Swiss Urbanism in Eight Pictures
Wahlfach- & Vertiefungsarbeit, HS18
Projects on Territory explores various histories of urban and territorial design and reconsiders the value of these ideas for the present. Students will be introduced to Silkscreen (Siebdruck) as a tool to analyse and critically reinterpret selected precedent projects and visions reflected at the territorial scale. The final result of the course will be a collection of archival material crafted in the form of a booklet, and a series of silkscreen prints produced at the Dynamo workshop in Zurich.

The course introduces students to the territorial project—in history and in contemporary practice. Students learn by first revisiting and interpreting selected precedents from the history of planning, and critically redrawing them. Works and ideas will become the topic of discussion and of critical representation, with which we will attempt to understand the value of the projects in the present time. Examples include Hans Bernoulli’s visions about common land, Armin Meili’s Grossstadt, the utopian Bolo Bolo by Hans Widmer, and many contemporary projects that engage with sprawling agglomerations and large landscape infrastructures. The work will be informed by the parallel lecture series ‘Sessions on Territory—Ecology’ and will result ina series of critical drawings produced via the silkscreen technique and a research booklet.

At the start of the course, each student or student team receives a selected precedent project, which becomes a focus of his or her investigation. Throughout the initial phase, students will work toward an analytical reading of the reference project by drawing from bibliographical, archival, personal or on-site research. Based on the gathered knowledge and intensive discussions in the class, students will formulate a synthetic reading of the reference project. The research will conclude with a critical representation of the project through a set of drawings. In the course, drawing will be used as an instrument and a technique for analysing and understanding what could be called a stratigraphy of a territorial project. Through seminars at the Dynamo workshop, students will be introduced to the silkscreen printing technique in order to produce their drawings. The semester concludes with an exhibition of the drawings in the space of the ETH. The thesis elective lasts three months, with tutoring sessions taking place within the semester timeframe.

Introduction Mon. 24.9, 17.30am
ONA Focus Halle
Following the first of the lecture series
Sessions on Territory—Ecology

Metaxia Markaki, Ferdinand Pappenheim
in collaboration with Dynamo Workshop and the silkscreen artist Esther Schena

Metaxia Markaki

Swiss Urbanism I
Projects on Territory HS17
Swiss Urbanism in 8 Pictures

Critical Silkscreens:

—Geneva Plan, Maurice Braillard
—Hirzbrunnen Quartier, H. Bernoulli
—Eine Stadt im Werden, Herzog de Meuron
—Siedlung Neubühl, E. Haefeli
—Bolo’Bolo, Hans P.M. Widmer
—Le Lignon, G. Ador
The Persistence of the Forest
The Persistence of the Forest
Runa Barbagelata
My interest for the forest started with two observations: The first one was the fact that a quarter of the Zurich metropolitan area is covered by forest. Each location within the city of Zurich is a maximum of 3km away from the nearest forest. The image of Zurich’s urban landscape is dominated by the wooded moraine hillsides of the Uetli, Käfer, Zürich- and Zimmerberg, they surround the city and define its edge. The second fact that arose my interest for the forest was an article I read in 2015 about the forest, which included a survey about the question if forest protection should be relaxed. 10% were in favour of it, whereas 88% stated, “The forest is sacred to us.” The total number of participants in the survey was more than 10’000. What attracted my attention was not only the sheer number of people for whom the forest was important, but also the use of the word “sacred”. Somehow, it indicated a deeper relation between man and forest, one that wasn’t purely pragmatic. I wondered how this perception of the forest influenced the urban development of it. How was it possible, that in a country like Switzerland, where utilizable land has always been seen as a scarce and limited resource, the forest became sacrosanct?
Landscape Deployment
Landscape Deployment
David Koehn
It’s through a newspaper article that the question of mechanical snow systems arose. The last few winters have seen many smaller ski resorts struggling with very little snowfalls, showing the precarious economic balance of some alpine communities. Since the early nineties, we implemented what we called “mechanical snow systems” or “snow-culture” to provide skiing slopes with snow when needed. The recent dry and hot winters created a segregation between resorts with and without artificial snow. That difference is what the following essay tries to investigate. What is the impact of mechanical snow systems on Alpine Resorts?