Being an architect Is not enough : architecture according to Gernot Minke

Kolakowski, Marcin Mateusz (2011) Being an architect Is not enough : architecture according to Gernot Minke. Architektura & Biznes, 256 (11). pp. 42-51. ISSN 1230-1817

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Being an Architect Is Not Enough : Architecture According to Gernot Minke
The article describes various projects carried out by professor Gernot Minke. Analyses of his designs could be a key to understanding the architectural philosophy of this German guru of earth and straw-bale architecture

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The article describes various projects carried out by professor Gernot Minke. Analyses of his designs could be a key to understanding the architectural philosophy of this German guru of earth and straw-bale architecture. Minke became an icon of natural architecture not only because of the huge number of his experiments, constructions and the buildings he designed (and sometimes physically built), but also because of his invincible belief that different architecture is possible. He started his career in the famous office of Frei Otto, who developed what seemed to be Europe’s most futuristic architecture of his time. The practice designed lightweight tensile, pneumatic and membrane structures, and of course the latest highlight in architectural fashion—tensegrity. Minke had no inten¬tion of blindly following his mentor. Never gi¬ving up on his fascination with the laws of nature, he started looking for his own ways of integra¬ting them into architecture. In his dramatic career U-turn, he moved away from light-weight constructions towards heavy earth architecture. After receiving tenure at the University of Kassel in the early 1970s, Gernot Minke’s pra¬ctice became a leading centre of low-tech archi¬tecture. He organized a research institute and a construction laboratory that became a experimental polygon. His idea of sustainability addresses not only technical but also social aspects, which inspired a whole generation on German eco-architects. (http://www.architekturaibiznes.com.pl/start.php?opt=sites&item_id=2147)

Keywords:office design, Architecture
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K100 Architecture
J Technologies > J990 Technologies not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
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