Speaker Overview


ULM/GER | 26.09.2019


Christian Schmid

ETH Zürich, CH

Christian Schmid is a geographer, sociologist and urban researcher. He is Professor of Sociology at the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich, and founding member of the International Network for Urban Research and Action (INURA). He has taken a critical view at stereotypical understandings of global urbanization patterns and urban-rural relationships. Christian Schmid has been extremely influential in both the debate about a new territorial reading of Switzerland and global urbanization tendencies.

Since his dissertation “City, space and society – Henri Lefebvre and the theory of the production of space”, he has become respected for his work on urban analysis. In 2006 Christian Schmid has published “Schweiz: An Urban portrait” with Diener, Herzog, Meili and de Meuron. He was scientific director of the project that cast a radically new view on Switzerland, calling existing images into question and exploring the urban potential of the different parts of the country. To date he shapes the debate with similarly radical positions.

Christian Schmid will be part of the panel CONNECTED + BALANCED at the Urban Land Conference.