M2_ Movement Network, Sound

Student:  Georgios Sarmaniotis

George used Rhino, Grasshopper and Photoshop throughout the hole procedure.  At the beginning of his research he visualized the movement networks: the urban road network, local-one and major-one, as well as the rail way and the highway. He showed particular interest at the high way and the noise it’s producing. As he pointed out “the background noise in many areas is determined predominantly by traffic noise. Highways are mayor Contributors”. To sum up, he made some interesting observations on the decibels produced from the highway and how they travel throughout the valley.

M2_Built Structures

Students:  Sofia Prifti, Mohamed Abdel Wahab

Sofia and Mo analyzed the built Structures in the extended area of Linth canal. Searching in a great amount of sources, they started with the historical development from the 18th century till today. Using the GIS data and the grasshopper they made a very detailed analysis for the built environment today, in which they included building height and position, the proximity to the water and to the railway, the building areas, the uses and the typology. Very interesting was their future perspective according to the evolution of built environment in the valley. Final Cut was a very useful software in editing their presentation video.


Students: Angelos Komninos,  Maki Hasegawa

The subject of productive land, by Angelos and Maki, contains the analysis of agriculture, industry and power network in the extended area of Linth canal. Dealing with a great amount of data, they presented the historical evolution of agriculture and industry since the 18th century. Also using GIS data, they demonstrated macro and microtopographical changes of the terrain, by manipulating the height range of the available maps through SAGA program. They also presented the current condition, in agriculture, industry and power taking advantage of the intense possibilities that grasshopper provides. In the end of their presentation they pointed out some possible future  aspects to restore the balance between agriculture, conservational areas and industry in the valley.


M2_Water Network

Students:  Alexandre Roulin, Argyro Theodoropoulou

By questioning the past, Alexandre and I found out that the modification of the water network began in the 19th century with the correction of the Linth river. We started our analysis by making some historical maps _ diagrams before and after the construction of the Linth canal, till today. In addition, to get a better understanding of the water network, we analyzed the topography of the valley.  First we generated a 3d model of the valley using the GIS data and then we overlaid the 3d model with the waterlines and calculated the steepness of the water streams. To sum up, we made some observations at the junction of these two systems and we pointed out some possible future aspects. Rhino, Grasshopper and Photoshop were very useful tools throughout the procedure.

M2_MODEL , to generate animated model projections

Student: Gaganjit Singh 

At the middle of module two, we welcomed our new fellow student Gagan. To catch up with all the input we took from module one, Gagan was undertaken to prepare the milled model of the extended area of Linth canal, on which we projected animated simulation models during the presentation, to describe the topological and historical evolution of the site.  Moreover, he made some interesting proposals for the valley using software such as grasshopper and Rhino.  WELCOME!!

Site Visit_02


On our second site visit, on 11th November, we met at Benken and walked down the hill, to  Linth valley. By the time we reached the canal we scanned a small area, using a drone.

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Site Visit_01


On the 2nd of October, we had our first visit on the site. We began biking from the “Walensee” along the “Linth Canal” to the Lake of Zurich. The “Linthebene” is the design site for the current  MAS LA program, to which we have already applied and tested different designing tools.

There is more info about the site at : http://www.linthebene.ch/ and http://www.linthwerk.ch/


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Students:Jacqueline Frizi, Maki Hasegawa

jm_06Maki and Jacqueline worked on finding the balance between natural and man-made elements on the site. By noticing, that the vertical connections in the site are mostly man-made, they continued their work through parallel to the Linthcanal expansions of the natural element, such as a renaturalized green and water zone. Vertical dikes would control the water flow and collect the water from the smaller canals in this zone, in order to protect the agriculture zone from flooding and keep it productive.

The work process in Module 1 included a wide range of tools. From sand models in order to form some intuitional ideas to detailed milled models, texturing the different zones. Finally this team presented, some vertical sections with alternatives of the same main idea in sand and foam models

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