Institute for
HSR

Open Space and Gardens

 

The ILF supports municipalities and cantonal administrations with the planning and development of open and green spaces in urban areas. Special importance is given to urban ecology and the bridging of design and ecology; for instance promoting biodiversity.  Relevant aspects of our work include analysis of the needs of multiple users and the costs and practicalities of the implementation of projects. Other important foci of our work include the use of plants, innovative construction techniques, and new materials in garden and landscape design.


R E F E R E N C E   P R O J E C T S

 

Urban Tree Concepts in a Changing Climate

We use our expertise to develop a practical tool for Swiss cities: urban tree concepts for the future - which species are appropriate? The hot summer of 2015 has shown the impact of climate change, which focused attention on the need to examine the appropriate use of trees in Switzerland’s urban landscape. Municipalities are currently facing the challenge of having to process different research findings related to climate-resilient tree species and then putting them into practice in order to prepare Swiss cities for a warmer future. Since 2013 a previous version of the tool has successfully been used in Hamburg, Germany. In Switzerland, a first application is currently in development for the city of Rapperswil – Jona.

Client
City of Rapperswil – Jona, Hochbau und Planung

Project manager
Mark Krieger, mark.krieger(at)hsr.ch

Project team
Viola Thiel, viola.thiel(at)hsr.ch
Marcel Metzger, marcel metzger@hsr.ch

Project duration
on-going


Maintaining Plant Biodiversity in Cities

 

We aim to reach a comprehensive understanding of how plant biodiversity in the city of

Zurich can be maintained through urban ecological design. In collaboration with ETH Zurich and University of Lausanne, we will assess fragmentation effects on the species, functional and genetic diversity of wild flower patches, and, more specifically, on the population viability, evolutionary potential and connectivity of selected model species. These results will feed directly into the biodiversity programme run by our project partner, Zurich’s office of parks and open spaces (Grün Stadt Zürich). Through the transdisciplinary partnership, and in collaboration with our team of landscape architects at ILF, we will develop an ecological planning/design process that is based on a mechanistic understanding of underlying ecological processes that maintain biodiversity.

Client
PSC-Mercator Fellowship Program “Bridging Plant Science and Society”, Stiftung Mercator Schweiz, http://www.plantsciences.uzh.ch/en/research/fellowships/mercator.html

Project partner
Grün Stadt Zürich
ETH Zürich

Project manager
Christoph Küffer, christoph.kueffer(at)hsr.ch

Project team
Kevin Vega (doctoral student)

Project duration
August 2016 – August 2020


Space –Related Forest Development in Urban and Suburban Areas of Switzerland

In recent decades residential development in Switzerland has brought changes in landscapes. Settlements and infrastructure are spreading more and more , and the remaining spaces being used intensively  At the same time, as the population increases, so does the need for outdoor leisure and recreational activities. Forests or forest-like structures within or on the edges of residential areas should be fulfilling this function. However this leave owners, managers, users and planners with completely new questions and challenges.
As part of the COST Action FP 1204 " Green Infrastructure approach" the project develops on one hand a typology of recreational forests in Switzerland, and on the other examines the conditions under which the identified forest types can be transferred into an urban and especially suburban context .

More precisely this means that a collection of good examples within and outside Switzerland can coordinate forest types to the requirements and perspective of local areas, as well as developing a quality criteria for space-related concepts for forest and recreation forests. A further step to be developed would be participatory design process together with local stakeholders, for the innovative designs of suburban recreation forests based in two test areas. The practical experience, discussions in workshops, and expert interviews will allow conclusions to be derived for the design and management of innovative recreation forests and forest clearances, as well as their environment in Switzerland. The results will be summarized as good examples and recommendations for municipal planning, implementation and development of urban forests, and will be published as a guide.

Client
Staatssekretariat für Bildung, Forschung und Innovation SBFI European Cooperation in Science and Technology COST, Action FP 1024

Project manager
Susanne Karn, susanne.karn(at)hsr.ch

Project team
Michael Schulze, michael.schulze(at)hsr.ch
Christine Bai, christine.bai(at)hsr.ch

Project duration
January 2015 - January 2017


Open Space Networks Within Urban Sprawl, Producing Open Spaces from the Perspective of Social and Planning Professional’s

Progressive urban sprawl and depletion of land reserves in Switzerland places open spaces and recreation areas in both urban centres and suburban residential areas under pressure.
Increasingly the importance of working spaces with social functions are coming to the consciousness of the public and within professional discussions.
Linked to this are demands for new concepts for, dense residential development and "new urban qualities" (Swiss National Science Foundation, 2011). At the same time questions are pressing for new strategies and solutions for open space planning.

Client
Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung 

Project manager
Susanne Karn, susanne.karn(at)hsr.ch

Project team
Michael Schulze, michael.schulze(at)hsr.ch
Christine Bai, christine.bai(at)hsr.ch

Project duration
August 2013 - September 2015