Water Module

Water Module
23. July 2020 Cathrin Münchbach

Lectures, exercises and excursions serve as an introduction to atmospheric sciences, hydrology and soil science. Students gain a broad vision of the cutting edge topics that are being researched and studied at the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH, Eawag, WSL a.o. This will be the base for a future dialog between the field of landscape architecture and the field of sciences.

Students acquire basic knowledge in hydrology – knowledge of water balance, principles of integral water management and climatic factors in the field of hydrology. Students develop an understanding of the relevance of hydrology in the field of landscape architecture. Temporal and physical scale, research methods, units of measurement, modes of representation and critical literature form the framework for the joint discourse. Students will develop a graphic language in order to integrate this knowledge into design.

The course unit consists of the three courses “Climate”, “Water” and “Soil”, which are organized in modules. Module 2 “Water”, 21.–25.09.2020

  • Water balance: theoretical fundamentals; water balance; central importance of runoff; blue, green and grey water
  • Water as a resource: Switzerland’s water resources, water supply, hydropower use
  • Water as a hazard and risk: floods, flood protection, urban drainage
  • Water protection: qualitative and quantitative water protection, water and landscape
  • Water and climate change: basics, situation in Switzerland with focus on the Alpine region

The courses “Climate“, “Water” and “Soil” are organized with Foundation Studio I as joint one-week modules. The weekly schedules will be provided with the course materials.

  • 21-25 September, 2020
  • Course 061-0101-02 G
  • 2 Credits (as part of Climate, Water and Soil courses)
  • Language: German, English
  • Prerequisites: Enrollment in MScLA Program