Organizer: gta Exhibitions
Date : Thursday, 20. September 2012 to Thursday, 8. November 2012 Mo-Fr 8 a.m.-10 p.m., closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
Location : Architekturfoyer, HIL, Hönggerberg, ETH Zurich
Opening event with discussion: Wednesday, 19 September 2012, 6 p.m.; Architekturfoyer, HIL, Hönggerberg, ETH Zurich
During the boom years of the 1960s and 1970s, Ernst Göhner AG constructed some 9,000 prefabricated apartments in the Zurich and Geneva conurbations. Unlike in many countries, these system-built estates were deliberately aimed at the young middle class, offering many families spacious dwellings with access to green spaces. But the 1973 oil crisis and the beginnings of change in social values brought an end to the growth euphoria, and led to a radical transformation in the perception of large-scale housing developments.
The touring exhibition on the prefabricated housing created by Ernst Göhner AG attracted great interest during its first presentation in one of the Göhner estates – the Webermühle in Neuenhof. It is now receiving a second showing at the ETH Zurich. Opening with a panel discussion and accompanied by an international symposium, it takes an in-depth look at the phenomenon of the Göhner estates, offering a comprehensive overview that sets them within the historical and social context of the period when they were built. It reveals the system employed by Ernst Göhner AG, from the search for suitable land, through the construction of the urban environment using standard, prefabricated elements, to the marketing of the individual apartments, and vividly documents the transformation in our view of such developments from their heyday to the present day. A book on the project will be published by hier + jetzt in early 2013.
An exhibition by the Institut gta with Fabian Furter and Patrick Ritschard-Schoeck in collaboration with the chairs Philip Ursprung and Christophe Girot, ETH Zurich
The Project is supported by:
Departement Architektur, ETH Zurich
Historisches Museum Baden
Credit Suisse, Zurich
Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Zug
Implenia Development AG, Baden
Schweizer Heimatschutz SHS