SYMPOSIUM – DESIGNING NATURE
About the work of Swiss landscape architect Dieter Kienast (1945-1998)
A presentation of the Department of Architecture of ETH Zurich, Institute for Landscape Architecture, in cooperation with the Christoph Merian Stiftung and Schaulager Basel. Schaulager Basel, 5.12.2008, 5.30pm – 9pm (in German)
Introductions by Theodora Vischer (Schaulager) and Christophe Girot (ETH Zurich)
Keynote by Anette Freytag “Metamorphosen in Kienasts Werk: Natürlichkeit und Künstlichkeit”
Video “D.K. Eine Spurensuche” by Marc Schwarz and Annemarie Bucher
Panel Discussion with Jacques Herzog (Herzog & de Meuron), Annemarie Burckhardt, Udo Weilacher (TU München), Günther Vogt (Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten, ETH Zurich), Christophe Girot ( ETH Zurich) and Anette Freytag (ETH Zurich), chaired by Arthur Rüegg (ETH Zurich)
In this context, the symposium “Natur entwerfen – Designing Nature” made a contribution to the current discourse on the basis of the work of the Swiss landscape architect Dieter Kienast (1945-1998). Kienast was a scientist, ecologist, and renowned designer in the offices of Stöckli, Kienast & Koeppel and Kienast Vogt Partners, founder of the landscape architecture curriculum at the Department of Architecture at the ETH Zurich, and a passionate mountain climber in his free time.
The symposium broached the topic what kind of mentality toward nature must be developed by the design disciplines in order to create and maintain an environment that is livable and beautiful in the midst of a rapidly changing world.
As a teacher, designer and theoretician, Dieter Kienast posed many questions circling around this theme, which continue to be topical to this day. This symposium provided a framework showing what kind of reservoir of ideas and solutions Dieter Kienast developed for a designed and controlled but continually changing natural environment.