Mari Hvattum’s Style and Solitude was one of five books launched at the event A New Agenda for Gottfried Semper at the Collegium Helveticum in Zurich, 17 March 2023.
Three roundtables presented new approaches to Semper and celebrated recent publications on his thinking and practice. “Semper’s Life and Times” addressed how new biographical and theoretical insights might throw new light on Historicist architectural culture. “Semper and Material Culture” discussed the mid-nineteenth century’s interest in material history, while “Editing Semper” was devoted to the new digital edition of Semper’s Der Stil.
Respondents included Caroline van Eck from the University of Cambridge, Murray Fraser from UCL London, Henrik Karge from the University of Dresden, as well as Maarten Delbeke, Philip Ursprung, and Adam Caruso from ETH Zurich.
Michael Gnehm, Sonja Hildebrand (eds.), Architectural History and the Globalization of Knowledge: Gottfried Semper in London, Mendrisio: Mendrisio Academy Press und Zürich: gta Verlag 2021, doi: 10.3929/ethz-b-000501065