Project information

submitted by
Felix Spangenberg

Supervising professorship
Professur Entwerfen und Baukonstruktion

Prof. Johannes Kühn, Prof. Verena von Beckerath, Dipl.-Ing. Niklas Fanelsa

Degree programme:
Architektur (Master of Science (M.Sc.))

Project description

“In bringing the ancient and medieval into fusion - or, as some would say confusion - the printed book created a third world, the modern world, which now encounters a new electric technology or a new extension of man. “ -Marshall McLuhan

Since Gutenberg's invention, books, or more generally the printed word, have been considered the initiator of the development of the Modern World. As the first mass medium in history, the book brought cultures together, homogenised their languages and served as an educational machine ("first teaching machine" -McLuhan); as the first holistic transmitter of a collected knowledge. The printed word played the role of a mediator, and even today, in times of relentless digitalisation, the paper-based medium can still do justice to this position; as a translator, as a mediator between man and machine, between cultures, between opposing views; in order to eliminate an intellectual distance.
(A list) The proposal solely provides infrastructure: A publishing house, an automated physical book archive, a printing plant, a data centre, a (mobile) auditorium, exhibition spaces; rooms in which writers, students and doctoral candidates, thinkers and readers can gather, exchange ideas, write jointly or individually, use the archive, and publish specifically through print on demand procedures.

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