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 ( , 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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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.

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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.

M4 Workshop with Luis Fraguada

The MAS LA students, just finished a three-days workshop with our guest tutor, Luis Fraguada,  as the start of Module 4.

We worked with Luis’ plug in for Grasshopper, Ghowl,, and we had an introduction to arduino and the use of the different sensors for collecting data. Another site visit, with the testing of the sensors concluded our three days workshop with Luis.

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W5_Landscape Scenography_ Presentation

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The challenge of the workshop was to explain the concept of our project by visualizing a story line and capturing a specific atmosphere within the site. The software we used were Autodesk 3ds Max, the forest Pack Plugin to give a complete solution for creating vast surfaces of trees and plants and V-Ray for 3dsmax which allowed us to quickly and easily create realistic images. Martin Burr a scenographer and Aron Lornicz who is working for Herzog & de Meuron taught us how to visualize our conceptual ideas and tell a story about our design.


Our Results:

Some Renders

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alexandre Roulin, George Sarmaniotis_3      alexandre Roulin, George Sarmaniotis_1      sofia Prifti, Jacqueline Frizi_1

sofia Prifti, Jacqueline Frizi_2      alexandre Roulin, George Sarmaniotis_2      Angelos Komninos, Iro Theodoropoulou_1



students: Angelos Komninos, Argyro Theodoropoulou


students: Sofia Prifti, Jacqueline Frizi


student:Gaganjit Singh


students: Alexandre Roulin, Sarmaniotis George


students: Maki Hasegawa, Gebhard Merk


student: Mohamed Abdel Wahab


Some photos from the first day_Guest Lecture: Martin Burr

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WS4_Landscape Scenography

instructor : Magda Osinska

How we can form our virtual environment? What are the relationships between topology, tools and design? How we can create a relation between the audience  and our design?

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“Scenography creates form from content. It gives the content meaning and purpose. The narrative space is generated from ideas, things and stories whose message in conveyed through that content. Scenography re-contextualizes things and makes them talk, imbuing them with relevance in the present.” Uwe R. Brückner

WS3 _Design Input

After the end of our second three-day Design Input Workshop, with FrédéricRossano, the MAS LA student team had a presentation about the Final Synthesis projects, with Christof Girot and the rest of the teaching team. The diversity of the projects was very interesting and the feedback from the teaching team was extremely helpfull.

So lets continue the hard work till July!

Sofia Prifti, Jacqueline Frizi

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Mohamed Abdel Wahab

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Argyro Theodoropoulou, Angelos Komninos

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Maki Hasegawa, Gebhard Merk

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Gaganjit Singh

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Alexandre Roulin, George Sarmaniotis

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M3 Programming Landscape

The module uses the programming language Processing to introduce students to the principles of parametric design.Through several exercises, which build on each other in content, and a lecture series with guest speakers the possibilities of ‘programmed design’ are learned and discussed. The goal is for students to be able to recognize and define starting points for programming in a design. Processing is especially appropriate for integrating teaching and research. It was developed from a continuously growing group of people at MIT’s Media Lab and made available to the open source community. As a result, Processing allows ideas to be realized and prototypes to be created relatively efficiently. In addition, its procedural introduction makes it easy to learn, and we have observed that the learning curve is very good.

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Instructors Georg Munkel, Pia Fricker

First exercise in Processing!

The first week of module 3 , we did the “tile exercise”! From simplicity to compexity, this was a interesting exercise and an “a priori” step to go further in Processing world! The results were impressing.

student:Jacqueline Frizi


student: Maki Hasegawa


student: Alexandre Roulin


student: Iro Theodoropoulou


student: Sofia Prifti


student: Gaganjit Singh


student: Angelos Komninos


student: Georgios Sarmaniotis


student: Mohamed Abdel Wahab


student: Gebhard Merk