On the Development of Landscape and City

The findings of a comprehensive research undertaken by ETH Studio Basel on urbanisation processes in Egypt, Italy, the US, Vietnam, Oman, and Brazil.



Title Information

Edited by ETH Studio Basel, Contemporary City Institute. With contributions by Roger Diener, Liisa Gunnarsson, Mathias Gunz, Vesna Jovanović, Marcel Meili, Christan Müller Inderbitzin, and Christian Schmid

1st edition

, 2016


228 pages, 76 color and 31 b/w illustrations

17 x 24 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-023-7


From 2008 to 2014, ETH Studio Basel, under the guidance of Roger Diener and Marcel Meili, investigated the process of urbanization taking place outside cities. Territory brings together the results of their research in six significant locations: the Nile Valley; Rome-Adria, Italy; the Florida hinterlands; the Red River Delta in Vietnam; northern Oman, and Belo Horizonte and Minas Gerais in Brazil.

To describe the space surrounding cities, previously considered landscape, the contributors to this book use the term territory to denote both the surroundings that a city subsumes into its own structure and the core city itself, which is the center of this process of urbanization. And for each of the territories featured in the book, they investigate such key aspects of urbanization as water management, networks and infrastructure, agriculture, the role of mining and industrial production, and settlements.


Authors & Editors

Roger Diener

, born 1950, is an architect educated at ETH Zurich and EPFL in Lausanne and a principal with Diener & Diener Architects in Basel. He taught as a Professor of Design at EPFL 1987–89 and as a Professor of Architecture and Design at ETH Zurich and at ETH Studio Basel 1999–2015. He has also been a visting professor at Harvard University and at universities in Vienna, Amstardam, and Copenhagen.

Liisa Gunnarsson

 born 1980, studied architecture at the Royal Academy of Technology in Stockholm (KTH). Her diploma thesis on a sustainable development for a cultural heritage site in Fez, Morocco, was nominated for the OFFECCT-Student Award. She joined Studio Basel as a teaching assistant in 2012.

Mathias Gunz

 born 1979, studied architecture in Zurich and worked in architecture offices in Zurich and Tokyo. During his work at ETH Studio Basel he was involved in a variety of projects and publications dealing with urban phenomena in Switzerland and world-wide. In 2011, together with Michael Kunzle, he formed the office Gunz & Kunzle Architekten in Zurich.

Vesna Jovanović

 born 1985, she obtained her Master's degree from the University of Belgrade, and a Postgraduate degree from the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. She is currently working on urban and architectural projects in Diener & Diener Architekten in Basel.

Marcel Meili

 (1953-2019), studied architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (1973–1980). In 1987, he formed an office in Zurich together with Markus Peter. He was teaching as a professor at the Faculty of Architecture of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich since 1999.

Christian Mueller Inderbitzin

, born 1977, graduated in Architecture from ETH Zurich in 2004 and is a principal with Edelaar Mosayebi Inderbitzin Architects in Zürich. He teaches at various universities and has previously been working as a reserach assistant at ETH Studio Basel 2005–2015.

Christian Schmid

 born 1958, studied geography and sociology at the University of Zurich. In 2003, he received his Ph.D. from the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. In 2009, Christian Schmid became Titular Professor at the ETH Zurich.