Stone; earth, solid wood: for decades the use of these traditional materials taken directly from nature in modern architecture was conceivable only as a thin applied skin. Concrete and brick, and less often steel, assumed the main role in construction as they promised freedom in design, greater spans and the free transfer of loads. Behind them stand influential industries that promote their use by means of standards and marketing. But these same industries are among the most CO₂-intensive areas of the economy and demand the use of limited resources.
werk, bauen + wohnen presents topical and critical reports about architecture within the international context. The theme-based issues offer in-depth analyses, comparisons and background information. The voice of the BSA (Bund Schweizer Architekten / Federation of Swiss Architects), werk, bauen + wohnen is in its 107th year of publication.