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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

PhD in Land use and Ecosystem Services Modeling

100%, Zurich, temporary. The Chair for Planning of Landscape and Urban Systems (PLUS) at the Institute for Spatial and Landscape Planning, ETH Zurich, is a young, dynamic and interdisciplinary research team addressing problems of sustainable spatial and landscape development. Starting in October 2020 or under agreement we are More

Uninhabitable Habitat

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 56/1, März 2020

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

disP Cover 55/Dezember 2019

disP 55/4, Dezember 2019

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

Submission deadline: 30 June 2020 | Panel: 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

Streetwise

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

1 full-time PhD position in Landscape and Urban Studies, starting on 1st October 2020

The position will be part of the Doctoral Programme in Landscape and Urban Studies, which promotes pioneering research on contemporary environmental and urban transformation within their broader cultural, economic, political, social, historical and theoretical context. Job description

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

Energyscape

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: Cinema in the stone yard (c) Metaxia Markaki, ETH Zurich

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.

POSTPONED: Athena Lecture Series: Auftakt mit Marwa Al-Sabouni

8. April 2020, 19 Uhr | ETH Zentrum, Raum HG F 5. Begrüssung: Prof. Christophe Girot, Vorsteher D-ARCH Einführung und Moderation: Dr. Marie Glaser Marwa Al-Sabouni ist eine syrische Architektin und Autorin. Sie gilt als Expertin für den Wiederaufbau Syriens, führt zusammen mit ihrem Partner ein Architekturstudio in More

BIS AUF WEITERES GESCHLOSSEN: Ausstellung und Begleitveranstaltungen «Frau Architekt» im ZAZ

28.2.–10.5.2020 | Öffnungszeiten: Mi–So, 14–18 Uhr | ZAZ Zentrum Architektur Zürich Höschgasse 3, 8008 Zürich.

POSTPONED: 7th SCCER Mobility Annual Conference

23 November 2020 (tentative) | ETH Zurich. As 7 years of SCCER Mobility slowly draw to an end, we invite you to this conference to present a synthesis of the competence center, to review the most relevant research results of each capacity area and conclude with an outlook on More

ABGESAGT Belgrade Unbuilt / Negrađeni Beograd. Discovering Nature in the Era of the Anthropocene

Summer 2020, Belgrade, Serbia | 6 international design workshops on architecture and territory. Workshop 1: 21 April–25 April 2020 with Bas Princen. Workshop 2: 29 June–4 July 2020 with Momoyo Kaijima. Workshop 3–6: (tbc). A series of consecutive research and design workshops dedicated to the future of Belgrade’s More

Sessions on Territory – Beyond Techno-fix

5 sessions on selected Mondays, 16:00–18:00 | Architecture of Territory, Prof. Milica Topalović Lecture Series | ETH Zurich, Oerlikon, ONA Focushalle E7, Neunbrunnenstrasse 50.

ACTION! On the Real City: Filming the (un)Real City

On Mondays, 10:00–12:00 | Elective course | ETH Zurich, Oerlikon, ONA E16, Neunbrunnenstrasse 50. Lecturers: Hubert Klumpner, Klearjos Eduardo Papanicolaou, Michael Walczak. The course develops new forms of urban literacy in learning from the complex, real-life city.

Sociology: Memories of Zurich West

On Tuesdays, starting 21 February, 12:45–14:30 | Elective Course | ETH Zurich, Hönggerberg, HIL C 10.2. Lecturers: Sandra Guinand, Christian Schmid.

Poster The Real and the Ideal

POSTPONED: Public Space: The Real and the Ideal

2 to 5 July 2021 | 5th Biennial Conference of the International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture | Monte Verità (near Locarno), Switzerland. Keynote speakers: Margaret Crawford, Sarah Whiting. The 5th Biennial Conference of the International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture examines public space and its architecture More

POSTPONED TO 2021: Worlds of Planetary Urbanization

Venice Biennale Architettura 2020 | 17th International Architecture Exhibition: How will we live together? 29 August to 29 November 2020 (pre-opening 27 and 28 August) | Central Pavilion, Giardini della Biennale Venice. For the 17th International Architecture Biennale of Venice, teams of Urban Theory Lab at Harvard GSD and More

CANCELLED/POSTPONED: Democracy, Populism, and the Just City (Followed by a panel discussion)

26 May, 18:30–20:30, followed by apéro riche | University of Zürich, KOL-F-104, Rämistr. 71. What are the policies and political processes supporting an equitable development of a city? How can we explain public efforts for more equitable access to affordable and decent housing and efforts for creating more More

The City Represented: Visions of Urban Living

14 May | 15:00–17:00 | Final Presentations Seminar | ETH Zurich Hönggerberg, HPT C 103 Lecturer: Dr. Cathelijne Nuijsink. This seminar takes a long-running international housing ideas competition from Japan to identify key topics in architecture culture.

Rijeka European Culture Capital 2020: Have a Seat

1 May–31 July | Exhibition | Delta 5, 51000 Rijeka, Croatia. Sitting in public space is one of the essential functions of being at ease and being able to interact with other members of society. In our cities of today, we often find that sitting has lost «form More

NEW DATE: Decentering the Architect (a Rehearsal)

7 October, 17:15–18:00 | Inaugural lecture Freek Persyn | ETH Zürich, Zentrum, Audimax (HG F 30). Inaugural lecture to mark the official beginning of the new Chair of Architecture and Urban Transformation. Through a combination of text, sound and visuals Freek Persyn and a series of guests will More

POSTPONED: Prospective Visions for Greater Geneva Region. Inhabiting the City-Landscape of the 21st Century

24 March | Inhabiting the City-Landscape of the 21st Century | Geneva. Initiated by the Braillard Architectural Foundation in October 2018, the Greater Geneva Consultation has charged seven interdisciplinary teams to rethink the cross-border metropolis to respond to the challenges of the ecological transition.

CANCELLED: Fábrica de Cultura: BAQ Inauguration

16 March, 18:00 | BAQ Fabrica de Cultura, Barranquilla, Colombia. With guests including Ambassador Raymond Furrer (SECO), this event will inaugurate the newest building emerging from the research of the Klumpner Chair – the Fábrica de Cultura: BAQ, in Barranquilla, Colombia.

CANCELLED/POSTPONED!!! 9 March 2020, 18:00 | ETH Zurich, Auditorium Maximum: Lecture from Olafur Eliasson. Photo: Alcuin Stevenson, Studio Olafur Eliasson. © 2019, Olafur Eliasson

CANCELLED: Olafur Eliasson

9. März, 18:00 | Lecture | ETH Zürich, HG F 30 (Audimax). Ein neues Datum wird so bald wie möglich an dieser Stelle kommuniziert.

Inscriptions in Relation. Sitting Matters – Imagining social relations by designing public space

14–16 February | Exhibition | Palais de la Porte Dorée, 293 Avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris, France. Sitting or seating, the provision of a seat or seating, the arrangement of material for a seat as one of the most basic human activities in private or public urban environments is the point of departure More

Urban Policy Analysis, David Kaufmann

Toward an Urban Policy Analysis

A new Symposium called «Toward an Urban Policy Analysis» is out in PS: Political Science & Politics edited by David Kaufmann and Mara Sidney (Rutgers University). The Symposium aims to develop theoretical foundations for an urban policy analysis built from urban empirical work.

Locarno. Ozornsky CC/ BY-SA3.0

Public Space: The Real and the Ideal

5th Biennial Conference of the International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture. 2 to 5 July 2021 | Monte Verità (near Locarno), Switzerland.

ETH Wohnforum BBL Events: Prishtina: the Arrival and Departure City of Kosovo Diaspora

6 February, 12:30 – 14:00 | ETH Zürich Hönggerberg, HIT J 51. Lecturers: Dr. Gyler Mydyti, Post-Doctoral Researcher (Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship Holder) at the Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, ETH Zurich.

Screening of the Documentary Film PUSH Followed by a Discussion on the «Mehr bezahlbare Wohnungen» Initiative

30 January 2020, 18:00 – 20:00 | ETH Zürich, Hönggerberg, HIL E 6. Push by from director Fredrik Gertten and @WGFilm. Discussion moderated by Dr. Jennifer Duyne Barenstein, senior researcher at the ETH Wohnforum – ETH CASE.

Prof. Dr. Tom Avermaete from the chair for History and Theory of Urban Design is now part of the NSL. Learn in our interview how he investigates the basis of the discipline, brings non-Western experiences to the spotlight, and provides a basis for dealing with contemporary urban issues.

Urban Commons

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