Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 9.00 am to 4.00 pm


Excursion 1:
Urban densification in Zurich – open spaces in the area of conflict between private and public
In Zurich the demand for residential and commercial buildings is for the foreseeable future on the rise. Driving forces include the increasing space requirement per person and population growth. Flats, streets, schools, establishments for sport and leisure time etc. are being constructed in previously undeveloped areas, on converted industrial sites or on already built-up land. The resulting decrease in green spaces makes the creation or conversion of parks increasingly more challenging. Thereby, the increasing demands for leisure areas shall be taken into account. On the excursion we get to know different forms of development and design of public open spaces. The excursion will visit projects which exist between public and private spheres in both existing and new residential and commercial areas.

Guidance: Paul Bauer, Grün Stadt Zürich


Excursion 2:
„Bridging the Gap - from Center to Peripherie“
This excursion bridges the gap between the inner city and the suburbs. Following the Limmat river we first learn about nature in the city and the conflicts between ecosystems, species and recreation. Over lunch in an old cloister we hear what the landscape planners think about this landscape and described in their writings in a landscape development plan. Then we will visit real suburbia - Swiss style. And finally, if time allows, we visit Bruno Weber’s utopian sculpture park, a commentary of might have meant to an artist.

Guidance: Christian Tschumi, landscape architect

Excursion 3:
Alpine landscapes and nature-based tourism in the UNESCO World Heritage Tectonic Arena
The Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, situated on the borders of the cantons of St. Gallen, Glarus and Grisons, was inscribed as a UNESCO-World Heritage site in 2008. UNESCO recognized this site for its unique geological and geomorphological values. These values are based on the exceptional and dramatic display of mountain building through continental collision. The significant threedimensional exposure of the structures and processes characterize this phenomenon - the „Glarus Overthrust“, its history of study and its on-going contribution to geological sciences. This World Heritage is today in an area of conflict between landscape protection and development. Together with representatives of the Tectonic Arena Sardona we undertake a short walk and visit hotspots of this alpine landscape.

Guidance: Dominik Siegrist, HSR Rapperswil & Harry Keel, IG UNESCO-Welterbe Tektonikarena Sardona


Excursion details (.pdf)