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Opening Event for «The Swiss Spatial Sciences Framework (S3F)»

19. November 2009 |
ETH Zürich Main Building |
Collaboration ETH, EPFL, WSL

Semper Aula (HG G 60)

Symposium Trilogy 2009 /2010: A three-part symposium is to be held in Zurich, Lausanne, and Berne to discuss responses to the question «What are the crucial research questions in the spatial sciences in Switzerland and in Europe?»

There is growing political awareness of needs connected with research on land-use issues. Mandated by the ETH Board,
the ETH Zurich, the EPFL and the WSL have therefore set up a Working Group to combine their expertise for innovative research
projects and thus contribute to a sustainable spatial development. Its purpose is to establish targeted and intensive networking
of university, political/administrative, and private-enterprise bodies, as well as to achieve substantial improvements in university training courses. The opening event is held in Zurich:

08.30 Welcoming coffee / registration procedure

09.00 Introduction to the symposium
Prof. Dr. Ralph Eichler: President of the ETH Zurich

09.15 Explaining the procedure and introducing keynote speakers
Prof. Dr. Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani: ETH Zurich, Director of the working group for The Swiss Spatial Sciences Framework (S3F); Professor of the History of Urban Design at the Institute for Urban Design (ISB); member of the Network City and Landscape (NSL)

09.30 Shaping Swiss’ future with new research
Prof. Max van den Berg: Consultant and Advisor Spatial Planning, Croonen Adviseurs; former Professor for spatial planning at TU Utrecht, chief planner Randstad NL, former President of ISOCARP – International Society of City and Regional Planners, the Netherlands
10.00 Questions/discussion
10.15 Coffee break

10.45 A new urban question
Prof. Bernardo Secchi: professor em. for urbanism at University IUAV of Venice, Faculty of Architecture, Italy; internationally renowned teacher, practitioner and theoretician of urban planning.
11.15 Questions/discussion

11.30 Coping with the unexpected: new topics and players for research in planning
Prof. Paolo la Greca: Professor of City and Regional Planning and head of Department of Architecture and Town Planning of the University of Catania; Vice Chair of the International Society of City and Regional Planners, The Hague.
12.00 Questions/discussion

12.15 Closing remarks and further programme
Prof. Dr. Bernd Scholl: ETH Zurich, member of the working group for The Swiss Spatial Sciences Framework (S3F); Professor of Spatial Development at the Institute for Spatial and Landscape Planning (IRL); member of the Network City and Landscape (NSL)
12.30 Lunch

Evening lecture
18.00 Cities in an urban age
Prof. Richard Burdett: Centennial Professor in Architecture and Urbanism at the department of Cities Programme, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); Chief Advisor on Architecture and Urbanism for the London 2012 Olympics; formerly an architectural adviser to the Mayor of London from 2001 to 2006; member of the Greater London Authority’s Architecture + Urbanism Unit and of the City of Barcelona’s Quality Committee.
19.00 Close

Subsequent public symposia

  • 10 February 2010: Lausanne; Continuing and concluding the Process, SpaceWatch 2010
  • Autumn 2010: Bern; Presenting the Results of the Process


Steering committee

  • Prof. Dr. Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, ETH Zürich, NSL;
  • Prof. Dr. Jacques Lévy, EPF Lausanne, Institute of Urban and Regional Sciences – INTER;
  • Prof. Dr. Bernd Scholl, ETH Zürich, NSL;
  • Dr. Silvia Tobias, Eidg. Forschungsanstalt für Wald, Schnee und Landschaft – WSL


Information and registration
Detailed information is available on the website.
Or use the registration form on the flyer:

Or contact Claudia Gebert

Claudia Gebert
ETH Zürich
NSL - HIL H 43.2
CH-8093 Zürich

Fax: +41 (0)44 633 15 67