Christian Kerez: ARCHITECTURE
Cornell in Rome Spring 2015 Lecture Series
Christian Kerez is an architect and a professor of design and architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich). His architecture is often linked to the rawness of konkrete kunst [concrete art] and to the bareness of infrastructural works for which he has an admitted fascination.
"… Christian Kerez’s [architecture], despite its quest for a reduction to the discipline's essentials, is nevertheless often increasingly underpinned by a number of complex programs. This position was exemplified in his inaugural lecture at the ETH in Zurich where he stated, 'All the work that I am somehow involved with as an architect does not attempt to beautify, improve, or change the world in anyway; it attempts only to acquire knowledge; it attempts only to gain new insights.' …" (El Croquis, 2009)