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Two Postdoctoral Positions in Researching Daylight Perspectives in Sustainable Urban and Architectural Design for the Built Environment (m/f/d), 100%, Zurich, temporary. The Department of Architecture (D-ARCH) and VELUX STIFTUNG are launching two postdoctoral positions for 18 months in researching daylight perspectives in sustainable urban and architectural Design. The first DAYLIGHT Fellow More

Urban Park closed under COVID-19 Pandemic at the canton of Zürich, Switzerland © Marcelo Galleguillos, ETH Zurich

Are Our Cities Green Enough in Times of a Pandemic?

Green city areas are under pressure. Compact cities aim to reduce land consumption outside cities, but densification puts pressure on urban green areas. Will the existing green areas suffice for the increased demand during pandemics such as COVID-19? Using recent mobility data before and during the pandemic, we More

Figure 1 – Empty offices due to the transition to home-office working mode, after the COVID-19 crisis (source: https://www.wired.com/story/plaintext-remote-first-companies-are-another-covid-19-calamity/)

Flexible Office Space for the Age of Distributed Work

The potential large-scale transition from working in the office to working at home, is a massive uncertainty related to the future needs of office space in our cities. It is in the face of this uncertainty, that real estate developers must manage their portfolios. The use of the More

Paulownia – Resilient Trees for Mountainous Land Use?

Paulownia (Paulowniaceae) is one of the world’s fastest growing trees, originally introduced from Asia to Europe in the 17th century. Its wood is one of the lightest, while keeping high flexibility and stability, making it an ideal wood for regenerative composite constructions (a wood core sandwiched by fiber More

City of Marseille (thick red line), Métropole Aix-Marseille-Provence (thin red line) and investigation perimeter (black dotted line) © Amalia Bonsack, chair Günther Vogt, ETH Zurich

Cities in Crisis: Shifting Perspective on the Metropolitan Landscapes in Marseille and Naples

The elective course «Territory of the city» focused on Marseille and Naples, two cities enduring long-term economic and social crises. Like other Mediterranean port cities, they are directly affected by global warming and face increasing threats of natural hazards. The recent creation of the «Métropole Aix-Marseille-Provence» (2016) and the More

Atoll de video, Archipelago Reinhardt, Waldschäre & Island of  temptation, © Ella Esslinger

Involuntary Benefits of Remote Teaching

How do you teach students during a lockdown, when they are supposed to map a city, meet Albanian students in Tirana, or even interview passersby in Zurich? Easy! They map their quarantines instead, meet online (which interestingly intensified the exchange even more), or simply create an ethnographic documentation More

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Largest Multi-city Traffic Dataset «UTD19» is now Publically Available!

Over the last four years, the Institute for Transportation Planning and Systems (IVT) at ETH Zurich and CITIES at NYU Abu Dhabi have gathered urban traffic data from over 40 cities worldwide, including London, Tokyo, and Zurich. In total, almost 5 billion vehicles covering a combined time span More

Master of Advanced Studies ETH in Raumplanung 2021/23

Die Weiterbildungsprogramme in Raumplanung befassen sich mit der Gestaltung und der Nutzung unseres Lebensraumes und den sich darin abspielenden sozialen, ökonomischen und ökologischen Prozessen. Im Zentrum der akademischen Ausbildung steht die Planung als Methode antizipierender Problemlösung und strategisches Gestaltungsinstrument.

Master of Science ETH in Landschaftsarchitektur

Das Departement Architektur der ETH Zürich bietet einen zweijährigen Masterstudiengang in Landschaftsarchitektur an. Initiiert von den Professuren Teresa Galí-Izard, Christophe Girot und Günther Vogt, ist es das einzige Programm dieser Art in der Schweiz.

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Architecture of Territory: Territorial Design in Histories, Theories and Projects

Lecture Series | 5 sessions on selected Thursdays, 10:00–12:00 | via Zoom. This lecture series sets up an agenda for widening the disciplinary field of architecture and urbanism from their focus on the city, or the urban in the narrow sense, to wider territorial scales, which correspond to More

Planetary Urbanization: a Theory Seminar

Elective Course | Starting 25 September on Fridays, 14:00–16:00 | online. Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Christian Schmid, Dr. Lindsay Blair Howe. Today, urbanization has achieved a planetary reach; novel patterns of urbanization are crystallizing across diverse environments, in agricultural areas, in the space of what may appear to be More

ACTION! On the Real City: 4D Urban Flux 24 Frames Per Second

Elective course | Starting 21 September on Mondays, 10:00–12:00 online and at ETH Zurich, Oerlikon, ONA E16, Neunbrunnenstr. 50, 8050 Zurich. Lecturers: Prof. Hubert Klumpner, Klearjos Eduardo Papanicolaou, Michael Walczak. The course aims to use diverse qualitative research methods and practical recording tools to interrogate the notions of More

Städtebau I

Vorlesungsreihe | Ab 17. September donnerstags, 8:00–9:30 | ETH Zürich, Hönggerberg, HPH G1. Dozent: Michael Wagner. Die Vorlesungsreihe vermittelt grundlegende Kenntnisse im Städtebau.

Seeing Like a City: Urban and Planning Policies for our Time

14 December, 17:15 | Inaugural lecture David Kaufmann | ETH Zürich, Rämistrasse 101, F 30 (Auditorium Maximum). We live in an urban and urbanizing world. The speed, intensity, and relentlessness of global transformative processes such as climate change, economic globalization, migration, digitization or pandemics manifest themselves first and More

Movements of the 1980s

5 December 2020, 16:00–19:00 | Web-Conference. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, many social movements and uprisings were erupting in large and small cities across Western Europe, such as the movimento del’ 77 in ltaly, the Hausbesetzungen in Berlin, the fight against runway west in Frankfurt, the More

Urban Development RoundTable

November 2020 | SECO, IDB, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Cities Alliance | Zurich (exact time and date to be defined). Lecturer: Prof. Hubert Klumpner.

Collective Learning in Action

10/11 November | Workshop | ETH Zurich, Oerlikon, Design in Dialogue Lab & online. Spatial design is often confronted with an immense diversity of transformation processes. As a designer, it is often difficult to fully acknowledge this immanent complexity and find a position to intervene.

Genutzter Raum – gestaltet durch Strassen und Wege

10. November 2020, 9:00–17:00 | Tagung Landmanagement 2020 | ETH Zürich (Zentrum), Auditorium Maximum HG F30. Mit der Nutzung der multifunktionalen Landschaft gehen Anforderungen für Planung und Management der Verkehrsinfrastruktur einher: Nutzungen müssen verknüpft und die Verkehrsverbindungen den Ansprüchen der Nutzenden angepasst werden.

Luzern 2050: Langfristige Raumentwicklungsstrategien für den Raum Luzern

MAS in Raumplanung 2019/21 | Öffentliche Schlusspräsentation Studienprojekt 1. 11. September, 13:00–18:00 | Viscose Eventhalle, Emmenweidstrasse 20, 6020 Emmenbrücke. Das Studienprojekt 1 des MAS in Raumplanung 2019 /21 befasst sich mit der Stadt Luzern und ihren umliegenden Gemeinden.

ZÜRICH 1980. Bewegter Alltag: Fotografien von Gertrud Vogler / Poetische Provokationen: Die Sprache der Bewegung

3. September 2020 – 17. Januar 2021 | Zentrum Architektur Zürich ZAZ, Höschgasse 3, 8008 Zürich. Vor 40 Jahren wurde Zürich von einer urbanen Revolte erschüttert. Es war eine Rebellion gegen einen normierten und kontrollierten Alltag, gegen ein biederes, engstirniges und repressives soziales Klima, ein erbitterter und lustvoller More


incolab: Spin-off der Gruppe PLUS

incolab bringt Innovationen in Technik und Prozessdesign der Gruppe Planung von Landschaft und Urbanen Systemen (PLUS) in die Praxis. Das ETH Spin-off denkt die integrierte Landschaftsentwicklung weiter und bewirkt damit einen nachhaltigen Wandel im Umgang mit der Landschaft. Hierzu verbindet incolab bspw. das Assessment von Ökosystemleistungen, Visualisierungstechniken und More

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Exklusiv Europabrücke

Auf Umwegen durch Zürich-Altstetten. Donnerstag, 3. September 2020, 18.30 Uhr | Ortsmuseum Altstetten (Dachslernstrasse 20).

PhD position focused on the resilience of complex and interconnected infrastructure systems

100%, Zurich, temporary. The Chair of Infrastructure Management lead by Professor Dr. Bryan T. Adey in the Institute of Construction and Infrastructure Management of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering has an opening for a doctoral student focused on the resilience of complex and interconnected infrastructure More

Daylight in sustainable Urban Design © ETH Wohnforum – ETH CASE 

Daylight in sustainable Urban Design

Initiative to form across different institutes a group responding to the diverse challenges and opportunities around daylight, with a multidisciplinary research platform to address questions of better including aspects of daylight in sustainable urban design and innovative energy technologies to support human wellbeing, living comfort, and health. The project offers two More

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disP – The Planning Review, Volume 56, Issue 2, June 2020 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.

A promenade through hidden landscapes © Metaxia Markaki & Simona Ferrari

Landscape In-Between. A River and a Backyard

Could we imagine extending the concept of participation beyond the social and civic aspects of a community? Could we go far enough to include non-humans, landscapes, histories, ecologies and the environment in which a community is rooted? What kind of new constellations would this imply and what possibilities More

Vo Luzern uf Wäggis zue – wer bewertet Landschaften?

Wie definiert man schöne Landschaft, wenn die Schönheit im Auge der Betrachterin und des Betrachters liegt? Was viele gar nicht wissen: Die Schweiz hat sich dazu verpflichtet, Landschaften und ihre Qualitäten zu erfassen, zu beschreiben und zu bewerten. Machine Learning Algorithmen können hierbei hilfreich sein. Interview im Zukunftsblog More

Landscape of the Pays de la Meije from Lautaret pass (Photo by Nicolas Salliou)

MtnPaths: Exploring Adaptation Pathways with Alpine Communities

How do we plan the adaptation of mountain territories for the challenges of the future? In particular, how do we maintain key ecosystem services to guarantee their capacity for adaptation? We engaged with stakeholders about these challenges through participatory research, building their vision for the future of their More

Teresa Gali-Izard. Portrait: wijkmarkphoto

Design as an Answer to Values and Ethics

Prof. Teresa Gali-Izard started her chair of landscape architecture at ETH Zurich in 2020, co-creating the new master in landscape architecture which starts this autumn semester. In our interview she talks about her influences such as Augustin Berque, her background, and her commitment to experimenting with new forms More

Mobilitätsverhalten vor/nach/während Covid-19

Der neueste Bericht des Mobilitätsverhaltens in der Schweiz, zum besseren Verständnis der Auswirkungen des Coronavirus, ist nun online. Beachten Sie vor allem die neuen Ergebnisse zu den PW-Geschwindigkeiten und der Wirkung des «home office» über die Wochen.

Masiphumelele and Lake Michelle, Cape Town, South Africa. Johnny Miller/Millefoto

Participatory Urban Governance in South Africa

Citizen participation in planning and politics was a central promise of the first democratic government in South Africa. However, despite efforts for engaging civil society in local governance, planning remains state-driven and problems of implementation prevail. We explore participatory practices in South Africa from the perspective of the More

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Unhabitable Habitat

Call for applications by 30 June | Summer School 31 August – 4 September in Geneva.

Habitarte intervention in Ciudad Bolivar, Bogotá

Top-down art-based urban upgrading initiatives in informal neighbourhoods in Bogota: Placemaking or reaffirming marginalization?

It is widely assumed that popular visual art, such as murals, can potentially be a powerful driver for urban regeneration with important social, economic and environmental benefits. The voices of those directly affected by these type of interventions, however, are often missing. Our research in two informal neighbourhoods in More

Digital Landscape Architecture Conference DLA 2020

3–4 June 2020 | online | Registration until 29 May. Due to the current situation, the Digital Landscape Architecture Conference DLA 2020 will take place online from June 3-4 2020. Furthermore, the registration for the conference is for free. If you are interested in recent developments in 3D landscape More

Cultural Laboratory Seoul. Emergence, Narrative and Impact of Culturally Related Landscape Meanings

This dissertation project examines the emergence, narrative, and translation of traditional landscape meanings in contemporary landscape architecture projects. It uncovers a complex web of meanings, ideologies, and conflicts grounded upon different cultural and historical interpretations. On this basis, the dissertation argues for a mediating approach in landscape architecture More

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disP – The Planning Review, Volume 56, Issue 1, March 2020 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.

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disP – The Planning Review, Volume 55, Issue 4, December 2019 is now available online on Taylor & Francis Online.

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SRF Kultur: Publikation «Mutation und Morphose. Landschaft als Aggregat». Die Sammlung als Werkzeug

Ein regelrechtes Kuriositätenkabinett hat der Landschaftsarchitekt Günther Vogt gesammelt, ein Puzzle der Welt, die er in seinem Buch Mutation und Morphose entfaltet. «Das Sammeln ist eine Möglichkeit, sich die Welt zu erklären», schreibt der Landschaftsarchitekt Günther Vogt darin. In diesem wuchtigen Buch gibt er Einblick in die kollektive Entwurfsarbeit More

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18th Swiss Geoscience Meeting: Urban planning and policy-making with/without/against national states

6. + 7. November 2020 | Organization: Prof. David Kaufmann, ETH Zürich. This panel is part of the stream «Cities, Regions, Economies»; Stream organizers: Sven Daniel Wolfe and Julio Paulos.

Conceptual scheme on socio-institutional dynamics © Seppe De Blust & Pieter Van den Broeck

From Collective Learning to Collective Action. Where Social Psychology and Design Thinking Meet

Spatial design is often confronted with an immense diversity of transformation processes. As a designer it is often difficult to fully acknowledge this immanent complexity and find a position to intervene. How can we answer questions as ‘With whom do I collaborate? How does personal transformation play a More

Our City? Countering Exclusion in Public Space

Caring for Diversity. Local Practices of Countering Exclusion in Urban Housing

Access to and the safeguarding of suitable and affordable housing is difficult for disadvantaged groups in Swiss cities as such groups often include people with few professional qualifications, various kinds of handicaps, and few financial resources. Among them are migrants and refugees, elderly people, and the «working poor», More


Eine Zürcher Karte der Raumqualität aus Sicht der Bevölkerung – machen Sie mit?

Wie nehmen wir unseren Lebensraum wahr? Wie erleben wir die Atmosphäre eines Ortes, wo fühlen wir uns sicher, wo fühlen wir uns gut? Diese Fragen werden umso wichtiger, je mehr Menschen in städtischen Gebieten leben. Ziel von Streetwise ist es, das Wissen und die Betroffenheit der Bevölkerung für More

Mobility Behaviour in Switzerland: Coronavirus Study

To slow down the spread of the coronavirus, the population has been instructed to stay at home if possible. This measure consequently has a major impact on our daily mobility behaviour. But who is being affected, and how?

A digital copy of an informal luminaire, including its photometric characteristics. © D. Kretzer & M. Walczak, ETH Zurich

Co-creating Public Lighting Technology and Policy for Informal Settlements

The transdisciplinary research project «Virtual Environments as a Decision-making Tool for Public Lighting in Bogotá» focuses on lighting technology and its performance in Bogotá’s densifying urban environments. New lighting approaches are co-created together with informal settlement dwellers and tested with Colombian policy-makers through a Virtual Environment.

Participatory Land-use Modelling to Accelerate Sustainable Transformation Applying a Landscape Approach (PLUMALA)

Following the six-year r4d project «managing telecoupled landscapes», PLUS received an r4d Transformation Accelerating Grant to continue its work in northeastern Madagascar. Based on the developed land-use change scenarios, a collaborative visioning and planning will be conducted over a period of twelve months. For this project, PLUS collaborates More


Das NFP 70-Projekt «ENERGYSCAPE» untersuchte gesellschaftliche Präferenzen für eine Landschaftsentwicklung durch Infrastrukturen erneuerbarer Energien. Die aus den Ergebnissen abgeleiteten Empfehlungen können helfen, die landschaftliche Beurteilung von Anlagen erneuerbarer Energien aus Sicht der Bevölkerung in Landschaftsentwicklungskonzepten besser zu berücksichtigen. Ulrike Wissen Hayek, PLUS

Outdoor Guest Lecture by Haley Fitzpatrick

Designing for Circularity in a Real-world context: Understanding Cooperative Benefits to Foster Individual Action for a Regenerative Economy

What are key skillsets of the next generation’s planners, designers, architects or engineers? The instrumental and social capacities to creatively cope with complexity, within ever changing environments, in a cooperative way surely are amongst them. Systemic Design Labs are ETH Innovedum financed real-world experimental courses that foster such More

Landscape In-Between: A River and a Backyard

Addressing the former industrial area of Acetati in Verbania (IT), on the northern Italian shore of Lago Maggiore, the project sets out to explore the ambiguous nature of contemporary residual landscapes. With an attitude of carefully collecting and radically exposing materials, flows, historical layers and traces of production, More

Giancarlo de Carlo debates with Gianemilio Simonetti as protesting students take over the Milan Triennale in May 1968. Photograph by Cesare Colombo. Courtesy La Triennale di Milano

Urban Design as Commoning: Remembering the History of Participation

Under the headers of ‘collaboration’, ‘participatory design’ and ‘co-production’ participation is nowadays at the centre of the debate on urban design. Architects and urban designers are developing new concepts, tools and roles to comply with these new participatory modi operandi. However, it seems that it is sometimes forgotten More

ABGESAGT: Haushälterische Bodennutzung

Im Rahmen der Vorlesung «Haushälterische Bodennutzung» werden interessante und kompetente Gastreferenten eingeladen. Eine Anmeldung ist nicht notwendig.