Desired and despised – the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen

Desired and despised – the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen

In the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, the main focus is on the major cultural monuments, such as those on the UNESCO World Heritage List in Europe. In ETHeritage we are honouring the International Year with a series of loose contributions on rather small-format city monuments and sculptures in public space. Read more

Monogram, label and stamp: Clues to the fate of a rare book

Monogram, label and stamp: Clues to the fate of a rare book

Many rare books have had a long and exciting journey on their way to a safe haven in a library. These works have for example seen continuous change in ownership and travelled through many countries over the centuries. The fate of these ‘travelling books’ has often been documented: thus handwritten notes, stamps and labels have assumed the role of storyteller, in many cases leaving unsolved mysteries in their wake. Read more

The end of a notorious polluter

The end of a notorious polluter

Thirty years ago, on 28 January 1988, the tower chimney built in 1964/65 for the heating centre of ETH Zurich at Hönggerberg was blown up in a spectacular operation. Previously, a strong eccentricity had been measured in the 80-metre high concrete chimney and visible damage had been detected, which led to the decision to demolish. The new, lower chimney system with three steel chimneys Read more