The fourth Colloquy, »popularizing insistencies«, was held February 1-3, 2013. From an architectonic perspective we will approach the topic of today‘s information based technology as a Gestalt of technology which renders functional whatever can be algebraically articulated. Let us, hypothetically, call the peculiar artefactual units that are articulated, by such double articulation, quantums of cityness. Let us further assume these units are to be – by conception – capable of articulating the consistencies within what structures globalized urban lives on any level, infra, media and superstructure. Let us further assume this quantum-elementarity of cityness as the complementary dimension to existentiality, and call it that of the insistential. How could a possible differentiation and reflection of the ability to articulate quantums of cityness within an assumed grammaticality be considered, via traditional structural forms, as something like the ability to index, catalogue, categorize, classify, and this – with the stress on the word ability – as something we can learn to achieve in an open degree of mastership, just like it is achievable in any other ability we can acquire and learn?

Introduction
Dr. phil. Vera Bühlmann, CAAD ETHZ

A Quantum City
Prof. Dr. Ludger Hovestadt, architecture und information science CAAD ETHZ

The Topos of Infrastructures in Modernity
Prof. Dr. Kate Marshall, media studies and literature, University of Notre Dame IN USA

The Technics of Prehension
Prof. Dr. Nathan Brown, literature and philosophy, UCLA Davis CA USA

Quantum Science and Metaphyics
Prof. Dr. Michael Epperson, philosophy, University of Sacramento CA USA

Characteristica Designata: Algebraic Articulation, Mathesis, Grammaticality
Dr. phil. Vera Bühlmann, media philosophy, CAAD ETHZ

On the Baroque Tsunami
Prof. Dr. Gregg Lambert, literature and philosophy, Syracuse University NY USA

Cityness beyond the Apocalyptic
Evan Calder Williams, philosophy, University of Torino IT

Temporality, Forms of Knowing, and the City
Prof. Dr. em. Werner Oechslin, history and theory of architecture ETHZ