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CA Position: Michael Wagner on imaging urban landscapes

Lecture: 26.11.19

CA Positions
Tuesday 26.11.19, 16.30 – 18.00

BA Visual Communication, Camera Arts
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – School of Art and Design

745, Viscosistadt, Nylsuisseplatz 1, 6020 Emmenbrücke
Camera Arts / Media Lab, 1. OG

© Marc Latzel

Everything shaped by humans is culture.

This also includes our habitat. In all its manifold forms, it is the spatially manifest representation of a highly diverse, plural society. The man-made, or at least man-handled, urban cultural landscape in which a majority of the population lives today can hardly be understood in its entirety. For this to happen, a continuous societal debate is needed. This is by no means just a political discourse of concepts. Also, those who produce images, operate with them and link them to narratives, assign, classify and rearrange them, establish connections, interrelations and relevance. And thus, contribute to understanding the world and ultimately appropriating it. Not only on the level of expertise through words, but also on a sensual level of perception. In his lecture, Michael Wagner discusses practices of imaging urban landscapes and their influence on the discourse in urban design and spatial planning.


© Thi My Lien Nguyen

Michael Wagner

Studies of architecture and diploma with Prof. Peter Märkli at the ETH Zurich. National and international work experience with MVRDV, Gigon/Guyer and Baumann Roserens Architects. Self-employed architect and urban designer since 2010.
Currently lecturer in urban design for the department of architecture at the ETH Zurich. Long-standing experience in research and teaching at the chair of Prof. Kees Christiaanse as senior assistant, head of the research group Kulturlandschaft and lecturer at the ETH Zurich and the University of Liechtenstein. National research projects and publications. Further teaching activities at the University of Zurich and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences. 2014 Visiting Professorship ‘Agenda Lehre’ at the Technical University of Munich. 2017/18 Guest Lecturer for Urban Design at the University of Liechtenstein.


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