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4D-Geodesigning Parsimonious Land Use | Research | Education | Implementation

Dr. Wälty's research, teaching and implementation lie at the interface of urban economics, planning, design and policy and revolve around urban land use that promotes active mobility.

Sibylle Wälty works as a Research Fellow, Lecturer, and Team Leader of the recently founded Urban Land Use, Design and Policy Research Studio (BALANCE) at the ETH Wohnforum ETH CASE (Center of Advanced Studies on Architecture and the Built Environment), as a member of the Institute of Landscape and Urban Studies (LUS) and the Network City Landscape / Netzwerk Stadt und Landschaft (NSL) at the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich. She has developed the methodology UrbanVision4D (UV4D) based on her Phd thesis findings which she applied in the ARGE UrbanVision4D (UV4D) from 2019 until 2022.

Sibylle Wälty lectures the ETH Innovedum funded course 4D-Geodesigning urban Transformation, within the MAS / CAS ETH in Mobilität der Zukunft on healthy 10-minute neighborhoods and parsimonious urban land use and regularly provides input from her research to the MAS Housing. Furthermore, she acts as a guest guest critic in various urban and landscape design classes at D-ARCH and the ipa at D-BAUG ETH Zurich and University of Calgary.

She is founder and CEO of Resilientsy since 2023 and founder and owner of Researchier GmbH (2006-2022). Furthermore she is founder and president of the Association WALK10min since 2021 and an active member of the Association Stadtlabor Baden since 2018.

She received her Dr. sc. nat. ETH Zurich from ETH Zurich Dept. of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (2020), holds a CAS in RID/GIS from ETH Zurich (2015), an MSc in Real Estate from Danube University Krem (2006), and a MSc ETH Arch from ETH Zurich (2004).

Dr. Wälty's long-term goals aim to realise parsimonious urban land use based on healthy 10-minute neighborhoods in Switzerland and beyond. In pursuit of fulfilling these goals, she follows three distinct foci leveraging Geodesign:

(i) gaining a better understanding of the role of urban land use and mobility planning in steering towards parsimonious urban land use and healthy 10-minute neighborhoods;

(iii) enhancing education in urban land use and mobility planning based on multi-scale urban analysis and and urban design based on 4D modelling for multi-level governance; and

(ii) examining the impact of co-creation to promote acceptance of the needed urban transformation towards parsimonious land use and healthy 10-minute neighborhoods.

You can view her research, outreach activities, teaching activities. Her research is also tracked on ResearchGate, Google Scholar, Scopus, and ETH Research-Collection.

She writes for the ETH Zukunftsblog and guest articles in Newspapers and her work is covered in journals such as Hochparterre and TEC21, see publications.

Her work has been covered by Newspapers such as Blick, NZZ, and Tages Anzeiger and other media outlets, see other press.

Do not hesitate to contact her: waelty(at)