Lac Léman—Communes
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!
About the event:
9.45 am – 5.30 pm
ONA 2nd floor
Neunbrunnenstrasse 50
8050 Zürich


Thomas Friberg (Pool Architects)
Evelyne Marendaz Guignet (Municipality of Bourg-En-Lavaux)
Mathias Gunz (Gunz & Künzle)
Simon Hartmann (HHF)
Panos Mantziaras (Fondation Braillard)
Michèle Tranda-Pittion (TOPOS Urbanisme)

Assistant Prof — Milica Topalovic
Team — Hans Hortig, Karoline Kostka, Metaxia Markaki, Ferdinand Pappenheim, Thais de Roquemaurel