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Discover Germany | Design | SIA-TAGE
Exhibiting modern Swiss architecture and civil engineering The SIA-Tage, or SIA days, is a unique exhibition of contemporary architecture and civil engineering at various locations across Switzerland. From 9 to 11 May 2014, any interested members of the public can visit a whole host of architecture and civil engineering projects and get in touch with the executive architects and engineers involved. TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN | PHOTOS: PRESS IMAGES
The SIA-Tage exhibition offers the public an exceptional chance to comprehend the value of architecture and grasp the ideas behind a building.The SIA is the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects and has around 15,000 members in its interdisciplinary network. The society advocates top quality architecture and aspires to create a sustainable and high quality Swiss habitat. Four professional branches work together to achieve this: architecture, civil engineering, technology and environment. The SIA and its federal sections have staged the exhibition since 2006, allowing public access to Switzerland’s most amazing ar-
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chitecture and the opportunity to speak directly to architects who have recently finished these projects. Since its conception the exhibition project has been very successful, and in 2012 it was staged in all the regions of Switzerland for the first time and attracted around 25,000 visitors to the 330 SIA-experts’ buildings. What started as a week-long exhibition under the better known French name Quinzaine/15n, the exhibition has now been reduced to a long weekend as this has proven to be the most popular time for a visit. Focus on the architecture not the building The exhibition is unlike any other because
the buildings are not shown as models, plans or photography – instead, they are the exhibition space themselves. This includes private residential buildings, public spaces like schools, gymnasiums, or administrative and cultural buildings. This year it is even possible to visit unfinished buildings, as of course many large projects like tunnels or bridges take a long time to complete. Visitors can also get an insight into huge infrastructure buildings and into the planning process for public and urban spaces. One example is the Trutg dil Flem, a nine kilometre mountain trail that gains 1,260 metres in altitude on its route. Bridges give
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