L01(2) – Guest Lecture

Dafna Fisher-Gewirtzman

Density: As we perceive it

Monday, 6th Oct. at 18:00
HIT F 22 (ETH campus Hönggerberg) 


Cities densification is a fact. The question is how to increase the physical density while maintaining quality of life with low perceived density? Density measurements
do not represent the perceived density, as various urban morphologies in similar density result in varied perceived density.
In her talk, Dafna will present her research of 3D visual analysis models, integrating quantitative and qualitative information. These models aspire to represent the
human perception of space and to be used as tools supporting design for smarter sustainable built environment of our future dense cities.


Dafna Fisher-Gewirtzman is an assistant Professor at the Faculty of Architecture & Town Planning at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. She is the Academic Director of the Visualization Laboratory.
Her research focus is in the field of Visual analysis and simulation of urban and architectural space aiming at a sustainable built environments. In addition, she is researching the design processes of adaptive reuse of existing buildings. Her research is financially supported by the Israeli Scientific Foundation (ISF). She was the recipient for the UNESCO fellowship.
Her research work is published in leading professional Journals, such as Environment and Planning B, Urban Design International, Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, Int. AR (Interior Architecture), Survey Review. These days she serves as guest editor of a special issue for CEUS. She presented her research in many international conferences in Europe and North America. And was an invited speaker to several conferences and universities.
Dafna enjoy teaching a lot and is extensively involved in architecture design courses. Her teaching focuses on adaptive reuse of existing buildings and interior architecture. Since she initiated the Visualization Laboratory at the faculty of Architecture at the Technion she integrated the 3D immersion (in virtual reality) capabilities in the design studio. In recognition of her excellence in academic teaching, she became a laureate of the prestigious Yanai prize in 2013.

In addition to her academic activities occasionally she practices Architecture and Interior Design and her work was published in local professional journals.