The Significance of the Idea in the Architecture of Valerio Olgiati Paperback – 30 Sep 2009
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About the Author
Markus Breitschmid is a trained architect and architectural historian. Since 2004, he has taught architectural history, theory, and design at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. Valerio Olgiati (born 1958 in Chur, Switzerland) graduated with a diploma in architecture from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich in 1986. He has operated architecture practices in Zurich (1988-1993), Los Angeles (1993-1995 with Frank Escher), and again in Zurich, Chur, and Flims since 1998. Since 2001, he has been Professor at the Accademia di Architettura of the Universita della Svizzera Italiana in Mendrisio, Switzerland. Olgiati's oeuvre has been published widely in international architectural journals and monographs.
Top customer reviews
The second part of the book is more informative; the notion of architect as artist is dismissed by Olgiati, he places himself far closer to maths and questions the validity of sitting at the desk all day long, sketching, in hope of some divine intervention or genius delusion. It is quite refreshing to hear a respected architect, who has delivered some sublime buildings stand up and challenge the ego-generation of architects in favour of a more scientific approach. It is not the image that matters, it is the quality of the thing, and the quality of that thing is solely dependent on the quality of the idea that lies behind it.
This book makes a welcome read for anyone who is bored of architects trying to pass themselves off as artists and artists trying to pass themselves off as architects. The book only loses a star as I think it could have benefitted from more illustrations, particularly in the first part when Olgiati makes references to images from a slide show which obviously occurred before the Q&A that is transcribed. It is a shame these images were not included in this otherwise excellent book.
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