Venturing Permanence

Ivica Brnić, Florian Graf, Wolfgang Rossbauer, Christina Lenart, eds.
Venturing Permanence
The ETH House of Science in Bamiyan

2012. 19.5 x 26.5 cm, hardcover
128 pages, 90 illustrations
ISBN 978-3-85676-210-0
CHF 48.00 / EUR 45.00

Contributions by Jalil Benish, Ivica Brnić, Mario Fontana, Florian Graf, Ernst Gruber, Gudrun Harrer, Michael Klein, Elke Krasny, Olaf Kübler, Christina Lenart, Herfried Münkler, Wolfgang Rossbauer, Manuel Singer, Andreas Tönnesmann, Philip Ursprung
Designed by Prill Vieceli Cremers


Bamiyan, Afghanistan, is inseparably connected to the devastating destruction of the Buddha-statues by the Taliban in 2001. However, in Bamiyan there is also a university, a place of perspectives and hope, located in this crisis affected region. For this university the architects Ivica Brnić, Florian Graf and Wolfgang Rossbauer erected the House of Science of the ETH Zürich, a centre for studies and encounter, in 2006. The book records the building six years after its opening, tells the story of this cultural transfer and discusses the role of architecture in the context of international interventions in areas of conflict.

DAM Architectural Book Award 2012