January 24, 2023
Lighting Session

DocTalks Chairs:
Gregorio Astengo, ETH/Birkbeck College &
Demetra Vogiatzaki, Harvard
Olga Balaoura, Visiting Professor, University of Cyprus (UCY), Department of Architecture

Marginalized Materialities in Athens:
Modern Greece and Postcolonial Europe
Angelos Chiotis
TU Delft


Forms and Technologies of  Italy’s Villa-mania
(1955 -1970)
Michela Bonomo


Circular Strategies: Egg Shell Waste as a
Potential Building Material
Esther Clifford
Independent Researcher

January 31, 2023
Lightning Session

DocTalks Chairs:
Linda Stagni, ETH &
Silvia Balzan, USI Accademia di Architettura
Nina Zschocke, ETH/gta

Critical Raw Materials Unsung
Francisco Gallardo and Audrey Samson
Artists Duo


A Plea for Patchy Architecture
Helene Romanik


Ordinary Architecture:
Learning from the Existing
Helena Cavalheiro

14 March 2023
DocTalks x MoMA
4-6 PM CET, 11-13 AM EST

Respondent: Will Davis, Princeton

Of Seeds and Sheds:
Designing Uniformity along the Production Lines of Plantation Crops in Colonial Sumatra

Robin Hartanto Honggare
Columbia University


Plantation Technologies:
Tracing the Histories of Palms, Weevils,
and Owls in the Oil Palm Territories of Johor State, Malaysia

Hans Hortig
ETH Future Cities Lab in Singapore

21 March 2023

From “California the Beautiful”
to “Strange Menacing Beasts”:
Changing Perceptions of Southern California Nature in Two Houses by Thornton Abell

Alexander Luckmann
UC Santa Barbara


Landscapes of Obsolescence:
Opportunities for Reimagining
The Relation between
Architecture and Nature

Daniela Pico Perez
University of Liverpool and Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

28 March 2023

“The Steppe Civilization in a Mirror
of the European Culture”
Classical Architecture and Nation-Building
in Post-soviet Kazakhstan

Federico Marcomini
University of Florence


Elusive Techno-Aesthetics
Paradigmatic Histories of Concrete
in Post-independence Algeria

Khaoula Hannachi 
Blida 01 Algeria
Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning

4 April 2023
DocTalks x MoMA
4-6 PM CET, 11-13 AM EST

Oscillating Spaces:
The Ice grotto on the Furkastrasse

Anneke Abhelakh
ETH Zurich


Submerging Empire:
Water Infrastructures and Cement Grottoes
in French Aquariums

Alex Zivkovic
Columbia University

18 April 2023

Arrival Architectures

Yona Catrina Schreyer
Politecnico di Milano


Twenty-First Century Taylorism:
Architects, Management, and the Perpetuation of the Open Office

Petra Seitz
UCL Bartlett

26 April 2023
DocTalks x MoMA

Respondent: Rafico Ruiz, CCA

Icelandic Farmhouses in the Homogenocene:
The Shift from Turf to Concrete (1895–1945)

Sofia Nannini
University of Bologna


The Surveyor, The Diver, and The Stone

Alberto Ortega Trejo
University of Chicago

2 May 2023

Speaking of Architectural (Hi)Stories

Macarena De La Vega De Leon
University of Melbourne


How I love the place you have no idea: Poetic Language and Sensory Stimuli in the Arab Quarter of Alexandria

Ali Reza Shahbazin
McGill University

9 May 2023
DocTalks x MoMA

Sanitary Architecture and the Battle
for the Urban Commons
in Modern Egypt

Marianne Dhenin
University of Basel


ENI’s Disegno Africano

Giulia Scotto
USI, Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio

 16 May 2023
DocTalks x MoMA

Nineteenth Century Ottoman Lighthouses:
Making of a Coastal Landscape

Esra Nalbant 
Binghamton University, NY


Learning with the Volcanoes:
Indigenous Cosmologies and Modern Epistemologies in the Aeolian Archipelago

Marilena Mela
Vrije Universitet Amsterdam

23 May 2023

Urban Conditions on Display
The Case of the Architecture Exhibition Homeward, Contemporary Architecture in  Flanders (1999–2001)

Alice Haddad
Ghent University


Approximations of Elements and Systems
The Element as a Project

Lera Samovich
Porto University

30 May 2023
DocTalks x MoMA

Interiors Turning Off and On
Environment Valves, Air-borne Architecture,
and Special Economic Zones in China,

Jia Weng
Yale University


Deserts, Reclaimed:
On China, Territory, Agriculture
and Geopolitics

Isabelle A. Tan
Princeton University


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