Built or unbuilt: architects present their favourite projects

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Edition Axel Menges, Oct 1, 2007 - Architecture - 237 pages
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Personal favourite projects selected by architects of international distinction are presented in a book for the first time. Projects that were devised and realized, but also some that were never built.
Speakers in the "Architecture Today" lecture series that has taken place for the last twenty years at Tubingen University were asked to contribute. Invitations went to "established" master builders, provocative young developers of new forms and technologies or significant representatives of regional architecture: a promenade architecturale ranges from coolly functional to free artistic design, from architecture that feels committed to the Bauhaus aesthetic to deconstructive design.
The idea for this book came from the 20th anniversary of the lecture series. The result is a catalogue of very different projects from the last three decades, like museums, buildings related to science and education and to music and theatre, offices and homes, government and religious buildings, right down to the architects' own houses. The scale ranges from mega-projects for whole cities in Asia to a subtle design for a lift in Salzburg or two thoughtful architectural visions expressed in a "Tower of Dreams" or just in an exhibition. These are all projects that attach considerable significance to their inventors. A clear majority of the choice of architects lit upon realized projects originating in competitions, direct contracts or a problem the architects set themselves.

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van Berkel 20 Gunnar Birkerts 24 Mario Bot
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