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On the Development of Landscape and City

By (author) ETH Studio Basel
By (author) Contemporary City Institute


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  • Features six case studies of urbanisation processes around cities in Egypt, Italy, the US, Vietnam, Oman, and Brazil
  • Based a major research project conducted by ETH Studio Basel
  • ETH Studio Basel is an internationally renowned research institute affiliated to ETH Zurich
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Between 2008 and 2014, ETH Studio Basel, under the guidance of Roger Diener and Marcel Meili, has been investigating the process of urbanisation taking place outside cities. Territory – in the context of this investigation denotes both: the surroundings that a city subsumes into its own structure and the core city itself, which is the center of this process of urbanisation, or “confiscation”.

Investigated were six regions on six continents: The Nile Valley with the dense corset of natural landscape surrounding a linear city; Rome-Adria, where territorial cells have formed within the territory, spawning an urban type of tremendous dynamism; Florida, presenting highly complex patterns of territorial organisation; Vietnam’s Red River Delta, where recent reform exposed traditional settlement and cultivation of the delta to freer forces; Oman, where urbanisation of a territory essentially means reclaiming the desert with the immediate necessity to develop a system for water distribution; and Belo Horizonte, where natural conditions likewise play a major role in organising the territory as surface mining entails huge transformations of the natural terrain.

The new book features two introductory essays on ETH Studio Basel’s research approach and on terminology, concise illustrated reports on the six regions, and four concluding topical essays.

About the Author
ETH Studio Basel is an institute of urban research affiliated to ETH Zurich's School of Architecture, established 1999 by architects Roger Diener, Jacques Herzog, Marcel Meili, and Pierre de Meuron.
Park Books
8th Nov 2016
World excluding Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, and Japan
239 mm x 171 mm
208 Pages
78 color, 24 b&w
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