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By Gottfried


Not sufficient attention has been paid in this country to the 200th anniversary of the great Gottfried Semper (born 1803), even though he played a significant part in our architectural life for a period, during which he had some influence over (among other things) the design of the Albert Hall. Happily the Swiss are doing things properly, via the restoration of the Villa Garbald in Castasegna, one of three buildings designed by Semper during his term as professor at ETH Zurich. The villa will now be used as a scientific and cultural think tank, emphasising the relationship between ETH and Italian-speaking Switzerland. Is it too late to have a Semper event here?

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