01.07.2014 – ETH Zurich


Nicolas is invited to hold a public lecture and a participate to a workshop about cartography and cartographical representation in the context of the project ‘Planetary Urbanization in a Comparative Perspective’.

The research project consists of an experimental comparison of urbanisation processes in 8 urban mega regions. It investigates the sharp increase in speed, scale and scope of urbanisation as well as the surprising forms of difference, diversity and variation within and between urban areas. (Pearl River Delta, Tokyo, Kolkata, Istanbul, Lagos, Paris, Mexico City and Los Angeles). The major aim of the project is to develop adequate definitions of these processes, which means to capture both global and local dimensions alike.

Public lecture with Nicolas Bourquin, Jan Lindenberg, Philippe Rekacewicz, Christian Schmid, Peter Spillmann
Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 2 pm. – 7 pm.
ETH Zurich, HIL E 67
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5, 8093 Zurich

Cartographic representations are today widely applied in architecture, urban design, planning, and social sciences. However, moments of critical reflection on methodological foundations,and political consequences of mapping are rare. This transdisciplinary symposium has the aim to engage a critical discussion on mapping and cartography, by inviting four specialists in geography, cartography, visual representation, arts and graphic design for a presentation of their experiences in mapping. The lecture and workshop will particularly focus on mapping practice as a device for critical reflection of urbanization processes and investigate the notions of time, clarity and intuitive imprecision in the maps.

– discussion of different forms and means of cartographic representation and their effects.
– possible consequences of producing visibility through mapping exercises
– limits of the cartographic method (cartographic silences, mapping the non-mappable?)
– hierarchies of representation (e.g. center of the map, projection, orientation).
– differentiation between analysis of built environment and analysis of urbanization processes;
– differentiation between temporal and spatial level of interpretation
– legibility of maps and reasonable density of information despite superimposition of different levels of data

ETH – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology – Zurich, Switzerland
Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture gta
Chair for the History of Art and Architecture


26.04.2014 – UQAM Montreal


Nicolas Bourquin and Thibaud Tissot are invited to participate to the “International Design Week” to be held at the School of Design at UQAM in Montreal, Canada.

Nicolas Bourquin is talking at the public conference
on Saturday April 26th. 11:00 am
at UQAM, 200 rue Sherbrooke Ouest amphithéâtre SH -2800

Workshop with Nicolas and Thibaud from April 28th – May 3rd.
Launch on Saturday May 3rd

Follow the process of the Workshops on the design international blog >

Every year the School of Design invites international renowned designers, academics and practitioners, working in different fields of design, to animate a series of intensive workshops. These workshops allow participating students to identify different conditions of both professional and alternative practices in the various design fields.This year, the “International Design” week will begin on Saturday, April 26, ending Saturday, May 3, 2014