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Steiner’s Diary

On Architecture since 1959

For forty years, Dietmar Steiner has been a leading voice in contemporary architecture. The founding director of the national architecture museum of Austria, the Architekturzentrum Wien; he has served as a consultant, on the jury of many prestigious architecture and urban design prizes, and as commissioner of the Austrian Pavilion at the International Architecture Exhibition of the 2002 Venice Biennale. Throughout his career, he has also lectured at universities and written widely as a scholar and critic.

Capping a remarkable and still influential career, Steiner’s Diary is the most comprehensive collection of his writings to date, including some previously unpublished pieces. The book includes lectures; interviews; articles published in daily newspapers and magazines, and longer essays on a variety of topics. Steiner brings to his work a keen critical acumen that draws on decades of travel, research, and contact with renowned international architects, such as Rob Krier, Hermann Czech, Herzog & de Meuron, Rem Koolhaas, Lacaton + Vassal, Jon Jerde, Rural Studio, Wang Shu, and Alexander Brodsky. At the same time, his articles and essays are often amplified by personal observations and experiences. While paying tribute to a prolific scholar and critic, Steiner’s Diary takes readers through four decades of architectural history that represent some of the discipline’s most fascinating historical developments, and it will be welcomed by architects, architectural historians, and anyone with an interest in architecture’s role in society today.

400 pages | 321 color plates, 29 halftones | 10 x 12 | © 2017


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Table of Contents

Linz Lectures- Reinhard Kannonier
Why This Book?
Start: Jacques Herzog and Dietmar Steiner
1st Day: The 1960s
Experimental Architecture in Austria
Coop HausRucker- Wolf Prix and Laurids Ortner
Milan Towers- Velasca versus Pirelli
2nd Day: The 1970s
Every Detail is a Story
Ticino 1978
My Barcelona
Mies van der Rohe Award Winners
On Rob Krier
Arena 1976
The Year 1979
3rd Day: The 1980s
Biennale 1980
Moscow and Leningrad 1982
Architecture Is Background- Hermann Czech
Blade Runner: In the Jungle of the Future
Futuristic Plagiarisms in an Apocalyptic Mood
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart: Everything Is Living Dead
IBA Berlin: Islands in the City
Rudolf Olgiati: The White Crystals of Laax
Letter to Martin Steinmann- archithese
Meat and Bones Architecture
The City- Networks and Bodies
The Heavy Dress
Analogous Architecture
4th Day: The 1990s
Of Whores and Saints
There Is No Escape
Hollein- The Sketch of a Name
A Diary of Disney’s Celebration
5th Day: The 2000s
Promotional Architecture
Interview Jacques Herzog
Interview Rem Koolhaas
Lacaton & Vassal: Turkish Café
Jon Jerde
Rural Studio: Sweet Home Alabama
Iceland 2008
6th Day: The 2010s
Vienna Housing
Architecture: Reset
Amateur Architecture Studio
A Day with Alexander Brodsky
The Kornati Memorial
BUS: STOP Krumbach
7th Day: Sunday
By the Wayside
The End: Anna Heringer and Dietmar Steiner
Biography Dietmar Steiner
Index Imprint

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