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Capturing Swiss architecture
Usmeet Kaur, Hindustan Times
October 07, 2013
First Published: 10:03 IST(7/10/2013)
Last Updated: 10:05 IST(7/10/2013)

When one talks about Switzerland, snow-peaked mountains are the first thing to come to mind. But, this exhibition at Chandigarh Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, unveils the lesser-known side of the country. For instance, did you know about its rich architectural heritage? Let this exhibit feed your curiosity.


The embassy of Switzerland in India, in association with the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi, presents a photo exhibition curated by art historian Nathalie Herschdorfer, who also specialises in the history of photography.

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A shot on display at the exhibition. HT Photo

Called Swiss Positions: 33 Takes on Sustainable Architecture, the exhibition displays the many forms of architecture in the country - rural, urban and suburban. It is a collection of photographs of key projects from the Swiss construction sector over the past 20 years. The best 33 projects displayed at the exhibit present architectural and engineering achievements of the nation through the eyes of various photographers.

From Alpine architecture, which talks about mountains, nature reserves and sustainable development, to infrastructural architecture, the exhibit sheds light on various forms of architectural forms. For recreational architecture, the new Monte Rosa Hut, Zermatt, has also been captured, which forces the viewer to brood over tourism as an ally or enemy of sustainable development.

The unique exhibits explore different angles with regard to construction, materials, ecology and protection of the environment and show how sustainable development is not a readymade formula, but a group of varied architectural practices that raise a number of questions concerning both creativity and sustainability.

The thought process of a Swiss architect, who designs, renovates and rehabilitates buildings with sustainability in mind, comes out beautifully in the pictures displayed.

Those with a keen interest in architecture and engineering must pay a visit to the art gallery. The exhibition is on till October 14.


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