Paper $62.00 ISBN: 9783856763077 Published March 2013 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe

Forms of Practice

German-Swiss Architecture 1980-2000

Irina Davidovici

Irina Davidovici

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284 pages | 35 color plates, 116 halftones | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2012
Paper $62.00 ISBN: 9783856763077 Published March 2013 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
During the 1980s and ’90s, German-Swiss architecture gained worldwide acclaim for the novelty of its construction and its striking aesthetic coherence. In this book, Irina Davidovici carefully examines the cultural and theoretical conditions that gave rise to the movement. Forms of Practice combines  in-depth case studies of specific pieces of architecture with theoretical essays exploring implicit conflicts that arise between a number of dichotomies: the individual artist and the ethos of the movement; artistic integrity and economic interests; and the abstract and the concrete reality of a building.


The Background of Culture
The Background of Theory
Forms of Practice
Herzog & de Meuron: Stone House, Tavole, Italy, Project 1982, Realisation 1985–88
Peter Zumthor: Protective Housing for Roman Archaeological Excavations, Chur, Graubünden, 1985–86
Gigon/Guyer: Kirchner Museum, Davos, Graubünden,1989–92
Diener & Diener: Housing and Office Buildings, Warteck Brewery, Basel Project 1991–93, Realisation 1994–96
Valerio Olgiati: School Extension, Paspels, Graubünden, 1996–98
Von Ballmoos Krucker: Stockenacker Housing, Affoltern, Zurich, Project 1997, Realisation 2000–02
Backgrounds II
The Background of Practice
Thematic Interpretations
Towards a Swiss Model
Notions of Resistance
Degree Zero
The Paradox of Realism
A Landscape of Signs

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