Frei Otto, awarded the Royal Gold Medal this year by the Royal Institute of
British Architects, is one of Germany's most innovative architects in the second
half of the 20th century. He taught at the MIT in Cambridge before founding an
internationally renowned Institute for Lightweight Structures in 1964. Frei
Otto's systematic research of a lightweight and adaptable construction, his
early dedication to environment and ecology as well as his impressive
personality turned him into an outstanding architect. His works offer an
inexhaustible source of inspiration and reflection.
Amongst his main works are the German Pavilion for the 1967 World Exhibition
in Montreal, the roof for the Munich Olympic Stadium (in collaboration with G.
Behnisch), the IBA's ecological houses in 1985 in Berlin, numerous tent-like
constructions for Saudi Arabia, as well as temporary tent and membrane
structures, including one for the Pink Floyd tour in 1978. He also collaborated
on the Japanese Pavilion for the EXPO 2000 in Hanover, and the project for
Stuttgart's main railway station.
In this volume, prominent authors analyse and discuss the key aspects of Frei
Otto's work. In addition it contains an extensive and detailed catalogue of over
200 buildings and projects dating from the years 1951–2004.