The project Ways of Walking is based on the examination of existing path systems and the creative possibilities of the walking subject in the context of landscape architecture and urban development. By combining research and teaching, students were encouraged to be curious, to think critically and to enjoy research. In the course of three elective courses, the students learned about the creative potential of detours on foot, the shift in the perception of our environment by breaking away from the familiar, and the legacy of labyrinthine archetypes and their shaping of our culture. The analysis of theoretical references on the subject of walking as well as playful-creative interventions formed the agenda. The students developed essential theoretical tools to support their design vocabulary by exploring different ways of presentation, reading, and production as well as cultural paradigms of the urban landscape.
Lectures by and workshops with experts from the fields of art, urban planning, and landscape architecture are a significant component of the project.
This project has resulted in two publications, both of which seek unusual perspectives and approaches in familiar territory: Auf Abwegen (Off Track) and Exklusiv Europabrücke: Auf Umwegen durch Zürich-Altstetten (Europabrücke Exclusive: Detours through Zurich-Altstetten).
Research Team: Patrick Düblin, Isabelle Fehlmann, Myriam Uzor