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Architecture and Space Design Concepts in the 20th Century

Edited by Egon Schirmbeck, Till Boettger and Christian Hanke, DOM publishers, Berlin, Germany, 2011, 216 pp, ISBN 978-3-86922-180-9

Architecture is fundamentally, about forming space. Each new project confronts the architect with the challenge of designing spaces and translating design into built reality. Architecture and Space Design Concepts in the 20th Century is a publication that reveals layers of spatial design under the influence of various concepts. The publication presents 30 spatial concepts by significant 20th century architects. The individual graphical and spatial analyses are the result of an extensive research conducted at the Bauhaus University in Weimar, and cover designs by pioneers of Modernism such as Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, as well as spaces and volumes by contemporary architects, including Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid and Peter Zumthor.

This publication seeks to illustrate the relationships between the fundamental design parameters and make them comprehensible. Neither the photos of the physical models nor spatial analysis are meant to depict actual architectural models, but should rather depict spatial conditions that one is not able to experience in real life. Hence the spatial and graphical analysis attempts to provide a new view of architecture. The publication can be seen as a 'spatial library' that traces movements and trends in the 20th and 21st century design, as well as a valuable source of inspiration for designers to draw on.