On the Development of Landscape and City

The findings of a comprehensive research undertaken by ETH Studio Basel on urbanisation processes in Egypt, Italy, the US, Vietnam, Oman, and Brazil.




Edited by ETH Studio Basel, Contemporary City Institute. With contributions by Roger Diener, Liisa Gunnarsson, Mathias Gunz, Vesna Jovanović, Marcel Meili, Christan Müller Inderbitzin, and Christian Schmid

1st edition

, 2016

Text in English


228 pages, 76 color and 31 b/w illustrations

17 x 24 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-023-7


From 2008 to 2014, ETH Studio Basel, under the guidance of Roger Diener and Marcel Meili, investigated the process of urbanization taking place outside cities. Territory brings together the results of their research in six significant locations: the Nile Valley; Rome-Adria, Italy; the Florida hinterlands; the Red River Delta in Vietnam; northern Oman, and Belo Horizonte and Minas Gerais in Brazil.

To describe the space surrounding cities, previously considered landscape, the contributors to this book use the term territory to denote both the surroundings that a city subsumes into its own structure and the core city itself, which is the center of this process of urbanization. And for each of the territories featured in the book, they investigate such key aspects of urbanization as water management, networks and infrastructure, agriculture, the role of mining and industrial production, and settlements.

Autoren & Herausgeber

Roger Diener

 (*1950, Basel), Architekt und Partner von Diener & Diener Architekten in Basel. Studium an der ETH Zürich und der EPLF in Lausanne. Lehrtätigkeit als Professor für Entwurf an der EPFL 1987–1989 und für Architektur und Entwurf an der ETH Zürich 1999–2015 sowie am ETH Studio Basel. Gastprofessuren an der Harvard University sowie an Hochschulen in Wien, Amsterdam und Kopenhagen.

Liisa Gunnarsson

 born 1980, studied architecture at the Royal Academy of Technology in Stockholm (KTH). Her diploma thesis on a sustainable development for a cultural heritage site in Fez, Morocco, was nominated for the OFFECT-Student Award. She joined Studio Basel as a teaching assistant in 2012.

Mathias Gunz

 born 1979, studied architecture in Zurich and worked in architecture offices in Zurich and Tokyo. During his work at ETH Studio Basel he was involved in a variety of projects and publications dealing with urban phenomena in Switzerland and world-wide. In 2011, together with Michael Kunzle, he formed the office Gunz & Kunzle Architekten in Zurich.

Vesna Jovanović

 born 1985, she obtained her Master's degree from the University of Belgrade, and a Postgraduate degree from the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. She is currently working on urban and architectural projects in Diener & Diener Architekten in Basel.

Marcel Meili

 (*1953), Architekt. Studium der Architektur an der ETH Zürich. Seit 1987 eigenes Architekturbüro zusammen mit Markus Peter in Zürich. Seit 1999 zudem Professor für Architektur am ETH Studio Basel, Institut Stadt der Gegenwart, der ETH Zürich.

Christian Mueller Inderbitzin

, born 1977, graduated in Architecture from ETH Zurich in 2004 and is a principal with Edelaar Mosayebi Inderbitzin Architects in Zürich. He teaches at various universities and has previously been working as a reserach assistant at ETH Studio Basel 2005–2015.

Christian Schmid

 (*1958), Soziologe, Stadtforscher und Titularprofessor für Soziologie an der ETH Zürich. Autor, Co-Autor und Mitherausgeber zahlreicher Publikationen zur internationalen vergleichenden Stadt- und Regionalentwicklung, u.a. Co-Autor von Die Schweiz – Ein städtebauliches Portrait (2005).


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