Non-Referential Architecture: Ideated by Valerio Olgiati – Written by Markus Breitschmid


  • By Valerio Olgiati (Draft Writer), Markus Breitschmid (Author)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Park Books; 1,1st Published by Simonett & Baer, 2018, ISBN 9783906313191 ed. edition (29 May 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 303860142X
  • ISBN-13: 9783038601425
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.5 x 18.4 cm

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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 their first encounter 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. The book’s first edition, published in May 2018 by Simonett & Baer, was sold-out within months. This revised and slightly redesigned new edition makes this key text available again.

About the Author

Valerio Olgiati is a Swiss architect and a professor at the Accademia di Architettura der Universita della Svizzera Italiana in Mendrisio, Switzerland. Markus Breitschmid is Professor of Architecture Theory at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.