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Von Infrastrukturen erwarten wir, dass sie funktionieren. Oftmals übersehen wir dabei den intensiven Aufwand dahinter. Es wird darüber geforscht, wie sich die Netze in Zukunft ändern werden und wie die Gesellschaft auf unzureichende Dienste reagieren könnte. Dafür bedarf es nicht nur klassischer Ingenieure, sondern auch Architektinnen, Raumplaner, Verkehrsplanerinnen und Sozialwissenschaftler. Wir wünschen viel informatives Lesevergnügen.

The Interdisciplinary Nature of Planning Interventions on Network Infrastructure in Urban Areas

Interventions must be executed on infrastructure networks in urban areas to ensure that they provide adequate levels of services. The optimal planning of these interventions requires consideration of the work of many experts to appropriately consider the spatial and temporal aspects of the networks, how the networks might be expected to change in the future, and how society might react to inadequate levels of services. Future work to enable the development of optimal intervention programs in the real world, requires research involving not only classical engineers, but also architects, spatial planers, traffic planners, and social scientists.

Infrastructural Improvements Along the Hamburg–Athens Corridor: A Tool Towards Territorial Cohesion

The Orient/east-Mediterranean corridor has a great potential in terms of strengthening sustainable transportation modes: the North and South European ports should be effectively connected through the enhancement of the railway network, thus raising the freight and passenger capacity and reducing travel times and costs. Moreover, such transnational efforts are clearly aimed at territorial cohesion – a key objective of European integration.

Planning the Airport in Paris: From Infrastructural to Strategic Territory

In contemporary airports, traditional notions of infrastructure are questioned. As gateways to metropolitan areas, airports attract new functions and become strategic territories. Eirini Kasioumi's SNF-funded PhD research Evolving planning strategies in urban airport areas. Case study: the Paris airports explores how changing perceptions of the airport can create tensions or foster synergies.

In the Search of Alternative Models for the Evaluation of Transport Projects

Travel demand models constitute a keystone of the economic evaluation of transport projects, facilitating in turn an informed decision making process. In the last decades, travel modelling has evolved along the lines of utilizing more disaggregate data, resulting to computationally cumbersome and conceptually complex models. However, it remains unclear to what extent such models have improved the quality of the evaluation process.

Singapore’s first Roundtable on Future District Energy Systems by FCL

The adoption of district energy systems in countries with access to heat sinks could reduce energy consumption for cooling buildings by 50 to 80 per cent, according to experts at the first Roundtable on Future District Energy Systems in Singapore organised by the Future Cities Laboratory.
Aktuelle Projekte

Das Gleis lebt!

«Ta-dack-ta-dack-ta-dack»: Das war einmal das Geräusch, das die Eisenbahn von sich gab, bevor die Schienen lückenlos miteinander verschweisst wurden. Temperaturbedingte Spannungen müssen heutzutage vom Gleis aufgenommen werden. In Bögen mit kleinen Radien führt dies zur «Bogenatmung». Damit diese möglichst gleichmässig ist, wird am IVT geforscht, welchen Einfluss die Rahmensteifigkeit auf das Atmungsverhalten des Gleises hat. Patrick Braess 

Eine neue transalpine Eisenbahnlinie: Scuol, Landeck, Mals

Seit vielen Jahren schwelt in der Region zwischen dem Unterengadin, dem Oberinntal und dem Vinschgau eine utopische Idee: eine Eisenbahnverbindung zwischen Scuol, Mals und Landeck. Die bestehenden Überlegungen beruhen auf einem langen und teuren Tunnel. Das Studio Meili Vogt Conzett analysierte mit Architekturstudierenden die Möglichkeit einer oberirdischen Linienführung mit starkem Landschaftsbezug. Das Resultat wurde an der HTW Chur präsentiert und im SRF dokumentiert. Stephan Pfeiffer

Planungsplattform für Hochspannungsleitungen

Um den Planungsprozess von Hochspannungsleitungen zu optimieren, wurde von den Professuren PLUS und GIS gemeinsam mit Industriepartnern eine erweiterbare Web-Plattform entworfen. Diese bietet interaktive und realistische 3D-Landschaftsvisualisierungen für die Beurteilung der Auswirkungen einer neuen Hochspannungsleitung auf das Landschaftsbild und erleichtert damit den Austausch zwischen verschiedenen AkteurInnen. Publikation

Scales of Power

In collaboration with the Photogrammetry and Laser Scanning Lab at the Technion in Haifa, the DesignLab (Prof. Girot) has been mapping the site of the Jordan River Powerplant at Nahayarim, built in 1932. Using advanced point cloud technology, the site was scanned to achieve a 3D model of astounding precision and aesthetic beauty that enabled ETH students in the course Scales of Power to investigate geo-political dimensions of the landscape. Prof. Christophe Girot, Ben Gitai, Ilmar Uriël Hurkxkens, Philipp Urech. Partners: Prof. Sagi Filin, Zachi Shtain and Reuma Arav.

Street Design Meets the Virtual World at the Future Cities Laboratory

Future Cities Laboratory took research to the streets at World PARK(ing) Day and ArchiFest in Singapore, where the public ‘experienced’ new street designs through virtual reality (VR). Immersed in VR, the public explored streets designed for active mobility, provided feedback to improve on these designs and on the use of VR. By using VR, researchers aim to gain insight into the potential of currently non-existent alternatives and provide evidence-based design recommendations. More 

Publikationen von Oktober bis Dezember 2016


ETH Studio Basel (ed.) (2016): Territory – On the Development of Landscape and City. Park Books More
From 2008 to 2014, ETH Studio Basel, under the guidance of Roger Diener and Marcel Meili, investigated the process of urbanization taking place outside cities. Territory brings together the results of their research in six significant locations: the Nile Valley; Rome-Adria, Italy; the Florida hinterlands; the Red River Delta in Vietnam; northern Oman, and Belo Horizonte and Minas Gerais in Brazil.

Girot, Christophe; Imhof, Dora (Eds.) (2017): Thinking the Contemporary Landscape. New York: Princeton Architectural Press. More
Examining our shifting perceptions of nature and place in the context of environmental challenges and how these affect urbanism and architecture, the seventeen essayists in Thinking the Contemporary Landscape argue for an all-encompassing view of landscape that integrates the scientific, intellectual, aesthetic, and mythic into a new multidisciplinary understanding of the contemporary landscape. 

Magnago Lampugnani, Vittorio (2016): Voreingenommene Erzählungen. Architekturgeschichte als Ideengeschichte. Zürich: gta Verlag. Mehr
Die in diesem Buch versammelten Aufsätze wurden nicht als akademische Übungen verfasst, sondern aus einer genuinen Neugierde heraus. Immer spüren sie den Ideen hinter den Architekturen nach. Sie gehören einer Architekturgeschichte an, die über die Form hinaus Erkundungen anstellt nach Ideologien, politischen Verhältnissen, gesellschaftlichen Bedingungen, wirtschaftlichen Möglichkeiten, Techniken sowie nach kulturellen Einflüssen und Referenzen.

Meyer, Jonas; Becker, Henrick; Bösch, Patrick M.; Axhausen, Kay W. (2016): Impact of autonomous vehicles on the accessibility in Switzerland. Arbeitsberichte Verkehrs- und Raumplanung, 1177. Zürich: IVT, ETH Zürich. PDF More
Autonomous vehicles are expected to offer higher comfort of traveling at lower prices whilst increasing road capacity. Using the Swiss national transport model, this research simulates the impact of autonomous vehicles on accessibility. The results show substantial impacts favoring urban sprawl and putting a spotlight on the future role of public transportation.

Rao, Xiaolu; Montigel, Markus; Weidmann, Ulrich (2016): A new rail optimisation model by integration of traffic management and train automation. In: Transportation Research Part C, Emerging Technologies 71. S.382-405. More
This paper reviews and classifies the traffic optimisation schemes of current mainline railway into two groups: improve efficiency of traffic management by providing resolutions for traffic conflicts; or improve trains’ driving behaviour by providing driver assistance or introducing train automation. Based on a comparison of these two groups, this paper proposes to combine the functions of traffic management and train automation into an integrated optimisation model.

Scholl, Bernd; Moraitis, Konstantinos; Pappas, Vassilis; Perić, Ana; Frezadou, Irini (Eds.): CODE: ATHENS! Railway and City Development in Athens. Zurich: Institute for Spatial and Landscape Development, ETH Zurich, ISBN 978-3-906327-48-8. More
This publication summarizes the most important outcomes of the Rail&City Symposium and a joint Seminar Week: successful case studies illustrating the sustainable approach to integrated spatial and transport development, as well as the results of a joint student project focused on finding ways of enhancing the current railway transport and its integration into the urban pattern of Athens. 

Yang, Kaidi; Guler, Ilgin S.; Menendez, Monica (2016): Isolated intersection control for various levels of vehicle technology: Conventional, connected, and automated vehicles. In: Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, Volume 72, November 2016. S.109-129, ISSN 0968-090X. More 
This paper proposes an efficient signal control algorithm under the co-existence of conventional vehicles, connected vehicles and automated vehicles. Trajectories of the automated vehicles are modified to reduce delay and stops. Simulations show that both delay and stops are reduced and the algorithm is robust to measurement errors.

Eine vollständige Publikationsliste von Oktober bis Dezember 2016 finden Sie hier.



Patrick Bösch, Institut für Verkehrsplanung und Transportsysteme
Sascha Delz, Institut für Städtebau
Isabelle Fehlmann, Institut für Landschaftsarchitektur
Claudia Gebert, Koordinationsstelle NSL, Chefredaktion
Alexis Kalagas, Institut für Städtebau
Bettina Weibel, Institut für Raum- und Landschaftsentwicklung