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The G-points of a city

secret, crush, tinkering. These are not terms that one associates with a city that you want to live. However, for Christian Schmid and Daniel Bosshard the three G make the city worth living in. Or, to stay on topic: sexy. City researchers Schmid and architect Bosshard have been busy for the exhibition "Zurich" with the development of the city. On a walk through Zurich, the three G should be on concrete examples to grasp.

Before the barracks , Christian Schmid remains the same, the sociology Professor at the ETH architecture Department, a Central place of the city development is located here. Cars and Trams driving past on the wide road. Schmid, 60, looks in the CADS river, as writer Hugo Loetscher once called. "Wouldn't have called for the population 50 years ago that the policy should be less to deal ruthlessly with the city, the city would be here another," says Schmid.

ideas for an extension of the city centre, the Sihl from the ' 60s.

With the sihlraum planning to expand the city and the Canton, the City to long street – a Skyline along an Express road over the river and a subway were planned including. The no to the U-Bahn ended the modernisation of dreams. The vote has politicized high school student Schmid at the beginning of the 70s. Architect, boss, hard, eight years younger than Schmid, suggests the arc to the current discussion on the rose garden tunnel. "Similar conditions and wonder: What have we learned from back then?"

space must be designed speaks

On the military road Schmid of the scenography and dramaturgy of a street. "Here, houses are demolished and the parcels have been merged, long buildings with monotonous ground floor uses, like in many places in the city." Bosshard, President of the Zurich section of the Federation of Swiss architects, fights back. Monotony could be caused by unimaginative architecture . But: "The committed company, the interests of the investors determine in the same way as the policy."

"Similar conditions to the rose garden, and one wonders: What have we learned from back then?"Daniel Bosshard, architect

A backyard. Since everything works on a small scale. The first G-point of tinkering:. A two-storey commercial building, the Windows stick decals, before that, a Mini, a carved figure and a old wheel. Maybe a car repair shop, a Studio. "What looks like a tinkering, to show that people shape their space. The revitalized the city," says Schmid. And: "Here the boundaries between the outside and inside are blurred, from the public Street to the semi-public commercial spaces to spaces of private homes."

the backyard at the long road.

this was made Possible because the Rent in the taboo area were once deep and immigrant traders settled. Plans of the 1930s failed, the whole neighbourhood is to tear down and replace with greened settlements. Re-architect Bosshard hits the bow to the Current. The invisible society of employees, the displaced, the productive trades. Monotonous building facades with Windows that can open, so the outside of the hard limit from the inside. "They also make the city, but not busy," says Bosshard. He pleads for a commercial plan within the city, similar to the residential plan, the gentrification to stop.

On the way to long-drawn-out commercial street. Individual Blinds are broken, the Windows hanging posters. Bosshard says: "As an owner looks for a moment and primarily on the yield and live." It is springing to life, where standards would not be blown up, Zurich is perfect.

traffic Life

The long road is for Schmid, one of the most urban places in the city, because here is the life that is visible, the hidden, the city otherwise. Somewhere, someone screams, an engine roars. Schmid and Bosshard curiously look in the side streets, where the city's space every few meters, presents no different. Tinkering there, too. "Secrets to make a city alive," says Schmid. Bosshard speaks of granularity, the different characteristics of the buildings.

The small part of the long road makes you surprising.

Schmid to look for a car on the long road. Traffic is heard for him for the long road, because it defines urbanity. Pedestrian zones have for him a little Unattractive. "I want to sing a song on the car ride, but the long road is traffic-calmed socio-logically a major life engine lose."

Living in a city, so only in the historically grown Small-scale of? "No," says Schmid. It is not working well elsewhere, for instance at the Idaplatz or roses ibach place. in order for public spaces, meeting points, they have to meet some requirements. The infrastructure revives, may be and not to be gross. And then the third G. Schmid falls says: "Where are crowds where people are standing around on the feet, the city begins to live."

"the Knowledge, the resources and the potential to develop the city's far-sighted."Christian Schmid, city of researchers

We will travel by Bus and Tram to the smooth Park where do you want to illustrate the two different Form of the city. Christian Schmid is on the access road. "This wide and empty Boulevard is a Problem for a city." 5000 people live there, the neighborhood seems to be extinct. To blame: legible spaces that invite to Discover, plenty of space, no centre, monotonous facades. Schmid points to a ground-floor apartment. "This will affect the public space between the houses." The smooth Park is a place that vorgaukle urbanity, but in spite of careful planning, blot out life. No tinkering, no crowds, no secrets.


For the architect Daniel Bosshard is good this is the result of the investment project on the green Meadow. "Since the architecture can be still so good, do not match, the framework remains such a district is a dormitory town." Also here is a view of a backyard. Covered in concrete, a water feature, at the Windows of the ground floor of the lettering of a therapy practice. Only the Park is revived. The whole of the new quarters is not lost for Schmid and Bosshard. If, for instance, to the tram station grows smooth to the Park with the new urban development project thurgauerstrasse a centre for both quarters.

Back in the city centre, the new headquarters of Europe Avenue. is Also a problem area? Bosshard: "No. This Area is so densely built that life." There have been good examples of far-sighted urban development. The embankment of the basin or the initiatives of the red of Zurich. Schmid says: "The Knowledge, the resources and the potential to develop the city's far-sighted, would be available. It is the patience to develop the correct answer is missing." Bosshard adds: "This is only possible, if the discussion on the desirable city space is open to the public."

See: Long the Limmat, dominated the life in Zurich. City engineer Arnold Bürkli, built in 1887, the public offshore units. Their use has been eased with the urban revolt of 1980.

gardens: drove In the 1930s, "the Red" social reforms associated with urban development. After the second incorporation of 1934, the city bought Land and sold it to cooperatives. The garden city housing estates were built.

traffic and Modern: Long controlled the traffic of the city development. The Express roads-Ypsilon and the U-Bahn coupled with the sihlraum planning the city should develop, the city ring and the tangent bracket served as a transit axis. The people was against it. With the residential plan of the architectural structure of the city centre has been preserved until today. (ema)

According to Zurich, the center for architecture, Höschgasse 3, up 25.8. Inner-City Living, Mi, 17.4. 18 At, Long Street, Do, 2.5. 19 PM.


Created: 15.04.2019, 22:23 PM

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