Sion wins best Swiss urban award for 2013, Wakker prize

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The 2013 Wakker prize has been awarded to the capital of canton Valais, Sion, for successfully implementing a programme to highlight its urban heritage and to put this at the centre of its urban planning. The prize is awarded annually by the Swiss Heritage Society (Patrimoine Suisse in French and Schweizer Heimatschutz […]

Architect Oscar Niemeyer, Le Corbusier “disciple”, dies at 104

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – One of the 20th century’s most significant architects, Brazilian Oscar Niemeyer, died Wednesday 5 December, in Rio de Janiero at age 104. Niemeyer, known for the sensuous curves he employed in his creations, which include the new capital town of Brasilia, called himself a disciple of Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier. In 1947, […]

Wood, suddenly stylish for Swiss building

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – Wood is back! The Swiss construction industry has been steadily increasing its use of wood to build homes, solo or as part of hybrid constructions with other materials. New figures were published Wednesday 26 September by the Federal Office for the Environment, at the same time that a booklet, “The Swiss People […]

EPFL architect named Rolex mentor

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LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – One of the two architects of the Rolex Learning Center at Lausanne’s EPFL, Kazuyo Sejima, has been named the first architecture mentor in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Architecture is a new and seventh category for the Rolex programme, which already covers literature, music, visual arts, dance, film and theatre. […]

After work at L’Evento

By Viktoria Rajnak I’m always keeping my eyes open for new places to go to, and this time it was a nice discovery of something that stands out from the ordinary. I find the surroundings of a place as important a part of the experience as the food. L’Evento is an Italian restaurant/lounge/bar that lies […]

Chinese architect, who took the slow road, wins top world prize

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Wang Shu, 48, has been named the recipient of the 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize, to be awarded at a ceremony in Beijing in May. His architectural practice is based in Hangzhou, China, where he has focused on recycling material from old buildings that removed to make way for the new. The coveted […]

Equestrian federation opens revamped head office in Lausanne

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Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The FEI (International Equestrian Federation) is inaugurating its newly re-designed head office in Lausanne Friday 6 May, baptized the HM King Hussein I Building. The federation and its 133 national members provide the umbrella organizations for one of the world’s fastest-growing organized sports. FEI accredited events held in 99 countries in […]

Lake Geneva weekend events a great success (update)

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Crowds for EPFL open house, Geneva wines Open Day and CGN party to celebrate steamboat’s 100 years Update 18:20  Geneva / Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The first weekend after the two long spring holiday weekends are always filled with events in the Lake Geneva region, and 2010 was no exception. The crowds turned out again […]

Thank architects and students for Rolex Learning Center look (update)

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GenevaLunch photo album of the Rolex Learning Center 52 images by Mr Kio and Peter Brodbeck (best viewed as a stream) Rolex Learning Center reflects shift to group and project learning, digital sources Update 30 March 21:45  Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The bad old days of sitting in fusty dark and silent libraries pouring over […]

Contemporary architecture holds Lake Geneva region open house

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Geneva, Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – A series of open houses in the Lake Geneva region will showcase recent contemporary architectural works during two weekends and the week between, from 18-26 April. The 15n is organized every year by the Swiss society of engineers and architects to allow the public to see a variety of public […]