Achtung Architektur!: Image and Phantasm in Contemporary Austrian Architecture

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MIT Press, 1996 - Architecture - 195 pages
"Pelkonen's text leaves no doubt that Austria's contribution to post-war architecture and discourse lives liminally and radically, and that Graz is the place to go to rediscover architecture's lost sense of adventure and innocence. This book reminds us that architecture--in order to be engaged--calls first for a state of mind. Pelkonen presents hers with brave analogies, critical charm, and elegant ghost-discourses."
-- Roger Connah, Architectural Historian

"Really good work should make a scholar just a bit jealous. Pelkonen's work has that quality. Here is a fresh voice; she has something important to say and does so with conviction and authority. Pelkonen brings to her discussion an extraordinary command of the presupposed artistic and intellectual climate. I know of no book that quite does what she here succeeds in doing."
-- Karsten Harries, Professor of Philosophy, Yale University

"Beware Architecture!" Architecture that entails surprise, even danger, is the subject of this exciting discourse on a body of work that has gained increasing international attention since the late 1970s and early 1980s, when Graz and Vienna came to represent the radical edge of European architecture. Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen looks at how this architecture tests the limits of the modern tradition, bringing to light work that is little known yet extremely consequential for contemporary theoretical discourse.

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Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen is an Associate Professor at Yale School of Architecture.

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