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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“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.

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