- First comprehensive Book on a rarely published Topic in Architecture; features working Drawings spanning five Centuries
- Most of the presented Plans are previously unpublished; all are depicted entirely, with a detail of each Plan in actual Size
Large-size working drawings are the foundation of any architectural process and 'key' to practical construction of a building, yet very little has been written and published about the architect's quintessential tool. This new book bridges this gap, as it draws on a vast collection of working drawings from many centuries, held by the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich. This is a collection of plans for a wide range of architectural projects and features many representational techniques.
Providing a comprehensive record, around a hundred of the collection's highlights through five centuries, are arranged by category allowing for direct comparison. All plans are depicted entirely in colour on large-size spreads and fold-outs. Full catalogue details are provided for each drawing. Various topics are covered in essays by expert authors, which compliment the images.
Featured architects include respected names such as Francesco Borromini, Gottfried Semper, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier, Eero Saarinen, Jørn Utzon, Álvaro Siza, Rafael Moneo, Herzog & de Meuron, Peter Zumthor, Diller Scofidio or Caruso St. John.
> Annette Spiro is a professor for Architecture and Construction at at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich).
> David Ganzoni is an architect and also works also as a teaching and research assistant with Annette Spiro's Chair of Architecture and Construction at ETH Zurich.