Selected publications of the professorships

Here you will find excerpts from publications that have been produced as part of teaching at the department.

The skyscraper as a fabric of design and technology

Buildings and Projects in West Germany between 1945 and 1980

The construction of high-rise buildings is often accompanied by emotional discussions: On the one hand, the building type is seen as a solution to the current challenges facing cities, on the other as an aesthetic impossibility or an expression of undesirable gentrification. Current designs reveal a typological exhaustion that stands in stark contrast to the structural richness of the high-rise buildings of earlier decades. On the basis of a catalogue of 100 projects, Falk Schneemann provides a critical overview of the development of high-rise buildings in West Germany between 1945 and 1980. With the help of technical-philosophical and technical-genetic approaches, he points out breaks and moments of innovation that contribute to a fundamental understanding of the building type and enable a better assessment of current developments.

Falk Schneemann
The skyscraper as a fabric of design and technology
Buildings and Projects in West Germany between 1945 and 1980
Jovis Publishing House
320 pages, numerous col. ill.
ISBN 978-3-86859-655-7

A review of the publication was published in Bauwelt.

Falk Schneemann is an academic assistant at the Chair of Building Construction.

«Louis Kahn: The Importance of a Drawing»

Michael Merrill Louis Kahn
Michael Merrill, Louis Kahn: The Importance of Drawing

Louis I. Kahn (1901-1974) was one of the most significant architects of the twentieth century and his influence is present today in ways both profound and subtle. Unlike previous publications on Kahn, which have focused on his built work and which considered the drawings foremost as illustrations of these, this is the first in-depth study of drawings as primary sources of insight into Kahn's architecture and creative imagination.
By offering a spectrum of close readings of drawings by Kahn and his associates in a series of incisive and richly illustrated essays, this book is at once an intimate artistic portrait of this important architect and a provocative and timely contribution to the current discourse on representation in architecture. For architects and students of architecture, Kahn's lasting significance is not only in the buildings he built, but in how he designed them.
Based on unprecedented archival research, engagingly presented by a group of eminent scholars and architects, and lavishly illustrated with over 900 highest quality reproductions, The Importance of a Drawing is destined to become a standard work in the literature on Louis Kahn.

Edited by Michael Merrill
With contributions by Michael Benedikt, Michael Cadwell, David Leatherbarrow, Louis Kahn, Nathaniel Kahn, Sue Ann Kahn, Michael J. Lewis, Robert McCarter, Michael Merrill, Marshall Meyers, Jane Murphy, Gina Pollara, Harriet Pattison, Colin Rowe, David Van Zanten, Richard Wesley, William Whitaker
ca 512 pages, ca 900 illustrations
Lars Müller Publishers, Zurich

ISBN 978-3-03778-644-4

Michael Merrillis currently Director of Research at theInstitute for Building Typology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Retracing Political Dimensions

Strategies in Contemporary New Media Art
Retracing Political Dimensions

At the beginning of the 21st century, new forms and dynamics of interplay are constituted at the interfaces of media, art and politics. Current challenges in society and ecology, like climate, surveillance, virtualization of the global financial markets, are characterized by hybrid and subtle technologies. They are ubiquitous, turn out to be increasingly complex and act invasively. New media art utilizes its broad range of expression in order to tackle the most urgent topics through multi-sensorial, participatory, and activist approaches. This volume shows how media artists address, with a political lens, the core of these developments critically and productively.

With contributions by Elisa Arca, Andrés Burbano, Derek Curry, Yael Eylat Van Essen, Mathias Fuchs, Jennifer Gradecki, Sabine Himmelsbach, Ingrid Hoelzl, Katja Kwastek, José-Carlos Mariátegui, Gerald Nestler, Randall Packer, Viola Rühse, Chris Salter.

Published: November 23, 2020
ISBN: 9783110670943

Author information

Oliver Grau, Danube University, Krems;Inge Hinterwaldner, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Statics and structural engineering for architects

Rosemarie Wagner
400 pages
Fraunhofer IRB Publishing House
ISBN 978-3-7388-0350-1

When you design a building, you have to think about the supporting structure from the very beginning. This book provides the knowledge about forces and deformations, structures and load-bearing behavior that architects need for their designs. Methods for the pre-dimensioning of components made of reinforced concrete, masonry, wood, glass or membranes are clearly explained and the necessary prior knowledge of mathematics, physics and building materials is refreshed. Those who want to delve deeper into calculations will find additional information on engineering approaches to solutions. Rosemarie Wagner attaches great importance to a holistic approach to building tasks. Her theory of structures is intended to enable architects to develop structures for creative architectural ideas and new building tasks together with civil engineers and specialist planners. The book is characterized by a clear layout, a clear language, understandable explanations and numerous color illustrations. It is therefore recommended for architectural studies and exam preparation, as well as for reference in everyday professional life.

Visual Worlds - Looking, Images, Visual Disciplines


James Elkins, Erna Fiorentini
Oxford University Press, Oxford, New York
ISBN 9780199390915

Adolf Hölzel. Art theoretical writings (Series: Evidentia, Vol. 4)


Oliver Jehle, Christoph Wagner (Eds.)
382 pages
Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink

Original - Copy - Forgery (Image and Law - Studies on the Regulation of the Visual, Vol. 3)

Thomas Dreier, Oliver Jehle (eds.).
Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag

¿Qué es arquitectura? Walter Gropius, antología de escritos


Joaquín Medina Warmburg (Ed.)
Editorial Reverté, Barcelona
ISBN 978-84-946066-9-4

Paul Linder 1897-1968: De Weimar a Lima. Antología de arquitectura y crítica.

Joaquín Medina Warmburg (Ed.)
Lampreave Editorial, Madrid
ISBN 978-84-09-13205-8

Blanchot and the image. Images and concepts according to Maurice Blanchot

Barbara Filser, Kristin Marek (eds.).
Blanchot and the Image. Images and Concepts according to Maurice Blanchot
Wilhelm Fink, Paderborn
ISBN 978-3770560189

Wilhelm Lübke (1826-1893) - Aspects of his life and work


Alexandra Axtmann, Ulrike Gawlik (eds.)
Materials of Building Research, Vol. 25
KIT Scientific Publishing, Karlsruhe
ISBN 978-3-73150-860-1

ARCH+ 234: Project Bauhaus 3: Datatopia


Georg Vrachliotis, FG Architectural Theory et al.(guest editor)

Chronicle of Wetterbach

Katja Förster
Edited by the Karlsruhe City Archives and the Wettersbach Local Council by Ernst Otto Bräunche and Volker Steck
(Publications of the Karlsruhe City Archives)
Karlsruhe: Info Verlag

100 years of the trade school building at Lidellplatz. From the municipal trade school to the Carl Hofer School

hrsg. vom Stadtarchiv Karlsruhe durch Ernst Otto Bräunche und Volker Steck, Karlsruhe

Katja Förster
Edited by the Karlsruhe City Archives by Ernst Otto Bräunche and Volker Steck
(History of houses and buildings. Series of the Karlsruhe City Archives; Vol. 16)
Karlsruhe: Info Verlag

Hans Baldung Grien. New perspectives on his work

Holger Jacob-Friesen, Oliver Jehle (Eds.)
320 pages
Berlin, Munich: Deutscher Kunstverlag

Mass Housing in the Socialist Cities - Heritage, Values and Perspectives. Case studies in Germany, Russia and Ukraine.


Barbara Engel (Author, Ed.)
DOM publishers, Berlin
ISBN 978-3-86922-507-4

Exploring Occupant Behavior in Buildings - Methods and Challenges


Andreas Wagner, William O'Brien, Bing Dong (Eds.)
Springer International Publishing, Cham/CH
ISBN 978-3-319-61463-2

Historical versus Modern


Barbara Angel
Identity through imitation?
Jovis Publishing House, Berlin
ISBN 978-3-86859-506-2 (German)
ISBN 978-3-86859-498-0 (English)

Addis Ababa: A manifesto on African progress


Dirk E. Hebel, Felix Heisel, Marta H.
Wisniewska, Sophie Nash (author, ed.)

Ruby Press, Berlin
ISBN 978-3-94407-428-3

Frei Otto - Thinking in models

Georg Vrachliotis (ed.) with Joachim Kleinmanns, Martin Kunz, Philip Kurz
Spector Books, Leipzig
ISBN 978-3-95905-075-3 (German)
ISBN 978-3-95905-089-0 (English)
Model photography: Bernd Seeland

Innovations in the countryside


Ministry for Rural Areas and Consumer Protection Baden-Württemberg, Akademie Ländlicher Raum (ALR) (ed.)
State Office for Geoinformation, Stuttgart
ISBN 978-3-930092-11-6
Editors: Kerstin Gothe, Stefan Netsch

Measurement and Understanding in Science - Interdisciplinary Approaches


Marcel Schweiker, Joachim Hass,
Anna Novokhatko, Roxana Halbleib (Eds.)

J.B. Metzler Publishers, Stuttgart
ISBN 978-3-658-18353-0

Cultivated Building Materials: Industrialized Natural Recources for Architecture and Construction


Dirk E. Hebel, Felix Heisel
Birkhäuser Publishing House, Basel/CH
ISBN 978-3-0356-0892-2



Dorothea Roos (Ed.)
Historical Impressions and Models of architectural elements and building decoration in the Collection of the Department of Architectural History at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Ernst Wasmuth Publishing House, Tübingen-Berlin
ISBN 978-3-8030-4033-6
Photography: Bernd Seeland
Design: Christoph Engel

Seoul Living Lab


Philipp Dechow, Kerstin Gothe, Seogjeong Lee
avedition, Stuttgart
ISBN 978-3-89986-262-1 (English/Korean)

Frei Otto, Carlfried Mutschler, Multihalle

Georg Vrachliotis
Spector Books, Leipzig
ISBN 978-3-95905-192-7 (German/English)
Photo essay: Bernd Seeland
Design: Christoph Engel