Photography and Architecture

A visual exploration of the work of Bauart Architects and Urbanists and an artistic investigation of the relationship between architecture and photography


Title Information

Edited by Bauart Architects and Urbanists. With an essay by Markus Jakob

1st edition

, 2018

Text English, German, French


128 pages, 52 color and 2 b/w illustrations

23.5 x 32.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-106-7


Promenades: Photography and Architecture has a dual nature: it is a visual exploration of the work of the renowned Swiss firm Bauart Architects and Urbanists and an artistic investigation of the relationship between architecture and photography. Bauart have commissioned six photographers working in the fields of landscape and architecture, and invited another ten people to contribute selfies, to document a selection of their realized designs throughout Switzerland. Each of them represents a personal, wide-angled view of the respective project, drawing on the rich legacy of nearly two centuries of architectural photography. Markus Jakob’s essay contextualizes the relationship between photography and architecture with Bauart’s work and vision.

Bauart’s philosophy reaches far beyond superficial aesthetic quality. Over the course of three decades, their approach has always been a very comprehensive one, considering aspects of ecology, urban context, and social questions more generally. The range of their projects includes prefabricated structures and entire new neighborhoods, government and office buildings, schools and cultural buildings, housing, as well a low-cost and mobile structures. Often, a concrete design is just the ultimate step in a lengthy development process in which Bauart has participated from the outset.

Authors & Editors


, founded in 1987 and with offices in Bern, Neuchâtel, and Zurich, have gained international recognition with their designs as well as for their research and proposals in urban planning.

Markus Jakob

 (*1954), journalist and translator, lives and works in Barcelona.

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Promenade #001 House of Religions, Bern © Marco Frauchiger

Promenade #002 University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, Olten © Renate Buser

Promenade #003 Marin Centre, La Tène © Susanne Völlm

Promenade #004 Microcity, Neuchâtel © Marco Schibig

Promenade #005 Selfies Quartier Ecoparc, Neuchâtel © Violette Chapuis

Promenade #006 Residential living (various sites) © Annalena Fröhlich

Promenade #007 Givaudan Zurich Innovation Center, Kemptthal © Georg Aerni


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