Earth Works

Earth Works
September 3, 2019 Fujan Fahmi

Seminar on Robotic Landscapes

The seminar “Earth Works” is part of the Robotic Landscapes design studio of Professor Christophe Girot, Chair of Landscape Architecture and of Professor Fabio Gramazio and Professor Matthias Kohler, Chair of Architecture and Digital Fabrication that is running this fall at the ETH Zurich, Department of Architecture.

The Upper Gürbe Valley near Bern has been chosen as the object of study for this design studio. Innovative robotic and topological modeling methods are used to shape and displace formless heterogeneous material into more resilient landscape structures that can withstand the forces of rivers and future debris events. During this seminar, various experts on digital fabrication and robotic systems, environmental studies, disaster risk management, hydrology and landscape architectural design will present their work in relation to the Gürbe River.

17 September 2019

ETH Zürich HIB Open Space 3
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 1
CH-8093 Zürich


Design Studio | Robotic Landscapes I

Design Studio | Robotic Landscapes II

Design Studio | Robotic Landscapes III


Ilmar Hurkxkens, PhD Researcher


Landscape Topology

Prof. Christophe Girot |Chair of Landscape Architecture, ETH Zurich

Hydraulic Excavator for Autonomous Purposes

Dominic Jud | PhD Researcher, Robotic Systems Lab, ETH Zurich

Bed Stabilization of Steep Mountain Streams

Fiona Maager | PhD Researcher, Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology, ETHZ

River Equilibrium

Prof. Peter Molnar | TP at the Chair of Hydrology and Water Resources Management, ETH Zurich

The Untamable Guerbe

Dr. Melanie Salvisberg | Department of Economic, Social and Environmental History | Postdoctoral Assistant | UNIBE