On Common Ground
Schlieren - Upper Engadine. Photographs of Spatial Development
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- Contains a photographic history of spatial development in post-war Switzerland including previously unpublished material
- Investigates photography as a resource of documentation for architectural and socio-economical history and developments
- This text is based on an artistic research project at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK)
Full DescriptionThis book presents the development of settlements in post-war Switzerland by two idealised examples. Schlieren, which grew from an agricultural village to an industrial town and eventually to a cluster of service firms and residential suburb of Zürich, and the Upper Engadine, the world famous mountain resort around St. Moritz in the Canton of Grisons. The authors have put together a vast collection of photographs found in archives of all sorts: local government offices, building companies, local and national newspapers, publishers of postcards, cultural heritage societies and amateur photographers. Such images have rarely been collected and analysed systematically. On Common Ground presents 250 of these images in a double-track, chronological sequence with Schlieren at the top and the Upper Engadine at the bottom half of each page. The concept reveals manifold references, discrepancies and parallels between the two places. It makes traceable the passing of time and all the changes it imposes at times synchronically, in some periods at a different pace in each place. Two short essays complement the pictures, looking at the socio-economic developments in both areas and providing background information about the search for the images at the various archives. Text in English and German.
- Scheidegger & Spiess
- 12th Dec 2012
- World excluding Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, and Japan
- 325 mm x 240 mm
- 176 Pages
- 150 color, 100 b&w