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Gottfried Semper’s years of exile in London (1850-55) were a time of highly inspiring experiences. The London of the Great Exhibition offered the German architect an immense trove of objects for study and an intellectual environment that provided seminal impulses for his innovative cultural-historical theory of architecture. The present volume, resulting from a collaborative SNSF research project of the Institute for the History and Theory of Art and Architecture, Università della Svizzera italiana, and the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture, ETH Zurich, positions Semper as both an observer and actor in this period. It goes beyond focusing on Semper as an individual person and considers his work as a designer, teacher, and writer of architecture against the backdrop of the historical, architectural, and disciplinary surroundings.

Texts by: Elena Chestnova, Murray Fraser, Michael Gnehm, Sonja Hildebrand, Mari Hvattum, Claudio Leoni, Kate Nichols, Alina Payne, Philip Ursprung, Caroline van Eck, Dieter Weidmann, Beat Wyss.

Architectural History and Globalized Knowledge. Gottfried Semper in London

edited by

Michael Gnehm, Sonja Hildebrand

19 x 24,5 cm

216 pp.

88 ill. col., 24 ill. b/w



gta Verlag

ISBN 9783856764098

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3929/ethz-b-000501065

€ 35 / frs. 35.‒

Open Access


26 Design studios, 14 Diploma studios, 97 courses, 90 lecturers, 116 assistants, more than 800 students: a year of teaching activity at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture.

Academy of Architecture

Yearbook 2020

24 × 24 cm, 384 pp.
515 ill. b/w, 51 ill, col.
english / italian
ISBN 97888876248922
€ 18 / frs 20.–

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This book presents an outline of the foundation and growth of the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture, established in 1996 as a faculty of the coeval Università della Svizzera italiana. The school was immediately distinguished by an educational range that sought to create a dialogue between different disciplines, only seemingly remote from architecture, with historians, philosophers, artists and scientists engaging with the work of architects and urban planners. And in retracing the first 25 years of the Academy, the author, a world-famous architect and one of the founders of the school, also recounts architecture experienced as a generational commitment in the face of environmental changes.

Mario Botta

Tracce di una scuola.

Accademia di architettura a Mendrisio


21 x 26 cm, 424 pp.

690 ill. col. and b/w




ISBN: 9788892821279

€ 35 / frs 35.–


The three essays brought together here offer a specific reading of different phases of Galfetti’s achievement. Starting from a single project, they demonstrate how the idea of a territorial architecture has always linked the project in his work (on every scale) to the place, the landscape and the territory.

Texts by: Franz Graf, Nicola Navone, Laurent Stalder.

Interview by Francesca Albani.

Aurelio Galfetti.

Costruire lo spazio

The Construction of Space

edited by

Franz Graf

24 x 28 cm, 160 pp.

25 ill. b/w, 103 ill. col.


english  / italian

Silvana Editoriale

ISBN: 9788836648689

€ 30 / frs 30.–


Now in its seventh edition, the prestigious architectural award, which showcases young architects recommended by internationally renowned advisors, has gone this year to the French firm Bruther. The catalogue of the award accompanies the exhibition at the Mendrisio Theatre of Architecture (2 April-24 December). It contains works by all the architects who participated in the competition, with a special focus on those by the winner.

Seventh edition 2020

Bruther (France)


Al Borde (Ecuador), Arrhov Frick (Sweden), Bernardo Bader (Austria), Barbas Lopes Arquitectos (Portugal), Tatiana Bilbao (Mexico), Riccardo Butini (Italy), Carmody Groarke (England), Ricardo Carvalho (Portugal), Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury (Bangladesh), DECA Architecture (Greece), Angela Deuber (Switzerland), Edition Office (Australia), Estudio MMX (Mexico), Nick Gelpi (USA), Guidotti Architetti (Switzerland), Carla Juaçaba (Brasil), langarita navarro arquitectos (Spain), MAPA (Brasil), Shingo Masuda + Katsuhisa Otsubo (Japan), Daniel Moreno Flores (Ecuador), Erika Nakagawa (Japan), OFFICE (Belgium), Camilo Rebelo (Portugal), Robust Architecture Workshop (Sri Lanka), Sabín Blanco Architects (Spain), SIAA_ (Brasil), Taylor and Hinds Architects (Australia), TEd’A Arquitectes (Spain), Terra+Tuma (Brasil), Francesca Torzo (Italy), Christian Wassmann (USA), Xu Tiantian (China).

Swiss Architectural Award

edited by

Nicola Navone
24 x 24 cm, 200 pp.
408 ill. col., 50 ill. b/w


italian / english
Silvana Editoriale
ISBN 9788836648818
€ 50 / frs 50