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Buildings in Berlin and Potsdam

Buildings in Berlin and Potsdam

Hardback Language: German

Photographs by Hillert Ibbeken, Text by Barry Bergdoll

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  • Publisher: Edition Axel Menges
  • Format: Hardback | 144 pages
  • Language: German
  • Dimensions: 286mm x 304mm x 16mm | 1,340g
  • Publication date: 7 February 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Fellbach
  • ISBN 10: 3936681724
  • ISBN 13: 9783936681727
  • Edition: Bilingual edition
  • Edition statement: Bilingual
  • Illustrations note: 120 illus

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Text in English & German. This book is a synopsis, a summary of the books also published by Edition Axel Menges about the Prussian architects Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781-1841), Ludwig Persius (1803-1845) and Friedrich August Stuler (1800-1865), but it covers only the works of these architects in Berlin and Potsdam. The three books mentioned above are subtitled 'The architectural work today'; in other words, they are exclusively about buildings that still exist. This is also true of the present selection. The question whether this selection and limitation to Berlin and Potsdam is representative of the work of the three architects can clearly be answered in the affirmative. For Persius this question does not even arise, because during his short life he worked almost exclusively in Potsdam and its immediate vicinity -- he was the 'Kings architect'. Stulers work is found in a region extending from Cologne on the Rhine to Masuria, with some important buildings in Stockholm and Budapest as well. About a quarter of his works can be found in Potsdam and Berlin, where Stuler, too, was the 'Kings architect'. The truly gigantic lifework of Schinkel extends from Aachen to St Petersburg. Berlin and Potsdam have about a third of his works. It can be confidently said, however, that those who know the works of Schinkel, Persius and Stuler in Berlin and Potsdam also know the architects work as a whole in each case. Since the pictures assembled here were taken between 1998 and 2005, they themselves have already become somewhat historical.

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Until his retirement Hillert Ibbeken was a professor of geology at the Freie Universitat Berlin, but his lifelong occupation has been architectural photography. Barry Bergdoll is professor of architectural history at Columbia University and the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.