Wahlfach Frühlingssemester 2019

Territorium der Stadt: Marseille

Elective City Territory, spring 2019: View on the Calanques towards Marseille. Image source: Schimonski, Flickr, 2011, CC BY-NC 2.0

Die Wahlfachreihe «Territorium der Stadt: Landschaft als Ressource» befasst sich mit aktuellen Transformationsprozessen metropolitaner Landschaften in Europa und führt in das landschaftsarchitektonische Entwerfen auf unterschiedlichen Massstäben ein. Auf Basis kartografischer Analysen und Exkursionen entwickeln die Studierenden konkrete Strategien für die Entwicklung urbaner Landschaftsräume in unterschiedlichen geografischen Kontexten.

Im Frühlingssemester 2019 findet das Wahlfach in Marseille, der zweitgrössten Stadt Frankreichs, statt. Mit kritischem Blick auf die wachsende Metropolitanregion «Aix-Marseille-Provence», welche sich über ein weites Territorium von der Camargue im Westen, der Côte d’Azur im Osten und der Haute-Provence im Norden erstreckt und durch eine raue Topografie, komplexe Hydrologie, grossflächige Industrieanlagen und eine heterogene Stadtstruktur geprägt ist, suchen wir nach Konzepten und Strategien für die metropolitane Landschaft zwischen Alpenbogen und Mittelmeerküste.


Assistenz: Daia Stutz, Amalia Bonsack
Wahlfach (052-0718-19L – 2 KP) und mögliche Wahlfacharbeit (063-0630-18A – 6 KP) oder Vertiefungsarbeit NSL (063-0702-00L – 4KP).
Die Reise nach Marseille findet am Wochenende vom 08.03.19 – 10.03.19 statt.
Der Unkostenbeitrag beträgt CHF 200.
Hinweis: Der Kurs ist bereits ausgebucht!


City Territory

The type and the extent of the use of the landscape have changed fundamentally in the last few decades. One reason is that the landscape as a resource is much more intensively used, as illustrated by the strong increase in the destruction of raw materials and material transport as well as the massive build up of infrastructures. At the same time, the level of use in particular areas is also being extensified, which causes fallow land and eventually a return to wilderness. In addition, landscapes are increasingly subordinated to fast-paced and, in part, globally effective changes in mobility, climate, energy and free-time activities. The result is a radical transformation of landscapes, whereby the change takes place inconsistently and unequally.

The historical coexistence and spatial separation of the uses of the landscape up to this point, e.g. agriculture, transport or tourism, are increasingly disappearing. In their place, an operationalized landscape appears in which the informal recreational and sport uses of a metropolitan context are also increasingly enlisted. New forms of ‘parks’ emerge that are no longer clearly comprehensible and classifiable, instead, they spread out temporarily and are spatially diffused over the urban territory.

The driving force behind these developments can be placed on the build-up of the infrastructure network of public transportation as well as on the often chronic overuse on inner city free spaces. The number of recreation seekers expands as a result of the action-radius, i.e. the nearby and quickly reachable available recreational landscapes. This process often takes place informally and results in the overburdening and interweaving of partially contrasting interests.

However, the resulting friction and conflicts carry a lot of potential: Landscapes will no longer function only as economic resources, but will be increasingly recognized as a public resource. A future debate about the kind and modality of their use and the possibility of an integral, democratic development of the landscape as a public good will make this possible.