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intro

Urban and spatial development are a powerful lever to tackle a variety of global challenges. Not only from a social and economic perspective, but especially concerning the urgent environmental concerns. I am eager to contribute to this interdisciplinartiy field in order to propose durable and innovative solutions for our future.

portfolio

urban project atelier 2021

diagnostic

In the diagnostic phase the evolution of the city of Biel has been taken into account for defining the qualities and challenges given for the analyzed perimetre. In particular the historical development in relation with the functionalist perspective towards the new city center and the industrial character of the city. Another major takeway being the multiple cooperative housings in the quarter concerned and the potential benefits for the municipality.

The perimeter itself is in the center of the neighborhood Mâche, a quarter being fractured by road and train traffic. Further the city, and in particular the quarter are absent of qualitative public space. This shortcoming will be adressed in the project phase by linking the existing parc and planned project together by mobilising the advandage of the cities land policy.

project

In the project phase a directory vision has been established, putting forward the connecting quality space to be created through the advandages of the cities land policies and the cooperative housing in place. This networks seeks to connect the existing and planned projectes at the city scale through a green axe following the river Suze and the existing parc in proximity and space favoring slow mobility and less road traffic, including a connecting passage to the south of the quarter.

In a second stage, these directory principles, have been integrated in a operational proposition for the perimeter in order to put in place this strategy. Including a variant that creates open public spaces in the north and closed buildings and a tower in the south, in order to protect against the railway noise.

A. Lueber, G. Pusceddu, L. Sciboz, A. Stalder, K. Wójtowicz and K. Zürcher
© 2021 UNIGE/HES-SO

landscape project atelier 2021

diagnostic and scenarios

Attached to its original rural environment, neighbouring the growing urbanisation of the city of Lausanne, the territory studied at La Blécherette is in the middle of a vast and abstruse grey zone which, over the course of its existence, has hosted a series of heterogeneous objects. From the LEB railway line inaugurated in 1889 to the motorway of the 1960s, via the establishment of the airport in 1911, it is indeed a series of consequent territorial disruptors that have seen the light of day on this agricultural territory. In order to get a closer look at such a territory, two surveys were carried out and led to the spatial identification of several types of countryside and urban areas. These are defined by different degrees of greenness, density, preservation, motorisation and industrialisation, all of which bear witness to the poorly planned development of space and the gradual disappearance of agriculture, both in number and in diversity. In concrete terms, agricultural plots are being fragmented by urban densification and high-speed roads. This sad picture is also painted by the farmers themselves. Indeed, from the constant feeling of encroachment to that of an uncertain future, all in a universe that is difficult to relate to the pure countryside, farmers logically wonder about their survival. Four main issues emerge from this diagnostic phase: cohabitation, identity, politics and the agricultural market, and urbanisation.

Based on these, two scenarios are established. The first, known as the trend scenario, is based on an increase in motorised traffic, densification and free trade policies, which condemns agriculture to large, monocentric and technological farms. The second, so-called contrasted scenario assumes the acceptance of the initiative "For a pesticide-free Switzerland" and thus foresees a sharp decline in productivity, which will drive many farms into bankruptcy. Only the release of a virus that disrupts the world market and turns Switzerland in on itself will revive local agriculture.

project

In order to avoid such a collapse, the AGRO-LAB project aims to reconnect the urban and agricultural tissue of La Blécherette. The latter essentially pursues the logic of experimentation and innovation in order to avoid the isolation of agriculture, which would be contrary to the evolving nature of the territory. Conceptually, four programme elements surround the project: education and innovation, vegetalization, circular economy and territorial design. In order to articulate the whole and to define the role of the different actors, a charter was established as a framework document for spatial planning. More concretely, three main strategic intervention sectors have been established to crystallize the AGRO-LAB concept: an innovation pole fostering research and training infrastructures, an agri-craft pole whose aim will be to develop local trade and an agri-neighborhood symbolizing the meeting between the agricultural and urban worlds. The aim of the AGRO-LAB development project is therefore to create a greener urban area and a more cooperative agriculture concentrated on a local scale.

M. Eichenberger, L. Sciboz, A. Stalder, K. Wójtowicz and K. Zürcher
© 2021 UNIGE/HES-SO

regional development project 2020

diagnostic

During the diagnostic phase we analysed the historical development of the different villages along the disaffected railroad and at the base of the Jura mountain range. These villages dispose their proper qualities linked to agriculture and local heritage, while in proximity to international Geneva and CERN. The villages developed therefore in different ways, which was observed while analysing the typologies of buildings and zones. The raising development and mobility close to the cities is also observable by the considerable surfaces dedicated to the transport by car and parking spaces. The tensions between the growing development due to the cities need and landscape and agriculture qualites are illustrative for the space. Finally the disposable surfaces for future developments are extremly rare and hence these qualities heavily at risk.

R. Burkhart, S. Fragnière, G. Pusceddu, S. Schwyn, C. Vida and K. Zürcher
© 2020 UNIGE/HES-SO

regional development project

In the second phase of the atelier the objective was to specify a problematic and present the proposed project. Our group focused on the development of a network in the sense of eco-mobility, that would on one hand connect the characteristic villages on the base of the Jura via the transformation of the disaffected railroad to a cycling lane.

The projects proposes different typologies of stops, to reconnect and discover the qualities the Pays de Gex offers to locals and external visitors during different seasons. There are service stops to guarantee a safe passage on the cycling lane with reparation shops, but more importantly are the so called “discovery stops” and “relaxing stops” that aim to implant qualities such as access to local qualities such as food markets, bars and cafes in the urbanised areas and simple refreshing and access points to hiking paths in remote parts of the lane.

With all those different stops, the projects aims to value the diverse qualities of the landscape and nature in the perimeter and to reconnect the suburban areas with each other.

The proximity to Geneva and Nyon is crucial from a development and mobility perspective, projected networks of public transport and cycling lanes can be integrated in the proposed project and pose attractive alternatives to the commute by car, as shown in case studies in the suburbs of London or Copenhagen.

M. Eichenberger , E. Dodaj, P. Gilli, J. Ruetschi and K. Zürcher - Ilustrations of haltes: M. Eichenberger
© 2020 UNIGE/HES-SO

urban scenography 2021

what if?

What if walls could tell other stories?
What if the nuances of sound challenged our realities?
What if enclosed spaces reinvented themselves?

The project has been imagined for the users of the district. With the intention that the sounds searches to create new sensations in order to question the use of the districts space, as well as to bring ambivalence and to disturb the spectators by confronting them with alternative realities.

narrative example

Imagine that it is Friday morning, perhaps you work in the music school in the neighbourhood. Having taken the bus to work, you still have some time before the first lesson starts and you decide to take a diversion via another route in order to walk around the neighbourhood. As you pass a small path, you are interrupted by the sound of a heavy gate that seems to be opening at that very moment. You look at the gate that is close to you, but in reality it does not open. Instead what opens is your imagination. You hear voices of joy, the life of the neighbourhood, but in an unexpected place. Out of curiosity, you decide to stay a while longer. Suddenly the atmosphere changes and you hear a concert, people talking. But you know that this is not reality, it is Friday morning and behind the gate there is an old football field, without activity. To be sure, you take a look at the gate, but indeed it is empty.
You continue your walk and arrive at work without thinking too much about this intervention. However, perhaps this experience does not go away completely and you talk with your colleagues at lunchtime. You discuss the issues surrounding the space you occupy as a user. You realise that it might be interesting to have alternative uses for the place where you heard those sounds. A sense of curiosity and imagination may remain in your memory and could trigger future ideas and projects about this or another place.

implementaiton

Identification and choice of places with inaccessible spaces where one could imagine an alternative use and allow to rethink and imagine alternative scenarios, presented with a sound installation. Specifically the example of the portal and a second location within the disused slaughterhouse.
These sound installations are intended as windows of imagination into these abandoned spaces. With the aim to bring alternative perspectives and to make the current use of these spaces questionable.

Installation of loudspeakers for the creation of a spatial scenography at the sound level. At the level of the composition, the sound changes the atmosphere so as not to force a concrete perspective on these spaces, but rather to highlight possible contrasts. In both locations, there are physically present frames, which are useful as a window to the imagination. With the aim of provoking an alternative vision without imposing a concrete narrative. The choice was made to focus only on a sound presentation, without explanations or visual accompaniments.

summer school at the istituto svizzero roma

The project pitch was developed during the summer school : Scénographie(s) urbaine(s). La scénographie urbaine réinvente-t-elle l’urbanisme? Held at the Istituto Svizzero Roma during in July 2021 in cooperation with the following institutions: HEAD, HEM, HES-SO, UNIGE and UNIL.

© 2021 A. Cava, B. Lavastre, J. Mayer, S. Wasserman and K. Zürcher

prospective urbanism atelier 2021

cité-partage

The goal of this workshop was to imagineo imagine the quarter Les Mervelets, Geneva in 2050. How people would live, work, move in 30 years and what challenges do they face?

In the project realised in one week in September 2021 following a initial diagnostic phase in June 2021 of several days, our groupe focused on a society that will be heavily detached from the idea of possession and is relying on deep integration of shared good and services. These factors where then implemented in the project, inspired by the initial Cité Jardin that influenced the planning of this quarter and adapted to this future form of living. The new way of life is also described by a narrative in the report.

O. Bastien, G. Pusceddu, J. Rüetschi, L. Sciboz and K. Zürcher
© 2021 UNIGE/HES-SO

hong kong field study 2019

the hidden people

I had the opportunity to study one semester at the City University of Hong Kong. This experience thought me a lot, already through observation. I was amazed and shocked at the same time at the vast cityscape of highly dense constructions on the very limited land, connected through a extensive metro und bus systems. Hong Kong is an excellent example, what can go wrong, when the public administration peruse economic intentions with their land policy.

In the course 'The Hidden City' we analysed the multifaced social and political processes, the four dimensions of space, people and power contribute interdependently to the situation. Further we learned about public spaces, different ethic backgrounds, land policies that define this vibrant city. Through a analytic lens we could observe those hidden dimensions.

During the course we treated the four different topics of space, globalisation, people and power. Concluding the course with a field study and an individual paper.

CHAN Ching Man, KEI Ka Shun, WONG Yuk Ting, YAM Sin Yan & ZÜRCHER Kiran
© 2019 City University of Hong Kong

professional experience in architecture

While working at m+b architekten during my apprenticeship and the assignment afterwards I could contributed to several interesting projects in the public and private sector. Including different uses and types of constructions such as schools, universities, health facilities, offices, appartements or buildings. This page contains a selection of some of the projects I could work on in order to display an overview of their level of detail and proper characteristics. More information about the project can be found on the website below.

concept study

3D visualisation for a concept study in Bern. © 2012 m+b architekten

attic appartment

Ground plan 1:50 and section 1:20 of an attic appartment. © 2012 m+b architekten

public dormitory

Ground plan and section 1:50 of a public dorm for the swiss salvation army. © 2013 m+b architekten

single familiy house

Section 1:50 and 1:20 of a family house. © 2013 m+b architekten

lecture hall

Detail plan 1:10, ground plan and section 1:50 of a lecture hall. © 2012 m+b architekten

nursing home

Detail plan 1:10, ground plan and section 1:100. © 2013 m+b architekten

apprenticeship projects

These projects were created at the comercial and industrial school in Bern (gibb), during my apprenticeship.

documentation and urban photography

Curated selection of my photography documentation about architecture, urban life and cityscapes. A part of my work can also be found on Instagram, this space however is dedicated to present the pictures in the context of thematic series.

geneva's colors | 2021

Collection of vertical photos in b&w during walks through different neighorhoods in Geneva. This series focuses on harsh lines, layers or frames separeted by shadows.

Fujifilm X-T3

geneva's layers | b&w | 2021

Collection of vertical photos in b&w during walks through different neighorhoods in Geneva. This series focuses on harsh lines, layers or frames separeted by shadows.

Fujifilm X-T3

two romes | 2021

During the summer school in Rome I had the opportunity to visit some less known areas of this astonishing city. In this series, the new discovered places were combined with some recognisable roman charecteristics.

Fujifilm X-T3

hong kong markets in b&w 2019

The wet and street markets in Hong Kong are fascinating for street photography as they enable to freeze daily moments in this vibrant city.

35mm film with Olympus OM-1

contrasting tokyo 2019

While visitng Tokyo I was astonished by the contrast of the this extreme metropole, that is able to maintan a local and regional character simultaneously.

35mm film with Olympus OM-1

tai o fishing village 2019

The Tai O fishing village, situated on Lantau Island is a welcoming escape to the bustling streets of Kowloon and Central in HK. The uniform build of the village with the shiny facades create an interresting scene within the wild vegetation of the island.

35mm film with Olympus OM-40

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