Peter Märkli was born in 1953. He lives and works as architect in Zurich, Switzerland. In 1978, he established his own studio, Studio Märkli, in Zurich. From 2002–2015 he had a Professorship in architecture at the ETH in Zurich. Since 2013, he is a visiting professor at MARCH school of architecture in Moscow. His work includes many smaller and bigger residential buildings, as well as La Congiunta, a building for the reliefs and sculptures by Hans Josephsohn, Giornico (1992), The new organ at the cathedral in Basel (2003), extension and general renovation of a model school by Viktor Hufnagl, in Wörgl, Austria (2003), Im Birch school, Zurich (2006), Novartis visitor center, in Basel (2006), Picassoplatz office building, in Basel (2008) Cave Fin Bec, in Valais (2012), the headquarters building for Synthes, in Solothurn (2012), Belvoirpark Hotel and Restaurant management school, in Zurich (2014), Gutstrasse housing, in Zurich (2013), Masterplan Gutstrasse, in Zurich (2015–2017), and the new zoning and building code for Glarus Nord (2015–2017).
Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem y Ramon Vilalta acabaron sus estudios en la Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura del Vallès y desde 1988 trabajan juntos bajo el nombre de RCR ARQUITECTES en su ciudad natal Olot con un equipo formado a su lado. Desde el año 1989 son arquitectos asesores del Parque Natural de la Zona Volcánica de la Garrotxa y han sido profesores en la ESTAV, ETSAB (Vilalta), ETSAB y ETSAB (Pigem). Actualmente convocan y dirigen desde el 2008 un Workshop Internacional de verano en su estudio ubicado en la sede de las antigua fundición Barberí, desde su estructura de laboratorio RCR LAB-A.
Once cities were designed to accommodate the masses; today the masses have to be seduced. During the past forty years, like all sectors of the economy, urban planning has become free enterprise: a perpetually speculative activity, which must give shape to developments even if it remains uncertain whether those developments will ever happen, or attract the people for whom they were planned.
This presentation explores the flipside: large urban plans that were built but never used. These now occur on every continent – the inevitable fallout of a world urbanizing at a staggering pace. But perhaps they are more… perhaps these towns also constitute compelling reasons for reflection in the face of a seemingly unbreakable consensus that the city is our one and only common future.
Jacques Herzog (Herzog & de Meuron) Lecture
Qualifying University Master ETSAM
November 14th 2017