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Weltanschauung as an Ersatz Gestalt, Paperback / softback Book

Weltanschauung as an Ersatz Gestalt Paperback / softback


Jan Turnovsky (1942-95), born and educated in Prague, emigrated to Austria in 1966 and worked for various architectural firms in Vienna.

In 1975 he was appointed as a research and teaching assistant at Technische Universitat Wien's Institute for Architecture and Design.

During his tenure, and as temporary head of the institute's department of residential architecture in 1995, he proved to be an equally dedicated and unorthodox assistant and lecturer.

His thinking and intellectual legacy has been influential for an entire generation of younger Austrian architects. This new book presents for the first time Turnovsky previously unpublished The Weltanschauung as an Ersatz Gestalt as a facsimile-reprint of his illustrated and highly original typo-script.

Penned as a thesis to obtain his Master's degree at the AA in London, the text focuses on a philosophy of open systems , which Turnovsky applies to the architectural design process.

He relates the psychological term "gestalt" to the philosophical weltanschauung: A collective, contemporary, etc. "weltanschauung" always affects our perception of a "gestalt", in this case a work of architecture.Turnovsky questions conventional thinking both critically and constructively and presents his strategy of reading architecture and its elements in new contexts.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Park Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Theory of architecture
  • ISBN: 9783038600008



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