credits

Teacher: Malterre-Barthes Charlotte

Language: English

Withdrawal: It is not allowed to withdraw from this subject after the registration deadline.

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Construction is one of the main drivers of global warming and of environmental and social damage. Yet, we need homes, schools. Suspending new building activity, with Lausanne as a case study, the studio seeks to work out alternatives and pave the way toward an insurgent design practice.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Critique
  • Structure
  • Compose
  • Argue
  • Analyze

Teaching methods

Choreographed by episodes that set the tone both graphically and politically (i.e. templates, graphic standards, references), exploring legal tools, resistant schemes and spatial programs, researching the site and the topics, to ultimately draft and draw our field of action, the studio articulates the design project as the product of cultural, social, economic, and political mechanisms imagining a promising and emancipated future. Episodes 1 & 2 are based on a take-give logic, where examples are handed over and students provide others to expand the conversation and everyone's knowledge. Episodes are paced across the semester with a counter-crescendo, first rapid and later slowing down to let the project emerge.


Assessment methods

The grading will be based on the consistent engagement and learning/un-learning curve of the students with each episode in the Studio. The grades will be proportionately distributed over the episodes listed as follow.
Episode 01: 15 %
Episode 02: 15 %
Episode 03: 20 %
Episode 04: 50 %



Assistants Yes



Agha, Menna. In Pivoting Practices. A Global Moratorium on New Construction, edited by Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, Roberta Jurcic. Zurich: Swiss Institute of Technology, 2021.
Arboleda, Martin. Planetary Mine : Territories of Extraction under Late Capitalism. Brooklyn: Verso Books, 2020.
Clement, Gilles. The Planetary Garden (Philadelphia: University of Philadelphia Press: 2015)
Cronon, William "The Trouble with Wilderness: or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature". In: Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature (New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1995) p.69-90
Douglas, Mary. Purity and Danger (London and New York: Routledge Classics.2002) p. 1-35
Fisher, Mark. Capitalist Realism : Is There No Alternative? Winchester: Zero Books, 2013.
Haraway, Donna. "Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective." Feminist studies 14, no. 3 (1988): 575-599.
________. "A Cyborg Manifesto : Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century." Science fiction and cultural theory : a reader, (2015): 235-246.
Herod, Andrew, and Melissa W. Wright. Geographies of Power: Placing Scale. Malden: Blackwell Pub., 2002.
Kader Attia, Repair: Architecture, Reappropriation, and The Body Repaired, 2013. p.5-6
Latour, Bruno. "Imaginer Les Gestes-Barrières Contre Le Retour À La Production D'avant-Crise." Analyse Opinion Critique (2020). [accessed Februray 2, 2021].
Mah Hutton, Jane. Reciprocal Landscapes, Routledge, (2020)
Marcuse, Peter. "Sustainability Is Not Enough." Environment and Urbanization 10, no. 2 (1998).
Maxwell, Peter "Understanding Repair" In: Useless (London: Royal College of Art, Critical Writing in Art & Design, 2012).
Moe, Kiel and Daniel Friedman, "All is not Lost," Places Journal, October 2020 9 (~6),
Mbembe, Achille "The Universal Right to Breathe" April 2020.
Ostrom, Elinor. Governing the Commons (New York: Cambridge University Press. 1990) Ch. 3 Analyzing long-enduring, self-organizing, and self-governing CPRs p.58-102
Patterson, la A Third University is Possible, University Of Minnesota Press, (2017), A consulter en ligne :
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Till, Jeremy. "Architecture and Contingency," Field Vol. 1, n. 1, 120-135.
Thompson, Michael. Rubbish Theory (Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1979) Ch.3 "Rat infested slum or glorious heritage?" p.34-56
UN Environment and International Energy Agency. 2021 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction. Nairobi: United Nations Environment Programme,, 2021.
Vassal, Jean-Philippe "Designing the Brief," Arch+, 2019, 65-73.
Vergès, Françoise, Un féminisme décolonial, La Fabrique, (2019)
Vishmidt, Marina 'Management and Maintenance'. In Look at Hazards, Look at Losses, edited by Anthony Iles, Danny.
Wilson, Mabel. "Radical Repair," Log 48: Expanding Modes of Practice (Winter/Spring 2020), 21-26.
Worster, Donald The Wealth of Nature (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993) Ch.3 The Shaky Ground of Sustainable Development p.142-155.
Yusoff,Kathryn A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None, Univ Of Minnesota Press, (2018)


Ressources en bibliothèque

In the programs

  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Studio MA2 (Malterre-Barthes)
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Project: 4 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Studio MA2 (Malterre-Barthes)
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Project: 4 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Studio MA2 (Malterre-Barthes)
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Project: 4 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week