M2 Landscape Visualization

The course aims to empower the designer to integrate visualization techniques into all levels of the design process, enabling communication, prototyping, and atmospheric simulation from sketch design to final presentation. An emphasis on flexible and non-destructive workflows allows designers and collaborators to maximize both the quality and efficiency of design output. An introduction to the strengths of combining various software packages leads directly to the practical application of these tools to project-oriented outcomes. An additional focus is on techniques to optimize and streamline these tools for design and workflow processes.


Instructor James Melsom


Students: Jacqueline Frizi,  Gebhard Merk

During  Module 2, Jacqueline and Geby worked on the vegetation system and its relation to the topography. By using GIS data and historical maps, which were used as image samplers in Grasshopper, they developed analysis diagrams referring to the valley and forest vegetation. The historical development of vegetation, the decrease of the swamping areas throughout the years, in the valley of Linth, revealed the increase of the productive land and the growth of economic resources for the locals. In contrary the small changes of the forest areas, from the construction of the canal till nowadays, became a very interesting antithesis of the whole vegetation system.

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!!