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2 November 2015

Markus Breitschmid’s Book Included in Swiss National Archive

Professor of Architecture Markus Breitschmid’s German-language book Der Bauende Geist. Friedrich Nietzsche und die Architektur has been included in the permanent collection of the National Archive of Switzerland.

Published as a book by Quart Verlag in the year 2001 and originally submitted as a doctoral dissertation at the Technische Universitat Berlin in December 1999, Der Bauende Geist. Friedrich Nietzsche und die Architektur, was the first book that studied systematically the “turn” of Nietzschean aesthetics towards the architectonic. Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) is arguably the world’s most influential philosopher of the past 150 years, and his influence on modernity and postmodernity cannot be overestimated. Breitschmid’s book has been the basis for subsequent books and dissertations in various countries and languages dealing with Nietzsche’s ideas on architecture and his influence on architects. It has become a reference text and is also used as a textbook in various academic disciplines. The book had already been listed as a seminal text by the Institute of Philosophy in Karlsruhe (Germany) in 2005.

The Swiss National Archive, officially named the Swiss Federal Archives, located in the capital city of Berne, is the Swiss Confederation’s institution for lasting information preservation. The archive appraises, secures, describes and provides access to archive-worthy records of the Swiss Confederation. The National Archive establishes independently the legal, political, social and historical importance of documents. Founded in 1798, the archive holds records dating back to the 14th century.