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Lac Léman—Communes
31.05.2017
Final Review
Architecture of Territory invites you to the final review of this spring’s territorial studio project LAC LÉMAN—COMMUNES.

The agricultural areas on the slopes surrounding Lac Leman are examples par excellence of a highly urbanised countryside, with educated, wealthy and international population and businesses. These are areas attracting a high influx of population, mostly absorbed in the small-scale structure of villages. Still today, the commune (and the village) represent the basic spatial scale and order at which most traditional Swiss values are anchored (autonomy, neutrality, direct democracy, pragmatism, flair for order, etc). This miniature territorial universe is still readable in the map of Switzerland with remarkable, if gradually eroding clarity. But in the age globalisation, many small structures, including the commune and its village, seem to loose their importance, or change beyond recognition. Urbanisation and globalisation produce structures in the territory at much larger scales than the commune: in fact, often too large to be comprehended. This is a vague space of flows of resources, people and capital, whose dimensions span the entire planet. Precisely for this reason, in this semester we will consider the meaning of locality.

The final review of Lac Léman—Communes treated the following project sites:

1 Commune Bourg-En-Lavaux
World Heritage Vineyards—Landscape as Common Resource
by Nusaibah Khan, Moritz Köhler

2 Commune Abondance
Alpine Resorts—The Future of the Productive Commons
by Bettina Baggenstos and Lara Motschi

3 Commune Bardonnex
Geneva’s Surface d’Assolement—Frozen landscapes of Campagne Genevoise
by Oliver Burch and Sarah Stieger

4 Commune Saint-Genis-Pouilly
L’Autre Genève —Suburb without Common Interest
by Sarah Weber and Rebekka Neff

5 Commune Le Chenit
The Watchmaking Valée de Joux—Craft as Common Resource
by Daniel Rea Kragskov, Bess Laaring and Tulsi Vadalia

6 Commune Aubonne
Arc Lemanique—Living and working on the Gold Coast
by Philipp Bosshardt and Anna Moroni.

Followed by drinks and bbq!
Lac Léman—Metropolitan Countryside
21.12.2016
Final Review
Architecture of Territory invites you to the final review of LAC LÉMAN—METROPOLITAN COUNTRYSIDE, a territorial studio project.

The agricultural areas on the slopes surrounding Lac Leman are examples par excellence of a highly urbanised countryside, with educated, wealthy and international population and businesses. These are areas attracting a high influx of population, mostly absorbed in the small-scale structure of villages. The investigation shows how such “metropolitan countryside” landscapes are organised, and how they presently transform. The proposed projects—on eight selected sites around the lake—discuss the nature of “growth” in the trans-border context, and the status and function of cultural landscape and agriculture for the metropolis.

1 Lavaux UNESCO Vineyards — Effects of Heritage Status
Alexander Schmid, Tamino Kuny

2 Rhone Delta — A Productive Urban Grid
Sven Fawer, Vincent Phoen, Tobias Stich

3 Evian Plateau — Strategic Landscape of Water
Elena Pibernik, Selina Streich

4 Genève Campagne Rive-Gauche — (Agri) Garden-city
Joshua Andres, Tobias Häusermann

5 Plaine de l’Aire, St. Julien — Cross-Border Countryside
Sara Graf, Francesco Lupia, Urban Steiner

6 Cern — Knowledge Countryside
Natascha Kellner, Jeanne-Marie Léchot

7 La Côte — Tax Haven Countryside
Alessandro Accardo, Martin Ineichen

8 Lac Léman — A Unifying Figure
Cyril Dériaz, Robin Gevisier, Vincent Lai Yee Foo

Followed by drinks and bbq!
Arcadia—European Countryside
01.06.2016
Final Review
Architecture of Territory invites you to the final review of ARCADIA, our first research and design studio on European Countryside.
This studio series aims to explore the terra incognita of the countryside, its radical mutations, and its urban potentials.
The mythical Arcadia and the landscapes of Peloponnese in Greece, have served as our first countryside case study. The project is organized as an east-west section through the territory of Peloponnese, running from coast to coast—from Epidaurus to Olympia, through the mountains of Arcadia. Along this territorial section, we worked with four groups of students on four related investigations:

1 Arcadian Villages—Countryside in the European Mountains.
2 Olive Groves—Countryside of Agricultural Production.
3 Olympia—Countryside as Heritage Landscape.
4 Local Coast of Ilia—Seaside Countryside

Drinks and BBQ to follow.