SCAA is honored to have the opportunity to host our April event in Werner Oechslin Library in Einsiedeln! You are kindly invited to join us!
14:15 – 14:30 Welcome and registration
14:30 – 14:40 Opening word and introduction of Prof. Dr. Werner Oechslin by Tao Wang (SCAA Vorstand)
14:40 – 15:30 Lecture by Prof. Dr. Werner Oechslin, “Form of Knowledge”
15:30 – 16:00 Guided Tour in Library
Date: Saturday 14.April 14:30
Place: Stiftung Bibliothek Werner Oechslin, Luegeten 11, 8840 Einsiedeln
Cost: SCAA members free, Non-members CHF 20.-
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Werner Oechslin is professor of art history and architecture at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH). Werner Oechslin’s contributions on the history of art and architecture from the 15th to the 20th century have been widely published. He specializes in the theory of architecture, in Baroque, modern architecture and in 18th century as well as in specific problems of architectural drawing and typology and of ephemeral architecture. He is the founder of the “Stiftung Bibliothek Werner Oechslin” in Einsiedeln, that organizes since 1999 the annual international Baroque summer course and publishes the bulletin „Scholion”.
The Library The library of the art and architectural historian Werner Oechslin consists of about 50000 books dating back over six centuries. The emphasis is on primary sources about architecture and architectural theory. Other important subjects related to architecture, such as philosophy, mathematics, art, archeology and history, are also well represented. It is conceived as a research library which reveals contexts in culture and the humanities. Thus it belongs to the tradition of those libraries which – through the presentation and placement of the books (in the sense of Kant’s ‘architectonic’ as an ‘art of the systems’) – represent a form of knowledge. The individual and the whole, the meaningful and the unusual all play equally important roles. The Foundation was established in 1998. Built according to plans drawn up by Mario Botta and Werner Oechslin’s ideas, the library was inaugurated in 2006 and since then has been open to researchers. According to the Foundation’s mission to make significant contributions to international research, conferences, symposia and colloquia are organized on a regular basis. The Foundation’s scholarly staff regularly cooperates closely with universities, particularly with the ETH Zurich which provides basic services and guarantees the library’s ties with research and teaching in its Department of Architecture.