Andreas Lechner

Thinking Design: Blueprint for an Architecture of Typology

Park Books, Zurich 2021

Cameron McEwan, Peripheral Monuments: Book Review of Thinking Design - Blueprint for an architecture of typology by Andreas Lechner, in: Journal of Architecture and Urbanism, Volume 46/1 (2022) 83-88.

"Thinking Design provides an important critical overview for theories and projects of typology and will offer a useful compendium for the student and teacher of architecture as well as the critical practitioner. Yet Thinking Design also offers an original theoretical reflection on the status of the urban periphery and opens questions about architecture and architectural design research as a practice of critical inquiry. In the face of the capitalist debris and the uneven space that is the hallmark of urban peripheries as a global condition, we might return to some of the 144 typologies that Lechner presents as inspiring examples; or study the striking suite of projects by students under Lechner’s supervision, which are compiled in the appended booklet. Lechner offers inspiring reflections, strong examples, and useful models for what may become the peripheral monuments of tomorrow." (88) 


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