Permanent change is the only constant in life, claimed already Heraclitus, and today’s reality seems to confirm his vision of a world in flux. Architects therefore try to distinguish between what appears lasting in their discipline and what is transient and fleeting. But can we speak of metamorphosis as the “essence” of architecture? Can the never-ending cycles of transformation ensure the regeneration of architecture after cycles of crisis?
Hungarian architect, architectural historian and titular professor of architectural theory at the ETH Zurich. He studied architecture at the Technical University of Budapest and art history and conservation at the Technical University of Vienna. He is interested in the history of architecture of Eastern and Central Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries. He is engaged in research and publishing activities. Among other things, he was the editor-in-chief of the Hungarian Union of Architects “Magyar Épitömüvészet”, a researcher at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich, and a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts). He has published in the Swiss architectural magazine Werk, Bauen + Wohnen and serves on the editorial board of tec21.
Andrea Deplazes is a partner at the architectural studio Bearth & Deplazes Architekten, located in the capital of the Swiss canton of Graubünden. The company designs a wide range of buildings. Another of the offices’ activities is consulting in civil engineering projects and research into concrete as a structural insulation material. Deplazes is currently Professor of Architecture at ETH Zurich. The realization of his office includes, for example, the Monte Rosa Hut in Zermatt, the extension of the Gantenbein winery in Fläsch or the Schweizer-Schmid house in Ardez.