14th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia
07 Jun - 23 Nov 2014
07 Jun 2014 11:00 AM
Opening of the «Salon Suisse» 2014: Inaugural Session
Inaugural Session
The inaugural session takes place on 7th June at 11 am and is accompanied by a brunch. This initial hearing is meant to collect short statements on possible “Scenarios for an Alpine City State” as a missive for the Salons to come. Spatial planning has been the subject of several recent votes. The current public debate revolves around urban density, speculation, sprawl, and the loss of agricultural land. But new ideas are also emerging: adaptive low-budget transformations, reindustrialized inner cities, cooperative utopias, autarkic full-service housing developments, urban farming or metropolitan councils. The hearing will collect a rich array of viewpoints and show the diversity of contemporary spatial concepts and practices.

Swiss architecture has an excellent reputation and very strong professional structures and institutions. The ongoing building boom still generates outstanding projects. At the same time, below the surface of Swissness new ideas and voices are also forming; concepts and working models are emerging that might anticipate a more diverse, or maybe more fragmented future, a future that is formed less around stability and wealth, but more about agile adaptation and ideas – more local and more global by necessity. Maybe in the craft and diligence of today, we can find the activist realism of tomorrow. Are architects mere executors of market potential or are they able to actively participate in shaping the future; should they and how? The statements will be collected and passed on as a brief to the Salon Suisse sessions that follow in September, October, and November 2014. 

Participants include among others:
– André Bideau, author and critic
– Benedikt Boucsein, BHSF
– Daniel Buchner und Andreas Bründler, Buchner Bründler Architekten
– Barbara Buser, Denkstatt/in situ
– Philippe Cabane, urban and social design
– Stefan Cadosch, SIA
– Christoph Craviolini, Raumdaten
– Fabienne Hoelzel, fabulous urban
– Barbara Holzer, Holzer Kobler Architekturen
– Rolf Jenni, Raumbureau
– Momoyo Kaijima and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Atelier Bow-Wow
– Christian Kerez, architect
– Stefan Kurath, urbanplus
– Daniel Niggli, EM2N
– Rico Oberholzer, MOA
– Mathias Heinz, pool Architekten
– Christian Salewski, ETH Zurich
– Antonio Scarponi, Conceptual Devices
– Cristina Woods, VWA Verzone Woods Architectes

Partner: Laufen Bathrooms AG

Sponsors of the «Salon Suisse» weekends:
FSA Federation of Swiss Architects
Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction
technologycluster-zugV-ZUG Immobilien AG
Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA)

Furniture sponsors: USM U. Schärer Söhne AG; Cassina

Media partners: Das MagazinSpecialist journals TEC21, Tracés, archi / www.espazium.chOpendata.chwerk, bauen + wohnen