Overcoming natural disasters


Face to face with disaster

The damage caused by natural disasters is increasing all over the world. In Switzerland, too, they can be devastating, and the widespread support of the population is necessary to alleviate at least the material consequences. BEAUFORT 12 brings such dramatic events to life. What we normally perceive from afar is suddenly happening close up – in the form of a production that is extremely realistic.

BEAUFORT 12 designates the wind force of a hurricane. A storm of this severity not only causes immense damage, it also inflicts great suffering and grief. This is the starting point of the exhibition.

Objects found in the wake of natural disasters as well as pictures and interviews with victims testify to the power of nature. Then an artificially created landscape opens up. It’s as if Neuchâtel Arteplage is being engulfed by a disaster, with mud slides, avalanches, fire and wind. A storm simulator lets you feel on your own skin what it’s like to be hit by a gale-force wind. Last but not least, an emergency shelter under the model landscape shows how risks can be minimized – by solidarity, prevention and technology.


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Public building insurance companies, Bern www.vkg.ch 

Artistic concept and architecture
artburo.ny (Christoph Draeger, Martin Frei), New York, Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika
BUREAUK1 (Philippe Stuebi, Nader A. Taghavi www.naderataghavi.com), Zürich

Visual design, research, texts
DNS-Transport (Andreas Hertach, Ueli Kleeb, Caroline Lötscher, Michael van Orsouw), Zug www.dns-transport.ch 

Project management
Andreas Camenzind, Dipl. Arch. ETH, Zürich

Reflecta AG (Hannes Treier, Patrick Vogel), Bern www.reflecta.ch 

DNS-Transport (Andreas Hertach, Ueli Kleeb, Caroline Lötscher, Michael van Orsouw), Zug www.dns-transport.ch 
Klarer Freizeitanlagen AG, Hallau www.klarer.com 
Nüssli (Schweiz) AG, Hüttwilen www.nussli.com 

Art installation Au bord du désastre
Stahl & Traumfabrik AG, Schlieren www.stahlundtraum.ch 

Atelier für Audiovisuelle Gestaltung (Hans Eggermann), Lucerne
Be&See (Christian Wallner), Zug/Lucerne
Christian Brauner, Risk Manager, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Federal Office of Topography (Martin Rickenbacher), Wabern www.swisstopo.admin.ch 
Federal Office for Forests, Air and Landscape (Federal Office for the Environment) (Peter Greminger), Bern www.bafu.admin,ch 
CM Studio AudioDesign (Johannes Schuett, Peter Färber), Diessenhofen
Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL (Christoph Hegg), Birmensdorf www.wsl.ch 
Electrowatt Infra AG (new: AFRY Schweiz AG) (Urs Möll), Zurich www.afry.com 
Gesellschaft für Aerophysik (deleted) (Ludwig Ilg), Zurich
Hugofilm GmbH (Thomas Thümena), Zurich www.hugofilm.ch 
Koller AV (Kurt Koller), Kastanienbaum www.kollerav.ch 
Möbel- und Projektentwicklung (Marc Geissmann), Zug www.marcgeissmann.ch
Morsthich Project Services (deleted) (Thomas Feger), Zug
Mühlebach Akustik+Bauphysik (deleted) (Marcel Brügger), Wiesendangen
Nationale Plattform Naturgefahren (Andreas Goetz), Biel www.planat.ch 
iHilfe Powersolutions GmbH (Stefan Vogel), Lucerne www.powersolutions.ch 
SJB Partner AG, Frauenfeld/Herisau www.sjb.ch 
Tweaklab AG (Hildegard Spielhofer, Hanspeter Giuliani), Basel www.tweaklab.org 

Coaching Expo.02
Armin Heusser (Head)
Heidi Huber
Daniel Guntli

Media contact partner
Silvia Kubli

Operations management
Katharina Teuscher
Patrick Grundbacher
Fréderic Rudaz

Franziska Bertholet-Rosenkranz, Emmanuel Hoffmann, Pascal Holliger, Verena Horisberger, Simon Kestenholz, Salomé Meier, David Stauffacker, Thomas Steffen, Margrit von Moos, Theo von Moos

Photos: Press kit BEAUFORT 12; DVD Generation.02; Flyer BEAUFORT 12; © Nüssli (Schweiz) AG, Hüttwilen; © Jürg Frei; © Simon Richard; © Philipp Zanatta; © Archive Ralph Ammann