Elective Course HS2017 | Topology | Walled Waters

Elective Course HS2017 | Topology | Walled Waters
August 1, 2017 Magdalena Kaufmann


The site of this Wahlfach was be shared with another course from the Chair entitled  If Walls Could Talk which focused on the acoustic particular aspects of the site.


Prof. Christophe Girot, Dennis Häusler, Magdalena Kaufmann, Benedikt Kowalewski


Luuk Joen Borremans, Philipp Pascal Bosshart, Marco Johann Bruggmann, Emil Joakim Kedbrant, Felicia Narumi Liang, Daniel James Mcdermott, Luisa Overath, Maiken Fiona Pedersen, Zofia Hanna Roguska


Magdalena Kaufmann

Examining the Topology of the Schanzengraben

Zurich’s Schanzengraben (the last remains of the Baroque fortifications of Zürich) is an ambivalent walled space today, oscillating between modern city, historic artefact and public. The waters of the Schanzengraben run along walls, that not only mark the border between different city districts, but also create unexpected sequences of water landscapes right in the inner city.

We would like students to analyse the Schanzengraben by creating a series of well-informed sections. Particular attention will be paid to the walls that constitute the different borders between the city and the water landscape. You will be asked, with the help of historic documents, to reconstitute one topological segment of the site. The idea is to create a sequence of profiles that depict some of the most unusual topographic profiles along the Schanzengraben, in order to reveal the potential interplay that exists between the city and the waters.

The method will use a 3D laser scanner to produce a 3D point cloud model for each area of interest along the way. The task will be double, first to re-create the existing sections of the Schanzengraben through the 3D model produced, and second to sketch some proposals for improvement based on these same sections.


Output of the student works were published 2022 in the Pamphlet 26: Probing Zurich

Public Data – Classified and RGB Colored

Student Work: Luisa Overath

Student Work: Luuk Borremans

Fieldwork – Fall 2017