Venice Lessons

Venice Lessons

Industrial Nostalgia. Teaching and Research in Architecture

Venice's dual nature as myth and real city, examined from an architectural and urbanist perspective—the latest volume in the successful Teaching and Research in Architecture series.




Edited by Harry Gugger, Barbara Costa, Juliette Fong, Salomé Gutscher, Stefan Hörner, and Charlotte Truwant

1st edition

, 2016

Text in English

Paperback with folded map as dust jacket

240 pages, 304 color and 71 B/w illustrations, graphics, plans, and maps

23 x 31 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-034-3

In cooperation with Laboratory Basel (laba), EPFL


Venice, one of the world’s most famous places, has a dual nature of real city and myth. It is suspended in the struggle between sea and soil and unable to survive without cyclical preservation and continual compromise. The myth, which is largely shaped by nostalgia and ideals of the past, superimposes today’s real city with its infrastructural challenges and can hardly be reconciled with a concrete future.

Venetian Lessons: Industrial Nostalgia examines this conflict. Based on a recent research program at EPFL’s Laboratory Basel (laba), it demonstrates how the city must constantly redesign its historic image to retain its position as one of Europe’s prime tourist attractions while the necessary permanent renovation undermines its livelihood. The findings are visualized in striking images, graphics and maps. The book also features proposals for architectural interventions by laba’s students.

Interlaced is a reprint of Miroslav Sasek’s famous picture book This is Venice which reflects the common Venice nostalgia while the Venice Lessons research context enables a fresh reading of this children’s classic.


Other volumes in the Teaching and Research in Architecture series:

Barents Lessons (out of print)

Swiss Lessons (out of print)

Icelandic Lessons (out of print)

Israel Lessons

Portugal Lessons

Fez Lessons

Manor Lessons

Autoren & Herausgeber

Barbara Costa

 ist Architektin und zurzeit als Doktorandin und Head of Research am laba tätig. Studium der Architektur an der Universität Porto und Master's Degree in Kunst der Universität Lissabon.

Juliette Fong

 ist administrative Leiterin und Web Project Manager des laba.

Harry Gugger

 ist Architekt und seit 2005 Professor an der Architekturabteilung der Ecole polytéchnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Er leitet das EPFL-Studio Laboratoire Bâle (laba).

Salomé Gutscher

 ist Architektin und arbeitet bei laba als Teaching Assistant. Sie hat an der EPFL in Lausanne und an der Royal Academy of fine Arts in Kopenhagen studiert.

Stefan Hörner

 ist Architekt und als Head of Teaching bei laba engagiert. Er hat an der ETH Zürich studiert.

Charlotte Truwant

 ist Architektin und als Research Assistant am laba engagiert. Sie hat an der EPFL studiert.