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The New Austrian Architecture
Synopses & Reviews
Over the past decade, a younger generation of Austrian architects has attracted increasing attention with dynamic new forms and high-profile commissions. Continuing the tradition of rebellious debate and architectural innovation that ushered in the twentieth century in Austria, these designeers are introducing new ideas and materials into historical cities and sparking a renewed interest in urban planning.
This volume presents a wide-ranging overview of the best and most representative architecture in Austria today. Included are projects by such widely publicized architects and firms as Hans Hollein, Coop Himmelblau, and Rob Krier, as well as younger, cutting-edge firms that include Eichinger odor Knechtl, Ortner & Ortner, and Driendl*Steixner, whose multimedia approaches often incorporate film, video, and experimental drawing. Among the projects featured are Hollein's Salzburg Guggenheim Museum, Coop Himmelblau's proposal for the remodeling of the Ronacher Theater Complex in Vienna, Bors Podrecca's showroom for Mazda in Waidhofen, and Gustav Peichl's Städl Museum in Frankfurt, Germany.
The work of seventeen architects and firms is described in individual sections of one to three projects, each fully illustrated with photographs and drawings. The introduction traces the history of Austrian architecture from the fin-de-siècle contributions of Otto Wagner and Adolf Loos through the postwar forms of Clemons Holzmeister and Roland Rainer, and their influences on today's practitioners. A short essay on Rainer illuminates the master architect's career and presents three of his best-known works.
The New Austrian Architecture continues the successful series that began with The New French Architecture and continued with The New Japanese Architecture, The New Finnish Architecture, The New Spanish Architecture, and most recently, The New German Architecture.
Includes work by Hans Hollein and Coop Himmelblau.
About the Author
Frank Dimster is associate professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles. Born in Romania, he was educated in Vienna and the United States. He has practiced architecture and served as a consulting architect and planner for thirty years, recently concentrating on projects in the Los Angeles area and in Ticino, Switzerland.
James Steele, Jr., is an architect presently teaching at the University of Southern California, and the editor and author of numerous books on architecture and design. His articles have appeared in Architectural Design, Architectural Record, and other publications.
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