Joris Van Wezemael: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2022

Name PD Dr. Joris Van Wezemael
Inst. f. Raum- u. Landschaftsentw.
ETH Zürich, HIL H 41.2
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5
8093 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 633 38 80
DepartmentCivil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

103-0313-00LSpatial Planning and Landscape Development Information 5 credits4GA. Grêt-Regamey, Y. M. Räth, J. Van Wezemael
AbstractThe lecture introduces into the main-features of spatial planning. Attended will be the subjects planning as a national responsibility, instruments of spatial planning, techniques for problem solving in spatial planning and the Swiss concept for national planning. The lecture is complemented with in-depth topics and international examples.
ObjectiveDie Studierenden kennen die Grundzüge der Raumplanung, ihre wichtigen Instrumente und Problemlösungsverfahren. Sie können das vermittelte theoretische Wissen direkt an konkreten, praxisorientierten Übungsaufgaben umsetzen.

- Grundzüge der Raumplanung und ihre wichtigsten Instrumente kennenlernen
- Erarbeiten der Fähigkeit, räumliche Probleme zu erkennen und Problemlösungsverfahren auf diese anzuwenden
- Planung und Landmanagement als interaktiven Prozess kennenlernen und anwenden
- Verstehen der mit Fläche und Boden verbundenen Potentiale, Nutzungen und Prozesse
- Das vermittelte theoretische Wissen direkt an konkreten, praxisorientierten Fallbeispielen umsetzen können
ContentDie Vorlesung deckt die Grundlagen der (Schweizerischen) Raumplanung und Landschaftsentwicklung ab:

- Was ist Raumplanung (Begriffe)
- Prinzipien der Raumplanung
- Die Raumplanung als staatliche Aufgabe - Raumordnungspolitik
- Instrumente der Raumplanung auf den Planungsebenen (u.a. Sachpläne und Konzepte, Richtplanung, Nutzungsplanung, Sondernutzungsplanung, Landumlegungsverfahren)
- Problemlösungsverfahren in der Raumplanung - systemtechnisches Vorgehen
- Das schweizerische Raumordnungskonzept

Der Schwerpunkt der Vorlesung liegt auf der Erläuterung der Raumplanung als Problemlösungsverfahren. Das dabei vermittelte theoretische Wissen wird direkt an einer konkreten, praxisorientierten Übungsaufgabe umgesetzt. Im Rahmen der Übung wird das Projektgebiet während einer Exkursion besucht.
Lecture notesProf. Dr. W.A. Schmid et al. (2006, Stand 2017): Raumplanung GZ - Eine Einführung für Ingenieurstudierende. IRL-PLUS, ETHZ

- Handouts of the lectures
- Exercises

103-0337-00LSite and Project Development Information 3 credits2GA. Gonzalez Martinez, J. Van Wezemael
AbstractThe focus of the lecture Site & Project Development is on larger contiguous areas or sites and their urban, open space and infrastructural development. In this course, students work on a semester exercise in which they "develop" a specific large-scale project from practice and evaluate it economically, strategically and in terms of feasibility.
ObjectiveStudents in this course will pursue the following learning objectives:

- Investigate and understand a given concrete project area and identify, evaluate and articulate the current problems and relevant issues within this area.

- Consolidate their knowledge in the essential topics of site & project development and apply this in a well-founded, argued and creative manner to address the task at hand.

- Organize and structure themselves while acquiring responsibilities in their interdisciplinary project teams. The teams consist of three to five fellow students that must develop innovative, viable and resilient concepts for a real project development in a given area. Their considerations should be presented in written form (project report) and in linguistic-visual form (final presentation). At the end of the course, the students critically reflect on their experiences with the group work process together with the course instructors.

- Acquire methodological knowledge in location & market analysis, 3D visualization of a project as well as in the financial assessment of a large-scale real estate project and use this knowledge to justify their considerations and evaluate their proposal.

- Development and strengthening of their individual position as planners (spatial, urban, transport planners, etc.) in relation to the questions formulated in the proposed project within the field of Site & Development as well as within their own discipline.
ContentThe lecture is divided into several thematic sections analogous to the essential topics of Site & Project Development. The students are accompanied both in the semester exercise and in the individual lectures by a large number of external guest speakers from the praxis-field, which means that the lecture will not only thematically examine the relevant areas of Site & Project Development, but also will offer the students exclusive, practice-oriented insights. The relevant methodological knowledge for the semester exercise is imparted and, due to the proximity to practice, the students gain exclusive insights into possible professional fields of activity. In this lecture, students apply their already acquired and newly learned skills, especially in interdisciplinary teams, and work on an exciting, motivating and relevant question from the practice.

Major topics covered in the lecture include:
- Urban planning
- Location and market analysis
- Real estate development, financing and valuation
- Project development and decision-making from the perspective of investors
- Open space design and landscape architecture
- Sustainable building and sustainability certification
- Mobility, parking issues, travel models
- Cooperative planning and participation processes, mediation
- Gendered planning in project development
- Inner development & urban quality

Parallel to the lecture series, students work in interdisciplinary teams on a real-life task. In the course of the semester exercise, the lecture material is deepened and what has been learned is applied. The students visit the project area at the beginning of the semester as part of an excursion. Specific large-scale projects such as the Gaswerkareal Bern, the Sihl-Manegg Areal Zurich (Greencity) or the Areal Alter Pilatusmarkt (Nidfeld) Lucerne will be dealt with. For the possible development of the given site, visions are developed by the students on the basis of a comprehensive location and market analysis and a utilization concept is developed. In the process, the students are accompanied by experts and regularly discuss their ideas and proposed solutions with their supervisors.
Lecture notes-Handouts of the lectures
-Extracts from relevant scientific articles and theory literature
-Exercise material

LiteratureReferences in the lecture notes
Prerequisites / Noticenone
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesassessed
Project Managementassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Customer Orientationassessed
Leadership and Responsibilityassessed
Self-presentation and Social Influence assessed
Sensitivity to Diversityassessed
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityassessed
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection assessed
Self-direction and Self-management assessed
103-0377-10LBasics of RE&IS Restricted registration - show details
Only for Spatial Development and Infrastructure Systems MSc.
3 credits2GJ. Van Wezemael, K. W. Axhausen, F. Corman, C. Sailer
AbstractThe course Basics of RE&IS provides essential knowledge for the Master's degree program in Spatial Development & Infrastructure Systems. It teaches the basics of technical-scientific work, such as scientific writing, literature review, and effective presentation and communication of results.
Objective-Students will be able to identify, name, and define the content taught and understand the necessity, significance, and application of the standards in scientific work.
-Students will be able to apply the content, implement it in different examples and use it to solve the exercises and the semester assignment.
-Students develop a common understanding with regard to their methodological knowledge and can henceforth work scientifically at an appropriate level.
-With the techniques learned in the course, students will be able to
•analyze and differentiate scientific sources and apply them in their work in a structured way
•systematically compare and present their results in an argumentative manner
•develop, formulate, and design a scientific report
•produce results in collaboration with their group
•present results in an engaging presentation with their group using attractive and formally correct visualizations, maps, or diagrams
•discuss and give critical feedback in the form of peer-assessments of other students
ContentStudents will learn the basics of scientific work and practice their skills within the framework of three separate exercises (formative) as well as an ungraded semester performance, which consists of two parts and will be worked out in groups of two to three students.

In the first half of the semester, students will learn the theoretical basics and apply and understand these in the context of the exercises. In the second half of the semester, the students will work on a written scientific report applying the methods learnt in the first half of the semester. The results of the report should be communicated in an effective and clear oral presentation taped on video. The final videos, as well as the exercises in the first part of the course will be discussed and evaluated among the students in class (peer-assessment).

- Exercise 1: Literature search & referencing
- Exercise 2: Scientific writing – report structure, paragraph structure, language style
- Exercise 3: Maps, Graphs & Visualizations
- Ungraded semester performance: consists of (1) written report on topic of interest and (2) oral presentation on video

Students will be supervised by the course instructors throughout the course. Furthermore, feedback and discussion opportunities will be given by other students by the principle of peer assessment.
The main course lead changes periodically between the following RE&IS chairs: Infrastructure Management (IM), Transportation Systems (TS), Traffic Engineering (SVT), Transport Planning (VPL), Spatial Development and Urban Policy (SPUR), Planning of Landscape and Urban Systems (PLUS) and Spatial Transformation Laboratories (STL).
Lecture notesAll documents relevant for the course (slides, literature, further links, etc.) are provided centrally via the Moodle platform.
LiteratureAmerican Psychological Association (APA) (2010) Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, APA, Washington, D.C.
Axhausen, K.W. (2016) Style Guide for Student Dissertations, IVT, ETH Zürich, Zürich (available as download under learning materials)
Backhaus, N. and R. Tuor (2008): Leitfaden für wissenschaftliches Arbeiten, 7. überarbeitete und ergänzte Auflage. Schriftenreihe Humangeographie 18, Geographisches Institut der Universität Zürich, Zürich.
ZürichChapman, M. and C. Wykes (1996) Plain Figures, HM Stationary Office, London.
ETH (2017) Citation etiquette: How to handle the intellectual property of others, ETH, ETH Zürich, Zürich (last retrieved 29.11.2017)
Modern Language Association of America (MLA) (2016) MLA Handbook, 8th edition, MLA, New York.
Monmonier, M. (1991) How to lie with maps, University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
Tufte, E. R. (2001) The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Graphics Press USA
Wilkinson, L. (1999) The Grammar of Graphics, Springer, Berlin.
115-0510-00LLecture Week 10: Spatial Development Restricted registration - show details
Only for MAS, DAS and CAS in Spatial Planning.
2 credits1GM. Nollert, J. Van Wezemael
AbstractIn this course, the fundamental methods in spatial planning learned in the first week, in particular regarding planning methodology, spatial design and argumentation are consolidated in lectures and case studies.
ObjectiveThe aim of the lecture is the consolidation and the practice of important methodic principles in spatial planning. They provide a basis also for the work in the second Study Project of the MAS program.
115-0702-00LStudy Project 2 (Part 1) Restricted registration - show details
Only for MAS in Spatial Planning.
0 credits10UM. Nollert, F. Argast, O. Hagen, R. Klostermann, A. Näf-Clasen, J. Van Wezemael
AbstractConceiving strategies for sustainable spatial development in the Geneva Lake-Fribourg-Bern region: spatial planning analysis of the situation (goals and problems, potentials and risks, strengths and weaknesses); concept design (goals and measures); program development (objective and temporal priorities); preparation for implementation (instruments and proceedings); independent team work.
ObjectiveDetecting and assessing crucial issues of spatial development and identifying requested planning action. Concentrate resources, evaluate different solution concepts and demonstrate their feasibility exemplarily. Recognizing possibilities and limits of formal and informal planning and apply them in practice. Efficient interdisciplinary team work, making optimal use of individual knowledge and skills of team members.
115-0702-02LIntroduction Study Project 2 Restricted registration - show details
Only for MAS in Spatial Planning
1 credit1GJ. Van Wezemael, A. Rupf
AbstractThe subject of the study project in the second year is the dependency between surface and subsurface in spatial planning. The topic, clarification of potentials and missing instruments, legal situation in spatial planning are highly topical. Excursion to existing projects and with guided tours and presentations, consolidation of the bases for interdisciplinary group work.
ObjectiveThe aim of the first course in the second year of the program is a personal position determination in the framework of the continuing education program, the developing of an overview on the second study project and reviewing the basic knowledge regarding interdisciplinary teamwork gathered in the first year, adapting it if necessary in the second year.