Gramazio Kohler Research
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Architectural Design V-IX AS
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Core Course SS
Basic Course AS/SS
Architectural Design V-IX SS
Elective Course SS
Architectural Design V-IX AS
Elective Course AS
Core Course AS
Seminar Week AS
Elective Course SS
Subject Specialisation SS
Computational Design III-IV
Architectural Design V-IX SS
Seminar Week FS
Core Course AS
Architectural Design V-IX AS
Elective course HS22
Seminar Week AS
MAS DFAB: Eggshell Pavilion
Core Course SS
Seminar Week SS
Core Course AS
Seminar Week AS
Workshop USA
Core Course SS
Core Course AS
MAS DFAB: Rapid Clay Formations II
Core Course SS
Seminar Week SS
MAS DFAB: Rapid Clay Formations (Rio)
Core Course AS
Robotic Landscapes III
MAS DFAB: Up Sticks
Seminar Week AS19
Core Course SS
Seminar Week SS
Core Course AS
Architectural Design V-IX AS
MAS DFAB: Rapid Clay Formations
Zero-Waste Geometry
Seminar Week AS
ROB|ARCH 2018 Workshop
MAS DFAB: Gradual Assemblies
Core Course SS
Robotic Landscapes I
Malleable Voxels
MAS DFAB: minijammed
Seminar Week AS
MAS DFAB: Brick Labyrinth
MAS DFAB: Robotic Pavilion
Force-Adaptive Wire Cutting
Spatial Extrusions 2
Spatial Extrusions
Graded Structures 2
Graded Structures
Robotic Wire Cutting Summerschool
Spatial Wire Cutting
Extruded Structures
Remote Material Deposition Installation
Remote Material Deposition
Depth Modulations 2
Design of Robotic Fabricated High Rises 2
Depth Modulations
Complex Timber Structures 2
Complex Timber Structures 1
Robotic Metal Aggregations
Shifted Frames 2
Design of Robotic Fabricated High Rises 1
Shifted Frames 1
Spatial Aggregations 2
Spatial Aggregations 1
Robotic Clay Molding
The Fragile Structure 2
The Fragile Structure 1
Procedural Landscapes 2
Procedural Landscapes 1
Seminar Week
The Interlocking 2
The Interlocking 1
The Sequential Structure 2
The Sequential Structure 1
Explicit Bricks
The Programmed Column 2
The Programmed Column 1
Open Air Theater
Voxels 2
Voxels 1
The Opening 2
The Opening 1
The Sequential Wall 2
The Sequential Wall 1
The Foam
The Resolution Wall
Construction Hoarding
The Dissolved Wall
Domoterra Lounge
The Perforated Wall 2
The Perforated Wall 1
The Programmed Wall
The Oblique Hole

Immersive Rome, 2023
Seminar Week Sun, Oct. 22nd - Sat, Oct. 28th
In its phenomenological conception of the genius loci, Christian Norberg Schulz proposes a visionary interpretation of the intrinsic identity of the eternal city. Given the volcanic origin of the roman region the ground is covered by a thick crust of ancient lava and ash, called tuff. Over time, waterways excavated the crust creating deep canyons suddenly interrupting the flat, calm, and wavy roman countryside. This natural constitution of the geography of Rome, argues the author, shaped future architectural and urban developments materialized by a distribution of the city made of interiorized spaces as exemplified by the Pantheon and its cupola, physically representing the encounter between the sky and the ground, and the Baroque urban layout made of deep narrow streets and idyllically rounded squares. “It has been said of Rome that it is a city where one feels inside while being outside.” (C.N. Schulz)

Despite a certain deterministic interpretation of its historical development, this narrative evokes a possible perception of Rome as a totalizing environment. Our seminar week "Immersive Rome" steps apart from a technological perspective to rather focus on the topographical and cultural identity of the city. The visits program proposes the discovery of places, sights, and areas from different epochs, going beyond classical landmarks, conveying in different ways immersive experiences. Our study week will address the urban structure of Rome made of architectural layers and historical references as a predigital experience of physical and cultural immersion.

We will start our seminar week with an overview of the city from one of its highest places, the rooftop tower of the Istituto Svizzero. We discover the eternal city by walking along architectural traces of the past, diving into the baroque world of ecclesiastical buildings and investigating urban developments from the 20th century (Esposizione Universale di Roma, Corviale, Constructions for the Olympic games 1960). By looking at the city from different angles through the eyes of other architects, movie makers, urban activists, engineers, and art historians, our journey becomes an immersive experience.


10-16 Students
Category C (ca. 750 CHF including accomodation, transportation, entrances, some meals)

Gramazio Kohler Research, ETH Zurich

Teaching Team: Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler, Carlotta Daro, Jonas Haldemann, Sarah Schneider

Students: Fabio Almeida Ferreira, Nuria Estevez, Christoph Gerken, Flavia Selena Hug, Aikaterini Katsarou, Ryan Khattab, Aleksandar Kinkela, Lercher Marin, Denis Dat Nhan Nguyen, Nicklas Tizian Maximilian Rein, Carla Laura Ringenbach, Brandon Schwab Rodriguez, Sarina Andrea Stocker, Tolga Tomel, Sophie Elisabeth Waschuth, Wanru Zhao

Guests: Francesco Careri, Pippo Ciorra, Stefano Converso, Sara Braschi, Jacqueline Maurer, Sofia Sebastianelli
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