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Central Switzerland. A Metropolis

With Photographs by Guido Baselgia
The region surrounding Lake Lucerne is not only the geographical center of Switzerland, but also the core of its national identity. The lake itself is picturesque, and the mountainous countryside around it is famous for its pristine beauty. But central Switzerland’s architecture has often been overshadowed by the artistic hubs of Zürich and Basel. To correct this oversight, the Swiss photographer Guido Baselgia has created a vast series of photographs focusing on twentieth-century architecture in central Switzerland. He has included images of single buildings and entire streetscapes, as well as private homes, public works, and industrial parks, all built by the regional section of Bund Schweizer ArchitektenBSA.

Metropolis Central Switzerland seeks to bring the stunning architecture of central Switzerland to a wider audience through 160 of Baselgia’s images, presented here in stunning duotone. Four experts, each from a different field, offer their insights into regional architecture and the history, politics, and cultural climate of the area around Lake Lucerne.


156 pages | 6 color plates, 82 duotones | 13 x 9 | © 2012

Architecture: European Architecture


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Table of Contents

Combined German/English Edition

Plates
Preface
      Daniel Dickenmann and Albi Nussbaumer
The Fortunate Folding of the Alps: A discussion about the current and future urbanization of Central Switzerland
      Heinz Tännler, Valentin Groebner, Christian Schmid, and Andreas Sonderegger
Photo Captions
Plates (cont’d)

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