In 1951, Konrad Wachsmann and his department at the IIT received a commission
from the US Air Force to investigate no less than a completely new method of construction based on the structural models he
had already developed.
The iconographic model of the US Air Force Hangar developed from this work was a true “turning
point in building”: the structure designed represents an almost futurist promise of a fully industrialized building culture,
the conceptual image of which also became the direct inspiration for various architectural avant-gardes.
Wachsmann attempts to finally place Konrad Wachsmann’s achievement appropriately in architectural history and to critically
compare the mental and material conditions involved in the construction of buildings at that time and today.
"turning point in building": an analytical appraisal of Konrad Wachsmann’s contribution to architectural history
authors, unpublished documents from the estate
Edition Angewandte-Book Series of the University of Applied Arts ViennaAuthor Information
Klaus Bollinger, Florian Medicus, both: Institute of Architecture,
University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria.Buy