DIE THEMATISIERUNG DER ARCHITEKTUR
The aim of the series of books published by the Deutsches Institut für Stadtbaukunst is to present the fundamental materials of urban architecture. Oswald Matthias Ungers’ thematic treatment of architecture was chosen to start this series because this essay by a German architect was already trying 30 years ago to free architecture from the clutches of functionalistic constraints, but without leaving it to the artistic caprices of the architect. The architectural design of a building is described as part of the urban environment, as a part that has to tackle the place of “collective recollection” in order to “counteract the thoughtless destruction of places, open urban spaces (and) historical situations”.
NIGGLI 2011 / ISBN 978-3-7212-0815-3, Walter A. Noebel (ed.)