German
01/09
Ljubljana
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Process Cartography XI

LJUBLJANA. Zbirka alpskih pokrajn. A collection of alpine landscapes
The Alps as Common Ground

With each design semester the Chair of Professor Vogt is working its way around the Alpine arc with the thesis that it can be read as an urban Common Ground. The task of each design semester is to verify this thesis by focusing on a metropolitan region and enquiring as to its specific relationship with the Alps.

In the coming semester we shall be working with the urban territory of Ljubljana, which covers besides the high alpine landscapes (the Julian Alps, the Karavanks, the Kamnik Alps) three more alpine regions: the Dinarides (Karst), the Pannonian Basin and the Mediterranean Coast. Geographically almos the whole territory of Slovenia could be seen a part of Alps.

Though this supposed ubiquity of the Alps, the correlation to Ljubljana remains diffuse. This is linked to the geopolitical location of the region, which was constantly changing its territorial belonging to the neighboring great powers throughout history. Moreover, the emerging industrialization in the beginning of the century and the development of the transit axis were leading to population decrease in the high alpine area. This weakened their position compared to the lower districts considerably. Looking at major infrastructure projects that are planned like the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), it may be assumed that this trend will continue. As a consequence, economic and living areas in Slovenia’s high Alps will soon «disappear» (Werner Bätzing).

The task of the semester consists of the redefinition of the meaning and use of the alpine landscape ranging between extensification (landscape as a museum) and intensification (e.g. tourism, agriculture or energy production) with the purpose to establish a productive relation to the region of Ljubljana.

We understand design not as an end product but as a process. Our first step is to investigate Ljubljana’s large-scale relationships. A six-day long field trip complements this analytical gaze with a personal take on the area. Students then develop an individual programme as the foundation for their design. The proposed interventions can vary between urban planning and landscape scenarios and concrete architectural proposals.


Chair of Günther Vogt

Assistants: Thomas Kissling, Ilkay Tanrisever, Sebastiano Brandolini

Contact: kissling@arch.ethz.ch

Design (051-1135-15 U - 13 KP) and integrated discipline planning / landscape architecture (051-1235-15 U - 3KP) week 1-3 analysis (in groups), design project (individual work)

There will be a site visit to Ljubljana 07.10.16 – 12.10.16.
The contribution towards expenses will be 240 CHF.

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