For decades, Swiss architecture has enjoyed international acclaim. Yet how are Helvetic architects positioning themselves in Switzerland's drastically changing working environment? What impact are they having at present? In «Architecture Dialogues», nine interviewers talk with 30 leading Swiss architects about guiding themes, directions and perspectives in their theoretical explorations and building projects. Over the course of conversation, these architects present not only their positions on the constructive, conceptual and aesthetic dimensions of architecture, but also their projections for the future of this discipline against the backdrop of the emerging 21st century and its challenges. The viewpoints compiled in the following primer offer insight into the possibilities and limitations encountered by architects in their complex roles and responsibilities. It serves both as a snapshot as well as an important contribution to the international discourse on architecture. Among the interviewed architects and offices are Herzog & de Meuron, Peter Zumthor, Valerio Olgiati, Mario Botta, Luigi Snozzi and many others.
Marc Angélil, Jørg Himmelreich, Departement für Architektur der ETH Zürich (Ed.)
Positions – Concepts – Visions
628 pages, more than 180 illustrations, 14 × 22 cm,