Matthias Vollmer: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2023

NameMr Matthias Vollmer
Address
Landschaftsarchitektur, Girot
ETH Zürich, HIL H 54.3
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5
8093 Zürich
SWITZERLAND
E-mailmatthias.vollmer@arch.ethz.ch
DepartmentArchitecture
RelationshipLecturer

NumberTitleECTSHoursLecturers
052-0714-23LSerendipity: Uetliberg Section Information Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 16.
2 credits2GD. Häusler, P. Urech, M. Vollmer
AbstractThe course Serendipity: Uetliberg Section will combine two research approaches at the D-Arch and teaches current methods for recording, analysing and documenting the existing urban environment in 3D models and processing it into CAD drawings.
ObjectiveStudents will reflect on the perception of the urban environment and the methods used to map and model the existing context – discussing, how different methodologies shape the way we perceive our environment. Therefore 3D tools such as laser scanning and photogrammetry will be tested in the field. Their application in the urban context and the workflow from scan to drawing will become known to the students.
Content«The layout of the city of Zurich is well known. Not only is it continuously surveyed by official bodies in maps or plans, it has also served architects and historians time and again in the past as a basis for examining the development of the city. But what does the city look like in section? And what insights can be derived from it?»

This is the question that the teaching and research project Schnitt durch Zürich (Section through Zurich) has been investigating by the Chair of Laurent Stalder. As an Addition to the existing work, this course will create a section of the Uetliberg. In the course of methodical refinement 3D laser scanning and point cloud modeling methods, developed at the Chair of Chirstophe Girot are used to digitally model the topography and vegetation as well as pathways and buildings. Following the data collection the materials will be transferred to common CAD Software and reproduced in a section. Students will use scanners to scan the slopes and forests of the Uetliberg in fieldwork and get introduced to the workflow from scan to CAD drawing. This should give a tool for a better understanding of the existing context in future projects and thus broaden the students' methodological scope
Lecture notes- Learning Materials and Software Tutorials will be provided during the classes.
- Students will generally work in groups of 2
LiteratureLiterature will be provided during the course.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe lectures will be held in English, assistance in English and German
CompetenciesCompetencies
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Decision-makingfostered
Media and Digital Technologiesassessed
Problem-solvingfostered
Project Managementfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityfostered
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection fostered
Self-direction and Self-management fostered
052-0716-23LTopology Information Restricted registration - show details 2 credits2KP. Urech, M. Vollmer
AbstractThe elective course "Topology" in the Spring Semester of 2023 builds on a long standing specialization in the spatial exploration of the landscape. We will embark the participants on a terrain that we shape through our own thoughts and actions, adopting different perceptual perspectives, supported by examples from art, literature, technology and history.
ObjectiveThis elective course gives architecture students the opportunity to further develop their perception of space through a site-specific approach in the field of landscape architecture. The students will learn to use 3D point cloud technology and other spatial sensing technologies in order to analyze complex urban landscape and develop new ways of editing and representing these intertwined spaces.
ContentStudents will document and analyze the given site to reveal its topological potentials and sensory qualities. This understanding will be gained through point cloud modeling and audiovisual composition. In particular, we will develop a new, comprehensive sectional model of a topologically interesting site situation.

Students will become acquainted to working with point cloud models produced with laser-scanning. Through a series of steps, they will learn how a laser-scanning survey is conducted, how the raw data is processed, how point cloud models are assembled, what qualities these models can provide to analyze, explore and represent space as an audiovisual experience.

Collected samples from the field will be assembled and built into an interactive application in the «Landscape Virtualization and Modeling Lab». All software required is open source and can also be installed on private laptops, facilitating work from home if necessary.
LiteratureLiterature will be provided during the course.
Prerequisites / Notice- The course is limited to 20 students (based on available computer stations)
- Students will work in groups of 2
- The lectures will be held in English, assistance in English and German
CompetenciesCompetencies
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Sensitivity to Diversityassessed
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityfostered
Creative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Self-awareness and Self-reflection assessed