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Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). Gertrudstrasse 15, 8401 Winterthur, Zurich, SW

Up to 30 master-students and graduates from the fields of Architecture, Urban Design, Urban Planning, Architecture History, Sociology, Anthropology, Political and Cultural Studies and other related fields.

International workshop


November 30—December 7, 2019

The Workshop in Zurich marks the second workshop in the "Creating Homes for Tomorrow" program, offering an 8-day introduction into local housing context. Together with an international group of participants and a multidisciplinary team of mentors and experts, you design solutions and strategies for future housing scenarios in a transforming neighborhood in the city of Zurich: Altstetten — the new wild west of city pioneers in Zurich. The workshop takes place from the 30 of November to 7 of December and is hosted by the ZHAW School of Architecture, Design and Civil Engineering.
Zurich is known for its long tradition in housing cooperatives from which outstanding innovative bottom-up co-housing projects evolved in the last decades. For instance new participatory models for integrating future inhabitants as well as innovative flat typologies were developed. The bottom-up housing cooperatives have become a prominent market player and are driving innovative approaches in the field. Only two decades ago, stagnation and escape to the countryside dominated the urban development debate in Zurich. Since 2000, the city is growing rapidly and especially in its agglomeration. The rapid urbanization processes involve a variety of social, cultural and spatial transformation processes posing challenges of adaptation to its growth. Facing the urban development debate pointing at eventual consequences to its attractiveness, the city needs to develop scenarios for growth to maintain the high quality of life at the same time counteracting the
population's doubts on further city expansion. During the workshop, we explore local constraints for housing development, visit best practice projects, conceptualize strategies and design homes for tomorrow for Zurich. We understand the local conditions like ownership structures, policies and stakeholder interests influencing production and quality of housing in Zurich and explore how global trends like societal changes, virtual communication and environmental change will influence the way we live. Based on this, we conceptualize and design future-oriented scenarios for housing with different focuses and scales: the socio-economic aspects defining the framework for development, the neighbourhood as a living environment, the building block as a unit for living in a community, and the building itself as an expression of lifestyles.
CASE: Altstetten
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The formerly independent municipality "Altstetten" was incorporated in 1934 and today forms the largest district of the city of Zurich in terms of area (7.4 km2) and population (over 30,000 inhabitants). Because the district is partly mixed with large scale industrial, office and infrastructure buildings, Alstetten is heterogeneous in structure and use. The current face of Altstetten is largely dominated by buildings from the period after 1940 and characterized by housing settlements of the 60s with relatively low rents compared to the rest of the city. Thanks to a new rail connection, the large-scale project "Diameter
Line" and the "Limmattalbahn" tram line which opened this year, the area is moving closer to Zurich's city center and Oerlikon and also has a better connectivity to the neighboring communities in the Limmatvalley. The strong improvement of public transportation in the district together with currently underused areas or industrial areas make Altstetten one of the future potential development areas in Zurich with potential for the development of a continuous city body in the future.
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During the workshop, we learn from the experience of two flagship housing projects in Zurich:
Kalkbreite is a result of a bottom up initiative to develop a mixed residential and commercial building. The goal was to combine different forms of living by bringing together people of different incomes, nationalities, age groups and household constellations to ensure diversity and explore new ways of living together. Guided by Thomas Sacchi founder housing cooperative Kalkbreite.
    Mehr als Wohnen is a large-scale, new model for multi-residential housing, which translates to 'More Than Living'. It transforms a once neglected neighborhood into a welcoming and diverse civic quarter filled with a genuine demographic mix. The project is experimental and collaborative, encouraging new modes of living and working in a close proximity. Guided by Kornelia Gysel "futurafrosch architects" and Anna Haller "mehr als wohnen".

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    We attend input lectures and evening social events featuring guests and speakers from the following institutions:

    Debate with F.A.T."Cities within the city".
    With invited guests: Andreas Wirz, Pascal Hunkeler, Charlotte Malterre-Barthes and Blanca Garcia Gardelegui.

    Lecture by: ZHAW
    Phillippe Koch – "Housing politics in Zurich: contesting commodification in a capitalist city";
    City of Zurich:
    Stefan Roschi – "A social Perspective on Zürich's Housing and Population Development"
    Günther Arber – "Zürich's Housing Policy – History, Instruments and current Challenges"
    Christoph Durban – "The Densification Imperativ - Challenges and Strategies in Urban Planning"
    Mirjam Niemeyer is an architect, urban designer and founding partner at Helsinki Zürich Office which was established in 2010. The office has branches in Zurich and Helsinki. Mirjam works as a designer and researcher in the fields of architecture, urban design and planning in an international context and has won several international prizes for architectural and urban design projects.

    Mirjam has been a visiting professor at the PBSA Düsseldorf and assistant professor at the Institute of Urban Design at Prof. Kees Christiaanse at the ETH Zurich, where she led and conducted the "s5-city project", an urban research and design project about the agglomeration of Zurich. She has tutored several international workshops and published internationally. Mirjam is a member of the Advisory Board of CANactions School and has curated and mentoredCANactions School educational programs since 2016.
    Romea Muryń is a Polish architect and urban planner. After receiving her master's degree from West Pomeranian University of Technology, Szczecin, Poland and her bachelor's degree from the School of Design and Technology, Copenhagen, Denmark she worked for 8 years as an architect in leading design practices—JDS, COBE, REX, BIG and OMA.

    Romea also successfully completed the postgraduate programme 'Hybrid Urbanism' at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design and worked as a leading architect and urban strategist at KB Strelka, Moscow, Russia, taking part in the projects 'My Street' large-scale urban renovation program and, 'Key Public Spaces: Improvement in 40 Cities of Russia'. Romea was an adjunct Professor at INDA International Program in Design and Architecture, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. She is co-founder of the studio Locument, established in 2015
    Fani Kostourou is an architect, urban designer and academic. Trained at the National Technical University of Athens, she holds a MAS in Urban Design from ETH Zürich and an MRes in Spatial Design from University College London. In 2017, she joined the MIT Department of Architecture and Computation as a visiting researcher and participated in the Future Architecture Platform. Fani currently finishes her PhD research at the Bartlett, teaches at the Welsh School of Architecture and works as a researcher at Theatrum Mundi.
    Konstantinos Pantazis is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at ColumbiaGSAPP. He founded Point Supreme with Marianna Rentzou in 2008 after working in London, Rotterdam, Brussels and Tokyo (OMA, MVRDV, 51N4E, Jun Aoki). In 2015 Athens Projects, a book dedicated to their work was published by Graham Foundation in Chicago. They recently finished building the Petralona House and won 1st prize at the acclaimed completion for the new architecture school in Marseille, whose construction will start in 2019.

    Gianmaria Socci received a Master degree in Architecture from FAF Ferrara and a MAS degree in Urban Design from ETH Zürich, with a research focus on informal urbanism. Between 2013 and 2016 he has been research assistant at ETH Zürich, leading urban research and teaching design studios at the chair of Architecture and Urban Design. Since 2017 he has been adjunct professor at INDA, the International Program in Design and Architecture of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. In 2018 Gianmaria co-founded Space Saloon.
    Dr. Phillippe Koch is a researcher and lecturer in urban studies at the Institute Urban Landscape, Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). His research interests lie in urban politics and the politicalpossibilities of urbanisation. In recent research projects he has examined urban self-government, therole of cooperatives in housing policy/politics and the political import of urban public spaces.

    Stefan Kurath studied architecture at universities in Switzerland and the Netherlands. Own practice for architecture and urban design: urbaNplus / Stefan Kurath / GmbH in Zurich and partner at Iseppi-Kurath GmbH in Grison. Since 2012, Professor for architecture and design at School of Architecture, ZHAW. Winner of CS-ZHAW Award for best teaching 2013, together with Peter Jenni. Since 2014, Head of Institute Urban Landscape at School of Architecture ZHAW.
    Günther Arber during his university studies in geography, social and economic history and cultural anthropology he focused upon urban topics. During his university studies in geography, social and economic history and cultural anthropology he focused upon urban topics. After a postgraduate degree at the Swiss Polytechnic University ETH in Zürich, he worked as a planner on the regional level. Today he is vice director and head of the socio-spatial unit at the office for urban development in the mayor's department in Zürich.
    Thomas Sacchi has more than 30-years' experience in developing, planning and realizing construction projects in various fields: as a project manager, builder, cost planner and cost guarantor, as site manager and foreman. In 2016 Thomas founded his own company "Thomas Sacchi - builds utopias" in the area of process and construction consulting.

    Christoph Durban has a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Since 2009, he has been working at the City Planning Office in Zurich as a project manager. He has worked on numerous projects such as planning instruments and development strategies, urban studies, large-scale projects, urban management and urban design projects. As a member of the board in a housing cooperative, he has experience in the field of affordable housing.
    Urs Thomann is Swiss urban planner, co-founder and co-curator of Education at CANactions School. As a practitioner, has been promoting new tools for guiding Urban Development in Ukraine, curated the development of the Integrated Urban Transport & Spatial Planning Strategy for Vinnytsia and mentored the first phase of the Integrated Urban Development Concept for Zhytomyr.
    F.A.T. stands for Forum for Architecture Theory; it is an horizontal teaching-learning program based on an open debate about fundamental architecture topics. F.A.T. was founded in 2018 by Fabio Don and Marco Zelli. In 2019 it was nominated emerging creative by the Future Architecture Platform and is currently collaborating with the Lisbon Triennale and the Mies Van der Rohe Foundation.

    Kornelia Gysel is an architect, founder and owner of «Futurafrosch-Architektur und Raumentwicklung GmbH».
    Together with Sabine Frei Kornelia Gysel founded «Futurafrosch» in 2007 as a platform for the conception, planning, and implementation of projects in the fields of architecture, art, and the environment. Spanning from the large overviews to hidden poetry, their projective proposals and responses range from publications and buildings to masterplans.
    Prof. Regula Iseli studied architecture at ETH Zürich. 1993 – 2002 working as independent architect and as a partner in different project teams. 2002 – 2013 project leader at Amt für Städtebau Stadt Zürich; team leader and the person responsible for urban and architectural quality; since 2013 tutor at Institute for Urban Landscape. Since 2014 head of Institute for Urban Landscape ZHAW together with Stefan Kurath.
    Anna Haller is historian and sociologist, studied in Fribourg and Bilbao.
    After several years working in an NGO working on women, peace and security, changed to mehr als wohnen, where I am responsible for community work and participatory processes. I started my work at the Hunziker Areal 5 years ago, when the first people moved in.

    Viktor Zotov studied Architecture at the National University of Construction and Architecture in Kharkiv, Ukraine. In 2004 he founded an architectural bureau ZOTOV&CO, which is oriented to the world contemporary architecture practice and experienced in cooperation with companies: BIG, MAXWAN, EM2N, JWA, Transsolar, KS – Ingenieure, Architectural Prescription and others. Since 2008 he is a Founder and a curator of the CANactions International Architecture Festival.
    Stefan Roschi is head of the social center "Ausstellungsstrasse" in Zürich, Head of Social Urban Development Department, Member of the Board of Social Service, City of Zürich since 2010. From 1999 till 2010 he works at various management positions in the Airline Industry in private companies. Last position: Vice-President Aviation Security with Swissport. In 2010 he Stefan received a Master of Advanced Studies in Business Administration (University of Applied Science, Zürich, Switzerland).
    Pascal Hunkeler is a founder of Covas Hunkeler Wyss Architekten architecture office in Zurich. Lecturer for architecture and construction at the University of Liechtenstein. Since 2010 Member of Executive Board of Zurich City Planning Office, responsible for the division Spatial Development & Architecture. Since 2014 Deputy Director of the City Planning Office.

    Andreas Wirz is an architect ETH and a partner of the Archipel GmbH, an architecture, consulting and planning company. He is involved in the Board of housing cooperatives Swiss Zurich Regional Association of non-profit housing developers. He is also a board member of the student housing cooperative WOKO, a member of the "International Network for Urban Research and Action, INURA" and co-curator of the Platform Cooperatives.
    Pascal Müller is an architect, Co-founder of Müller Sigrist Architekten together with Samuel Thoma and Patrick Fischer. Since 2004 he is a guest critic and jury member of various activities both in Switzerland and abroad
    2010-2012 Guest professor at Bern University of Applied Sciences Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering.
    Blanca Garcia Gardelegui is an architect and urban designer with an M.Arch from the Polytechnic School of Architecture in Barcelona. She is currently working in ETH Zurich in the chair of Professor Hubert Klumpner. She has previously worked with Herzog & de Meuron for five years. She worked as an adjunct professor of Architecture at INDA International Program of Design and Architecture in Bangkok University of Chulalongkorn and collaborated as an architect for the United Nations in Geneva.
    Charlotte Malterre-Barthes is an architect, urban designer, and scholar. Principal of the urban design practice OMNIBUS, she directed the MAS Urban Design with Marc Angélil, and holds a PhD from ETHZ on the effects of the political economy of food on the built environment, case study Egypt. She co-authored 'Housing Cairo: T"he Informal Response", "Some Haunted Spaces in Singapore" and "Eileen Gray: A House under the Sun".
    Workshop Space
    We work in the Zurich University for Applied Sciences (ZHAW), located in Winterthur During the Workshop, we have the possibility to engage in the dialogues with the teaching staff and be exposed to the unique methodology of the University. The Institute of Urban Landscape IUL deals with contemporary Swiss and European urban landscapes. Architects are challenged to develop these habitats. They conceive future-oriented urban development concepts and architectures, promote their
    realization, discuss the effect of decision processes on space, support (public) space against the backdrop of disciplinary knowledge and introduce a perspective of building culture into the social negotiation processes. At the Institute of Urban Landscape, it is thus to enable architects to explore urban landscapes, to develop them further and to make them future proof as well as concise. "Only those seeking to understand how urbanity evolves can participate in designing it."
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