Slow Is Fast

Detail 2009-4

Detail 2009-4

Building costs are usually a topic in the media ­only when they explode and some spectacular or prestigious object is involved, as was the case with the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. Rightly or wrongly, it is usually the architects who are blamed for this; and in this respect, they are not entirely unimpeachable for the public image they have. For far too long, architects have presented themselves as design artists for whom mundane tasks like cost control and adhering to deadlines are tiresome obligations.

Everyday construction has been subject to cost constraints not just since the present economic crisis, however. Now that the time of squanderous architectural icons would seem to be past, a radical rethinking process is called for. Architects must bring their competence in the many different fields of construction to the awareness of clients and the public at large. If they succeed in establishing themselves as indispensable experts for economic and sustainable building - alongside their undeniably important role as designers - a new opportunity will present itself: the chance to recover ground that has long been lost to engineers and project managers.

Content in Issue 4/2009:

p. 288 Cost-Efficient Building Means Sustainable Building discussion - author Dietmar Eberle
p. 310 Children's Activity Centre in Melbourne documentation - architect Phooey Architects
p. 314 House in Oporto documentation - architect Ezzo Arquitectura
p. 318 House in Montbert documentation - architect Berranger & Vincent architectes
p. 322 Housing Block in Neu Ulm documentation - architect Wallner, Christoph
p. 327 Commercial Estate in Valbonne documentation - architect Comte & Vollenweider
p. 332 Rehabilitation of Police Station in Chemnitz documentation - architect schulz & schulz architekten
p. 336 Cow Stall in Thankirchen documentation - architect Florian Nagler Architekten
p. 341 Durance Theatre in Château-Arnoux documentation - architect Philippe Gazeau
p. 346 Sludge Towers of Munich 1 Sewage Works documentation - architect Ackermann und Partner
p. 354 Cost-Planning Strategies technologie - author schulz & schulz
p. 360 Life-Cycle Costs - Optimizing Forms of Building Construction technologie - author Wolfdietrich Kalusche


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