Bridges of Modernity


  • Jürg Conzett




Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


The engineer is an inseparable part of the Modern Movement. He has fulfilled its request of working unprejudiced. But he was driven to his most magnificent works by a mental concentration on technique excluding many other influences. Therefore, John Ruskin called the engineer a human beaver. Rarely the ambition of synthetic Modernism to suspend the difference between culture and civilization was converted. In the writer’s opinion, this is no reason to abandon this ambition and engineers should keep up the Modern tradition and continue to work on it.

How to Cite

Conzett, J. (2011). Bridges of Modernity. Docomomo Journal, (45), 8–11.




Author Biography

Jürg Conzett

Born in 1956, citizen of Schiers (Grisons, Switzerland). He studied civil engineering at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) in Lausanne and Zürich and received his diploma in 1980. From 1981 until 1988 he worked as an employee of Architect Peter Zumthor at Haldenstein. Today he leads an engineer’s office together with his partners Gianfranco Bronzini and Patrick Gartmann in Chur.