WS2_Design Input

The MAS LA team, had the great opportunity to make a three-days  workshop with Frédéric Rossano. Though role-playing exercises, sketches and inspiring presentations by Frédéric, we worked with traditional designing methods and formed our first design ideas for the site.IMG_1739

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M2 Landscape Visualization

The course aims to empower the designer to integrate visualization techniques into all levels of the design process, enabling communication, prototyping, and atmospheric simulation from sketch design to final presentation. An emphasis on flexible and non-destructive workflows allows designers and collaborators to maximize both the quality and efficiency of design output. An introduction to the strengths of combining various software packages leads directly to the practical application of these tools to project-oriented outcomes. An additional focus is on techniques to optimize and streamline these tools for design and workflow processes.


Instructor James Melsom

M6 Final Synthesis

The goal of the final synthesis is the experimental use and combination of all tools within an individual project.We challenge the students to go beyond the boundaries of conventional domains and test the tools in analysis, design, and visualization. The programs and different CAAD/CAAM techniques, which the students have become acquainted with in the different modules, complement each other and should be applied and recombined to explore new design methodologies in their final project. The concluding module acts as a test case for the questions or agenda which have been defined during the MAS LA teaching year. A number of discussion/presentation deadlines during the MAS LA serve to test the individual questions or agenda. During the final working phase the students will be supervised with one-on-one weekly meetings.

Instructor MAS LA teaching team + invited guests

M5 Video & Photography

„ORDINARY PLACES“ urban exploration with photography and video Goal of the course is to be able to use basic video, photographic montage and video editing tools to analyze, perceive and represent contemporary landscape in all its layers.Through the exploration and comparison of video and photography and the noting of each media’s special qualties we want to give new impulses to landscape design and analysis. In addition we discuss feature, documentary and experimental films regarding visual culture and the influence they have on our perception of landscape and urbanity. In so doing, spatial, temporal, aesthetic and social aspects are to be considered. Working with different media tools elucidates the understanding of our projections on these spaces and examines traces of human intervention. Through filmic or photographic montage we arrive at particular attitudes towards these spaces, that allows us to develop assertions on a contemporary image of natural and urban spaces.

 Instructor Susanne Hofer, Corina Rüegg

M4 Applied Programming

The second modeling and visualization unit works with various tools to supplement the possibilities for site interaction, modeling terrain, and parametrizing the generation of landscape systems.The unit begins with the use of navigatable 360 degree panoramas, which can be used to document existing site elements, or present site changes. RhinoTerrain and Grasshopper form the bulk of the module, in which external data, editable parameters can be implemented to generate diverse landscape solutions. After an introduction to the possibilities within Grasshopper, the students each develop their own application to landscape generation and design. The final research is into existing landscape projects, in which modes of working and possible landscape design workflows are proposed.

Instructor: James Melsom + guest tutor

M1 Landscape Modeling

The course focuses on acquiring the necessary skills to model, analyze and produce topographic models in the design process. Both analog and digital techniques are used ranging from intuitive sand modeling to precise digital analysis. Starting with sand modeling, students learn how to capture these models in 3D and continue their topographic model digitally. Computer modeling techniques are then used to output their models on the various CNC machines available. Various other potentialities for topographical modeling are also explored for example showing the design process over time. The end result is the integration of modeling in the landscape design process, not just for final presentations but as a dynamic modeling, verification and rapid prototyping tool.


Instructor Ilmar Hurkxkens


Students: Jacqueline Frizi,  Gebhard Merk

During  Module 2, Jacqueline and Geby worked on the vegetation system and its relation to the topography. By using GIS data and historical maps, which were used as image samplers in Grasshopper, they developed analysis diagrams referring to the valley and forest vegetation. The historical development of vegetation, the decrease of the swamping areas throughout the years, in the valley of Linth, revealed the increase of the productive land and the growth of economic resources for the locals. In contrary the small changes of the forest areas, from the construction of the canal till nowadays, became a very interesting antithesis of the whole vegetation system.

WS1 _ 3 Days-to-Amaze

instructor Susanne Hofer

During the MAS LA “3 days to amaze” workshop, video camera and editing is used to train the ability to perceive landscape from different angles as well as connecting with new fellow students and teachers.  


video presentation





At first, divided into two groups, we had to record a video which basic theme was scale!


students: Angelos Komninos, Argyro Theodoropoulou, Alexandre Roulin, Maki Hasegawa



students: Jacqueline Frizi,  Gebhard Merk, Sofia Prifti, Mohamed Adel Wahab


Our second exercise was to take some individual pictures in the countryside, in order to demonstrate the way we perceive and place ourselves within a certain landscape.

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