The recent interest in atmospheres in Swiss architecture is not the result of climate-conscious thinking but a turn in architectural theory. The former search for signs and meaning is replaced by the enthusiasm for immediate, immersive experience. An important example of the search for meaning ‘beyond the signs’ was the Swiss Pavilion at the Expo 2000 world exhibition in Hanover by Peter Zumthor. The young generation of Swiss architects is making even more radical demands. Philippe Rahm’s program of a Meteorological Architecture has hedonistic and environmentally conscious aspects. The lecture will raise the question how the aesthetics of atmospheres relates to the alleged simplicity of the so-called Swiss minimalism.

Ákos Moravánszky – Institut gta, ETH Zurich Günther Vogt, Die Natur der Städter
Seit 2005 Professor für Landschaftsarchitektur an der Eidgenössischen Technischen Hochschule (ETH) Zürich, Departement für Architektur.
2007 bis 2011 Vorsitzender des Netzwerk Stadt und Landschaft (NSL) der ETH Zürich.
2010 Eröffnung VOGT Case Studio
2012 Gastprofessur an der Harvard Graduate School of Design

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