052-1107-23L  Entwurf V-IX: Panta rhei - Brienz-Brinzauls (GD M.Voser)

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersM. Voser
Periodicityevery semester recurring course
Language of instructionGerman
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Project grading at semester end is based on the list of enrolments on 1.11.2023 (valuation date) only. This is the ultimate deadline to unsubscribe or enroll for the studio.


052-1107-23 UArchitectural Design V-IX: Panta rhei - Brienz-Brinzauls (GD M.Voser) Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.
Permission from lecturers required for all students.
Keine Lehrveranstaltung am 24/25.10 (Seminarwoche).
16 hrs
Tue09:45-17:30HIL C 15 »
Wed08:00-17:30HIL C 15 »
M. Voser

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AbstractNew dynamic prototypes for the landscape of Brienz-Brinzauls
ObjectiveBasic knowledge in landscape architecture, developing an attitude, formulating a hypothesis, choosing appropriate design elements, designing and representing complex/dynamic systems and landscape spaces, large scale design, alternating between different scales.
ContentIt rumbles from above and slides downward - the Grisons municipality of Brienz-Brinzauls lies in the middle of a landscape that seems to flow apart.

The diverse geological dynamics on the mountain lead to landscape images that, depending on the perspective, oscillate between idyllic Heidi romanticism and menacingly harsh wilderness. But it is not only the classic vedute that experiences cracks; much more, on closer inspection, one discovers split buildings, dancing trees, and roads that are more reminiscent of a Lunapark than of the perfect traçés of Swiss infrastructure buildings.

While the landslide on which the village sits has been quietly moving faster and faster in recent years, the 'island' above it kept the Swiss media on tenterhooks this summer: live tickers were used to watch how the inhabitants were evacuated, how the debris flow came down at night, and how the village could be revived after 52 days.

With the construction of a drainage tunnel, geologists and engineers are now trying to slow down the dynamics of the mountain - an experiment with an uncertain outcome, especially for the village and its cultural landscape.

In exchange with the municipality and the canton, we will face the many unanswered questions this semester and design possible answers: In the form of a test arrangement, we are examining various scenarios for the further development of this space and are thus embarking together on a search for the future identity of this centuries-old cultural landscape. How can it be further cultivated, what new natures will emerge and what added values for humans, flora and fauna can we generate?

We are convinced that landscape architecture can mediate between geology, engineering, cultural landscape, village and man and is a means to design future-oriented transformation processes - always balancing between preservation, adaptation and laisser-faire.

Finally, we see Brienz-Brinzauls as a prototype for the future development of Switzerland - here, symbolically, the question arises as to how we will deal with the increasing natural dynamics in the future and what our relationship to nature and landscape will be.
Prerequisites / NoticeIntegrated Discipline: Landscape and Urban Studies (LUS)

Introductory meeting: 19.09.2023, 08:07h, HB platform 9, IC3 to Chur
Intermediate critiques: critique I :10.10.2023, critique II: 14.11.2023, critique III: 05.12.2023
Final critique: 18.12.2023

Costs: CHF 300 (estimate, without possible seminar week costs)
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesfostered
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationfostered
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingfostered
Critical Thinkingfostered
Integrity and Work Ethicsfostered

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits14 credits
ExaminersM. Voser
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationLetzter Abmeldetermin für das Entwurfssemester ist der 1.11.2023, 24:00 Uhr.
Das Löschen einer Belegung nach diesem Datum ist nicht zulässig.

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General : Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers
Permission from lecturers required for all students

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