elop* - environment-focused learning and operative platform

A platform for transdisciplinary and transcultural collaboration.


Nine reasons for elop*


1  elop* is an innovative learning and teaching platform that develops transdisciplinary solution-finding methods.


2  elop* promotes transcultural experiences by bringing together cultures, nationalities, and learning styles in a collaboration as equal partners with shared goals.


3  elop* promotes ‚thinking out of the box‘ to involve a rich repertoire of approaches that strive for novel ideas and stimulate creativity.


4  elop* fosters the integration of various viewpoints and backgrounds from a multidisciplinary community of students, teachers, stakeholders and experts.


5  elop* tackles complex tasks in the realm of the built and social environment and addresses relevant real world problematics.


6  elop* offers a blended learning experience combining both physical and virtual collaborative modalities.


7  elop* is process oriented and aims for a synchronous and iterative design process as opposed to a sequential one.


8  elop* forms an international knowledge alliance sustained by a rich and diversified collective intelligence.


9  elop* alumni are better prepared for future challenges in a globalised professional world thanks to the soft skills they acquire in the programme.



The next project will start in September 2014


elop*7 Alpine Mutations - Focus Finhaut

Co-Organized by Faculty of Landscape Architecture, hepia

elop* has been engaged since its outset in 2009 in complex tasks that can only successfully be tackled by multi-disciplinary teams. elop* works with students and faculty from an international network of partner universities (elop*alliance).


After 6 editions that have taken place in Switzerland (3x), China and Gemany and at Stanford USA in 2014 program comes back to Switzerland. Haute Ecole de Paysage, d'Ingénierie et d'Architecture hepia, an elop*alliance partner, has taken the initiative to organise elop*7.


The elop*7 Project provides a multicultural and multidisciplinary platform capable of envisaging the future of this mountain region in a global, territory-specific context. You will be face with a real situation which is at once physical, social, economic, ecological, cultural and political.


Application (with CV and Letter of Motivation) until July 19th 2014 (extended date) to elop.ahb@bfh.ch

For details click on image or check www.ahb.bfh.ch/elop


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elop* receives Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching

Kathrin Merz and Key Portilla Kawamura receive the Credit Suisse Award for Best Teaching for the project «elop* - environment-focused learning and operative platform». The project was awarded due to the project’s outstanding didactical and innovative teach-learn-scenario.

More information: Link (in German)


elope became elop*

The rebranding of the platform parallels a series of organisational changes and the progression of the project as well as the alliance towards an established academic structure with an operational office and the prospect of professional services-provision in the near future