Architekturzentrum Wien  

Architektur beginnt im Kopf
The Making of Architecture

Only Until February 2nd, 2009 !

Location: Architekturzentrum Wien - Old hall
Exhibition: 16 October 2008 - 02 February 2009
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Altered Opening 24.12.08 + 31.12.08: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Opening: Wednesday 15 October 2008, 7pm
Tickets: EUR 5,00 / EUR 3,50 reduced

"Architects even resort to guns when it comes to firing their creative genius." Falter, 21.11.08

Dietmar Steiner, Director Az W
Elke Krasny, Curator of the exhibition

Whereas in one Parisian architect’s studio shots are fired at a clay block, in another orchids are raised. In Zurich an architect reclined in her bed with a wooden set-square, in Hong Kong thoughts are crystallised with pieces of Lego. This exhibition tells about the very different ways in which architects use their various tools, from the pencil to the computer.
Alvar Aalto / Lina Bo Bardi / Atelier Bow-Wow / Hermann Czech / Diller Scofidio + Renfro / Edge Design Institute / Yona Friedman / Antoni Gaudí / The Jerde Partnership / Lux Guyer / Steven Holl Architects / Lacaton & Vassal / Rudolf Olgiati / Charlotte Perriand / R&Sie(n) / Theiss & Jaksch/Schwalm-Theiss / Karl Schwanzer / SOM Skidmore, Owings & Merrill / UNStudio / Venturi Scott Brown & Associates: these 20 offices were researched over a period of more than two years. Documentary photographs show the way things really look there, and each studio presents the development of one project by means of sketches or models. Statements by the architects themselves about their design methods and sources of inspiration deepen these un-usual insights in the working world of architecture.

With the kind support of the Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft the
catalogue ’The Force is in the Mind. The Making of Architecture’ will be published in German and in English.

Guided tours can be booked for groups any time by contacting

The Az W offers special workshops on the exhibition appropriate for school groups of different ages.
Registration + info: +43-1-522 31 15 or

Curator: Elke Krasny
Project coordination, research assistance: Gudrun Hausegger
Research assistance: Robert Temel
Scenography: Alexandra Maringer, Assistent: Bernadette Krejs
Setting: Dietlind Rott
Exhibitiondesign: Thomas Kussin, buero8

Public Funding:
Geschäftsgruppe Stadtentwicklung und Verkehr
Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur
Geschäftsgruppe Kultur und Wissenschaft

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Permanent Exhibition

Architektur beginnt im Kopf. The Making of Architecture

Press Release:
Architektur beginnt im Kopf. The Making of Architecture

Further Information:
Bring your tools!

Opening Event

The Exhibiton

E-Shop Products:
Architektur beginnt im Kopf
The Making of Architecture

The Force Is in the Mind
The Making of Architecture

Hintergrund 40: Welt im Modell (in German)

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