Thinking by Modeling
Georg Vrachliotis/Frei Otto

420 pp.
with 300 color illustrations of the models from the Frei Otto Archive

Leipzig April, 2017
ISBN: 9783959050890
Edition Number: 1

Width: 22 cm
Length: 33 cm

Language(s): English

Georg Vrachliotis

Frei Otto

Floyd E. Schulze

Design Concept
Studio Lukas Feireiss /w Floyd E. Schulze

Südwestdeutschen Archiv für Architektur und Ingenieurbau (saai) am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)

In the 1950s, Frei Otto’s tent structures left their mark on the horticultural shows of the new Bonn Republic; together with Behnisch & Partner he created the roof landscape for the Munich Olympic Games in 1972. The innovative potential in his work is based on the interdisciplinarity of a mode
of thinking that took in architecture, technology, art, science, and society. He saw nature as a model and tried throughout his life to harness it for the sake of architecture and civil engineering — and thus also for the future. The Frei-Otto Archive features a large number of experimental models. The book will come out in two editions (German and English) and will be the first time Frei Otto’s models have appeared in print. The book is being published in conjunction with the most extensive exhibition to date of the work of Frei Otto at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe in association with the Wüstenrot Foundation. The exhibition will open in autumn 2016.

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