Non-referential Architecture
Ideated by Valerio Olgiati—Written by Markus Breitschmid
Valerio Olgiati, Markus Breitschmid


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The new revised edition of Valerio Olgiati’s and Markus Breitschmid’s widely acclaimed manifesto for a new approach in architecture in a world free of ideologies and, therefore, references: a must-read for anyone interested in architecture today. More than ever, architecture is in need of provocation, a new path beyond the traditional notion that buildings must serve as vessels, or symbols of something outside themselves.

Contemporary Architecture, Theory / History / Criticism
For more than a decade, Olgiati and Breitschmid’s thinking has placed them at the forefront of architectural theory. Non-Referential Architecture is nothing less than a manifesto for a new architecture. It brings together two leading thinkers, architect Valerio Olgiati and theorist Markus Breitschmid, who have grappled with this problem since their first encounter in 2005. In a world that itself increasingly rejects ideologies of any kind, Olgiati and Breitschmid offer Non-Referential Architecture as a radical, new approach free from rigid ideologies. Non-referential buildings, they argue, are entities that are themselves meaningful outside a vocabulary of fixed symbols and images and their historical connotations. The book's first edition, published in May 2018 by Simonett & Baer, was sold-out within months. Indispensable for understanding what the future might hold for architecture, this revised and slightly redesigned new edition makes this key text available again.

Markus Breitschmid, born 1966, is a professor of architecture theory at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, VA. He has published widely on contemporary architecture and philosphical aesthetics.
Valerio Olgiati, born 1958, is an architect based in in Flims, Switzerland. He also teaches as a professor at the Accademia di architettura der Università della Svizzera intaliana in Mendrisio, Switzerland and has published numerous and internationally recognized books.

114 pages, 1 illustrations
Hardback, 11.5x18 cm
Park Books, 1st edition 2019
ISBN 9783038601425