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New collection of critical essays about architecture

Christophe van Gerrewey, a professor of architecture theory and history at EPFL is the author of “Choosing Architecture: Criticism, History and Theory since the 19th Century, published by EPFL Press. More than just a textbook, Choosing Architecture aims to make it easy for anyone to learn about the discipline’s contemporary history and the theorists who shaped its development. The book is divided into four parts – Housing, Society, History and Art – each containing around a dozen chapters discussing a particular architect or theorist, ranging from Viollet-le-Duc and Le Corbusier to Victor Hugo, Roland Barthes and Jürgen Habermas. What makes van Gerrewey’s book unique is that it takes a critical look at the various architectural movements, compares them and brings in the author’s personal perspective.