Traditional and Virtual Working Environments at the Werner Oechslin Library

Traditional and Virtual Working Environments: working with sources in cooperation with the Stiftung Bibliothek Werner Oechslin, Einsiedeln

Antonio Becchi, Peter Damerow, Ernst-Wilhelm Osthues, Jürgen Renn, Simone Rieger, Dagmar Schäfer, Matthias Schemmel, Urs Schoepflin, Matteo Valleriani

Other involved Scholars: 

Werner Oechslin (Stiftung Bibliothek Werner Oechslin)

Cooperation Partners: 

Stiftung Bibliothek Werner Oechslin


<a href=" Martin, Jean [Übers.], Architectvre Ov Art De Bien Bastir, 1572</a><br>
Original source owned by Werner Oechslin Library Foundation

The Werner Oechslin Library in Einsiedeln/Switzerland chiefly assembles source texts on architectural theory and related areas in original editions extending from the 15th to the 20th century. Over 50,000 volumes document related developments in the context of humanities and science. The Department hosted three workshops at this location which offered a unique opportunity to access this wealth of rare books.

Complemented by a digitization program, the workshops made a selection of these sources accessible to the scholarly community. More than 70 different volumes representing the major editions of Vitruvius’ “Ten Books of Architecture” were digitized and made publicly available on the ECHO website. Furthermore, a database was developed to facilitate access to the holdings of the library.

The first workshop centered on case studies that elucidated the impact of practitioners’ knowledge on the development of scientific theories. The second workshop was dedicated to “Writing and the Transmission of Knowledge”. The third workshop investigated the interactions of the various editions of Vitruvius’ “Ten Books of Architecture” with the specific social and scientific contexts of their publication.