PENS-225 / 4 credits

Teacher(s): Arborino Antoine Maurice, De Cesare Giovanni, Perona Paolo, Viganò Paola

Language: English

Withdrawal: It is not allowed to withdraw from this subject after the registration deadline.


RHONEscape aims at realizing the necessary interdisciplinary educational background of the problematics affecting highly-corrected large rivers, by examining riverine ecological, hydrological and morphological spatial features with new methods of conceiving the space in and around rivers.



Channelized river; river ecosystem; interdisciplinary project; water infrastructure; cultural landscape; ecosystem resilience; river hydrology; 3rd Rhone correction; river revitalization; ecological restoration; natural or nature-like river morphology

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Analyze and classify river systems, as well as their related geomorphological, ecological and hydraulic both characteristics and spatial requirement
  • Elaborate interdisciplinary river analysis to identify the river ecosystem needs as a whole
  • Design interdisciplinary river project performing some simple calculations and methods
  • Contextualise river ecological, hydrological and territorial issues to elaborate integrative ecological engineering measures
  • Create innovative ways of conceiving the space, forms, connectivity and morphological evolution of rivers in highly rural, industrial and urbanized landscapes

Transversal skills

  • Use a work methodology appropriate to the task.
  • Communicate effectively with professionals from other disciplines.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for creativity.
  • Access and evaluate appropriate sources of information.

Teaching methods

A theoretical and practical overview about contemporary rivers, in general, and the Rhone River in Central Valais, in particular, shall be introduced by professionals as far as the fields of fluvial ecohydrology and ecohydraulics, landscape architecture, ecosystem dynamics and resilience, environmental and civil engineering are concerned. A combination of lectures, on-site visits and workshops shall be undertaken between experts and students to build different analytical skills.

Each student teams shall be multi-disciplinary with the goal of encouraging exchanges and understanding between fields of expertise. Fieldwork and analysis shall be undertaken across designated reaches of the Rhone River in Central Valais territories to generate specific understanding and new ideas.

Assessment methods

Assessment will be made on the basis of the final presentation as well as project materials submitted during the last day of the course - including but not limited to, findings from fieldwork, site analysis, innovative approaches and proposals.


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In the programs

  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Rhonescape
  • Lecture: 4 Hour(s)
  • Exercises: 22 Hour(s)
  • Project: 22 Hour(s)

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