Serendipity: Uetliberg Section

Serendipity: Uetliberg Section
10. January 2023 Alicja Prusinska

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

«The plan 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. As a part 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. 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, landscapes and buildings of the Uetliberg in fieldwork and get introduced to the workflow from scan to CAD drawing. Therefore broadening their methodological abilities while gaining in-depth knowledge of the urban edge of the City of Zurich.

Course Introduction : 20 February 14-16h HIL H40.8
Final Presentations : 15 May 14-16h HIL H40.8

  • Course 052-0714-23 G 
  • 2 Lessons per Week
  • 2 Credits
  • Language: English and German
  • Organized by the Large-Scale Virtualization and Modeling Lab (LVML)
  • Offered in: MSc Landscape Architecture, MSc Architecture


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