1. Culture:City
    Culture:City

    Edited by Wilfried Wang for the Akademie der Künste, Berlin

    Since the late 1990s cultural icons have been built in numerous cities throughout the world in order to court the attention of potential visitors in a globally competitive market. The book Culture:City analyzes this phenomenon from the point of view of artists, architects, and scientists. Does culture today still function as a guiding principle, or does it merely serve as a catalyst for spectacular buildings? Are the creative and cultural sectors the industries of the future in postindustrial societies? Do these buildings liberate or constrain the cultural activities that gave rise to them in the first place? How does the “Bilbao effect”—the revaluation of a city through prestigious cultural buildings—work? Thirty pioneers, case studies, and negative examples are assembled paradigmatically in this book. Numerous essays and illustrations provide the reader with extensive and profound insight into this phenomenon.

    With an introduction by Wilfried Wang, a text about the exhibition by Matthias Sauerbruch, and contributions by Ricky Burdett, William J.R. Curtis, Jochen Gerz, Nele Hertling, Kasper König, Michael Mönninger, Beatriz Plaza, Andy Pratt, Jan Schütte, Ingo Schulze, Richard Sennett, Alain Thierstein, and Manos Tsangaris, among others.

    Featured projects: Sydney Opera House, Kulturforum Berlin, Kulturhuset (Stockholm), Inter-Action Centre (London), Centre Pompidou (Paris), SESC Fábrica da Pompéia (São Paulo), Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Tate Modern & Tate Modern Project (London), Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Guangzhou Opera House, Parque Biblioteca España (Medellín), Espacio Andaluz de Creación Contemporánea (Córdoba), Cidade da Cultura de Galicia (Santiago de Compostela), West Kowloon Cultural District Master Plan (Hong Kong), M9 Museum of the 20th Century (Venice-Mestre), Die Grosse Weltausstellung (Berlin), Metropol Parasol (Sevilla), Paju Book City (South Korea), Toni-Areal (Zurich), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Radialsystem V (Berlin), Zeche Zollverein (Essen), Berghain/Panorama-Bar/Lab.oratory/Bierhof (Berlin), Detroit Soup, 2-3 Streets (Dortmund, Duisburg, Mühlheim an der Ruhr), Parkaus Projects (Berlin), Museum Gunzenhauser (Chemnitz), Kunsthaus Graz, Inner-City Arts (Los Angeles), Centre Pompidou Mobile, El Batel (Cartagena), Generali Foundation (Vienna), Seattle Central Library, Daikanyama Tsutaya Books (Tokyo), Library of Birmingham, Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum (Berlin), Kenniscluster Library and Cultural Center (Arnhem)

    Design: Heimann und Schwantes

    21.5 × 27.5 cm, 8 ½ × 10 ¾ in, 232 pages, 406 illustrations, hardcover (2013)

    ISBN 978-3-03778-335-1, Englisch
    ISBN 978-3-03778-336-8, German

    English,
    €40.00 / $55.00 / £33.00

    German,
    €40.00 / $55.00 / £33.00
    Out of print