This master’s thesis attempts to question some of the planning aspects of the district around Thurgauerstrasse and proposes an alternative to the city’s intention and to the current regulations – keeping in mind that now is the time to act for society matters such as sustainability, solidarity, the right to affordable housing and to city spaces that allow appropriation.

The project consists of an analysis of existing potentials, a new set of rules, a redistribution of the built surface, two case studies for densification within the existing constructions and an alternative design for the strip of land that physically mediates between the two sides of Thurgauerstrasse.

Moved by the real threat of the climate crisis and the role that construction plays in it, the introduction of a building moratorium within the perimeter opens new possibilities for dealing with the existing structures and for the reconsideration of the role that the largest empty urban lot owned by the city of Zurich should play.