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ZHAW (eds.), Andri Gerber, Stefan Kurath, Holger Schurk, Roland Züger

Handbook of Methods for Architecture and Urban Design

Book design: Schön & Berger, Zurich

English edition
180 pages, ca. 95 images 12,5 × 19 cm, Softcover

Euro (D) 25.–, Euro (A) 25.70


ISBN 978-3-03863-031-9

CHF   29.00

With its handy format, understandably written text and careful selection of descriptive and comprehensibly adapted examples, our Handbook of Methods is a helpful manual for students, architects and urban planners in teaching and

It discusses the following methods:
• Overall urban design concept
• Scenario
• Test planning
• Photography
• Model
• Mapping
• Sectional view
• Diagram
• Morphology

Although the design process as such may initially seem less systematic and organised, methods are the all-important basis of design practice in architecture and urban design. Moreover, they can help to decipher the frame conditions of planning beyond the design process in order to derive strategies for successful implementation.

In that context, our Handbook is designed to enable two levels of reading: to provide a basic understanding of the role of methodology in architecture and urban design on the one hand, and a comprehensible explanation of a broad range
of methods and their specific area of application supported by concrete examples on the other.
By doing that, we hope to help designers understand their own actions and provide tools that will assist them in the design process at the same time.

About the author:

Institut Urban Landscape, Departement Architektur, Gestaltung und Bauingenieurwesen, ZHAW (editors)


Andri Gerber has been a lecturer for urban develop-ment history at ZHAW since 2011. 2008 doctorate and 2016 habilitation at ETH Zurich, gta Institute.

Stefan Kurath runs an architectural practice in Zurich and Grisons, since 2012 professor for architecture and urban development, since 2014 director of the Urban Landscape Institute together with Regula Iseli.

Holger Schurk has run architectural practice dform in Zurich since 2001 and has lectured at ZHAW since 2008.

Roland Züger has worked as an architect and as a lecturer at ZHAW since 2007, at Kessel Züger Architekten in Berlin / Zurich since 2010, and as an editor for werk, bauen + wohnen since 2011.

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