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An archipelago is a landform which consists of a chain or cluster of islands. The word archipelago is derived from the Greek arkhi (“chief”) and pélagos (“sea”) through the Italian arcipelago. In 1977, Oswald Mathias Ungers and a group of architects worked on a project for Berlin called “Berlin as Green Archipelago”. The main hypothesis of this project was that the process of de-population and urban crisis could potentially contribute to a new “ideal type” of the city. Ungers proposed a new form of the city as an archipelago of dense urban artifacts surrounded by a forest that would gradually replace existing portions of the city.

 

Agripelago refers to a territory consisting of a cluster of cultivated fields in a non-agricultural surrounding. With Geneva as the objective of investigation, not de-population but the exact opposite is being observed: Rapid population growth is challenging the metropolitan area. While the land reserves for future development on Swiss territory are almost exploited, the city keeps growing behind the border into the French periphery. The former rural countryside gets surrounded by the urban fabric, the remaining agricultural areas appear like islands within a cosmopolitan reality.

 

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5th semester Arch Bsc ETH
Studio Milica Topalovic
In collaboration with Oliver Burch