Venturing Permanence

The ETH House of Science in Bamiyan

Edited by Ivica Brnic, Florian Graf, Wolfgang Rossbauer, and Christina Lenart

Edited by Ivica Brnic, Florian Graf, Wolfgang Rossbauer, and Christina Lenart

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128 pages | 30 color plates, 55 halftones | 7 1/2 x 10 | © 2012
Cloth $52.00 ISBN: 9783856762100 Published November 2012 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
The city of Bamiyan in Afghanistan is inextricably tied to the shocking destruction of its famous Buddha statues by the Taliban in 2001. But this war-torn region is not simply emblematic of the devastation of a city in crisis—Bamiyan is also the site of a university, a locus of hope and learning. In 2006 three European architects, Ivica Brnic, Florian Graf, and Wolfgang Rossbauer, created the House of Science of the ETH Zurich for Bamiyan University. Venturing Permanence looks at the building six years after its opening through text and images, while exploring larger issues of cultural transfer and the role of architecture in rebuilding areas of international conflict.
      Christina Lenart

Castles in the air and the risky venture of permanence
      Andreas Tönnesmann and Mario Fontana
Interview: planned uncertainty
      Ivica Brnić, Florian Graf and Wolfgang Rossbauer in conversation with Christina Lenart
The ETH House of Science: phases of its development
      Ivica Brnić, Florian Graf and Wolfgang Rossbauer
New attention for Bamiyan
      Abdul Jalil Benish
A ‘Castle in the Air’ becomes reality: a personal retrospect on the House of Science in Bamiyan and its prospects for the future
      Olaf Kübler
And Karzai wept—a country under influence
      Gudrun Harrer
Relief architecture—pragmatic utopias
      Elke Krasny
Humanitarian military interventions: a political scientist’s evaluation
      Herfried Münkler
Out of Empire: architecture and common wealth
      Philip Ursprung
Kabul—an archaeology of modernization
      Ernst Gruber and Michael Klein

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