Ulster University Logo

Ulster Institutional Repository

'History is not the Past but Another Mightier Presence’: the founding of the Institute of History and Theory of Architecture at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zurich and its effects on Swiss Architecture’

Biomedical Sciences Research Institute Computer Science Research Institute Environmental Sciences Research Institute Nanotechnology & Advanced Materials Research Institute

Hanisch, Ruth and Spier, Steven (2009) 'History is not the Past but Another Mightier Presence’: the founding of the Institute of History and Theory of Architecture at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zurich and its effects on Swiss Architecture’. Journal of Architecture, 14 (6). pp. 655-686. [Journal article]

Full text not available from this repository.

Abstract

The Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) was founded in1967 explicitly to facilitate exchange between the architects and the historians of architecture teaching in the Faculty of Architecture at Zurich's famous Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH). The founding members, Adolf Max Vogt, Paul Hofer, Bernhard Hoesli and others, encouraged a younger generation of architects to deepen and widen their knowledge of the history of architecture by working in the institute as research assistants and often writing doctoral dissertations. But it was very much due to the catalyst of the guest professor Aldo Rossi that the link between architecture and the history of architecture seriously influenced design strategy. Two of the many research collaborators at the gta who proved to be particularly important for their fellow students were Bruno Reichlin and Martin Steinmann. With the help of history they developed a r'recherché patiente' into the semiology of building and took this as a starting point for the design process, which influenced a whole generation of young architects to develop what became the new Swiss architecture so lauded today.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > Belfast School of Architecture
ID Code:13291
Deposited By:Professor Steven Spier
Deposited On:27 Apr 2010 10:58
Last Modified:15 Jun 2011 11:09

Repository Staff Only: item control page