Wednesday, September 14, 2005

131 feet of Swiss Alps + 5 weeks of Swiss architects at the CCA

In celebration of Switzerland’s rich architectural heritage and the unveiling of the new de Young Museum by Swiss architectural firm Studio Basel of Herzog & de Meuron, the four Swiss schools of architecture will present a lecture series on their architectural teachings and an interactive architecture exhibit housed in a 131-foot replica of the Swiss Alps. The exhibit will run through Oct. 27 –with the final lecture on October 31-- at the California College of the Arts (CCA), 1111 Eighth St., San Francisco (

“Inventioneering Architecture” will showcase the various Swiss schools’ approaches to teaching architecture. After San Francisco, the exhibit goes to Boston, Houston (in association with Rice University) and other cities in China, the United Arab Emirates and Buenos Aires.

The event will also feature a 131-foot-long cross-section of the Swiss Alps, designed to allow visitors to stroll the platform while viewing Swiss architectural content on overhead screens, display panels and miniature models.

The exhibition will remain open through October 27. Lectures and exhibition entry are free and open to the public. Exhibition hours are Monday through Sunday, 8 am – 8 pm.

For more information: or call swissnex at 415-912-5901

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