O.M. Ungers: Morphologie/City Metaphors

O.M. Ungers: Morphologie/City Metaphors

Paperback Language: English / German

By (author) O M Ungers

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  • Publisher: Buchhandlung Walther Konig GmbH & Co. KG. Abt. Verlag
  • Format: Paperback | 132 pages
  • Language: English / German
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 202mm x 11mm | 254g
  • Publication date: 30 June 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Cologne
  • ISBN 10: 3865609465
  • ISBN 13: 9783865609465
  • Edition: Bilingual edition
  • Edition statement: Bilingual
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 288,362

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First published in 1982, German architect Oswald Mathias Ungers' "City Metaphors" juxtaposes more than 100 various city maps throughout history with images of flora and fauna and other images from science and nature. Ungers assigns each a title--a single descriptive word printed in both English and German. In Ungers' vision, the divisions of Venice are transformed into a handshake and the 1809 plan of St Gallen becomes a womb. Ungers writes in his foreword: "Without a comprehensive vision reality will appear as a mass of unrelated phenomenon and meaningless facts, in other words, totally chaotic. In such a world it would be like living in a vacuum; everything would be of equal importance; nothing could attract our attention; and there would be no possibility to utilize the mind." A classic of creative cartography and visual thinking, "City Metaphors" is also an experiment in conscious vision-building.

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Author information

Oswald Mathias Ungers, geb. 1926 in Kaisersesch, gest. 2007 in Köln.