Summer School

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Mode Course work
Language English

various tutors and invited speakers

open to ETH students and external students

From time to time, the Chair of Architecture and Building Systems organizes summer schools as a supplement to the regular curriculum. Summer schools are usually organized in cooperation with another chair and run for 10 to 14 days. Information on the theme, itinerary and enrolment will be provided on this website in advance. An example of one of our previous summer schools is presented below.

Energy and the City, Summer School 2013

The Summer School 'Energy and the City' invited students of architecture and urbanism from ETH Zurich and EPF Lausanne to participate in a 10-day design studio to envision a sustainable urban transformation of an industrial area in Zug, Switzerland. The project was based on the InduCity research project.

We investigated two different urban transformation narratives. Both were based on resources that are found in, or can be generated from the status quo. We combined a more introvert urban form with a decentralized energy network and a more heterogeneous and open urban morphology with an autarkic energy supply solution. By suggesting this somewhat unconventional coupling we did not aim at finding best-case scenarios for the quarter. We rather sought to find out how selected energy supply strategies influence urban form, using the two narratives as case studies. Students focused on framework, transformation, and spatial energy. The development of urban scenarios was based on a broad range of available data and analysis conducted by an interdisciplinary research group.


  • Prof. Dr. Arno Schlueter, Chair of Architecture and Building Systems, ETH Zurich
  • Prof. Ir. Kees Christiaanse, Chair of Architecture and Urban Design, ETH Zurich
  • Dr. Michael Stauffacher, Institute of Environmental Decisions, ETH Zurich
  • Markus Schaefer, Hosoya Schaefer Architects AG, Zurich
  • Martin Haas, haascookzemmrich STUDIO2050, University of Pennsylvania
  • Fabienne Hoelzel, FABULOUS URBAN
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Kurath, urbaNplus, ZHAW
  • Adrian Altenburger, Amstein + Walthert AG, Zurich
  • Dr. Peter Kiefer, Florian Straub & Stefano Grassi, Chair of Geoinformation Engineering, ETH Zurich
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