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We have started planning the renovation of a two-family house on Viktoriastrasse in Zurich-Oerlikon. The two-storey building with two 4-room flats, attic and basement is the last remnant of a housing estate built in 1919. In March 2023, we completed the assessment of the condition of the residential building. The aim is to carry out an overall design-to-cost refurbishment with a minimum depth of intervention.
On Wednesday, 25 October 2023 at 7:00 p.m., Michael Wagner was a discussion guest at the panel discussion 'What have we actually built there?' at Architekturforum Zürich.
Zurich and its agglomeration have experienced an uninterrupted building boom over the last twenty years. Virtually all brownfield sites and former factory areas have been gradually built over and developed into residential and workplace areas. Due to the turnaround in interest rates and other factors, construction activity is cooling off somewhat. So we can pause for a moment and reflect on what was actually built there. At the same time, the era of large contiguous site developments is coming to an end. What was the spirit that shaped this type of development? Which visions and promises came true? Where is there a difference to today's everyday settlement life on site? And what has changed in planning paradigms and ideas of "good urban planning" since then? An evening of critical retrospection and a look into the future.
Regula Iseli, architect, co-director of the Urban Landscape Institute at the ZHAW
Michael Wagner, architect, professor of architecture and urban design at the University of Liechtenstein
Katharina Barandun, settlement coach
Philipp Fischer, architect, Enzmann Fischer Partner
Moderation: Caspar Schärer and Lena Wolfart, Board Architekturforum Zürich
On Tuesday, 18 April 2023, Michael Wagner will be a panelist, together with Dominik Siegrist and Stephanie Weiss, at the closing event of the ‹Sufficiency - towards a frugal future?› series organised by the Zürcher Studiengesellschaft für Bau- und Verkehrsfragen. The event will take place at 5:30 pm at the Architekturforum Zürich.
Michael Wagner is the guest in the first episode of Metron's new podcast. He talks with traffic planners Andreas Oldenburg and Robert Klemm about the difficulties of complex, often long-term planning, in the course of which circumstances and values change. A conversation about how we deal with this dilemma in our everyday work - and how we might be able to solve it.
As of January 1, 2023, Michael Wagner will be professor of architecture and urban planning at the Liechtenstein School of Architecture. "Michael Wagner prevailed in a competitive appointment process against strong international applicants. He convinced the appointment committee above all with his forward-looking, sustainability-oriented research experience, practice-oriented teaching approaches, enthusiastic demeanour, and proven high level of competence in teaching." In parallel, Michael Wagner will continue to be actively involved at Wagner Vanzella Architects (Photo: Anita Affentranger).
Michael Wagner wrote the introductory article 'Designing the Future' for metron AG's magazine on 'Gegenwartsentwurf für das Gemeinschaftsprojekt Strassenraum'. In the article, he raises the key question of how the future is planned and what challenges this poses for planners and designers.
For the launch of its annual programme 'Natur bestimmt' (Nature rules) on Thursday, 10 November 2022, the Forum Architektur Winterthur has invited three speakers to talk about 'Space, Energy and Resources'. In his lecture 'How to build on?', Michael Wagner addressed the challenges for urban design and planning resulting from population growth, inward development and the net-zero target (Photo: Andreas Mader).