|Heinz Hossdorf, Gravel and concrete factory, 1960-62
An illustrated exploration in Switzerland
Mo 16. – Sa 21.03.2020 | max. 14 Participants | Cost range B | Poster
Reinforced concrete belongs to the idea of modernity. Because of its economy and simplicity in
use, since its introduction in the early 20th century, it brought sudden changes to the built
environment as well as to the natural landscape. In Switzerland, a territory that is highly preserved
for its environmental qualities, the contrast between natural and built landscape becomes even
more evident: it represents a place where it is possible to investigate concrete as a material in any
of its variations, from infrastructures to sacral spaces, from functionality to formalism, from mass
to line composition. Because of its multifaceted nature, concrete can be shaped in any desired way,
creating a variety of architectural and structural forms that are resistant to any classification. Using
drawing as a mediator for understanding the properties of the material, it is possible to highlight
the qualities of concrete. In fact, drawings, unlike photographs, are a distorted representation of
reality that enhance the perception of lines and space which is the essence of architecture.
The aim of the Seminar Week is to explore the concrete building tradition in Switzerland using
sketches as a tool for reading the different aspects of this “new” building material. From highway
bridges to small churches, from rigorous geometries to experimental free-form structures, this
journey will show concrete in all its versatility and variety of forms. The program includes on-site
sketching sessions lead by the architects Florian Hugger and Thomas Rampp, that will guide us
through this exploration of concrete architecture in the German and Italian part of Switzerland.
Other guests will join our visits bringing their own perspective and expertise regarding their
understanding of Swiss concrete.
Sketch workshop with the architects Florian Hugger and Thomas Rampp
(Lang Hugger Rampp, Munich)
Chair of Structural Design
Prof. Dr. Joseph Schwartz
Giulia Boller - firstname.lastname@example.org
Federico Bertagna - email@example.com
Transportation, accommodation, visits, daily sketch workshop and reader included.
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