Elective Course HS2013 | Serendipity | Urban Squares

Elective Course HS2013 | Serendipity | Urban Squares
October 28, 2013 Luisa Overath


This elective course examined the capability to handle different speeds of transportation, different needs of users and neighbours and integrated the visualisations into videos.


Prof. Christophe Girot, Marie Laverre, Johannes Rebsamen


Cristiano Aires-Teixeira, Michel Baumann, Antoine Berchier, Chloé Constantini, Carla Jaboyedoff, Pierre Marmy, Benjamin Pannatier, Quentin Rosset, Christina Weber


Johannes Rebsamen

Bucheggplatz I

Serendipity means a „happy accident“ or „pleasant surprise“; a fortunate mistake. Specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it.The first noted use of „serendipity“ in the english language was by Horace Walpole (1717–1797). In a letter to Horace Mann (dated 28 january 1754) he said he formed it from the persian fairy tale the three princes of serendip, whose heroes „were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of“. The name stems from serendip, an old name for Sri Lanka (aka ceylon), from arabic sarandib, which was adopted from sanskrit simhaladvipa which means „dwelling-place-oflions Island“.

We want to refresh our senses of places we cross every day and have forgotten to listen to and to look at. We want to open up new approaches to landscape perception and representation, providing different ways of seeing, hearing and experiencing via extended eyes and ears. Working with audio-visual media means grasping the sensuousness of landscape and sketching spatial and atmospheric phenomena.

Looking at squares in zurich we will examine their capability to handle different speeds of transportation, different needs of users and neighbours. We will look at their functional integration into and their significance for the city. How does Zurichʼs infrastructure turn into space? Which qualities arise? Which ones are missing? A qualitative video analysis with attempts of graphical explanation. Discover urban qualities with video and data visualization. Show us and yourself what you see. Make us believe in your discovery with numbers. Gain knowledge. Document local identity. (re-)define (y)our context. Qualitative video analysis and graphical, quantitative explanation

Point Cloud Intro-Video Bucheggplatz – 2013

Field Trip Bucheggplatz Zürich, August 2013

Student Work ‘Bucheggpark’: Michel Baumann & Antoine Berchier

Student Work ‘Stripes’: Carla Jaboyedoff & Pierre Marmy

Student Work ‘Stripes’: Chloé Constantini & Quentin Rosset

Student Work ‘L’étrangeté’: Benjamin Pannatier & Christina Weber