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ZHAW (eds.), Anke Domschky, Stefan Kurath, Simon Mühlebach, Urs Primas

Stadtlandschaften verdichten

Strategien zur Erneuerung des baukulturellen Erbes der Nachkriegszeit

Book design: Bonbon, Zurich

German, 240 pages, ca. 200 images and plans
14 x 19 cm, softcover

Euro (D) 39.– / Euro (A) 40.–


ISBN 978-3-03863-025-8

CHF   39.00

→ Post-war developments investigated: Burriweg, Zuich; Olympiadorf, Munich; Alterssiedlung Irchel, Zurich; Bebelallee, Hamburg; Altenhagener Weg, Hamburg; Tscharnergut, Bern; Arbeitersiedlung Turmmatt, Altdorf UR

→ Test planning for the following developments:
Schauenberg, Lerchenberg and Lerchenrain, all in Zurich;  Sonnhalde in Adlikon, Regensdorf; Grabenacker and Geissacker in Winterthur

Thanks to their make-up in terms of town planning, post-war developments offer extensive free space that would seem to lend itself particularly well to overbuilding. At the same time, these developments and districts are valuable witnesses to history, which is why densification must always respect the overall composition of the sites.

This workbook is the first comprehensive guide enabling planners and monument conservators and local authorities, town councils, cooperatives, building developers and owners to preserve their qualities when densifying post-war developments. In addition to considerations of building development, the book also accounts for aspects of landscape planning and garden monument preservation.
Based on selected densified case studies from Germany and Switzerland, all documented in great detail, along with test plans for as yet non-densified developments, the publishers demonstrate that inward densification is possible while respecting aspects of building culture, monument preservation, and memory.

The publication presents approaches that – based on the existing developments – allow planners to define individual goals with respect to preservation that can serve as guidelines in the course of planning densification measures. It thus offers valuable assistance for identifying and preserving the individual and often unique character of these developments. At the same time, the planning parameters described in the book enable meaningful densification.

About the Authors

Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW, Departement Architektur, Gestaltung und Bauingenieurwesen, Institut Urban Landscape (editor)


Anke Domschky
studied landscape architecture at FH Erfurt and has a Master in Urban Studies from Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Collaborator and project manager at planetage, Zurich. Since 2008 research assistant and assistant lecturer, since 2013 lecturer at IUL.

Stefan Kurath runs an architectural firm in Zurich and Grisons since 2005. Since 2012 professor of architecture and design and since 2014 director of the Institut Urban Landscape together with Regula Iseli.

Simon Mühlebach studied architecture at ETH Zurich, collaborator on archaeological building research for the cantonal monument preservation authorities of the city of Basel. Since 2014 research assistant at IUL and partner in the architectural firm Bach Mühle Fuchs, Zurich.

Urs Primas studied architecture at ETH Zurich. Since 2002 freelance architect in Zurich, teaches and researches at the Institut Urban Landscape at ZHAW. Since 2006 partner in the architectural firm Schneider Studer Primas, Zurich.

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