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Process Cartography VII

Tirano – Alpine City in the Focus of Three Valleys

From Territory to Architecture 

Tirano is an inner alpine city located in Veltlin, one of the largest and most significant valleys in northern Italy. Due to its strategic location at the crux of three valleys and its proximity to Italy’s Swiss and Austrian borders, the city played a crucial role in crossing the Alps up until the early 19th century.

We approach the city by considering the concept of territory, which entails analyzing and exposing the specific characteristics of the three valleys. A concrete program is not assigned during this process, but rather, studio designs can develop in three possible directions: tourism, infrastructure, or agriculture. The intervention thus fluctuates between large-scale landscape-architectonic scenarios and concrete architectonic proposals. For example, we could examine the latter by means of the alpine hotel, the concept of agrotourism, or the conversion of abandoned sanatoria.

The semester in Tirano belongs to the design series called Process Cartography, which studies medium-scale design scenarios in inner alpine cities by including questions of spatial, social, and economic relevance.

. Design and integrated discipline planning (individual work)

. Assistants: Thomas Kissing and Sebastiano Brandolini

. Prof. Günther Vogt is on sabbatical conducting a studio course at the Harvard GSD during the 2012 fall semester, he will be present to supervise this semester at the ETH.

Further information on the following blog:
http://position.la/?page_id=139

 

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