Mutation and Morphosis - Landscape as Aggregate

07. January 2020
New publication by Vogt landscape architects and the chair of Günther Vogt at ETH Zurich
Edited by Günther Vogt und Thomas Kissling

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 numerous 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.

The new publication is a collaborative project by Vogt landscape architects and Günther Vogt's chair at ETH Zurich. The book contains conversations with Katja Gentinetta and Dehlia Hannah, Chris Dercon, Roger Diener and Olafur Eliasson, as well as artistic interventions by Roni Horn and Marguerite Humeau, Julius von Bismarck, Julian Charrière, Olafur Eliasson, Andreas Greiner, Dafi Kühne and Christian Vogt.