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THE WELTANSCHAUUNG AS AN ERSATZ GESTALT: EINE HAPPY-OPEN-END-ENVIRONMETAL-DESIGN-SCIENCE-FICTION-IMAGE-STORY. Jan Turnovsky. Ed. by Eva Guttmann et al. Park Books, Zurich, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by University of Chicago Press. 144 pp. with 6 ills. 24 x 17 cm. ISBN 9783038600008 Bilingual in German and English.
Publisher's description: Jan Turnovsky (1942-95) was a renowned architect and architectural theoretician. An exceptionally dedicated teacher and researcher throughout his tenure at the Vienna University of Technology's Institute for Architecture and Design, he was also the author of the boldly original Poetics of a Wall Projection, where he explores architecture's many rich layers of meaning. Turnovsky's thinking has been highly influential for generations of Austrian architects, but relatively little documentation remains from his early career, including his nascent forays into architectural theory. The Weltanschauung as an Ersatz Gestalt was Turnovsky's thesis, written in 1978 as a requirement to complete his studies at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. For more than thirty years, it has remained unpublished -- until now. This facsimile publication sheds new light on the development of his theoretical trajectory by revealing Turnovsky's interest in the philosophy of "open systems" as proposed by the Italian novelist and semiotician Umberto Eco. Turnovsky applies the logic of open systems to the architectural design process, which allows for a personalized perception that may differ from both the collective experience and the creator's artistic vision.
Artist(s):Turnovsky, Jan (as author)
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods, Post-1945 — Architecture, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 171070
Paperbound $30.00    

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