Jørgen Leth

Jørgen Leth was born on June 14, 1937 in Århus, Denmark. He is a director and writer, known for  “The Five Obstruction”  (2003), “The Perfect Human”(1967) and “Life in Denmark”  (1972).

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Leth studied literature and anthropology in Århus and Copenhagen and was a cultural critic (jazz, theatre, film) for leading Danish newspapers from 1959 to 1968. His first book was published in 1962. He has written 10 volumes of poetry and eight non-fiction books. He made his first film in 1963 and has since made 40 more, many distributed worldwide.

He has been a creative consultat  for the Danish Film Institute (1971–73, 1975–77) as well as chairman of the Institute’s board (1977–82). He has also been a professor at the Danish National Film School in Copenhagen, at the State Studiocenter in Oslo and has lectured at UCLA, Berkeley, Harvard and other American universities.

Jørgen Leth Wikipedia

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“As a visual narrative 66 scener from America is reminiscent of a pile of postcards from a journey, which indeed is what the film is. It consists of a series of lengthy shots of a tableau nature, each appearing to be a more or less random cross section of American reality, but which in total invoke a highly emblematic picture of the USA.”

66 Scenes from America IMDB

DLA conference has come to its end

DLA conference has come to its end. ETH welcomed 70 international participants. Topics such as geo-design case studies, point clouds design methods and tools have been discussed throughout the sessions and the keynote presentations. CINEMA 4D, 3D plants, Lands Design, and Infraworks were some of the Software which were used in the Workshops parallel to the sessions.

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Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes

Henry Art Gallery
Seattle, Washington, USA
On view: April 22, 2006 – September 03, 2006

View along boardwalk over restored wetlands to viewing platform overlooking Baker Bay at Cape Disappointment.(Photo courtesy Maya Lin Studio and Gagosian Gallery)


Pin River is a linear view of a river system, composed of tens of thousands of straight pins pushed into the wall to create a flow of silver that is a shadow image of (Photo: arcspace)


Water Line is a line drawing in space of a particular underwater location on the Mid Atlantic Ridge. The site rises a few miles from the sea floor and is visible on the surface as Bouvet Island, one of the most remote islands in the world. Working with scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Lin and members of her studio, developed a topographic rendering of the seascape. The rendering was translated into architectural scale and fabricated from quarter-inch diameter aluminum tubes.((Photo: arcspace))





“Two schools of architecture, the Department of Architecture at the ETH Zürich and the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio AAM present with support from Pro Helvetia a project entitled «Gotthard Landscape: The Unexpected View». The project deals with the passage from a factual and territorial oriented tradition in the Alps, towards a virtual territorial principle based on a scientific appropriation of the landscape. Our own landscape vision of the Alps is thus dematerializing and acquiring the visual character of an interactive digital sculpture. The transparency and «liquefaction» of territorial reality through point cloud digitalization invites us to a completely new way of seeing. Its virtual character the diaphanous «technical» colouring of the topological surface provokes an uncommon artistic and aesthetic fascination.”



“Landscape Architecture and Planning: Developing Digital Methods in GeoDesign”   hosted by Prof. Christophe Girot and Prof. Dr. Adrienne Grêt-Regamey


The 15th International Conference on Information Technology in Landscape Architecture: Digital Landscape Architecture DLA 2014 will be held in Zurich, Switzerland, 21 May – 23 May, 2014. Continuing with the series on GeoDesign, the conference’s main theme is “Landscape Architecture and Planning: Developing Digital Methods in GeoDesign”. Keynote presentations, lectures and workshops engaging an international audience will take up key thoughts on GeoDesign for developing them further in the discourse with the whole community pointing out needs for further research and improvement. Leading experts from science and practice are invited as keynote speakers and session chairs to highlight the state-of-the-art from different perspectives and to guide focused discussions.

Invited Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Döllner
Hasso-Plattner-Institut, University of Potsdam, Germany
Prof. Dr. Marc Pollefeys
Computer Vision and Geometry Lab, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. Carl Steinitz
Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Prof. Antje Stokman
Institute for Landscape Planning and Ecology, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Dr. Hans-Georg Schwarz-v. Raumer
Institute for Landscape Planning and Ecology, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Clément Willemin
BASE Bien Aménager Son Environnement / Build a Super Environment, Paris, France

Further information: www.dla2014.ethz.ch 

General information about the DLA conferences.

Have a look at some of the images of the DLA 2013.

International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam


The sixth edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, is open from 29 May until 24 August 2014. The Dutch landscape architect Dirk Sijmons is the curator. The Kunsthal and the Natural History Museum Rotterdam host the main exhibition. From 29 May until 9 July the IABR presents a comprehensive program of conferences, debates and lectures, as well as excursions and other events.The Sigirino Depot project by Atelier Girot is featured in it.

IARB website

Urban Nature: Between Human and Non-Human

Symposium presented by ETH Zurich, in partnership with  the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), Columbia University, and AIA New York Chapter | Center for Architecture. The symposium will take place at the center for Architecture at New York Chapter.Urban-Nature3Photo: Christian Vogt

“New York is at the forefront of an urban Green Revolution, and the emergence of public spaces like the High Line is emblematic of this transformation. Conversely, Zurich is witnessing the most rapid building boom in its history—and turning gray. What are the implications of these dynamics from design and historical perspectives? Explore new answers in these interdisciplinary panels, challenging notions of “urban” and “nature.” ”

David Benjamin, GSAPP, Columbia University
Elisabeth Bronfen, University of Zurich
D. Graham Burnett, Princeton University
Christophe Girot, ETH Zurich
Janette Kim, GSAPP, Columbia University
Laura Kurgan, GSAPP, Columbia University
Emily Scott, ETH Zurich
Kate Orff, GSAPP, Columbia University
Philip Ursprung, ETH Zurich
Günther Vogt, ETH Zurich
Mark Wigley, GSAPP, Columbia University

www.aiany.org or www.gsapp.org

Photography_The reality of an image lecture by Corina Rüegg

Landscape Video & Photography module started with a intense workshop, where we had the opportunity to film on site during Friday and Saturday and discuss with Suzanne Hoffer the main storyboard of each team’s video project. Another great input about how we percieve space through photographs was given today by Corina Rüegg (www.corinaruegg.ch) , followed by great discussions between her and the rest of the MAS LA students.


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WS5_Theoretical Programming in the swiss mountains above Ilanz.

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Together with the IT specialist Karsten Droste, we are discussing possibilities and workflows of integrating an IT company within an landscape architectural project. Already on the first we were introduced to a set of techniques how to overcome the communication hurdle, like using OOD: Object Oriented Design.

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Within the final presentation, the 3 teams introduced their final project proposal to the IT company. It was very interesting to see, that given the same task and same tools, we came up with 3 different outputs: a consensus system, a micro system and a planning system. Each of this system implements a different approach, the consensus system displays the stakeholder view, the micro system integrates a bottom up strategy and the planning system tries to organise the details.

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 We all enjoyed – many thanks to all 

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