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Novartis Campus Park, Basel @ Christian Vogt


New publication, available at Matthes & Seitz Berlin!


"Reflections of a landscape architect on the garden as an artificial paradise"

The archetype of the garden is paradise, which was separated by high walls from a more inhospitable world. Today, this distinction is more questionable than ever. Today's "paradises" are seed bunkers in Spitzbergen or gigantic artificial worlds for optimised food production. But gardens have always been places of transition and permeability, where migrating plants and historical layers, city and country, stasis and movement met. Together with Violeta Burkhardt, Günther Vogt, one of the most influential landscape architects of our time, looks at areas, gardens, parks and artificial paradises between Rome and Chernobyl, Poland and Ticino, Zurich and Hamburg, and finally comes to the bottom of the Arctic Sea, where territorial demarcation and digital world networking overlap in a tense way.


Günther Vogt, Violeta Burckhardt and Frank Fehrenbach (Hg.) 
Fröhliche Wissenschaft, Bd. 177M, 2021


The Tempelhofer Feld was and is hotly disputed, both in terms of possible partial development and in terms of its climatic and ecological impact on the neighbourhood and the city as a whole. Some see the park as a "green lung" and regard the meadows as one of Berlin's most important biotopes, while others speak of heat stress and assume that the field has a rather limited effect on the neighbourhood's climate. The Tempelhofer Feld stands for leisure and recreation, species protection and diversity, and contributes to the climate of its urban neighbourhoods. But does it need the whole field to gain cold air or would a large number of small green spaces in the city be more effective? What do Berlin's green spaces like the Tempelhofer Feld contribute to urban ecology?


Discussion panel with Dieter Scherer, Peter Trute, Gabriele Pütz, Thomas E. Hauck and Günther Vogt.


25 February 2021, 7 – 8:30 PM

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In contrast to wilderness, landscape is a space designed by humans. As a primarily cultural good, discourse forms the basis for working with landscape. Terms and typologies such as garden, park, courtyard, square or promenade make landscape legible. They form a matrix for ordering the urban landscape and make it possible to distinguish the many different gradations from private to public space as well as its use, scale, functionality and atmosphere. Last but not least, the global phenomenon of rising temperatures as a result of climate change requires individual solutions based on local conditions and discourse of development on a large scale. The sustainable city must be thought from the landscape.


4 February 2021, 6:30 pm

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How can the metropolises of the future be designed? Answers to the most pressing questions of the present and the future are being sought in the context of the Berlin Metropolis Talks, the exhibition "Unfinished Metropolis" and the ideas competition Berlin-Brandenburg 2070, which the team of VOGT, Arup, Silvia Malcovati and Bernd Albers recently won. There is a specific format for each theme. On 3 February on the topic of green and water space, with inputs from Maren Brakebusch and Stefan Tischer.


3 February 2021, 7pm – 8:30

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After several decades of displacement and miniaturisation of our urban vegetation, it is now becoming an all-rounder for solving urgent questions about the future quality of life in our cities. Thus the discussion about the transformation of our cities is shifting from a long aesthetically guided to an ecologically dominated one. Forests on roofs, green facades and tendril-covered inner courtyards, unsealed surfaces and squares covered with tree roofs remain selective interventions and are only partially suitable as permanent structures to counter overheating and simultaneous densification. A substantive and transdisciplinary debate on public space, especially in times of highly regulated access, plays a key role in the further development of the city.


The lecture entitled «The public space in the city is too limited to be negotiated in a purely aesthetic way» shows how the city can be thought of in terms of urban geography and landscape.


Bauwelt Kongress 2020

3 - 4 December via live stream


Further information and registration


The digital lecture series of the Association of German Landscape Architects Hessen (BDLA) «Internationale Landschaftsarchitektur – Klimawandel im Fokus» aims to give an insight into the working methods of internationally active landscape architects through various lectures. How are the challenges of modern building culture dealt with in practice and how can sustainable cities, residential and living spaces be designed?


Lars Ruge, experienced landscape architect and office manager of VOGT Zurich, will present possible approaches using specific examples on the coming Thursday evening, 15 October.

«Achtung: die Landschaft! – Achtung der Landschaft!»
15 October 2020, 19:00 - 20:00


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Almost twenty years after the Frankfurt police moved out of the old praesidium at Platz der Republik, the site is to be redeveloped. Meixner Schlüter Wendt Architekten and VOGT have now been selected as the winners of the competition.


The design of the "Präsidium" envisages that the listed neo-baroque old building dating from 1914 will be preserved and renovated. Behind the old building, a high-rise building with a pentagonal ground plan is being built in the middle of the block, surrounded by a star-shaped square interspersed with groups of trees and accessible from all sides for pedestrians and cyclists. Benches and free seating invite to linger in the shade and complement the outdoor catering facilities. 


The inner courtyards of the new buildings will be intensively greened and, in the case of the old praesidium, will also be equipped with water elements. The roofs are also part of the open space in the new district and will be used as a play and outdoor space above the new kindergarten or as private and communal roof terraces and gardens, some with intensive and extensive roof greening.


© Meixner Schlüter Wendt / VOGT

At a prominent location in Elbbrücken district and as the eastern pillar of HafenCity, the highest building to date in the Hanseatic City of Hamburg is being built. The open space design is based on the triangular base of the Elbtower and its materialisation and planting refer to its natural surroundings, the history of the site and the surrounding water.


In response to the adjoining streetscape of the Zweibrückenstrasse, the new Elbbrücken subway station and the high-rise structures of HafenCity, the open spaces around the building focus on a human scale through a sequence of squares with high sojourn quality. The result is a robust and urban open space, without neglecting the holistic development of the area. The Elbtower is built on a continuous carpet of clinker brick, the colour of which varies slightly between beige and earth tones. Each of the three sides of the tower unfolds its very own character through different elements and planting, despite the harmonious overall picture. 


In complete contrast to the partly greened mineral base of the tower, a park with meadows, seating and a rich planting of park trees will be created on its south side, directly on the Nordelbe. The former customs house will be preserved and offers space for gastronomy with a view into the park.


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The Alaska Design Forum invites the community to join a conversation around the theme of REVISED UTOPIAS and seeks to engage a discussion of the adjusted ideals that come after a radical change.

With REVISED UTOPIAS, the ADF seeks unconventional voices and discussion formats to challenge the narrative on cultural progress and the way it is continually rewritten. Should the role of design be moving from creation to repair? Is there a place for optimism in emerging visions of the future? How might the long history of utopias in our arts and culture affect our current conception of good design?

Günther Vogt is the first guest of the fall lecture series. Join via Zoom on 1 September, 10 pm (CEST).

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The Greater Berlin we know today marks its 100th anniversary in 2020. Over the past 100 years, this metropolis has changed and reinvented itself under a variety of influences. That date offers a timely opportunity to review the city’s strengths and weaknesses and consider what is required for a sustainable future.


On this occasion the Architekten- und Ingenieurverein zu Berlin e.V. took the initiative and organized an international urban design competition «Berlin-Brandenburg 2070» with the invitation to architects, urban planners and landscape architects to draft proposals for the future development of the metropolis.


Together with Bernd Albers, Silvia Malcovati und Arup, VOGT has been announced as the winner of the competition. The jury appreciates the focus of the proposal as a structural and spatial unity of Berlin and Brandenburg. The overarching basic concept for the entire capital region integrally includes settlement areas, green space and the traffic skeleton, places the capital region in a clear European context and convinces with a simultaneous mastery of the overall space and specific locations.

© VOGT, Bernd Albers,Silvia Malcovat, Arup

A 12-metre long water table will adorn an inner courtyard of the Zurich insurance company in the cities Enge district. The largest mobile crane in Switzerland placed the worldwide unique object designed by VOGT in the night from June 10 to 11, 2020.


The 24-tonne giant, made in 400 working hours from a single piece of Bollinger sandstone from Müller Natursteinwerk AG, finally reached its destination. The monolithic water table is probably unique in its size worldwide. The sandstone used is firmly rooted in the architectural history of Zurich. The material has been used as a building material in the city for centuries and can also be found on the facade of the companies' original headquarters on Zurich's Mythenquai.


Further information: Tages Anzeiger (Abo+) / Video


In the coming issue «Kontext» looks between the covers of the latest book by VOGT and Günther Vogt's chair at ETH Zurich.

Günther Vogt has collected a veritable cabinet of curiosities, a puzzle of the world, which he unfolds in his latest book. «Collecting is one way of explaining the world to oneself,» writes the landscape architect. He gives an insight into the collective design work of his office and shows which instruments are in his toolbox: collecting information, rummaging through history, the work of artists and his own cabinet of curiosities. (Karin Salm)

«Kontext» Radio SRF 2 Kultur
Thursday, 14 May 2020, 09:02 AM


The Nägelimoos school complex in Kloten (CH) was built in 1969 and is now largely in need of renovation. The task was to propose solid solutions for the gradual expansion and, if necessary, renovation of the school complex in stages while the school is still in operation, in accordance with the space allocation plan and future requirements.


The team Galli Rudolf/VOGT convinced the jury with a functional and true-to-life contribution that places an open school ensemble in the context of the surrounding landscape. Depending on how one moves and orients oneself through the school, a completely different image emerges: the image of a school embedded in the forest, or that of an exposed terrace overlooking the landscape. Existing and new buildings and the landscape were combined in such a way that the functional arrangement of the different zones is naturally understood as such.


The forest on one side and the water landscape of the moor on the other side are considered as an extended learning area for research gardens or natural studies lessons, in addition to the actual school grounds.


VOGT in collaboration with the architects of Herzog & de Meuron have been announced as the winners of the competition of the city of Hamburg's competition for the urban development of the Grasbrook district. As a central element of the urban development strategy «Sprung über die Elbe», the former port area on the southern bank of the Norderelbe will be transformed into a new, central neighbourhood with 3,000 apartments, 16,000 workplaces, and spacious recreational areas.


The centerpiece of the proposal is a big park surrounded by residential areas and spacious additional recreational areas with a strong connection to the Elbe and the Moldau port. The sweeping canopy of the «Übersee-Zentrum» will become a central open space in the new quarter. The neighbourhood combines everything that makes up the quality of life in Hamburg: living and working in the middle of the city and at the same time on the waterfront. Construction is scheduled to start as early as 2023.

© VOGT/Herzog & de Meuron

Book review by Fletcher Phillips

"Without a singular beginning or end, we are forced to wander the pages; collecting disparate findings, tracing patterns, and continually constructing a mental map of the experience. As you drift through topics (…) a rich image of the world in which Vogt works will begin to emerge. No claims are made, however, as to what that image will be. Rather, if the experiment works, it will be different for each person."


«Mutation and Morphosis - Landacape as Aggregate» is available at Lars Müller Publishers


© Giancarlo Rado: the italian sheperd Luigino Balzan and his flock on the road bends of Brocon pass, Veneto, 2008
© Albrecht Dürer, The Large Piece of Turf (Das große Rasenstück), 1503, Watercolor and body color heightened with white body color, Albertina, Public Domain
© Johann Christian Daniel Schreber, Ovis Aries, in: „Die Säugethiere in Abbildungen nach der Natur“, 1739–1810, Public Domain
© Christian Vogt


Olmsted Lecture GSD Harvard 2020 by Günther Vogt
6th of February, 6:30 p.m.


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What is the relevant scale for operating with the landscape of the city?


Since the Industrial Revolution at the latest, humans have become the determining factor for global ecosystems. This fact becomes apparent when we look at sediment displacement influenced by human activity, for example. There is thirty times more of it today than what natural processes cause. Due to our massive intervention in the Earth system, not just new landscapes are formed, however, but the conditions for cohabitation in our cities are also fundamentally changed.



Against this backdrop, solutions proposed by the current ‘green movement’ seem to have little viability. Green facades, vertical gardens or planted bridges deal primarily with esthetic aspects and are neither sustainable nor do they work as part of a network of lived public space. Vegetation is applied onto a construction framework, demoted to the ‘new ornament’ of landscape architecture. 



Set against these neatly composed images, Günther Vogt applies a systematic design approach with his projects. Their success is measured not just by their design qualities, but primarily by their consequences for the environment. In the spirit of Friedrich Law Olmsted, who met the changing environmental conditions of his time with a holistic view of space, thinking in systems like this requires incorporating highly diverse scale levels and leads us from the miniature to the panorama of the city landscape.



© Licence Ouverte Etalab; OMA + Laboratorio Permanente; Public Domain Mark


LANDSCAPES in LANDSCAPES gathers urbanists, architects, landscape architects, planners and policy makers to discuss and speculate on the role that the ‘discrete’ landscape project – parks, recreational facilities, landfills, quarries, and airfields –  can play in the larger, more comprehensive, green systems of cities.


Of focus will be to both uncover and project ways that the designed landscape reinforces, challenges, or expands the logics, limits or possibilities of the larger ecologic, cultural and economic one in which they participate, referred to variously as green "Belts", "Rings" and "Corridors".


With Martijn Slob, head of VOGT London, and several other experts.


20 February, 4 - 7:30 PM, free entrance

Syracuse University

Faraday House, 48 Old Gloucester St, London


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Exhibition by VOGT at Druker Design Gallery


The exhibition explores the complex and intertwined layers of knowledge—sciences, history, aesthetics, and material culture—that are embedded in the seemingly simple undertaking of planting, whether a large forest, an urban park, or a garden. It does so through documenting the creative process of the work of Günther Vogt and VOGT Landscape Architects, for whom plants have been a central subject and loci of experimentation. 


In the manner of a Wunderkammer, the exhibition documents six projects by bringing together a collection of artefacts of varied origins, materiality, function, and geographical provenance. In Vogt’s practice, the Wunderkammer is part record and part design method, as the artefacts are utilized at the beginning of each project to instigate broad discussion and form the intellectual direction of the work ahead. Located in the premises of the office and VOGT Case Studio, it contains an encyclopedic collection of objects from around the world.


Together, the displayed artefacts of the exhibition showcase the methodologies, exercises, and precedents through which VOGT explores and analyzes plants as a central protagonist of the practice.


Druker Design Gallery, Cambridge MA

Now open – 15 March

Opening reception 6. February, 8 PM


Further information


© GDS Druker Design Gallery / Justin Knight Photography


New Publication, available at Lars Müller now in German and English!


Anyone viewing what we call a «landscape» from a distance will recognize that it is an artifact, a habitat created by humans as part of our built environment. Designing this realm carefully is a discipline that is taking on increasing importance today. Günther Vogt, with his practice in VOGT Landscape Architects and as a professor at ETH Zürich, has developed a set of tools and a working method that incorporate all the different dimensions of the human-designed environment, from the large-scale landscape to the small-scale urban public space.


Mutation and Morphosis looks at all the many aspects involved in the collective process of designing and shaping landscapes, from planning to implementation. The model as a tool and the collection as a driving force are illustrated on the basis of an astonishing variety of topics. In theoretical discussions and the examination of detailed dossiers of facts on the ground, a trajectory is traced: from the emergence of new landscapes as a result of climate change to the migration of the wolf to Central Europe, from the impact of invasive plants to the study of geological formation processes. The panorama that unfolds gives us insights into the broad context that landscape architects must consider in their work, exemplifi ed by the outstanding projects realized by VOGT.


Mutation and Morphosis in Publications


Available at Lars Müller Publishers


Edited by Günther Vogt, Thomas Kissling, in collaboration with VOGT Landscape Architects, Case Studio VOGT, and the Chair for Landscape Architecture, ETH Zurich
Design: Integral Lars Müller
16,5 × 24 cm, 6 ½ × 9 ½ in
784 pages, 1187 illustrations
2020, 978-3-03778-619-2, German
2020, 978-3-03778-618-5, English


Link to the production video of the hand made poster by Dafi Kühne


The site of the former Saint-Vincent-de-Paul hospital in the south of Paris has developed over the last four years into a cultural and social space – the Grands Voisins. By 2024, the site will be transformed into a diverse neighbourhood with residential and mixed use. The «Lot Petit» project envisages the creation of a social housing block with 186 residential units, offices and common areas for the residents.

The courtyard of the new dwelling is designed as a threshold space that extends the urban space towards the centre of the block. The topography of the site is revealed through the process of water erosion: a sculpted hollow that defines various landscapes as reliefs. A play of shadows, minerals and staggered plants create a lush and fertile space - a plunge into another universe away from the city. 

The WORKS+WORDS Biennale by the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen will present artistic research within the field of architecture in Europe. Artistic research aims at developing new ground in the field of architecture and is characterized by combining the making of works with reflections in words.


«Landscape as a Cabinet of Curiosities»

Ecosystems are created through the complex interaction between biotic and abiotic factors. Together, they conform the inner workings of what we refer to as landscape or ecology - an intricate set of relations and dynamic interacting systems that sustain life. VOGT will display these two environmental components by exploring these topics through their own work.


28 November - 19 January 2020

KADK, The Great Exhibition Hall

Danneskiold-Samsøes Allé 51, Copenhagen


«Swiss Talks» is a talk series on contemporary architecture organised by Casabella Formazione and the Instituto Svizzero.


The topic of this year’s third edition focuses on the city in the age of tourism. As a cultural asset, the city is much more than a simple accumulation of architectural structures. The city is both a place of social conflict and an accumulation of capital. It is a laboratory for urban experiments, a place with access to social services and much more. The city is a complex reality in all its dimensions. A talk with architect Roger Diener and landscape architect Günther Vogt, moderated by Federico Tranfa.


18 October 2019 // 6:30 PM // Via Liguria 20, Rome


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The 2019 International Festival of Landscape Architecture adopts the typologies of the «Square» and the «Park» to explore how to conceive, design, fund, construct and manage urban open space in our contemporary context. This focus is particularly relevant to a Festival held in Melbourne – a city which at various times has had problematic relationships to the Square and the Park. 


The festival advocates for a greater ambition for designed parks and squares in all Australian cities, conceived to extend beyond an internal professional discussion to reach the broader community, politicians and other design disciplines.


10 - 13 October

Federation Square

Melbourne, Australia


Further Information: AILA - Australian Institute of Landscape Architects



The competition is based on the master plan of Störmer Murphy and Partners GbR, which organises the spatial and functional organisation of seven buildings on the former harbour site that won awards in previous competitions.


The proposed design by VOGT qualifies the public open spaces on the waterfront as well as inside the harbour. For residents and people working in the neighbourhood, the result is a concise location of a quality and usability.


The design envisages the development of ecologically valuable green structures along the water edge. The shallow water areas, breeding islands and shore vegetation create a differentiated spectrum of breeding and food habitats, especially for birds and bats.


Further information: CG Gruppe AG