Valerio Olgiati

Valerio Olgiati (born 1958 in Chur, Switzerland) is a Swiss architect. He studied architecture at ETH Zurich. Having worked first in Zurich and then in Los Angeles, in 1966 he opened his own practice in Zurich and in 2008 with his wife Tamara Olgiati in Films. His "monolithic" work and his sense of detail give his work a minimalist and surprisingly sensitive force. He advocates a cultural, not political architecture that is fundamentally non-contextual and non-referential. He has taught at the ETH Zurich, the London School of Architecture, Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio.

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Valerio Olgiati - Architecture Non-Référentielle
French edition
Caryatide / Cosa Mentale
French edition of Valerio Olgiati's and Markus Breitschmid's widely acclaimed manifesto for a new approach in architecture in a world free of ideologies and, therefore, references: a must-read for anyone interested in architecture today.
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