robust future-proof framework

High-rise policy revision as driver for future-proof, resilient urban densification

Zurich is becoming a polycentric city with different characteristic neighbourhoods that are an important source of identification for urban life. Resilient urban development builds on existing strengths, which is why the new high-rise policy promotes the strengthening of these character areas. The change should not only have an effect on peripheral and heterogeneous neighbourhoods, however, but also allow for a cautious development of the “established” urban fabric in centrally located neighbourhoods.

The new guidelines build on the existing planning frameworks and the spatially defining elements of Zurich. They are intended to strengthen the city’s regulations and to clarify th...

  • City of Zurich
  • 2019 - 2021
  • Study
  • Test planning procedure for the cities’ new high-rise policy with 8 teams in two stages and subsequent commissioning with consolidation
  • Urban Design
  • Urban Planning
  • Team lead: E2A
  • Spatial planning: Planwerkstadt
  • Landscape and public spaces: Hager Partner
  • Sociology: Barbara Emmenegger