Meet our invited artists: Madlen Kobi

Madlen Kobi, Switzerland/Xinjang

Dr. Madlen Kobi is a social anthropologist working at the Academy of Architecture of the Università della Svizzera Italiana, Switzerland. As part of the project “The City as Indoors: Architecture and Urban Climates” (, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, she is currently investigating the relations between architecture, socio-technical knowledge, and everyday climate-related practices in residential spaces in Chongqing, China. From 2010 to 2017, Madlen Kobi conducted research on urban spaces in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (PR China) with a special focus on ethnic diversity.

She is single author of „Constructing, Creating and Contesting Cityscapes. A Socio-Anthropological Approach to Urban Transformation in Southern Xinjiang, P.R. China“ (Harrassowitz, 2016) and co-editor of “The Open Cut – Mining, Transnational Corporations, and Local Populations” (LIT, 2016), “The Urban Microclimate as Artifact. Towards an Architectural Theory of Thermal Diversity” (Birkhäuser, 2018) and “Architecture and/as Infrastructure” (Roadsides, 2020). Her articles have been published
among others in The International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Social Anthropology, TSANTSA, Inner Asia, Eurasian Geography and Economics, Architecture Beyond Europe and Central Asian Survey.

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