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Old November 9th, 2005, 11:55 PM   #1
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HUGE project in Zurich, Switzerland - Science City (under constr.) - 63 pictures





Science in the city

23 million Swiss Francs, about 10 million pounds, is being donated by entrepreneur Branco Weiss to ETH Zurich (swiss federal institute of technology, zurich) with the aim of ultimately creating a Science City, a high-tech campus and city district for a "Thinkers' Culture".

Weiss is a chemical engineering graduate of ETH, class of 1951. His CHF 23 million donation will enable ETH Zurich to build a new Information Science Lab (under constr. since 3 weeks) for research and teaching at ETH's Hoenggerberg campus. The site will be expanded in coming years to create Science City, which ETH hopes will become a centre for "Thinkers' Culture".

The creation of Science City will help ETH fulfil its strategic aims of remaining competitive at an international level. "With his generous donation, Dr. Branco Weiss is contributing substantially to the development of teaching and research in the key area of information science," said ETH President Olaf Kuebler, "And, he is guaranteeing that Switzerland and its future generations will be able to keep abreast of the very latest in international research." Weiss explained how he has been closely associated with ETH Zurich for more than 50 years and wanted to make a major donation in the field where it is most needed. "The new Information Science Lab is a very special and significant start," he said, at the donation ceremony.

The Information Science Lab will provide an interface between researchers and scientists working with information processing and simulation. Here, physicists, chemists, biologists, architects, computer scientists, engineers, and environmental scientists will carry out their research and teach as well as having open access to other important research centres around the world. Among the new lab's facilities will be 480 office workstations for researchers and 750 workstations for students.

Weiss' donation will cover half the costs of constructing the shell of the facility and building work will begin in 2005. ETH anticipates the opening of the new lab will take place in 2006 and once it is operational, the Science Lab will become the cornerstone for Science City. Over the course of the next few years, ETH Hoenggerberg will be thus become both a high-tech campus and a city district with student residences, a learning and convention centre, a guest house, restaurants, shopping and sports facilities. The master plan will be presented by September 2004 with the year 2010 being the date ETH hopes Science City will become a reality. Construction of Science City will cost around CHF 250 million, about £108 million. ETH is now exploring new avenues for financing the project and hopes to attract sponsors and donors to fund the work.

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where is ETH zurich?


ETH is located on two centers in zurich. one (mostly the administration part and some faculties) in the town-center... the other one as a campus on a "mountain" over zurich.




ETH-centrum





SCIENCE CITY is the biggest architecture investement of the swiss goverment for next few years. the rest will be payed by sponsors.

The huge plan will be finished in 2011.
the planers are:

Kees Christaanse
Gerhard Schmitt
Marcus Meier
Ernst Buschor
Franz Eberhard
Michael Salzmann
Theo Strub
Robert Perich
Michael Salzmann
Hans Weder
Walter Anderau

working on the city:




The first step of the SCIENCE CITY PLAN is finished about a year ago...
the new chemistry building.

















it's a five-arm-building with the best technology ever used in a building in switzerland.





there is a real irish pub made of wood inside or 6 piano halls for students use.













the second step...

the new Information Science Lab (under constr. since 3 weeks):


























the architects worked mostly with students:








next step. SPORT CENTER... will begin in first part of 2006.


































what is on the way?... what is the next step?

science city will be real SCIENCE city...

the plan is finished:


















the feeling of the present trend: (as eth says)







and this is the international idea:







and the planed vision... (partly under constr.)



library, congress and learning center









the flats for students:



















the rest of the city:








































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Old November 10th, 2005, 12:07 AM   #2
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Always interested in Swiss projects , thanks for sharing this one
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Old November 10th, 2005, 12:10 AM   #3
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Wooow,huge project!

How many students are there in the univesity?
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Old November 10th, 2005, 12:25 AM   #4
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Wooow,huge project!

How many students are there in the univesity?

there are 12'000 students (2004/2005)...

science city is btw a result of last 2 years ranking of unversity on the world...

2 years ago ETH Zürich was 10th... last year 13th... this year 21st... and there is always the same thing what ETH don't have to be better or to stay in the TOP 10. that's a campus and place for students...
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I don't like the idea of segregating the students life of the rest of the city, because that happens when you put all amenities (like flats, free time facilities) away from the "normal" citizens. The students wouldn't feel any need to go into the inner city apart from the occasional non-food shopping and central station.
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Old November 10th, 2005, 12:38 AM   #6
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ur absolutly right...

but the fact is, that zurich is a small city. everything is max 20 min away...

I think the idea is more to creat a center where students are in university life-style for the whole day...

perhaps i have to add: beside the buildings there is a plan for the transportation to the eth-center and the city... subway, telpher, tram or a trainline
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How....european. Wish they used a little more imagination in the design.
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Old November 10th, 2005, 03:22 AM   #8
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perhaps i have to add: beside the buildings there is a plan for the transportation to the eth-center and the city... subway, telpher, tram or a trainline
Hopefully with a high frequency. Otherwise the campus could be easily feeled as being too remote.
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bah.. it will not result in anything.. companies will still move away from your country..
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This place is not very remote, there are quite good connections to the centre already.
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