Panel Discussion
Communities of Practice
Swiss Architecture as Shared Knowledge

Organizer: Chair of Prof. Avermaete, gta Verlag
Date: Wednesday, 21 November 2018 to Wednesday, 21 November 2018
Time: 18.00 to 20.00
Location: schwarzescafé, LUMA Westbau, Löwenbräukunst, Limmatstrasse 270, 8005 Zurich

Book launch event
Irina Davidovici, Forms of Practice. German-Swiss architecture 1980–2000
2nd edition revised and expanded, gta Verlag, 2018

Organiser: gta Institute / ETH Zürich
Chair for the History and Theory of Urban Design Prof. Dr. Tom Avermaete

By the end of the twentieth century, Swiss architecture had acquired an international renown on the basis of its highly crafted, formally reductive artefacts. These buildings claimed an ethical basis by reflecting the strong character of host regional cultures, varying from canton to canton and city to city. Despite its international currency, the much-vaunted notion of Swiss architecture is a fully heterogeneous construct comprising highly distinct forms of practice, rooted in a common cultural and professional background.

The launch of the revised and expanded second edition of Irina Davidovici’s Forms of Practice: German-Swiss Architecture 1980–2000 seeks to reposition the “forms of practice” of 1990s Swiss architecture in the context of the emerging “communities of practice” operating across Europe today. This event features short reflections from young architects on the Swiss architecture of the late twentieth century, followed by a moderated panel discussion. In the light of more recent developments in Switzerland and abroad, we invite the reassessment of Swiss architecture as a shared body of professional knowledge that operates across generations and cultural borders.

Maria Conen / Conen Sigl, Zürich
Job Floris / Monadnock, Rotterdam
Jeannette Kuo / Karamuk Kuo, Zürich
Oliver Lütjens / Lütjens Padmanabhan, Zürich
Daniel Rosbottom / DRDH Architects, London

Tom Avermaete and Irina Davidovici

Drinks and a light apero will be provided courtesy of the gta Verlag and the Chair for the History and Theory of Urban Design Prof. Tom Avermaete, gta Institute, ETH Zürich.