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

66 Scenes from America (1982)warhol_burger_8001

“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

Lecture by Alex Lehnerer

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Date: May 5, 2014, 18.00 Uhr

Place: ETH Zürich

Campus Hönggerberg

Gebäude HIL, Auditorium E 4
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5
8093 Zürich

Alex Lehnerer, an architect and urban designer, is currently Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the ETH Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore. He was previously based in Chicago, where he was a professor at the Illinois School of Architecture. He received his PhD from ETH Zurich and his MArch from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Lehnerer founded the Department of Urban Speculation (DeptUS) in Chicago and is a partner of the firm Kaisersrot in Zurich. His Zurich-based architectural practice, Ciriacidis Lehnerer Architekten, tries to understand architecture as cultural practice by relentlessly exploring urban and architectural conditions – their forms, ingredients, and rules.
Together with his partner Savvas Ciriacidis, he is the General Commissioner of the German Pavilion at this year’s International Architecture Biennale in Venice.

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 


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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.

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.