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FREI OTTO: FORSCHEN, BAUEN, INSPIRIEREN/A LIFE OF RESEARCH, CONSTRUCTION AND INSPIRATION. Irene Meissner and Eberhard Moller. Edition DETAIL, Institut fur internationale Architektur-Dokumentation GmbH, Munich, 2015. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Birkhauser-Verlag fur Architektur, Basel, through Walter de Gruyter, GmbH, Berlin. 128 pp. with 198 ills. (112 col.). 24 x 20 cm. ISBN 9783955532529 Bilingual in German and English.
Publisher's description: No other architect provided as many ideas and inspiration to construction in the second half of the 20th century as Frei Otto. Lord Norman Foster described this great pioneer of lightweight construction simply as "an inspiration". Frei Otto explored the foundations of resource and energy-efficient building well before these issues received the attention of the wider public. By including users in construction planning and taking into account local and climatic conditions, he opened new avenues for the building industry. To celebrate his 90th birthday, the publication provides insights on the key aspects of his work. At its heart was the search for natural designs and an exploration of form-finding and self-development processes. As such he created a whole universe of ideas using membrane, net and convertible roofs with umbrellas, grid shells, and pneumatic structures. The book introduces his key works and highlights how his ideas were adopted and continued throughout the world.
Artist(s):Otto, Frei
Indexing: Western, Europe — Germany — Post-1945 — Architecture
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 169224
Hardcover $48.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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