International Conference
The Architecture of the Architecture Book

Organizer: Institut gta
Date: Tuesday, 21 November 2017 to Friday, 1 December 2017
Location: Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Institut für Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur (gta), ETH Zürich, Hönggerberg,

L’architecture du livre d’architecture
The Architecture of the Architecture Book

Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris, 21–22 November 2017
Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta), ETH Zurich, Hönggerberg, 1 December 2017
Co-organized by André Tavares, ETH Zürich, and the Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Délégation en France

How can we build a book? This two-stage event is designed to explore the different hypotheses that may emerge from architectural reasoning. While architecture has its own specific methodologies and its own precise results, its communication and coverage in the media can build meanings that go far beyond the merely physical nature of construction. And, although ideas are immaterial, they can always be expressed in physical forms, being shaped through drawings, photographs and manuscripts. Books have the capacity to bring together and reassemble multiple media in the form of a new physical object, based on a transition that is reminiscent of the passage from the ethereal world of ideas to the immovable nature of buildings. The relationship between architecture and its books thus becomes tautological and hard to grasp. What is the architecture of the architecture book? New hypotheses arise when the book and architecture are afforded alternative supports, such as film, photography, spoken discourse or the multiple written records often stored in archives. It is by bringing together and comparing the transitions and transcriptions taking place between these multiple supports that we will eventually be able to assess the origins of the magnetic appeal of certain books.

Friday, 1 December 2017
ETH Zürich, HIL E 67 (Rote Hölle)

09:30 Welcome & Coffee
09:45—10:00 Introduction: André Tavares

Panel 5: Publishing Frameworks
Chair: Maarten Delbeke

10:00—10:30 Hans Oldewarris : Kosmos Publishers 1923-1960
10:30—11:00 Anne Hultzsch : John Loudon 1830‘s
11:00—11:30 Guido Beltramini : Aldo Manuzio 1494-1515
11:30—12:00 Discussion

12.00—14:00 Lunch Break

Panel 6: One Media Among Medias
Chair: Alfredo Thiermann

14:00—14:30 Mari Lending : Plaster Chronologies
14:30—15:00 Joaquim Moreno : The University on Air
15:00—15:30 Socks Studio : Digital Atlas
15:30—16:30 Discussion
While books are physical objects, they are often just one among many ways of establishing a bridge between architecture and buildings. There are multiple formats for transmitting architectural ideas, so why is the book still considered to be a privileged medium? Through the analysis of several examples, this panel will discuss the relationship between these different media and the role that books can play in mediating between buildings and readers.

16.30—17:00 Coffee Break

Panel 7: Procuring the Book II
Chair: Léa-Catherine Szacka

17:00—17:30 Thomas Weaver : Why printed ?
17:30—18:00 Irma Boom : Biography in Books
18:00—18:30 Discussion
Beyond the work of the authors, books must be chosen, edited, designed, printed, distributed, read, stored and ultimately scrapped. At a time when the digital era has opened up new forms for the production and distribution of architectural ideas, why do architects still insist on the use of the printed form?

Book presentation
18:30—19:00 Ákos Moravánszky : Stoffwechsel / Metamorphism

19:00 Aperitif

The event is co-organized by the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) and the Paris delegation of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.