078-0100-00L  Core Design and Research Studio I (EPFL)

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
Lecturersexternal organisers
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


078-0100-00 GCore Design and Research Studio I (EPFL)
**Course at EPFL**
240s hrsexternal organisers

Catalogue data

AbstractLecturers: P. Viganò with C. Fivet, L. Rossi and guests. The Core Studio will reflect on the “transition”, assuming its multiple dimensions (ecological, social and economic) and developing transcalar design operations in concrete territories. The territory of Greater Geneva will be the test-bed for radical design explorations of possible futures.
ObjectiveDifferent urban conditions will be considered in order to understand, read and manage the thick complexity of the contemporary habitat where densities, distances, relations and practices shape heterogeneous spaces and ecologies. Conceived as a place of interaction among disciplines, the studio also constitutes the main tool to develop interdisciplinarity within the design practice.
ContentA series of lectures will deal with ecology; the organism and its environment; population and community ecology; and biodiversity. Others lectures on design as knowledge production and on representation—GIS, video and photography—will be embedded within the activities of the studio. Fieldwork is integral to the design studio.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits16 credits
Typeungraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationRegistration modalities, date and venue of this performance assessment are specified solely by the EPFL.

Learning materials

Main linkInformation
Only public learning materials are listed.


No information on groups available.


PriorityRegistration for the course unit is only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupMAS ETH EPFL in Urban and Territorial Design (078000)

Offered in

MAS in Urban and Territorial DesignDesign Studio and PostproductionOInformation