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The project is controlled jointly by the PWG Foundation (Ueli Keller, Chairman of the Foundation board, and Jürg Steiner, Managing Director) and the Literaturhaus Zurich (Christoph Wittmer, Chairman of the Museumsgesellschaft (Museum Society), and Gesa Schneider, Director of the Literaturhaus). Day-to-day running of the project is in the hands of Kornel Ringli for the PWG Foundation and Gesa Schneider and Pablo Assandri for the Literaturhaus.

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The Literaturhaus Zurich

In the heart of the old city, on the Limmat Quay, is where the Literaturhaus, part of the Museumsgesellschaft, is located. The Museumsgesellschaft was founded in 1834 and has a richly-stocked library and a reading room with a large range of newspapers and journals, and the Literaturhaus was founded in 1999. The Literaturhaus is a meeting-place for writers from Switzerland and all around the world, where publishers, booksellers and journalists, poets and critics, readers and aficionados come together for lively conversation. It offers space for readings, discussions and symposia, in short for events of all kinds.


The PWG Foundation

A popular initiative led to the foundation in 1985 of the PWG Foundation, which was tasked with acquiring properties in the City of Zurich, thus permanently taking them out of the reach of speculators. The intention was to retain affordable residential and commercial spaces or if need be to create new ones in new buildings. The Foundation’s office was opened in 1991, and since then it has acquired up to ten properties each year at market prices. Today, it owns 142 properties with a value of more than 660 million Francs.


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