New book on Swiss architects is released
Three Architects in Switzerland: Beat Consoni - Morger and Degelo - Valerio Olgiati, a book written by Markus Breitschmid, assistant professor of architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, has recently been published by Quart Publishers in Lucerne, Switzerland.
The architects featured in this volume, Beat Consoni, Meinrad Morger, Heinrich Degelo, and Valerio Olgiati, belong to a select group of internationally known architects who have produced seminal architectural work. The book explains the historical background of contemporary architecture in Switzerland and presents the architecture-theoretical themes that allowed numerous architects from Switzerland to produce important buildings.
‘There is a robust consensus among architectural critics that the 1980s were a turning point that began a process of coalescence for an architecture that alternatively has been labeled with ‘New Simplicity’ and ‘Minimalism,’” said Breitschmid. “None of the important Swiss architects is entirely comfortable with such labeling because any penetrating look into their work demonstrates a high degree of independence with little appetite to belong to a group or an architectural movement. Beyond an architecture that appears to be simple at first glance, there unfolds a theoretically ambitious architectural discourse that facilitates the succinctness, rationality, constructive and material ingenuity, and beauty of many structures built by the best architects during the past two decades.”
Breitschmid, a registered architect, received a doctorate from the Institute of Building History, Architectural Theory and Building Preservation at the Technische Universität Berlin in Germany. He received his Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. from Technische Universitåt Berlin.
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