A New Topology for Valle Riviera / Fall Semester 2017

The HS 2017 Robotic Landscapes Design Studio is a collaboration between the Chair of Christophe Girot and Gramazio Kohler Research. It will explore the robotic manipulation of local topography to create a new linear landscape park and sound barrier along the A2 in the lower Valle Riviera, Ticino. Innovative topological modelling methods will be used to study the shaping of formless soil material with robotic fabrication processes.

The goal of the studio is to define a new landscape topology with regard to acoustic performance through robotic fabrication. Students are asked to develop tangible and precise landscape structures at various stages, phases, and scales over time. The design work will follow the precepts of a site-specific approach with an emphasis on precise terrain modelling. There will be a conceptual approach to this studio as well as a pragmatic approach to problem solving. The studio methodology will combine analogue design tools with digital design tools and fabrication. Workshops on soil textures, robotic fabrication and physical landscape modeling will guide the students in form finding methods.


This studio is a collaboration between the Chair of Christophe Girot and Gramazio Kohler Research.

The studio includes a weekend site visit trip

Weekly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Atelier at ETH Hönggerberg HIL C40.1 / C40.7

  • Introduction: Tuesday 19.09.2017, 10:00h, HIB Open Space 2 (Arch_Tec_Lab)
  • The number of participants is limited to 22 students
  • The studio includes “Integrierte Disziplin Planung”
  • The studio includes individual and team work.
  • Language of instruction is English.


Assistants: Ilmar Hurkxkens, Fujan Fahmi, Ammar Mirjan
Contact: Ilmar Hurkxkens