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Hardturmviaduct Zurich

Team: Eugenio Cappuccio, Bene Wahlbrink, Julius Grambow
Documetary Film: Eugenio Cappuccio

Location: Zurich, Switzerland

Type: Research

Year: 2019-2020

‘Documenting the In-between’ is about re-adjusting perspectives. It is about taking attention away from buildings as objects, instead observing and documenting the residual spaces that form the scenography of everyday life. By exploring alternative approaches to placemaking through the lens of the camera, we can shift attention onto how people inhabit the found spaces left over from speculative real estate development. 


Over the past thirty years, Zurich-West has transformed from an industrial stronghold to a post-industrial and service-oriented metropolis. Many brownfield sites, considered ‘terrains vagues’ due to their absence of limits and beyond the regulated city’s forces of control, gave way to a gig-economy growth that shaped a new ‘trendquartier’ – curated, commodified, homogenised and gentrified. At the heart of this neighbourhood is the Hardturm Viaduct; a suspended railway line that cuts through the district and whose physical presence is a memento of twentieth century modernist city-planning. How might this concrete edge be transformed into a porous membrane facilitating the exchange between different social groups, subcultures and activities?

There is no denying that the area is rife with creative activity, innovation and science, and the unique nature of the spaces formed around the structure are perfect breeding grounds for new and exciting public life. The distinct bustle of activity under and around the suspended viaduct cuts through, although the sensation currently is not one of neighbourhood identity, but one of transition and temporality. ‘Documenting the In-between’ provides an account of this condition – can these tools help us comprehend how people in this space might create new narratives for public use? By highlighting the interactions between human behaviour, machine and nature, this methodology can help to better understand the tensions present in this district.


Filmed, edited and soundtrack by Eugenio Cappuccio 

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