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Non-Referential Architecture: Ideated by Valerio Olgiati - Written by Markus Breitschmid

Valerio Olgiati Markus Breitschmid



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Park Books
15 August 2019
Theory of architecture
More than ever, architecture is in need of provocation, a new path beyond the traditional notion that buildings must serve as vessels, or symbols of something outside themselves.

Non-Referential Architecture is nothing less than a manifesto for a new architecture. It brings together two leading thinkers, architect Valerio Olgiati and theorist Markus Breitschmid, who have grappled with this problem since their first encounter in 2005. In a world that itself increasingly rejects ideologies of any kind, Olgiati and Breitschmid offer Non-Referential Architecture as a radical, new approach free from rigid ideologies. Non-referential buildings, they argue, are entities that are themselves meaningful outside a vocabulary of fixed symbols and images and their historical connotations.

For more than a decade, Olgiati and Breitschmid's thinking has placed them at the forefront of architectural theory. Indispensable for understanding what the future might hold for architecture, Non-Referential Architecture will become a new classic.

The book's first edition, published in May 2018 by Simonett & Baer, was sold-out within months. This revised and slightly redesigned new edition makes this key text available again.
By:   Markus Breitschmid
From an idea by:   Valerio Olgiati
Imprint:   Park Books
Country of Publication:   Switzerland
Edition:   1,1st Published by Simonett & Baer, 2018, ISBN 9783906313191 ed.
Dimensions:   Height: 180mm,  Width: 115mm, 
ISBN:   9783038601425
ISBN 10:   303860142X
Pages:   144
Publication Date:   15 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Valerio Olgiati is a Swiss architect and a professor at the Accademia di Architettura der Universita della Svizzera Italiana in Mendrisio, Switzerland. Markus Breitschmid is Professor of Architecture Theory at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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