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Volatile or Collapsed Space
German, English
32 pages
With contributions by Yehuda Safran and Claudia Hardi
Color images, paper-bound, cover in folded grey carton
Format: 14,8 x 21 cm
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“Volatile or Collapsed Space” presents architectural installations by architect Sabine von Fischer. Working since 2004 under the name “Diaphanarch”, Sabine von Fischer transfers terms like “diaphanous« and “prismatic” into space and tests them within. She understands diaphanous architecture as an experiment that undermines technical, aesthetic and economic conditions of space. Her works, in the form of drawings and texts – range from concept and criticism to construction. Further, they deal with visual versus audible space and the polarity between mass and horizon.

Documented in drawings and photographs, works included in the book are the metal mesh and foam-core installation “Sonic Barriers” (awarded with the Swiss Art Prize 2004) on the exploration of interferences in sound and image as well as a work made from colored caoutschouk, corrugated cardboard and tubes, that integrates theoretical constructs on the event horizon into ist wavy material shape. The images are accompanied by mostly English texts by the architect herself as well as essays by Yehuda Safran and Claudia Hardi. The folded design of the grey cardboard cover illustrates the book’s theme of space creation in a singular manner.

Sabine von Fischer, born 1969 in Bern, studied at the ETH Zurich, the Graduate School of Design in Cambridge MA/USA and at Columbia University in New York City. She has been active as an architect and writer with “Normal Group” ( from 1998-2003 and with “Diaphanarch” since 2004 ( She has lectured in Europe, the USA and Asia, and worked as a scientific associate at the ETH Zurich. In 2004 von Fischer was awarded the Eidgenössischen Kunstpreis (Swiss Art Prize) in the area of architecture. She has been an editor for the architectural journal werk, bauen und wohnen since 2004. Sabine von Fischer was a fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude in 2004/2005.