One of the twentieth century's most important design visionaries, German architect and structural engineer Frei Otto (b. 1925) made his mark with a series of super-light tensile structures--such as the West German Pavilion for Montreal's Expo 67 and the Olympic Stadium in Munich (1972)--that are celebrated for their technical ingenuity and material efficiency. Yet despite Otto's achievements, relatively little has been published on his work. A Conversation with Frei Otto features a comprehensive interview with Otto as well as his critical text Fundamentals of a Future Architecture in its entirety. In his conversation with Juan Maria Songel, Otto talks freely about everything from his early connections to the Bauhaus to his thoughts on the current state of engineering and architecture. The latest in our Conversations series, this book also includes images of Otto's most important and well-known works.
Juan Maria Songel is an architect and professor or architectural history and theory at the School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University in Valencia, Spain. He also teaches art and aesthetics at the Civil Engineering School at the Polytechnic University.
"This book is a must for every architecture student. It's a reminder that the dogmatic manifestos of the sixties aren't the musings idealistic neophytes but can be operational logics for practice."
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"Songel offers this interview with German architect Frei Otto. Known for his superlight tensile design concepts inspired by nature, Otto is credited for designing such structures as the West German Pavilion for the Montreal Expo of 1967 and the Olympic Stadium in Munich. Otto's text Fundamentals of a Future Architecture and a concluding article by Juan Maria Songel are included. This book is of interest to those studying architecture, engineering and design"