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What Affects the Quality of Life in Urban Environments?

16:30 - 18 July, 2018
What Affects the Quality of Life in Urban Environments? , Yago Veith. <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Badi-Oberer-Letten_Zuerich_Sommer.jpg'>Via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0 DE)</a>
Yago Veith. Via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0 DE)

As I left the streets of Zurich after attending a conference about the quality of life in urban environments, I came across a living example of the lecture I had just attended. I turned the corner and felt that I was inside an architectural rendering: the trees were pruned and green, there were no hanging electrical wires, cyclists drove elegantly along bike lanes, the tram moved quietly and punctually while bathers enjoyed their summer in rivers and lakes. To my surprise, I walked under an overpass and realized that even urban cities could be skilled and safe. After my stroll, I stopped for a cup of coffee and knew that the person that attended me received a fair salary and did not have to work three jobs to pay the bills (of course the coffee did not come cheap). However, these small, almost mundane observations for some, do provide a well-being and quality of life that may be difficult to measure. 

"Svizzera 240: House Tour": The Swiss Pavilion, Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale 2018

02:30 - 12 June, 2018
"Svizzera 240: House Tour": The Swiss Pavilion, Winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale 2018, Project team for the Swiss Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, May 2018. Left to right, Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor, Matthew van der Ploeg and Ani Vihervaara. Image © Christian Beutler / KEYSTONE
Project team for the Swiss Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, May 2018. Left to right, Alessandro Bosshard, Li Tavor, Matthew van der Ploeg and Ani Vihervaara. Image © Christian Beutler / KEYSTONE

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, we present the completed Swiss Pavilion. To read the initial proposal, refer to our previously published post, "Swiss Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale Celebrates Peculiar Form of Architectural Representation."

Swiss Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale, Celebrates Peculiar Form of Architectural Representation

06:00 - 10 May, 2018
Swiss Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale, Celebrates Peculiar Form of Architectural Representation, Courtesy of Pro Helvetia
Courtesy of Pro Helvetia

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage we present the proposal for the Swiss Pavilion. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words.

BIG Unveils Images of Zig-Zag Ski Hotel in Switzerland

14:00 - 11 April, 2018
BIG Unveils Images of Zig-Zag Ski Hotel in Switzerland, Courtesy of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group
Courtesy of BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group

BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled images of their proposed Audemars Piguet Hotel des Horlogers, a ski hotel set in the scenic Vallée de Joux, Switzerland. The compact scheme, designed in collaboration with Cche Architecture, is defined by a zig-zag form seamlessly integrated into the smooth topography of the surrounding valley, forming a connection with the nearly Musée Atelier.

These Are The 20 Most Livable Cities in the World in 2018

06:00 - 5 April, 2018
These Are The 20 Most Livable Cities in the World in 2018, © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/theodevil/4970314282'>Miroslav Petrasko [Flickr]</a>, bajo licencia <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/">CC BY-NC-ND 2.0</a>. ImageViena, Austria
© Miroslav Petrasko [Flickr], bajo licencia CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. ImageViena, Austria

For the ninth consecutive year, Vienna has placed first in Mercer rankings on cities with the best quality of life in the world. Despite the current economic volatility in the European continent, the Austrian capital joins eight other European cities in the top ten. 

Sou Fujimoto Architects' Terracing Learning Center Wins Competition at University of St. Gallen in Switzerland

14:15 - 22 February, 2018
Sou Fujimoto Architects' Terracing Learning Center Wins Competition at University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, © Sou Fujimoto Architects. Courtesy University of St. Gallen
© Sou Fujimoto Architects. Courtesy University of St. Gallen

Sou Fujimoto Architects has been selected as the winner of a competition to design the new HSG Learning Center at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

The Glacier Shelter Built from Nothing but Wood

12:00 - 8 January, 2018
The Glacier Shelter Built from Nothing but Wood, © Keystone
© Keystone

At an altitude of 2735m, architecture students at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have built The Bonatti Bivouac, a temporary refuge for the A Neuve’s glacier. The shelter uses the envelope as a structural object, eradicating the need for metal, screws, or nails. Informed by theoretical architect Semper, their design uses the joints to form a piece of architecture.

Herzog & de Meuron Wins Competition for Masterplan Including Basel’s Tallest Residential Towers

15:45 - 20 December, 2017
Herzog & de Meuron Wins Competition for Masterplan Including Basel’s Tallest Residential Towers, © Herzog & de Meuron
© Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron has been selected as the winners of a competition to design the new master plan of the Nordspitze community in the northermost part Basel’s Dreispitz district. Organized around two large public green spaces, the mixed-use community will feature three residential skyscrapers that will become the three tallest residential buildings in the city.

Herzog & de Meuron Wins Competition for Swiss Bank Headquarters Overlooking Lake Geneva

16:00 - 27 November, 2017
Herzog & de Meuron Wins Competition for Swiss Bank Headquarters Overlooking Lake Geneva , Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron
Courtesy of Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron, with local firm Favre & Guth, has been selected as the winners of an international competition for the design of a new global headquarters for private banking company Lombard Odier to be located in Bellevue, Switzerland on Lake Geneva.

Explore Peter Zumthor's 1986 Shelter for Roman Ruins in Quiet Solitude

04:00 - 22 November, 2017
Explore Peter Zumthor's 1986 Shelter for Roman Ruins in Quiet Solitude, © ArcDog
© ArcDog

In 1986, Peter Zumthor completed one of his first projects: a shelter over an Ancient Roman archaeological site in Chur, (Graubünden, Switzerland). Now over three decades old, this film by ArcDog captures the building and the preserved excavations that it sits around with a quiet sophistication. With only timber lamella to allow in light and ventilative air, the project stands as a testament to Zumthor's sensitive architectural approach.

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