What If (S AM)
Very few countries give their population such a far-reaching democratic right of co-determination in the realisation of architecture and urbanism as does Switzerland. While this has produced a democratically approved architecture that is unique in the world, it has also prevented numerous projects from becoming part of the country’s built history.
Whether lost, rejected, stalled or changed … there is a multitude of architectural designs that continue to be talked about to this day in Switzerland, even though they have never been executed. Those longed for, but not realised works are not single episodes but part of the everyday life of any architecture office, no matter how spoilt with success it may be.
In dialogue with almost two dozen architectural institutions from all parts of the country, What If attempts to make a representative selection from an nearly infinite pool of projects. These projects combined draw a picture of an alternative Switzerland, in which the courage to embrace utopia is greater than the fear of avoiding mistakes.
S AM Schweizerisches Architekturmuseum
Andreas Kofler, Andreas Ruby (ed.)
Was wäre wenn/What if
Ungebaute Architektur in der Schweiz / Unbuilt Architecture in Switzerland
November 2023, ca. 344 pages, approx. 250 Illustrations, softcover, with open thread stitching, 22 x 28 cm, German/English
Christoph Merian Verlag ISBN 978-3-85616-997-8
With essays by Anneke Abhelakh, Katinka Corts-Münzner, Marc Frochaux, Andreas Kofler, Andreas Ruby, Sibylle Wälty and others