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Issue 15 - FireSteinemann RamiasStudio, Essays

STROMBOLI: MOUNTAIN OF FIRE IN THE SEA

by Ramias Steinemann

Stromboli is one of the eight Aeolian Islands. Together they form a volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea that arcs across the Mediterranean from Mount Etna over Lipari to Mount Vesuvius. Located off the north coast of Sicily, they are named after Aeolus, the ruler of the winds in Greek...

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Issue 14 - AirSteinemann RamiasEssays, Studio

Fil de Cassons

by Ramias Steinemann

The Fil de Cassons is a mountain range 2700 metres above sea level in Grisons, Switzerland.
In the Romanic language, fil means ridge; i.e. a mountain range without an obvious peak. It forms a two and half kilometrelong northern end of the famous Flimserstein, a massive wall of rock that is a...

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Issue 13 - WaterSteinemann RamiasEssays, Studio

The Engadine

by Ramias Steinemann

The Valley of the Engadin begins at the Maloja mountain pass with a chain of lakes running southwest to northeast: « Lej da Segl », « Lej da Silvaplauna « , and « Lej da San Murezzan » . Maloja is a watershed dividing the river « Inn » flowing via the Danube to the Black Sea and the «...

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Issue 12 - EarthSteinemann RamiasEssays

BUILT EARTH: CREUX DU VAN, JURA

by Ramias Steinemann

The Jura Mountains are a sub-alpine mountain range located north of the western Alps, separating the Rhine and Rhone rivers and forming part of the watershed of each. At the entrance of the Val du Travers the huge falaise formation of the Creux du Van builds up. On the top of this plateau, about...

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Issue 14 - Airvon Mackensen Till, Mateo Josep Lluís, Steinemann Ramias, Sauter Florian, Schmidlin ChasperVideos, Studio

Meteorological Observatory

by Josep Lluis Mateo,Till von Mackensen, Chasper Schmidlin, Ramias Steinemann and Florian Sauter

PAINTING WITH AIR
At an artistic level, the picture could be painted with the remains of the sky;
making the enclosure ready to receive and...

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Issue 15 - Firevon Mackensen Till, Mateo Josep Lluís, Steinemann Ramias, Hotz Anna, Schmidlin ChasperStudio

A Guesthouse on Stromboli

by Josep Lluis Mateo, Anna Hotz, Till von Mackensen, Chasper Schmidlin, Ramias Steinemann

DANGER & DEBILITY

Fire certainly can be dangerous and out of control, destructive and aggressive.
In these conditions, architecture can...

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Issue 13 - WaterObiol Cecilia , Steinemann Ramias, Sauter Florian, Hotz AnnaStudio, Videos

Marina and Thermal Bath

by Josep Lluis Mateo, Anna Hotz, Cecilia Obiol, Florian Sauter & Ramias Steinemann

Palafitic

Gino de Giorgi: On wet or marshy land, architecture is always inserted with care, with the greatest precaution. These sites...

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Issue 12 - EarthJakob Michael , Mateo Josep Lluís, Steinemann Ramias, Sauter Florian, Obiol Cecilia Reviews, Studio

INTERPRETATION CENTER: THE SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE OF THE PHYSICAL AND CULTURAL LANDSCAPE

by Josep Lluis Mateo, Cecilia Obiol, Florian Sauter & Ramias Steinemann

Isabelle Ramseier
The project derives from the typology of the ruins. A ruin generally keep contact to the earth. The more distant part as the roof...

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Issue 7 - On CanettiSteinemann RamiasEssays, Studio

The Ground

by Ramias Steinemann

Until the nineteenth century the Winkelwiese, originally part of a vineyard located on the southeastern boundary of the old town of Zurich, remained open land without buildings. The explosion of the Geissturm in 1652– one of the main fortification towers of Zurich, and located in the actual...

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Issue 4 - CinemaSteinemann RamiasEssays

LOCARNO - CITY OF FILM

by Ramias Steinemann

Locarno is a small town situated on the south side of the Alps, surrounded by Italy bordering just in the very north to Swiss Cantons. Topographically the city lies in the basin of the lake of Lago Maggiore at the bottom of nearly two thousand meter higher mountains. Due to the physical condition...

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Issue 3 - On GiacomettiSteinemann RamiasStudio, Essays

Cultural Landscape - Val Bregaglia and the Giacomettis

by Ramias Steinemann

The home of the Giacometti’s, the Val Bregaglia is an Italian speaking valley on the south side of the Alps expanding in an extremely deep drop from the heights of the Maloja and the Septimer pass towards south to the Italian border ending in the lowlands of North Italy in Chiavenna. The...

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Issue 7 - On CanettiSteinemann RamiasStudio

Space-Sequence

Student: Patricia Lehner

The long building sits perpendicular to the topography in the middle of the open land, separating the green in a public park infront and a private garden in the back. Inspired by Luigi Moretti's studies about space-sequences of internal rooms in sacral buildings, Patrica Lehner imagined spaces with...

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Issue 4 - CinemaSteinemann RamiasStudio

EXPRESSION and CONTEXT

Student: Tobias Tommila

The quality of Tobias Tommila’s project is the tfocus on the expression and identity of a cinema.The program of the “Cineteca Svizzera” is a heterogeneous mix of functions with two cinema-halls which are not more than dark and closed rooms. Nevertheless the expressive shape of the roof which...

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Issue 12 - EarthCapdeferro Bet , Steinemann RamiasInterviews

EARTH & PRIVATE PRACTICE

Interview with Bet Capdeferro

Our semester task was earth: To speak of the earth requires us to think about the other elements the water, the air and the fire. How do you relate earth to the other elements?

Of the four elements, earth is the one that represents the solid state of matter, and consequently, is the...

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Issue 5 - Global Observatory Sánchez García José María, Steinemann RamiasInterviews, Reviews

Jose Maria Sanchez Garcia - Consistent Expression

by Ramias Steinemann

Jose Maria Sanchez Garcia’s work seems to be a combination of the affinity to solid geometries and the play of light and shadow. He sees architecture as something monumental and massive that is carved out. The traces can be read already in his childhood: “I always lived in a house with vaulted...

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Issue 1 - After Crisis Carmeliet Jan, Concheiro Isabel, Steinemann RamiasInterviews, Videos

SUSTAINABLE URBAN DESIGN

Interview with Jan Carmeliet

Ecology and Urbanism

I prefer not to use the word ecological, but instead, I rather speak about sustainable urban design. Ecology is just one of the aspects of sustainability, besides economical and social aspects. Our research contributes to the sustainable design of existing and future...

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Issue 1 - After Crisis Steinemann RamiasVideos, Reviews, Studio

ECO VALLEE - A new city at the heart of the French Riviera

by Ramias Steinemann

Situated In the river Var valley, tangent to Nice and close to strong existing communications hubs, the city is conceived as central rather than peripheral or suburban, accommodating new spaces for the knowledge economy, services, and year-round and seasonal housing.

In the Var valley context,...

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