NICOLE DE LALOUVIERE
Nicole de Lalouvière is a doctoral fellow at the Institute of Landscape and Urban Studies (LUS), Department of Architecture (D-ARCH), ETH Zürich. She is part of the Chair of the History and Theory of Urban Design, led by Prof. Dr. Tom Avermaete. Nicole’s doctoral research focuses on the irrigation channels (bisses / Suonen) of Canton Valais as a form of ‘landscape commons’. Nicole holds an undergraduate liberal arts degree from Colgate University (Hamilton, New York), where she majored in architectural history. She graduated from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) with a Master of Architecture and received the thesis prize for work on design futures for Diego Garcia (British Indian Ocean Territory). She has also spent time studying art history in London and architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. She has practiced as an architect and landscape architect at MAD Architects (Beijing), PUBLIC (Vancouver), Hapa Collaborative (Vancouver), Vogt Landschaftsarchitekten (Zürich), and Baumschlager Eberle Architekten (Zürich). Nicole co-authored the book chapter “Search and Research: The Mols Landscape in Denmark” with Günther Vogt, published in Your Glacial Expectations (edited by Studio Ólafur Elíasson, Thames & Hudson, 2017). She is a co-author with Günther Vogt, Nicola Eiffler, Gijs Rijnbeek, and M.K. Smaby of the book Wunderlust, Wanderkammer (Lars Müller Publishers, 2016). Her work has been published in the Journal of Alpine Research and gta papers, and shown in the Critical Care exhibition at the Zentrum Architektur Zürich (ZAZ).
Sarem Sunderland is a landscape architect and researcher, based in Zürich and Munich. He is part of the Chair of Landscape Architecture of Professor Günther Vogt, at the Institute of Landscape and Urban Studies (LUS), Department of Architecture (D-ARCH), ETH Zürich. He currently writing a doctoral thesis on the relation between hydroelectric infrastructures and landscape in the Alps, within a SNSF research project on industrialisation in the Alps. Sarem holds a Bachelor in architecture from EPFL (Lausanne), and obtained his Master cum laude in landscape architecture from TU Delft. He has practiced as a landscape architect at Krebs und Herde Landschaftsarchitekten (Winterthur) and Ganz Landschaftsarchitekten (Zürich). He was a guest critic on several occasions at EPFL (Lausanne) and the Bartlett (London). He is a member of the collective la-clique and a board member of the Swiss Federation of Landscape Architects for the regional group of Zürich. His academic interests span from landscape history and theory to water, infrastructure, and subversive urban practices.
(Born 7 October 1969) is a German architect and the long-time collaborator of Danish-Icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson. Behmann heads the department of design at Studio Ólafur Elíasson and is the co- founder of Studio Other Spaces, an office for architecture and art that Elíasson and Behmann established in 2014. Educated in architecture at the TU Dresden, Behmann began collaborating with Elíasson in 2001. Together, the two have designed numerous architectural works. Theseinclude pavilions, installations, international exhibitions, and Fjordenhus in Vejle, Denmark (2009–18), the first major building designed entirely by the architectural team at Studio Ólafur Elíasson. Behmann was the responsible architect for the façade design of the Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre (recipient of the 2013 Mies van der Rohe Award), whose shimmering glass façades were developed by Studio Ólafur Elíasson in collaboration with Henning Larsen Architects. Other architectural projects by Elíasson for which Behmann was responsible include Cirkelbroen (The circle bridge) in Copenhagen (2015); Your rainbow panorama, for ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum (2011); Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2007 in London (with Kjetil Thorsen); and The blind pavilion, the Danish Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennale (2003). Behmann was also involved in numerous exhibitions of Elíasson’s work, including The weather project, Tate Modern, London (2003); Take your time, MoMA San Francisco (2007) and New York (2008); Your body of work, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (2011); and Innen Stadt Außen, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2010). Recent projects with Studio Other Spaces include Future Assembly, an imagined more-than-human assembly for the future inspired by the UN, currently on show at Venice Biennale di Architettura; the design of Lyst Restaurant (2019) in Vejle’s Fjordenhus; Common sky (2019–), a contribution to the reinvention of the Albright- Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo; a permanent work of art for the 15th and 16th floors of the Morland Mixité Capitale building in Paris (2015–2021); and the Meles Zenawi Memorial Park in Addis Ababa, a campus including five buildings, several pavilions and a park (2013–2021).
Born in 1974, Giuseppe has lived near Milan since 1990. He started playing guitar in 1988 and worked for many years in the area of ‘improvised music’ (long term collaborations with Renato Rinaldi, Thomas Ankersmit, Michel Doneda, Ingar Zach, Dean Roberts). Between 1997 and 2006, he performed live with Taku Sugimoto, Jerome Noetinger, Mark Wastell, Martin Siewert, Nmperign, Brandon Labelle, Nikos Veliotis, Alessandro Bosetti, Gert-Jan Prins, Phill Niblock, Oren Ambarchi and many others. From 2007 on, his work has been mainly studio-based, working on compositions for cds and records, theatre and film. He abandoned the guitar, and his solo shows are now based on multichannel diffusion and recomposition of pre-existing pieces and fragments, to create complex site-specific audio works. He collaborated with Austrian video artist Michaela Grill (US tour in 2007, participations at the Rotterdam Film Festival, Evolution Festival in Leeds, FilmSoundFilm in Marfa, TX) and is regularly performing and presenting installations with Renato Rinaldi and Armin Linke (ZKM Karlsruhe, Villa Romana Florence, Goethe Institut New York and Rome, various festivals). He plays in Bellows (with Nicola Ratti), whose “Handcut” was included in the ‘best of 2020’ list from The Wire magazine, Oreledigneur (with Renato Rinaldi) and Eselsohr (with Jennifer Veillerobe) and as a duo with Andrew Pekler. In 1998, he founded the “Fringes Recordings” label, closed in 2005, and co-founded “Schoolmap Records” in 2006. Currently he co-curates SENUFO Editions with Jennifer Veillerobe (www.senufoeditions.com). Giuseppe Ielasi appeared in many festivals across the globe and toured extensively in Europe, the United States and Japan, and released music on his own Senufo Editions, as well as 12k, Erstwhile, Alga Marghen / Planam, Entr’acte, Dekorder, Editions Mego, Shelter Press, Black Truffle.
LABORATORY OF HYDRAULICS, HYDROLOGY AND GLACIOLOGY (VAW), ETH ZÜRICH
Water and ice are our passion at the Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW). We work in the domains of river engineering, glaciology, numerical modelling and hydraulic engineering. Our fields of activity are inland waters, hydropower, glaciers, natural hazards, river restoration, and river infrastructure. We contribute to the availability of clean and renewable electricity, to the protection against floods and cryospheric hazards, to sustainable watercourses and to the generation of new knowledge in the corresponding fields. In research, we aim at being at the international forefront in hydraulic structures, eco-hydraulics, fluvial systems, glaciers, and ice sheets. Our research findings constantly enter into teaching, where we are highly motivated to educate the next generation of engineers and researchers with state-of- the-art knowledge, methods and tools. We also emphasize the transfer of our research results and technical developments to industry, practitioners and decision- makers. To do so, we regularly organize events such as workshops, seminars, conferences and continuing education courses, often in collaboration with partners from authorities, industry and professional associations. Our research, teaching and consultation services are based upon mutual respect and ethical behavior. The Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW) comprises two chairs: The chair of hydraulic structures, led by the director of VAW, Prof. Dr. Robert Boes, the chair of glaciology, headed by the vice director of VAW, Prof. Dr. Daniel Farinotti (assistant professor tenure track (APTT). The two chairs are administered by a shared secretariat. VAW is also the host of the titular professorship by Prof. Jürg Schweizer, head of the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF in Davos.
Ena Lloret-Fritschi is an architect with interest in shaping concrete without the need for traditional formwork. She is currently a PostDoctoral researcher in a bridge position between the Chair of Gramazio Kohler Research and the Chair of Physical Building Chemistry of Professor Robert Flatt, leading the Concrete Cluster. Her work is embedded in the research strand Mouldless Shaping with concrete within the DFAB or the NCCR, ETH. Ena is an alumna of the Architectural Association in London and Royal Academie of Art Copenhagen (Design Academie) and has practised as an architect at Querkraft, Dietrich Untertrifaller and OMA. Her introductory lecture highlights how controlling the hydration of concrete can unlock new methods of shaping concrete. In particular, using Digital Casting and Robotic Spraying Systems, new unconventional formworks, made of millimetre thin recyclable materials, can shape reinforced concrete structures with less material and less formwork. Thus, promise for more sustainable construction with concrete in the future.
Flavio Anselmetti is a geologist and professor for Quaternary Geology and Paleoclimatology at the University of Bern, Switzerland. After graduating from the University of Basel, he moved to ETH Zürich and the University of Miami (USA) to complete his PhD. After five years in Miami, during which he also conducted consulting for the petroleum industry, he returned to the ETH Zürich and became assistant professor focusing on research involving marine and lacustrine sediments and their role as paleoenvironmental archives. His research includes studies on natural hazards such as earthquakes and tsunamis, paleoclimatology and human-environment interaction. In 2007, Anselmetti moved to the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) in Dübendorf, where he was leader of the Sedimentology group. In 2012, Anselmetti moved to the Institute of Geological Sciences at the University of Bern, Switzerland, where he became full professor and where he is currently managing director.
ILA BEKA & LOUISE LEMOINE
Video-artists, filmmakers, producers and publishers, Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine have been working together for the past 15 years mainly focusing their research on experimenting new narrative and cinematographic forms in relation to contemporary architecture and urban environment. Focusing their interest mainly on how the built environment shapes and influences our daily life, they have developed a very unique and personal approach which can be defined, in reference to French writer Georges Perec, as an “anthropology of the ordinary”. Presented by The New York Times as the “cult figures in the European architecture world”, Bêka & Lemoine's work has been widely acclaimed as “a new form of criticism” (Mark) which “has deeply changed the way of looking at architecture” (Domus). Selected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (The Met) as one of the “Most exciting and critical design project of the year 2016”, elected “Game Changers 2015” by Metropolis Magazine, selected as one of the “100 most talented personalities of 2017” by Icon Design, in 2016 they have been selected among the participants of Mextropoli in Mexico City. Their films have been widely presented in major biennials and international cultural events such as The Venice Architecture Biennale (2008, 2010, 2014), The Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016, the Seoul Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism 2017, Performa 17 in New-York, among many others. Their films are also frequently exhibited in some of the most prestigious museums and international cultural institutions, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New-York, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, the Barbican Centre in London, the CAPC museum of contemporary art in Bordeaux, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Seoul, or the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montréal, Canada.
SHANTENA AUGUSTO SABBADINI
Shantena Augusto Sabbadini is a physicist, philosopher and a scholar of Chinese classics. As a physicist he worked at the University of Milan on the foundations of quantum physics and at the University of California on the first identification of a black hole. He has been scientific advisor of the Eranos Foundation, an East-West research center founded by C.G. Jung and Olga Froebe-Kapteyn in 1933, and presently directs the Pari Center, an international institute located in the small medieval village of Pari, Tuscany. He is the author of Pilgrimages to Emptiness. Rethinking Reality through Quantum Physics, Tao Te Ching: a guide to the interpretation of the foundational book of Taoism and The Original I Ching: The Eranos I Ching Project.
BIJOY JAIN / STUDIO MUMBAI
Bijoy Jain was born in 1965 in Mumbai and earned his Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. He worked in Los Angeles and London before returning to India in 1995, the year he founded Studio Mumbai. His work explores the boundaries between art, architecture, and material. His studio operates as an interdisciplinary group of architects, engineers, master builders, artisans, technicians, and artists across continents. As a collective, they are involved in the research and development of projects, using process and time as an integral part of their expression. Water, air, and light being the basis of all materiality in the synthesis of the work.
Raphael Hefti (1978, Zürich) is an alchemist of sorts, seeking to enact dramatic transformations on whatever material he’s chosen to work with on a given day. He originally worked in electronics, before moving on to study industrial design, photography, and art, and he credits his fascination with mechanics and scientific processes—and what happens when they go away—to long hours spent experimenting in the workshop. Hefti’s material transformations have included a series of mirrors made from deliberately non-reflective glass, industrial steel exposed to such harsh temperatures that it shatters, and his “Lycopodium” photograms that capture the light emitted by fiery explosions of plant spores. “For me the idea of performance is related intimately to the idea of production,” Hefti says. “Often the situation I work in has its own sense of choreography—from the dunes of a beach to the machinery of a factory floor.”
INSTITUTE FOR COMPUTER MUSIC AND SOUND TECHNOLOGY (ICST), ZURICH UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS
The Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology brings together scientists and artists from various professional backgrounds: mathematics, engineering, audio engineering, psychoacoustics, computer science, generative art, media art, musicology, music theory, performance and composition. This rich mix encourages projects examining the relationship between technology and musical practice, exploring critically the tradition of contemporary and electroacoustic music using methods of both classical and artistic research. ICST’s research areas include interfaces and augmented instruments, network-based composition and performance systems, performance, interactive movement and music, musical notation and representation, sonification/acoustic ecology and immersive and virtual environments. Results are presented in the form of software, hardware, publications, conference contributions as well as through compositions and artistic projects. The tools for the practical use of the surround technology Ambisonics developed at ICST have received international acclaim. Since 2007, Germán Toro Pérez is the head of the institute.