Stephan Trüby: Walls, Facades and Corridors

english with russian translation

The history of architecture witnessed the emergence of two major concepts which litarally built society: walls and corridors. Whereas walls seperate people, corridors link them. Whereas walls were heavily theorised in Italian Renaissance, the theorisation of corridors reached a climax under Lenin.

Dr. Stephan Trüby, an architectural theorist and co-curator of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, spoke about the role of walls and corridors in the architecture and their impact on the social life of people.

Dr. Stephan Trüby is an architectural theorist and curator who studied architecture at the AA School, London. From 2007-2009 he was a Professor of Architecture at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG), where he also completed his PhD in Philosophy under the supervision of Peter Sloterdijk. Since 2009 he has been Head of the Postgraduate Program in Spatial Design at Zurich’s University of the Arts. Since fall semester 2012 he has been Lecturer in History and Theory of architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. His best-known publications are: Essays since 1960 (with Gerd de Bruyn, Birkhäuser, 2003), Exit-Architecture: Design between War and Peace (Springer, 2008), The World of Madelon Vriesendorp (with Shumon Basar, AA Publications, 2008), Hertzianism: Electromagnetism in Architecture, Design and Art (Fink, 2009) and, soon to be published, The History of the Corridor. He is an Editorial Consultant of the magazines ARCH+ (Berlin) and archithese (Zurich).