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

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.

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 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

 

Further information

 

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

 

The team's concept combines local and familiar elements to create a new sequence of open spaces. The arrangement of different tree species in rows and groves accentuates an attractive square in the middle as a social and cultural meeting place for Balzers.

 

The design convinced the jury not only through its strategically robust aspects but also through the harmonious integration of the underground car park as part of a holistic landscape and urban planning solution.

 

 

 

Herzog & de Meuron/VOGT wins the development competition of the former Postbank complex in Munich's Bahnhofviertel.

 

The team's concept envisages a conversion of the existing structure, of which around 80 percent of the shell substance is to be retained and thus presents a solution with a good sustainability balance, shortened construction time and reduced emissions.

 

Centrepiece and attractive meeting point for the entire neighborhood will be the central courtyard garden. The many existing smaller courtyards will be combined to form a large green area. Away from the noise of the streets, the garden becomes an attraction. 

 

Collecting as a productive tool of design in architecture has hardly been explored so far. «Entwurfsdinge» is a well-founded study of this special design tool. The focus is on collection objects, which in their own way become reference objects. The individual representations are dedicated to collecting as a tool in the design process by Ernö Goldfinger, Renaat Braem, Rudolf Olgiati and Aldo Rossi as well as by AFF Architects and Vogt Landscape Architects.

 

Book presentation with the author Eva Maria Froschauer and the guests Martin Fröhlich, Susanne Hauser and Günther Vogt. Hosted by Ulrich Müller.

 

27 June 2019, 7 PM

Architektur Galerie Berlin

 

The talk series organized by the Saxon Academy of Arts examines the development of concepts and realisations in Dresdens urban planning after the 1990s on the background of current tasks. The latest talk with Prof. Dorothea Becker (HTWK Leipzig), Christian Blum (Eckhaus AG, Zurich) and Günther Vogt focuses on the topic «Topography, Landscape and Silhouette as a complete Artwork». The talk will be hosted by Prof. Jörn Walter (Urban Planner, Hamburg).

 

20 June 2019, 6 PM

Kulturpalast – Zentrum für Baukultur Sachsen, Dresden

 

 

The team was officially presented to the public as the winner of the competition for the new clinic facility on perimeter B of the University Hospital Basel (USB) on Schanzenstrasse and Klingelbergstrasse.

 

The evaluation committee justified the decision in favour of the team's proposed solution with the strong contribution for the urban development as well as a high degree of utilization flexibility, meaningfully identified hospital processes and appropriate economic efficiency.

 

The realisation of the design represents an important step in the further development of the Health Campus. The public hospital garden as the centerpiece of the campus will be extended and its qualities strengthened by densification into the height.

 

 

 

The regeneration of two disused railway station sites is part of a larger effort by the city to reactivate disused areas around the city boundary. Core element of the master plan are two new environmental devices in green and blue: a linear forest capable of cooling the warm winds coming from the southwest and cleaning the air of the most toxic particles, and a linear water vein as a filter and landscape-forming element.

 

The LLDC unanimously approved the detailed plans for UCL East by Stanton Williams, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and VOGT in a unanimous resolution on 26 March. The project is part of the overall «Transforming University College London» project.

 

The UCL East will be part of East Bank, a new centre for culture, education and innovation that includes some of London's largest cultural and creative institutions. With around 180'000 square meters, UCLE will expand the central location of the existing UCL by around 40%. Construction of phase 1 will begin in summer 2019 and will cover almost one third of the total area.

 

The public realm design has been led by VOGT Landscape. It focuses on creating a distinctive environment which expresses UCL East’s identity but is also rooted in the geology, history and culture of this unique part of east London.

 

In the current issue of the «FreiRaum» talks in Metten, everything revolves around the theme "Retro vs. Modern". Maren Brakebusch will hold a lecture about the changed possibilities in urban planning. On the basis of VOGT projects, strategies will be shown how design can help to create a site-specific reference and a context to the landscape, history and geological heritage in the arbitrariness of today's time and thus occupy an opposing position.

 

2 April 2019, 1:30 PM

Folkwang Universität der Künste

SANAA Building, Gelsenkirchener Str. 209, 45309 Essen 

 

The first public event of the "innenstadtdialog ulm 2030" series revolves around the topics of business location, mobility and public space. Landscape architect Maren Brakebusch in a talk with the marketing expert Ulrich Eggert (Cologne) and Dr.-Ing. Wilko Manz of the Institute for Mobility and Transport at the TU Kaiserslautern. The evening will be moderated by SWP editor Hans-Uli Mayer.

 

26 March 2019, 6 PM at Stadthaus Ulm

 

Admission is free, registration is not required.

 

The geology of a place has always shaped the architecture and public space of our cities. The regionally available raw materials and limited transport possibilities determined the building materials and thus the cityscape. With the globalisation of markets and unrestricted logistical possibilities, the choice of materials is increasingly becoming a question of attitude.

 

Maren Brakebusch in the G+L on the changed conditions in the construction industry and the resulting question of attitude.

 

GARTEN+LANDSCHAFT 03/2019

 

 

The draft of the team convinced the jury to be the basis for further urban planning. For the first time, the public was able to participate directly in the competition procedure and provide information that the jury included in its decision. The procedure was characterised by a new quality and intensity of citizen participation.

 

Until 20 March 2019, all designs will be exhibited at the Zentrum für Baukultur in Dresden. Guided tours of the exhibition will take place on 26 February as well as 5 and 12 March at 5 PM. 

 

The FSU's Central Conference 2018 is dedicated to the topic of landscape and focuses on the question of what role landscape plays in planning processes today and how it can become a fundamental element of a spatial development strategy, especially for internal development.

 

Günther Vogt opens the conference with a lecture entitled "supervision, view, review". On the basis of current examples, he describes landscape as a complex cultural and social construct that is conceived intellectually, sensually perceived and actively acquired by users on a daily basis.

 

Friday, 16 November 2018
Kultur- und Kongresszentrum KKL Luzern
Start: 9 AM
Further information: www.f-s-u.ch

 

In cooperation with Kairos and Mont-Real developers and the architects of POLO and ar-te, VOGT wins the competition for a redevelopment of the north-western part of the city of Mechelen, Belgium. The project site is located nearby the historical city centre, currently bordering on an industrial waterfront. Proposed landscape design is part of a new city neighbourhood and draws on the characteristics of the three landscape types surrounding the area - Mechelen’s urban fabric, site’s industrial heritage and its close proximity to the countryside. The design consists of a series of squares, the redesign of riverfront and dock edge, link to the newly proposed park, new pedestrian and traffic connections, as well as a residential courtyard and rooftop terrace overlooking the whole project area.

 

“Nature versus Wilderness”

 

The abandonment of agricultural land and the general withdrawal from inhabited, cultivated and farmed areas is a growing global phenomenon. Based on selected examples at different scales, the talk deals with the question of how this abandoned landscape reflects economical, ecological, social or psychological problems and where its future qualities and potentials lie.

 

The lecture will take place at the Argiletum, part of the Architecture Department of the Roma Tre University

 

4 October 2018 // 9:45 am - 1 pm 

Argiletum

Via Madonna dei Monti 40

Roma Tre University

Rome IT

 

On this occasion, Prof. Vogt will present projects of VOGT Landscape and talk about current research topics that are being worked on at his chair of Landscape Architecture at the ETH Zurich. The event is organized by the Casablla Architecture Magazine.

 

The number of seats is limited to 100 participants. Admission is free.

 

1 October 2018 // 6 - 8 pm

CASABELLAlaboratorio

Via Vigevano 8

Milan IT