Almost one half of all the high-rise buildings in the world were erected during the last ten years. This building boom has made the high-rise into a highly influential element in what is today the most important collective world, the city. However, the symbolic content of the high-rise appears at times to outstrip its physical dimensions. This also applies to purely residential high-rise buildings, current examples of which often embody innovative concepts with striking forms. And the reactions are accordingly diverse: even in the 21st century the high-rise remains for some the epitome of the city as such, while for others its very essence seems a violation of urbanism. Using photos, films, models and plans this internationally oriented exhibition shows current buildings and projects embedded in their respective cultural and urban contexts, which can differ greatly in, say, Europe or Asia. Works by artists expand the architectural horizon of the show and challenge the aesthetic and ethical claims associated with such large-scale building projects.

Publication

High-Rise – Idea and Reality, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich (ed.), E, Hatje Cantz, CHF 48

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