Buchpräsentation/Podiumsgespräch: Wonderland – manual for emerging architects

30/11 2011 19 Uhr

Das Wonderland manual ist kein Architekturbuch im klassischen Sinn, sondern ein Handbuch gefüllt mit Hard und Soft Facts von und für Architekten aus ganz Europa. Ein idealer Begleiter für Architekten am Beginn ihrer Karriere. „Der Beruf des Architekten im Wandel“:

Es diskutieren Hans Ibelings (Chefredakteur A10, www.a10.eu), Tatjana Schneider (Projektinitiatorin, www.spatialagency.net), Georg Pendl (Präsident der Bundeskammer der Architekten und Ingenieurkonsulenten), Gregor Hrynasz (Architekturstudent, TU Wien), Hannes Schreckensberger (Vorsitzender von wonderland platform for european architecture), sowie Silvia Forlati und Anne Isopp (Hg.).

Grußworte vom Verlag SpringerWienNewYork und Cathérine Hug, KUNSTHALLE wien.

About this book
Wonderland manual is a cultural version of the NATO Cold War strategy of ‘flexible response’. Pursuing the military analogy, the manual is a continuation by other means of what Wonderland has been doing for the past years: accelerating the exchange of information among young architects in Europe.
The Wonderland manual differs from other architecture books in that it is not about architecture but about architects, not about the work that architects produce but about how they produce it. It is first and foremost a guide containing facts and figures, tips and experiences and as such can be seen as a handbook for European architects at the start of their careers.
Wonderland manual reveals a remarkable commitment to sharing knowledge and experience without any self-interest. While such altruism may not be typical of the entire generation of young architects, it does characterize a considerable portion of it, and most certainly those who have worked in front of and behind the scenes on this book. This young generation is the first to reach adulthood in a Europe without the Iron Curtain. It is also the generation which, despite all the political, economic and cultural complexities of this new Europe, was the first to develop a European mind-set and, in many cases, to lead a border-hopping European lifestyle. It is also the first generation for whom Europe is not an abstraction, not merely a symbol of regulations and bureaucracy, but a self-evident fact, and an equally self-evident field of activity.

Wonderland – Manual for Emerging Architects
Ed. by Silvia Forlati, Anne Isopp
2012, 352 p. 100 illus. in color.
Hardcover, ISBN 978-3-7091-0822-2
€ 38,45