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        • The Essence of Things
          Josef Wiedemann’s Building for the Alliance Headquarters

        Abstract

        Josef Wiedemann’s headquarters for the Alliance in Munich’s Königinstrasse shows both the sovereign power and the delicate mastery of an architect at the beginning of his career. Reem Almannai and Florian Fischer argue in this article that Wiedemann’s approach to architecture derives almost exclusively from the craft and craftsmanship of building: one could say from the ‘right’ joining of comparatively conventional elements and categories of architecture. Almannai and Fischer claim that the continuity of architectural issues that is especially evident in the Alliance building is owed to the knowledge of ‘how to build’. In this sense Wiedeman’s impetus does not derive from the reinvention of architecture or construction techniques, nor from the heroic urge to be avant-garde, but more from the intensive application and enhancements of familiar techniques.


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        Citation
        Almannai, R., & Fischer, F. (2014). The Essence of Things. Josef Wiedemann’s Building for the Alliance Headquarters. Codes and Continuities, OASE, (92), 56–62. Retrieved from https://www.oasejournal.nl/en/Issues/92/TheEssenceofThings

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