Elective Course HS2018 | Topology | Portrait of a Tree

Elective Course HS2018 | Topology | Portrait of a Tree
August 14, 2018 jrebsame


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


Magdalena Kaufmann


Serendipity – Ways to unlearn the City



21.09.2018  – Introduction to Elective Course | LVML | 1:00 PM
28.09.2018 – Vegetation & Scanning Introduction
29.09.2018 – Workshop on Site | Full Day
30.10.2018 – Workshop on Site | Full Day
05.10.2018 –  Site Analysis
12.10.2018  – Site Analysis
19.10.2018  – Development of Concepts



26.10.2018 –No Classes | Seminar Week
02.11.2018 – Second Critique | LVML | 1:00 PM
09.11.2018 – Work on projects, individual meetings
16.11.2018 – Work on projects, individual meetings
23.11.2018 – Work on projects, individual meetings
30.11.2018 – Work on projects, individual meetings
07.12.2018 – Final Critique | LVML | 1:00 PM

Playing creatively with Trees at the Künstlergasse

On the edge of medieval Zürich, on top of the baroque fortifications, stand the ETH and the University of Zürich. In the 19th century, what we know as the university neighborhood was brimming with fruit trees and later intended to be transformed into a park. Today, it has lost much of its former charm. Only a few majestic trees from the days still remain.

Starting from an impressive plane tree at the Rämistrasse, the site slopes between the monumental university buildings down to the dense streets of the Niederdorf. Not only its diverse topography, but also its heterogeneous vegetation create urban spaces with very specific atmospheres.

The goal of the course is to document and analyse the site to reveal its topological potentials. Using three-dimensional point cloud models, you will comprehend this heterogeneous urban landscape. In a second step, you will scan selected trees and create a collection which will enable you to alter and compose the cityscape. By using as a tree (with all its connotations and cultural preconceptions) as a tool, you will create alternative visions.

A weekend workshop, historic documents and lectures will support you during the semester. Language of instruction is English; Assistance in English and German.