ETH News

31.05.2017 | News

The man with cities on his mind

Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani hasn't just written definitive reference works on urban planning and shaped a generation of ETH architects; he has also run numerous projects of his own. Now, the charismatic Chair for the History of Urban Design is about to retire.   Read more 

10.04.2017 | News | 4 Comments

Modern construction using long-forgotten techniques

Researchers at ETH Zurich’s Department of Architecture (D-ARCH) have developed a concrete floor system that does not require steel reinforcement and is 70 percent lighter than conventional concrete floors. Their design was inspired by historical construction principles. Read more 

22.09.2016 | Press release

Research on construction

The Arch_Tec_Lab demonstrates how digitisation can contribute to resource-efficient, compact and emissions-free construction. Six professors from ETH Zurich have pooled their research approaches and developed a prototype of the innovative building together. Read more 

28.05.2016 | News

The Manifesta Pavilion has been anchored

Thirty architecture students from ETH Zurich’s Studio Tom Emerson have made their first venture into a large-scale project. After ten months of intensive work, the Pavilion of Reflections is ready on time for the opening of the Manifesta 11 European Biennial of Contemporary Art in Zurich. Read more 

26.05.2016 | Press release

Bacteria as building materials and airfields for drones

ETH Zurich will present a whole range of projects at this year’s International Architecture Exhibition in Venice. At the invitation of curator Alejandro Aravena, several project groups in which ETH is involved will present their contributions in the main exhibition, exhibit at national pavilions and play an active role in the supporting programme. Read more 

25.02.2016 | Zukunftsblog

Radical Cairo in Shenzhen

It is not too often that Cairo’s informal settlements are hosted at an international architecture event, especially not as a positive case. This year, the “informal” area of Ard-El-Lewa is prominently featured at the Bi-City Biennale for Urban Development and Architecture in Shenzhen, in the Radical Urbanism section. Read more 


The urbanised world

Urbanisation is transforming the world. In an interview with Marcel Meili, ETH Professor of Architecture and Design, and Christian Schmid, Deputy Head of Network City and Landscape, the two explain why cities around the world are expanding and what is special about the urban landscape in Switzerland. Read more 

04.02.2016 | News | 1 Comment

Singapore's most energy efficient office by 2018

The recent completion of construction, and first month of successful operation of the 3for2@UWCSEA demonstration project by ETH Zurich turns the page in developing what could be Singapore’s most energy-efficient office by 2018. Read more 

07.01.2016 | Zukunftsblog

Understanding Urbanisation

The rate of urbanisation in recent years has been astonishing. While present cities are highly unsustainable, they offer great opportunities for using resources more efficiently. The rapid growth and the huge environmental challenges account for the growing interest shown by universities in cities: the New Urban Science. Read more 

24.12.2015 | Zukunftsblog

Reading material for the holidays

The Zukunftsblog editors wish all our readers happy holidays and all the best for 2016. If you are looking for some inspiring reading material for the holidays, here you can find a selection from the Zukunftsblog archive. We’ll be back with fresh food for thought on 5 January. Enjoy! Read more 

12.12.2015 | News

How students envisage the Zurich campus

The Zurich City University District should be developed into a knowledge and health care cluster. For their master's theses in the Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich students developed scenarios outlining what an urban campus in the heart of the city of Zurich could look like. Read more 

09.12.2015 | Press release | 5 Comments

The ETH main building is getting a new forecourt

A clearer separation from the street and traffic-restricted atria: the plans for ETH’s new forecourt. The renovation is planned from 2018–2019; the building will remain open for business as usual. Read more 

04.12.2015 | News

New paradigms for urbanisation

The Biennale for Urban Development and Architecture in Shenzhen opened on 4 December 2015. Two architecture professors from ETH Zurich are co-curators, and the university is making several contributions to the exhibition. In addition, ETH students are working on new projects with colleagues from China, at a temporary school being established for that purpose. Read more 

29.09.2015 | Zukunftsblog

Flash Floods and Desert Claims

Deserts are among the roughest places to live on earth. Fauna and flora in the desert develop special adaptations to survive in such a harsh environment. So do humans. Our Landscape Modeling and Visualizing Studio investigated future scenarios for water-restrained settlements in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Read more 

04.06.2015 | Zukunftsblog

Advancing to a greener construction

On 2nd June 2015, ETH Zurich House of Natural Resources (HoNR) opened in ETH Hönggerberg Campus. The event highlights not only the inauguration of a new building but the showcase of a new milestone in sustainable construction. Read more 

02.06.2015 | Zukunftsblog

Soft robotics for adaptive building facades

Today, building envelopes tend to be static and unable to adapt to changing conditions. Now, for the first time, an adaptable façade has been used for the newly inaugurated House of Natural Resources (HoNR) that produces electricity and regulates light and heat generation. Read more 

02.06.2015 | Press release

Laboratory for sustainable construction

The House of Natural Resources (HoNR) is a flagship project for a hardwood building. Today marked the inauguration of the office building on ETH’s Hönggerberg campus after 18 months of construction. It is an exciting development for researchers at ETH Zurich as the building will serve as a research laboratory for sustainable construction. Read more 

27.05.2015 | Zukunftsblog

A pavilion made from waste products

For the IDEAS CITY Festival in New York at the end of May, ETH Zurich is constructing a 90 m2 pavilion made from recycled beverage packaging. The project, led by ETH Global and Professor Dirk E. Hebel and Professor Philippe Block, aims to show the immense potential of waste for the construction sector. Read more 

16.04.2015 | Zukunftsblog

Tropical Town: Seeding Sustainable Settlements

In Asia and Africa, rapid urbanisation has seen human populations move to cities on an unprecedented scale. Increasingly, the inability to settle these new urban dwellers into formal housing, and the inability to engage them economically and socially is bringing about serious urban issues. Read more 

07.04.2015 | News | 1 Comment

“Never before has urbanisation mattered as much”

The "Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture Shenzhen" is the largest of its kind. This year, the ETH professors of architecture Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner are part of the four-person curatorial team. An interview with the two co-curators. Read more 

16.03.2015 | News

Effective leadership through self-reflection

Teaching at ETH Zurich is breaking new ground: in one teaching project, students are solving real tasks – and those tasks are set by businesses, not by the university. Another project looks at how lively debate can help participants to develop solid arguments. Read more 

16.03.2015 | News

Effective leadership through self-reflection

Teaching at ETH Zurich is breaking new ground: in one teaching project, students are solving real tasks – and those tasks are set by businesses, not by the university. Another project looks at how lively debate can help participants to develop solid arguments. Read more 

12.03.2015 | Zukunftsblog

3-for-2: Less energy, more space

Urbanization, the general shift from rural to urban living, causes the rapid growth of cities and represents one of the key challenges facing our society. Many epicenters of urbanization are in tropical regions, making the climatic context a central challenge for sustainable construction design. Read more 

10.03.2015 | News

Broad support for the Innovation Park in Dübendorf

The Federal Council is pushing ahead with the Swiss Innovation Park: it intends to make 350 million francs available and give the operators land with planning permission. ETH Zurich has been supporting the project for over ten years. Read more 

09.03.2015 | Globe magazine

Revolutionising building sites

Digital technologies have already turned many areas of the economy inside out. Construction is the next sector set to undergo a change: more efficient processes, new materials and more varied houses are the objective. Read more 

04.02.2015 | News

At the cutting edge of the architecture of the future

The Master of Advanced Studies ETH in Architecture and Digital Fabrication is a new continuing education programme initiated by the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Digital Fabrication and ETH Zurich. From September, students from all over the world will be able to study innovative methods of construction and design. Read more 

06.11.2014 | News

Zurich’s playgrounds through time

The gta exhibition ‘Architecture for Children: Zurich’s Playgrounds’ presents the history of the playground in Zurich since 1950. A treasure trove of photos, films, slideshows and plans are on display, along with examples of how children would design a playground today if they had the opportunity. Read more 

08.10.2014 | News

Clear the stage for architecture

gta exhibitions is opening the new season with various projects. One of them is “Atlas”, a project by Tom Emerson, professor of architecture and construction. Read more 

30.09.2014 | News | 1 Comment

Taking stock and exhibiting the results

ETH Zurich’s Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) in Singapore is undertaking several research projects into sustainable urban development and architectural design. A selection of these research projects is now being presented for the first time as part of an exhibition at ETH Zurich. Read more 

10.07.2014 | Press release | 2 Comments

Research lab made of hard-wood

ETH Zurich is currently at work on a new building on Hönggerberg designed to test several new technologies along with structural elements made from Swiss hardwood. The office building – which will also be a research lab of sorts – is scheduled to open in May 2015. Read more 

10.07.2014 | Zukunftsblog

Neue Wege im nachhaltigen Holzbau

Am ETH-Standort Hönggerberg entsteht derzeit das House of Natural Resources (HoNR) – ein Forschungslabor für nachhaltiges Bauen mit einem Fokus auf die nachwachsende Ressource Holz. Das Gebäude, das innovative Bauteile aus Laubholz verwendet, dient uns als Forschungs-, Lehr- und Demonstrationsobjekt. Gleichzeitig wird es als Bürohaus genutzt. Read more 

26.06.2014 | News

Unique garden installation reflects and delights New York

ETH landscape architect Günther Vogt and the American conceptual artist Dan Graham have given the rooftop garden of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York a makeover that is exactly Big Apple`s taste. The extraordinary installation will remain on display until 2 November 2014. Read more 

05.06.2014 | News

The World Cup host is one of our research partners too

Timber construction, informal architecture and biofuels – research partnerships, visiting professorships, start-ups and student projects: all these things connect ETH Zurich and World Cup host Brazil. Read more 

13.03.2014 | Zukunftsblog | 1 Comment

Bambus – das «Material der Götter»

Diesen Namen gab der kolumbianische Architekt Oscar Hidalgo-Lopez seiner 2003 erschienen Enzyklopädie über das Gras, das eine unglaubliche Vielfalt von Einsatzmöglichkeiten besitzt, angefangen von Textilien über Baumaterialien bis hin zu medizinischen Anwendungen. Read more 

20.02.2014 | News

From learning process to exhibitions

In January 2014, the exhibitions division of the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) appointed two new directors. Niels Olsen and Fredi Fischli hope to breathe new life into the ETH exhibition landscape. Their first exhibition, The Walk, recently opened and demonstrates just what they mean by this. Read more 

17.12.2013 | News

Towards a digital building culture

Matthias Kohler, Professor of Architecture and Digital Fabrication, takes over the leadership of a National Centre of Competence in Research. He talks to ETH News about why it is so important that novel design and fabrication processes evolve and that such a research approach does not remain purely theoretical. Read more 

04.11.2013 | Zukunftsblog

Das Dach, die Erde und dazwischen das Haus

Vor dem Architekturgebäude auf dem Hönggerberg steht derzeit ein Prototyp einer neuen Dachkonstruktion. Er besitzt sogenannte Hybridkollektoren, die Wärme und Strom von der Sonne tanken. Das Dach ist Teil des Systems «2SOL», das Sonnenkollektoren mit Erdwärmesonden verbindet. Read more 

21.10.2013 | News

Printing architecture

Two ETH researchers from the Institute for Technology in Architecture have created an immersive space from artificial sandstone with a 3D printer. The work is currently on display in Orléans, France. Read more 

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