Urban Systems

Urban Systems
22. July 2020 Cara Turett

Luke Harris

A combination of lectures and excursions will provide the tools to understand the landscape systems that structure and support the urban condition. Lectures will present global examples of systems of water supply and drainage, soil, urban forests, wilds and production. Through a series of excursions and exercises the students will discover and document the urban systems of Zurich. 
Students will learn how the territory, climate and geology create potentials and constraints for the development of cities around the world, and students will also engage with the field Urban Ecology. By looking closely at the condition of the city, students will produce knowledge about the state of landscape systems close to home. Lastly, students will understand how this methodology informs the design process.
There are three types of lectures. The first category consists of several introductory lectures that give an overview of the topics and methodology. These lectures will provide a coherent series of examples of urban systems throughout the world. The second category of lectures are presentations from experts in each specific topic covered in the course. The third category consists of excursions around Zurich that will reveal the landscape systems of our region.
  • Course 061-0104-00 V
  • 2 Lessons per Week
  • 2 Credits
  • Language: English
  • Prerequisites: Enrollment in MScLA Program