Final Review: Public space Behaviorology in Switzerland FS23

Final Review: Public Space Behaviorology in Switzerland FS23

We are delighted to invite you to our final semester critique which will take place on the Hönggerberg campus and in the nearby forest to the northwest: the Waldlabor!!!


Wednesday, 31.05.2023

Promenade review: 10:00 – 17:00

Discussion: 17:00 – 18:00

Location: Hönggerberg Campus and the Waldlabor

Format: Promenade review + Discussion

In collaboration with: The Chair of Structural Design (ITA), The Institute of Landscape and Urban Studies (LUS), The Waldlabor (D-USYS), The Chair of the History and Theory of Urban Design (GTA), The Raplab (D-ARCH)


Increasing urbanization, denser living conditions, higher rents, and more expensive apartment prices are redefining our use of public space today. We are seeking in the exterior the comfort we are not able to afford in our interiors. By designing public furniture thoughtfully, we can transform a seemingly residual space of the city into an integral part of our public life.

Determining what constitutes a good public space is a fundamental question. To answer this question, Students analyzed sites on the Hönggerberg Campus and the adjacent Waldlabor forest through the method of public drawing, and developed their own furniture in 1:20. 11 of the 72 projects were selected and further developed over the course of the semester in groups of 6.

Using the methods of Architectural Behaviorology, combining analytical research to 1:1 Mock-Up testing, students questioned the needs of the users and responded to them by designing temporary furniture on each sites.

On May 31st at 10:00 next to the “HIL Plaza”, we cordially invite you to explore the 11 installations. by using the map, you are free to explore and discover the projects in any order. Students will be present at each installation to present their furniture and the process that led to it. The day will conclude with a final discussion and apero in the forest at 5:30 pm next to “Hut and Fire” (n°7).




May. 29, 2023