Serendipity: Uetliberg Section

Serendipity: Uetliberg Section
10. January 2023 Alicja Prusinska

Workshop at the Lengg water treatment plant, Zurich; Photo: Matthias Vollmer

The course Serendipity: Uetliberg Section will combine two research approaches at the D-Arch and teaches current methods for recording, analysing and documenting the existing urban environment in 3D models and processing it into CAD drawings.

Students will reflect on the perception of the urban environment and the methods used to map and model the existing context – discussing, how different methodologies shape the way we perceive our environment. Therefore 3D tools such as laser scanning and photogrammetry will be tested in the field. Their application in the urban context and the workflow from scan to drawing will become known to the students.

«The layout of the city of Zurich is well known. Not only is it continuously surveyed by official bodies in maps or plans, it has also served architects and historians time and again in the past as a basis for examining the development of the city. But what does the city look like in section? And what insights can be derived from it?»

This is the question that the teaching and research project Schnitt durch Zürich (Section through Zurich) has been investigating by the Chair of Laurent Stalder. As an Addition to the existing work, this course will create a section of the Uetliberg. In the course of methodical refinement 3D laser scanning and point cloud modeling methods, developed at the Chair of Chirstophe Girot are used to digitally model the topography and vegetation as well as pathways and buildings. Following the data collection the materials will be transferred to common CAD Software and reproduced in a section. Students will use scanners to scan the slopes and forests of the Uetliberg in fieldwork and get introduced to the workflow from scan to CAD drawing. This should give a tool for a better understanding of the existing context in future projects and thus broaden the students’ methodological scope

  • Course 052-0714-23 G 
  • 2 Lessons per Week
  • 2 Credits
  • Language: English and German
  • Offered in: MSc Landscape Architecture, MSc Architecture


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