Non-Referential Architecture

Ideated by Valerio Olgiati and Written by Markus Breitschmid

Valerio Olgiati and Markus Breitschmid

Non-Referential Architecture

Valerio Olgiati and Markus Breitschmid

Distributed for Park Books

144 pages | 1 halftone | 4 1/2 x 7 1/4
Cloth $25.00 ISBN: 9783038601425 Published August 2019 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe

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 meeting 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.
 

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