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ARCH+ 211/212

Vom Leichtbau zum Lehmbau / From Lightweight to Earth Construction. Gernot Minke im Gespräch mit / in conversation with Nikolaus Kuhnert und Anh-Linh Ngo

Von Minke, Gernot /  Ngo, Anh-Linh /  Kuhnert, Nikolaus

ARCH+: You studied at the Technische Hochschule Hannover [today called Leibniz Universität] and the Technische Universität Berlin (TU) from 1957 to 1964. Who were your professors in Berlin? Who infl uenced you? We’re asking because this issue also features a conversation with Frei Otto that touches on this period as well, and there are certain thematic parallels between your respective practices that we’d like to elucidate. Low-cost and sustainable construction, for example, have been central issues for both of you— albeit in different forms.

GM: I spent three exchange semesters at the TU Berlin in 1962 and 1963, and I worked for Frei Otto during the semester breaks to earn money. He had his office in Zehlendorf at the time: the Entwicklungsstätte für den Leichtbau [Development Center for Lightweight Construction]. One example of my tasks there is the development of a threedimensional construction with rigid corners that I built as a model for publication in the Deutsche Bauzeitung. Frei Otto often used a photo of the model in his publications.

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