The end of a notorious polluter

The end of a notorious polluter

Thirty years ago, on 28 January 1988, the tower chimney built in 1964/65 for the heating centre of ETH Zurich at Hönggerberg was blown up in a spectacular operation. Previously, a strong eccentricity had been measured in the 80-metre high concrete chimney and visible damage had been detected, which led to the decision to demolish. The new, lower chimney system with three steel chimneys Read more

Freethinker dismissed – Hans Bernoulli on his 140th birthday

Freethinker dismissed – Hans Bernoulli on his 140th birthday

A nasty Christmas surprise lurked in the letter box of Hans Bernoulli, an adjunct professor of urban design at ETH Zurich, on 24 December 1938. The President of the Swiss School Board had written to inform him that his lectureship was to end with the conclusion of the winter Read more

The “Frauenbad” in Zurich by Tadashi Kawamata

The “Frauenbad” in Zurich by Tadashi Kawamata

Tadashi Kawamata is a Japanese artist who is rather well known in Switzerland. Since the 1980s, he has been realizing more or less ephemeral path-like or hut-like wooden constructions in urban areas all over the world. Over the course of time, Kawamata realised a series of bath houses in Switzerland, starting with the Frauenbad in Zurich in 1993.

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Ermordung eines Privatdozenten – Zum 25. Todestag von Hermann Burger (1942-1989)

Ermordung eines Privatdozenten – Zum 25. Todestag von Hermann Burger (1942-1989)

Wolfram Schöllkopf, Privatdozent für Glaziologie und deutsche Literatur an der Eidgenössischen Technischen Universität, flieht aus der Sitzung der Freifächerfakultät, der Abteilung 13 für Geistes- und Militärwissenschaften. Read more