German
01/17
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Most cities in Switzerland bare little comparison to metropolises such as Tokyo or Shanghai due to their much smaller populations. However, as a metropolitan area comprising several towns, the Greater Zurich Area (GZA), with its 11 core municipalities stretching along Lake Zurich and from Baden to Winterthur, represents a settlement area that in terms of population and expansiveness can be compared quite justifiably with the aforementioned metropolises. Such comparisons are particularly valid if one realizes to what extent the local authority areas are interconnected on a functional level. What were previously purely residential commuter-belt municipalities in outlying areas are becoming, with their new business estates, increasingly important as centres in their own right – even for top companies offering internationally oriented services. In a comprehensive urban study of Switzerland, ETH Studio Basel has identified this space, in addition to the border-crossing regions around Basel and Geneva, as the county’s third ‘metropolitan region’ and has demanded a corresponding understanding of the agglomeration Zurich as a common plane of reference for planning strategies addressing all subspaces in these areas.

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NFP 65
Public space in the Alps
Diskurs der Werkzeuge
Lexikon der Landschaftsarchitektur
The landscape of abandonment
Archiv
Taking to the streets
Concept
Fieldwork
Cities
Berlin
Shanghai
Tokyo
Zürich