Stefan Polónyi

Editat de Ursula Kleefisch-Jobst, Peter Köddermann, Katrin Lichtenstein, Wolfgang Sonne
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de Limba Germană Hardback – May 2012
Text in English & German. Since the 1950s Stefan Polónyi has realised a large number of buildings of all kinds from his Cologne office, working with famous architects all over the world. In his view, load-bearing structure, form and function have to form an indissoluble entity, and thus create an aesthetic appearance: beauty feeds on structural consistency. Very few civil engineers have made claims of this kind. Architects who have worked with Polónyi see this ambitious claim as something that has enriched their own design process. First of all Polónyi, working with Josef Lehmbrock and Fritz Schaller, developed bold folded structures and shells for church buildings, and this at a time before statical calculations were not done by computer, but a lot of things still had to be tried out in model form. Polónyi co-operated closely with Oswald Mathias Ungers on the Galleria for the Frankfurter Messe, among other projects. He made the flying roof for Axel Schultes' Kunstmuseum Bonn possible, supported by a row of irregularly placed columns, and also the undulating metal ceiling in the auditorium of Rem Koolhaas' Nederlands Dans Theater and the umbrella-like roofing for the approach tracks in Cologne's main station. Polónyi's bridges, built from the 1990s in the Ruhr District, have become landmarks in the meantime with their red curved tubes as a structural and aesthetic element. Today he creates his bridges as buildings over the river, so-called Living Bridges. Polónyi's wide range of professional experience had a considerable bearing on his teaching at Berlin and Dortmund Technical Universities. Working with architects Harald Deilmann and Josef Paul Kleihues, Polónyi established the "Dortmund Model for the Building Sciences". It provides joint training for architects and civil engineers in a single faculty. The present book is appearing to accompany the exhibition of the same name in the "Dortmunder U". The essays address specific aspects of Polónyi's work. So Karl-Eugen Kurrer and Ulrich Pfammatter look at the development of structural analysis and the resultant distinction drawn between the professional territories of the civil engineer and the architect. Patrik Schumacher, partner in Zaha Hadid's practice, represents a current position in terms of co-operation between the two disciplines. Katrin Lichtenstein's account of the Dortmund Model and Atilla Ötes' view of the current study situation consider the effect on training and teaching. Sonja Hnilica analyses the folding systems and shells in the church projects, and Polónyi presents his bridges, including the designs for the Living Bridges.
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ISBN-13: 9783936681581
ISBN-10: 3936681589
Pagini: 156
Ilustrații: 200
Dimensiuni: 255 x 304 x 17 mm
Greutate: 1.07 kg
Editura: Edition Axel Menges GmbH

Notă biografică

Ursula Kleefisch-Jobst and Peter Köddermann from the M:AI Museum für Architektur und Inge-nieurkunst NRW and Katrin Lichtenstein and Wolf-gang Sonne from the A:AI Archiv für Architektur und Ingenieurbaukunst NRW at the TU in Dort-mund represent the cooperation that has taken place between the two institutions for the exhibition and the present book.


Entrepreneur, farmer, vintner, outdoorsman, former professional athlete, and now author, Joseph Kulbacki is living the American dream. Born in 1938, in Northwestern Pennsylvania, Kulbacki remembers a time of moral imperatives and defined values, of commitment to family, and a strong sense of community. He graduated from Purdue University in Industrial Economics, combining curricula in both engineering and economics including advanced studies in marketing. He played professional football with the Buffalo Bills and later formed his own engineering consulting company specialising in the integration of manufacturing systems for industry.