About the series


Urban studies

The city represents a special place of society. In the city, not only the societal culture is manifested, but also power relations find their physical expression and developments become apparent in constructed design. With the social, cultural, political, and economic, decisive elements of what constitutes society are also formative components of the city. In turn, the materiality of the city has a decisive effect on society. The physical-material setting influences not only societal interactions, but also the movements and activities of individuals.

Comparative research and interdisciplinary perspectives from the cultural and social sciences as well as from other disciplines such as anthropology, architecture, or semiotics are particularly suitable for analysing cities. Comparative and interdisciplinary analyses and research contributions on the city both as a symbolic place for the interpretation and understanding of contemporary dynamics and as an empirical place for the production of practices are the focus of the series “Chôra”.


  • Eveline Althaus, ETHZ, ETH Wohnforum – ETH Case
  • Sandro Cattacin, Université de Genève, Institut de recherche sociologiques
  • Jennifer Duyne Barenstein, ETHZ, ETH Wohnforum – ETH Case
  • Fiorenza Gamba, Université de Genève, Institut de recherches sociologiques
  • Marie Glaser, Grundlagen Wohnen und Immobilien, Schweizer Bundesamt für Wohnungswesen BWO in Bern

Scientific Advisory Board

  • Mehdi Alioua, Université International de Rabat
  • Vincent Kaufmann, EPFL, Lausanne
  • Sabine Knierbein, TU, Wien
  • Panos Mantziaras, Fondation Braillard Architectes, Genève
  • Marco Martiniello, Université de Liège, CEDEM
  • Isabella Pezzini, Università “Sapienza”, Roma
  • Henriette Steiner, University of Copenhagen
  • Hideki Tarumoto, Waseda University, Tokyo