Alpine Landscapes in Transformation: Infrastructure, Culture and Climate

Zürich
Switzerland
Symposium, 12-13 May 2022, ETH Zurich
Deadline for submission 17 December 2021
The image of the Alps is changing. Climate change, energetic transition, urbanization and industrialization have and will have tremendous effects on the Alpine landscape. Located at the crossroads of Europe, the transformations of this fragile environment need to be questioned. The symposium brings together experts from practice, research, and arts in a broad discussion about the past, present, and future of this unique landscape.
 
Format
The event consists of two main parts: two half-day workshops focussing on research, and an afternoon of round-table discussions. The research workshop gathers doctoral students and young researchers working on the topic of the symposium, giving them an opportunity to exchange ideas and reflect on their ongoing work. It is followed by a round table with various actors from academia and practice actively involved with the Alpine landscape. It is articulated in two sessions: labour/migration/culture and water/infrastructure/landscape. These discussions will offer a fragmented miniature of the complex issues at stake. A keynote presentation by Prof. Günther Vogt will complement the symposium. 
 
 
Call for Abstracts
The aim of the research workshops is to gather perspectives on the transformations of Alpine landscapes to complete the panel discussions held on the second afternoon. Contributions to the workshop should specifically tackle this topic in relation to industrialisation, infrastructure construction, climate change, or the cultural adaptations they require. These relations and interactions can be seen in the form of competition, passive coexistence, or symbiosis, but may also very well be proposals for alternatives in the form of projects. 
 
The contributions must to be aimed at one of the sessions listed below: 
1. Shaping nations and shaping perception
2. Transformation and conflict
3. Emerging symbioses
4. Projections and alternatives
5. Open session

More information and event webpage and full call for papers

Organisation
The event is organized by the Chair Günther Vogt for landscape architecture
Institute for Landscape and Urban Studies, ETH Zurich

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