Archives de la construction moderne

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MIH. 50 Years of a Monumental Showcase

— The Musée international d'horlogerie (MIH), designed by architects Pierre Zoelly and Georges-Jacques Haefeli, is celebrating its anniversary with a major exhibition. The Archives de la construction moderne (Acm) of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne is contributing to the exhibition "MIH. 50 Years of a Monumental Showcase", which celebrates the half-century of the construction of the Musée international d'horlogerie (MIH) in La Chaux-de-Fonds. The exhibition was inaugurated on 22 March and will be open to the public until 10 November 2024.

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Terragni and Sartoris in Como, Capital of Italian Rationalism

— The exhibition "Terragni and Sartoris in Como, capital of Italian Rationalism – 1926/1943", which will be inaugurated on 2 December at 6 p.m. in the former church of S. Pietro in Atrio in Como, is the result of a collaboration between the Archives de la construction moderne of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the cultural association MADEinMAARC, the City of Como and the Archivio Terragni. By exploring the relationship between these two masters of modern architecture, the narrative journey of the exhibition touches on key moments in the history of modern architecture through numerous plans and archival documents, most of which come from the Alberto Sartoris collection at the Archives de la construction moderne, as well as the presentation of original models created by the EPFL model workshop.

Salvatore Aprea, between archives and projection of wall prototypes. © 2023 EPFL / A. Herzog-CC-BY-SA 4.0.

Experts revive ancient techniques to make concrete more sustainable

— A team of experts from EPFL, ETH Zurich and a Geneva-based architecture firm has developed a new type of non-reinforced concrete made from stone offcuts. Their method, which reduces the use of carbon-intensive cement-based binders, draws on ancient techniques uncovered in historical archives.

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