Bernard Tschumi On His Education, Work and Writings

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In this extended interview between Bernard Tschumi and The Architectural Review’s Paul Finch, the pre-eminent Swiss-born architect discusses his education, writing, design and wider critical position. Speaking candidly, Tschumi explains how a visit to Chicago when he was seventeen years old sparked a life-long passion for architectural design - something that had been somewhat repressed due to his father who was, at that time, one of the world’s most highly respected architects. His friendship with British architect and theorist led to the start of a career that saw his proposals for Paris’s Parc de la Villette foreshadow the age of . Ending with his take on the future of the profession, Tschumi also offers advice to students and young practices looking to make their mark.

Laufen Forum / Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten

© Ruedi Walti

Architects: Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten
Location: ,
Client: Keramik Laufen AG
Area: 660.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Ruedi Walti

BLKB – Renovation and Extension / Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten

© Ruedi Walti

Architects: Nissen & Wentzlaff Architekten
Location: Hauptstrasse 25, 4144 ,
Client: Basellandschaftliche Kantonalbank Arlesheim
Area: 400.0 sqm
Year: 2006
Photographs: Ruedi Walti

New Weiach Kindergarten / L3P Architekten

© Sabrina Scheja

Architects: L3P Architekten
Location: , Switzerland
Year: 2014
Photographs: Sabrina Scheja

Federal Criminal Court / Durisch + Nolli Architetti + Bearth & Deplazes Architekten

© Federal Office for Building and Logistics, FBL. Image © Tonatiuh Ambrosetti

Architects: Durisch + Nolli Architetti, Bearth & Deplazes Architekten
Location: , Switzerland
General Planner: CDL Bearth & Deplazes AG, Sagl, Lugano Jan Meier, Gesamtprojektleiter
Year: 2013
Photographs: Tonatiuh Ambrosetti

Widmi Building / am-architektur

© Michael Haug

Architects: am-architektur
Location: ,
Area: 8200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Michael Haug, Fréderic Giger

Bruggerberg / Ken Architekten

© Hannes Henz

Architects: Ken Architekten
Location: Brugg,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Hannes Henz

Lindenrinde / Ken Architects

© Hannes Henz

Architects: Ken Architects
Location: , Switzerland
Year: 2011
Photographs: Hannes Henz

Conversion of a Chapel in Bern / Morscher Architects

© Dominique Uldry

Architects: Morscher Architects
Location: ,
Area: 500.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Dominique Uldry

City Garden Zug / Planetage landscape + Ramser Schmid

© Guido Baselgia

Architects: Planetage landscape, Ramser Schmid
Location: Zug,
Management And Landscape Architecture: Planetage landscape architects, Marceline Hauri, Christine Sima, Karolina Katsabi, Helge Wiedemeyer, Ramon Iten, Thomas Volprecht (Planwirtschaft)
Year: 2013
Photographs: Guido Baselgia, Courtesy of Planetage landscape +

Bridge Over the Rhone / Meier + Associés Architectes

© Yves André

Architects: Meier + Associés Architectes
Location: Les Evouettes, ,
Year: 2012
Photographs: Yves André

Swissquote Building in Gland / Link architectes

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Architects: Link architectes
Location: , Switzerland
Area: 38000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Swissquote Bank

Competition: WHO Headquarters in Geneva

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The World Health Organization (WHO, the Commissioning Organization) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. On 23 June 2014, WHO launched an international, two-stage architectural design competition for the extension and redevelopment of WHO Headquarters in .

French architect Dominique Perrault will preside the jury that also includes Bernard Tschumi, Momoyo KaijimaDiébédo Francis Kéré, and Bernard Kouhry. Registration closes September 19. For complete information, please go to the competition’s official guideline here.

Lomocubes / Motta Papiani Architetti

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Architects: Motta Papiani Architetti
Location: Via Sassa, Massagno,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Motta Papiani Architetti

5.5m x 5.5m / LVPH

© Jérôme Humbert

Architects: LVPH
Location: Fribourg,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jérôme Humbert, Courtesy of

Community Centre for Evangelical Reformed Church in Würenlos / Menzi Bürgler Architekten

© Rasmus Norlander

Architects: Menzi Bürgler Architekten
Location: , Switzerland
Year: 2013
Photographs: Rasmus Norlander

2db Transformation Residential House / Dubail Begert Architectes

Courtesy of Db

Architects: Dubail Begert Architectes
Location: Rue des Prés 12, 2350 ,
Client: Db
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Db

Humanitarium / group8

© Walter Mair

Architects: group8
Location: Avenue de la Paix 17 – 19, , Switzerland
Architect In Charge: Adrien Besson, Christophe Pidoux, Julien Potignat, Blaise Fontaine
Year: 2013
Photographs: Walter Mair