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Format 130x205 Hardcover
EUR 22,90 / sFr 39,90
published in März 2004
Why I became an architect. Reminiscences and reflections
It takes a good deal of courage and will-power for a woman to aspire to the profession of architect at a time when no-one can yet imagine having their house built by a woman. Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky tells how she nevertheless dared to do this and became the first Austrian woman to take a degree in architecture. In her reminiscences she draws very personal portraits, including those of Oskar Strnad, Ernst May, Otto Neurath and Adolf Loos, with whom she collaborated not only in the Viennese movement for housing development.
She tends to be identified with her best-known work, the "Frankfurt kitchen", a label she found increasingly onerous. In 1930, she went to Russia, on condition that she would have to design no more kitchens. Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky was concerned to make clear that architecture is integral to its period, and that the romantic longing for earlier types of home is misplaced nostalgia.
She lived with great awareness through the entire 20th century.
Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, born in 1897 in Vienna, died in 2000 in Vienna. Doyenne of the Austrian Architecture. Already published: Erinnerungen aus dem Widerstand – Das kämpferische Leben einer Architektin von 1938–1945.