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Big! Bad? Modern

Four Megabuildings in Vienna

Based on a collaborative research effort and accompanying exhibition at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Big! Bad? Modern compiles contemporary assessments of four buildings from the controversial postwar modernist period between 1950 and 1980: the Vienna General Hospital, the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation studio, the Vienna University of Economics, and the Wohnpark Alt-Erlaa residential estate. Architecture from this period remains controversial to this day, its quality and significance the subject of frequent debate. Contributions to Big! Bad? Modern assess the selected buildings’ current state and use, as well as their aesthetic and historic appeal and history of public acceptance. Alongside these assessments are proposals for how the existing structures might be changed, from small alterations to radical redesigns. With more than three-hundred illustrations, including many in color, the book also contains a preface by renowned architect Nasrine Seraji and essays by Hermann Czech, Françoise Fromont, Harry Glück, Sabine Kraft, and Michael Zinganel.

334 pages | 79 color plates, 229 halftones | 6 1/2 x 9 | © 2015

Architecture: European Architecture


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Table of Contents

Access
From Process to Access
Angelika Schnell

AKH
Allgemeines
Krankenhaus Wien
Angelika Schnell

Allotment
Allotment City-From Mono-use to Multi-Use
Peter Leeb, Markus Vogl

Alterlaa
Wohnpark Alterlaa
Angelika Schnell

Archaeology
An Archaeology of the Recent Past
Françoise Fromonot

Audacity
The Audacity of Preservation 
Michelle Howard, Christian Fröhlich

Bigness
The Architecture of Late Capitalism or Whatever Happened to the Avant-garde?
Stefan Gruber

City
Architecture as the City
Stefan Gruber

Community
Du, meine konkrete Utopie
Zara Pfeifer

Continuous
Continuous Change
Christopher Ghouse

Criticism 
No Need for Panic
Hermann Czech

Curating
Curating BIG! BAD? MODERN:
Angelika Schnell, Christina Condak, Antje Lehn

Déjà-Vu
Déjà-Vu Views
Wolfgang Tschapeller, Werner Skvara

Demolition
Demolition Scenario
Matthias Brandmaier

Dissecting
Dissecting Bigness
Dagnija Smilga

Environment
From Energy to Environment
Angelika Schnell

Exhibition
BIG? BAD! MODERN:
Angelika Schnell

Exquisite Corpse 
Scenario for the WU’s Future Stefan Gruber, Lisa Schmidt-Colinet

Facade
A New Face for the WU
Cora Kaindl

Future
The Presence of the Future
Peter Jakowitsch

Glück
From Happiness to Wellness
Angelika Schnell

Grid
The Curse of Hippodamus
Harry Glück

Happiness
Built Happiness
Kata Fodor

History
From Utopia to History
Angelika Schnell

Inhabitation
House-in-House
Christopher Ghouse

Kleinbehälter-Transportanlage
Architecture of Bigness—AKH
Clemens Hasler

Land
Das Land Alterlaa
Philipp Soeparno

Lecture Series

Light
Just Enough Light
Martin Duselis

Lonely 
Lonely Platforms
Max Weidacher

Looseness
Michelle Howard

Looseness
The Efficiency of Looseness 
Michelle Howard, Christian Fröhlich

Looseness
Undesired Solitude
Janica Sipulova

Looseness
Loose Hub
Lisi Zeininger

Looseness
Grasping Character, Exploring Looseness
Laurenz Berger

Machine
From Function to Program
Angelika Schnell

Mass Housing
Housing Projects—A Legacy of Modern Failure?
Sabine Kraft

Material
Mass Distribution of Reinforce Concrete
Mark Werner, Christian Gattringer

Micro—Public Space
On a Dream of a Lifestyle and its Reality
Katalin Tóth

Modernism
What’s Wrong with Modernism?
Angelika Schnell, Lisa Schmidt—Colinet

Moebius
Unique and Superlative

Monsters
Good and Evil Monsters of Modernity
Michael Zinganel

Monument
The Cult of (a) Modern
Monument(s)
Christian Friess

Mountains
From Centralization to Bigness
Angelika Schnell

Optimism 
Original illustrations of AKH, Alterlaa and WU

ORF
ORF Zentrum Wien 
Angelika Schnell

ORF
Boost for the Old House
Christian Fröhlich

Panorama
ORF Panoramas
Matthias Brandmaier, Tina Wintersteiger, Elisabeth Zeininger, Mariedl Kleemann

Platforms
Institute for Art and Architecture

Re-Use
From Flexibility to Re-Use 
Angelika Schnell

Reassessing 
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Peter Leeb

Relatives
Close and Distant Relatives 
Lisa Schmidt—Colinet

Representation 
Bitte Fenster geschlossen halten! Frischluftgefahr
Elisabeth Zeininger 

Ruin
Ruined Visions
Nefeli Papakyriakopolou

Ruin
Decaying Landmark
Fabian Liszt, Romana Prokop, Doris Scheicher

Scale

Scandal
The Vienna
General Hospital—The Health Machine
Matthias Oltay, Dawid Klich

Soft Urban Renewal
Meanwhile in Postwar Vienna
Stefan Gruber

Subtractive Urbanism
From Revolution to Evolutions 
Stefan Gruber

Success
Success Through Access
Admir Selimovic

Ugly

Urbanscape
From Plan Libre to Urbanscape 
Angelika Schnell

Victuals
On the Everyday Life of Large Housing Estates
Markus Vogl

Vienna

Wu
Wirtschaftuniversität Wien 
Angelika Schnell

Authors
Image credits
Acknowledgements 

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