180 days in the East , Charles-Edouard Jeanneret


“A hundred years ago, books and travel were the only means of getting to know other countries, and the time that you had to devote to these was much greater than we have to devote to the same aim today. The book, even a travel guide such as “Baedeker”, was an authoritative and inexhaustible source of information, while the journey itself was at a slow pace which brought you into actual contact with the human and material civilisation of each country. History, that is the rational narration of the experience of the past as apprehended by the present , was a comparatively recent and fascinating discovery on which a large part of education was based. For every young architect and artist the confirmation of the book throught travel was the most important vision at the end of the studies. This irresistible attraction  of history was also felt by Charles-Edouard Jeanneret when he finished his study of decorative arts at La Chaux-de-Fonds in the mountains of Switzerland and a passion for architecture had broken out within him.”

Panayotis Tpurnikiotis , domes magazine , September 2011


Instambul: View of the Seraglio from Bosphorus 1911 


Pompei , Carnet 4, p.99

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“To see the Acropolis is a dream one treasures without even dreaming to realize it.  I don’t really know why this hill harbors the essence of artistic thought.  I can appreciate the perfection of these temples and realize that nowhere else are they so extraordinary;  and a long time ago I accepted the fact that this place should be like a repository of a sacred standard, the basis for all measurement in art.  Why this architecture and no other?  I can well accept that according to logic, everything here is resolved in accordance with an unsurpassable formula, but why is it that the taste—or rather the heart that guides people and dictates their beliefs despite their tendency to ignore it at times—why is it still drawn to the Acropolis, to the foot of the temples? ….Why must I, like so many others, name the Parthenon the undeniable Master, as it looms up from its stone base, and yield, even with anger, to its supremacy?”

Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier).  Journey to the East (Cambridge, MA:  The MIT Press, 2007), pp. 216-217.

M4 Applied Programming

Instructor: James Melsom + Luis Fraguada

Using sensors, abstract data sources and geo-locations, visualization of the dynamic performance of the site was fed into our ongoing Synthesis projects. A combination of Grasshopper (Rhino), Processing, Arduino, and other scripting methods, as well as a measure of on-site improvisation.

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During the final presentation, held on the 16th of April, the students presented the development of their projects, demonstrating sensory measurements, and developed tools as well as their applications to design.


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Students’ Work

Argyro Theodoropoulou, Angelos Komninos _M4_1          Argyro Theodoropoulou, Angelos Komninos_M4_2          20140416_Presentation.indd

20140416_Presentation.indd          George Sarmaniotis, Alexandre Roulin_M4_1          George Sarmaniotis, Alexandre Roulin_M4_2

Mohamed Abdel Wahab_M4_1          Mohamed Abdel Wahab_M4_2          Gebhard Merk_Maki Hasegawa_M4_1

Gebhard Merk_Maki Hasegawa_M4_2          Jacqueline Frizi, Sofia Prifti_M4_1          Jacqueline Frizi, Sofia Prifti_M4_2


Students: Argyro TheodoropoulouAngelos Komninos

Following the trace of the old river, near the conservational area, they collected data concerning humidity, luminosity, temperature and soil moisture of the area. The data analysis helped them understand the correlation between changes in vegetation, topography and temperature and also offered crucial information about future design approaches, especially in terms of vegetation.


Student :Gaganjit Singh

Gagan was interested in designing an application that allows you to map the photos you take during a walk, and visualize them in a 3D environment such as Rhino. He used Grasshopper to combine the data from the photos, the gps track, the angle and the direction of the camera. In the end he was able to simulate a walk in Rhino, placing the photos in 3D view, along the gps path.

part A

part B

part C


Students: George Sarmaniotis , Alexandre Roulin

Alex and George tried to analyse data they received from the canton, concerning geology and the several layers of different soil elements, next to the canal and the big highway. After the analysis, they visualized their results with grasshopper and projected them into the topography, via Google Earth.


Student: Mohamed Abdel Wahab

Following the edge of his specific  area of study, Mohamed used the soil moisture sensor to collect ground humidity data. The analysis of the data led him to a better understanding of the correlation between vegetation, topography and ground moisture. He used Rhino and Grasshopper to visualize the results of his data analysis.


Students: Maki Hasegawa , Gebhard Merk

Maki and Gebi focused on a specific area of the Linth canal. They measured the hydroelectric power produced by the Linth, the fluctuation of the canal and the water temperature during the year. To collect the needed data, they used a flying drone (to photoscan the specific area of study) and a water speed measuring boat inside the canal. Finally they visualized their data using Rhino and the Grasshopper plugin.

part A: Accoustic Doppler Current Profiler, tethered boat

part B: Linth simulation

part C: UAV mapping, photogrammetry


Students: Jacqueline Frizi , Sofia Prifti

Sofia and Jaqueline took several readings in the area next to the Zurich Lake, using sensors that mesure temperature, lux and humidity. They analyzed the collected data, combined it with Bafu data and visualized it using Rhino 3D design and different video techniques. They also tried to optimize the existing and future designed pathways, connecting the specific area of the valley.

Lecture of Taiko Shono

For those who are interested in landscape and sound, guest lecture of Taiko Shono in the Landscape Acoustics course, on Thursday (April 10th) 14:45 – 16:30h, in the LVML.


Taiko Shono is a Japanese Soundscape Designer, working very carefully with basic landscape elements such as water, wind and soil. She runs her own office in Tokyo and has realized numerous public and private projects.


Lecture by Maria Kaltsa

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Apr 8, 2014, 18.00 Uhr


ETH Zürich
Campus Hönggerberg
Gebäude HIL, Auditorium E 4
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5
8093 ZüricAs a practicing architect for over 20 years, Maria Kaltsa shared Greece’s “2005 Award” for the central archaeological promenade in Athens and now a first prize for Thessaloniki’s new landmark.

Until recently, Kaltsa served as General Secretary of Planning and Urban Development at the Greek Ministry of the Environment, where she established a department of architecture, initiated a new national green building code, two Biennale participations, and several architectural competitions. She actively supported regulatory plans and frameworks for the sustainable development of metropolitan regions, as well as anti-urban decay policies, and managed public–private partnerships for the metropolitan project designs at Faliro, “RE-THINK ATHENS”. Maria Kaltsa holds architecture degrees from Cooper Union and Yale University.

DLA Poster Competition

Poster Competition extended till April 20th!


We are looking for projects which challenge the application of state of the art technologies in order to advance the discipline of landscape architecture and planning. If you are looking for an international platform to showcase and discuss your work, you are welcome to submit your poster with your best project!

• You are a landscape architecture/planning student, a recent graduate of a landscape architecture/planning program, PhD candidate or a young researcher.
• Present the result process in A0 size (portrait) and include all information: source(s) of data; details of your team and name of software program(s).
Participants with the 5 best posters are invited to give a short presentation before an audience of peers and specialists on the 23rd of May 2014 at ETH Zurich, Switzerland during the DLA 2014 conference.
Registration fee: 120 CHF for the whole conference or 60 CHF for a 1 day entry for contributors of all accepted poster submissions.
Deadline for digital submission (pdf): 20 April 2014 to: dla-poster2014@ethz.ch

DLA 2014

Using plants to purify canal water

Researchers outline a natural way to clean Italy’s polluted Pontine Marshes

Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office
April 7, 2010


Just south of Rome lie the Pontine Marshes, a vexed part of the Italian countryside. In ancient times, Roman emperors tried unsuccessfully to drain the marshes, something only achieved in the 1930s through a system of massive pumps and canals that removed enough water to turn the area into productive farmland. Yet today those canals have become heavily polluted, endangering the area’s agriculture and the health of its residents.

The conventional way of tackling the problem would be to build a series of large water-treatment plants in the area, which covers about 300 square miles. But Alan Berger, an associate professor of urban design and landscape architecture at MIT, has another idea. Because some plants absorb pollutants as water flows by them, carefully designed wetlands can clean up the countryside while preserving its natural feel and providing public park space.

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