The Architectural Model: Tool, Fetish, Small Utopia
Edited by Peter Schmal and Oliver Elser
This book is the result of pioneering research work at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM, German Museum of Architecture) in Frankfurt-on-the-Main. The work investigates the architectural model as a distinct means of creating and presenting architecture or architectural ideas and concepts, rather than merely serving to represent a specific building. While architectural photography and drawing has been subject of countless exhibitions and publications, no comparable research on the architectural model has been done so far.
This book coincides with an exhibition at the DAM in summer 2012. The authors and curators have drawn from the museum’s own vast collection of models created by over 400 architects from 25 countries. The book presents 100 models, featuring works of renowned architects such as Norman Foster, Arata Isozaki, Louis I. Kahn, Rem Koolhaas, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Frei Otto, Aldo Rossi, Skidmore Owings & Merrill and James Stirling. The images are presented alongside detailed descriptions of each item and essays on the results of the entire research project.
Zurich, 2012, 30cm x 24 cm, illustrated, 360pp. Hardback.