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Stadtplanung in den Alpen

Strategien zur Verdichtung von Bergorten

Stopping the Sprawl of Mountain Villages

For plenty years, many popular mountain resorts have seen largely uncontrolled development consisting of the multiplication of archetypal chalet-style houses. This is usually accompanied by roadbuilding for private cars.

In order to protect these tourist destinations and their natural environs from further uncontrolled development, the author investigates different settlement structures such as Andermatt, Avoriaz, Verbier, Zermatt,and Whistler-Blackcomb. On the basis of detailed graphical analyses, she develops groundbreaking strategies for urban densification and suitable mobility management, which can also be transferred to other tourist areas.

  • Extensive planning analyses of five locations in the mountains of Switzerland, France, and Canada
  • Synoptic analysis of the settlement elements using attractive fold-out maps
  • The research results are transferable to other mountain regions

Author Information

Dr.-Ing. Fiona Pia, architect at Fiona Pia Architectes and scientist at the EPF Lausanne


"[...] eine interessante methodische Herangehensweise, die sich produktiv auch andere Untersuchungsgegenstände übertragen ließe."
Stefan Netsch in: Planerin 5 (2019), 69

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Audience: Architekten, Stadtplaner, Studierende