Developing a campus

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ETH Zurich’s core missions are teaching, research, and the transfer of knowledge to business and society. Modern and flexible infrastructure is a key factor and prerequisite for international excellence.

The long-term development of the campus, ETH Zurich’s real estate planning, and its requirements for new buildings are all based on the university’s teaching, research and knowledge transfer activities. ETH Zurich follows a sustainability- and quality-driven approach to real estate development.

The university favours flexible buildings that can be easily adapted to new developments and changing requirements. The quality of the existing building stock must also be preserved and its value maintained. This is assured by the Real Estate Management department at ETH Zurich.

Two-site strategy

ETH Zurich is concentrating its spatial and structural development in the Zurich area on its two main locations, Zentrum and H?nggerberg.  These two sites are home to a wide range of teaching and research offerings and services. They each offer a centralised space for several departments (Zentrum: 9; H?nggerberg: 7). H?nggerberg also has a distinct campus character.

The historical nature of the neighbourhood and city structures restrict the scope of development opportunities in Zurich city centre around the Zentrum site. ETH Zurich is therefore focusing on its H?nggerberg location for the majority of its future space requirements. Zurich is being further developed as a university centre by ETH Zurich in collaboration with University Hospital Zurich and the University of Zurich. Medicine is a joint focus of development, and is also a new strategic focus for ETH Zurich.

ETH Zurich operates two main locations in the Zurich area: Zurich Zentrum and Zurich Hönggerberg, as well as other locations for specific collaborative activities with partners focusing on specific fields. (Map: ETH Zurich)
ETH Zurich operates two main locations in the Zurich area: Zurich Zentrum and Zurich H?nggerberg, as well as other locations for specific collaborative activities with partners focusing on specific fields. (Map: ETH Zurich)

Field-specific locations

ETH Zurich engages in field-specific investment to develop further locations where this geographical proximity enhances collaboration on scientific activities with its research and industry partners and enables the shared use of infrastructure and technology platforms. One example of this is the Department of Biosystems in Basel, for which ETH Zurich is constructing a new building on the University of Basel’s Sch?llem?tteli life sciences campus.

Other field-specific locations include Dübendorf (innovation park), Zurich-Lengg (medicine), Zurich-Irchel (neuroinformatics, pharmacology), Eschikon Lindau (agriculture and veterinary science), Schwerzenbach (nutrition, health), Rüschlikon (nanotechnology), as well as Lugano (supercomputing, information technology, medicine), and Singapore (urban development, sustainability).

Campus development and accomodation

Renier van Breda & Taulant Bixhaku studied ETH Zurich’s two-site strategy and conducted interviews on student accommodation on the H?nggerberg campus as part of a school project, which they submitted to the Kantonssschule Baden in 2017.

Swiss college: Living and studying on the ETH Zurich Campus (YouTube, 07.02.2018, in German)

 
 
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