- June 25, 2018 7:00 PM
Wolfgang Voigt, Frankfurt
Karl-Erich Loebell and his architecture. A story from the inner circle of the Stuttgarter Schule
From 1934 to 1941, Karl-Erich Loebell (1905-93), a student and assistant to Paul Schmitthenner in Stuttgart, covertly composed a cosmologically based architectural theory that consciously steered away from ideas of being German, of folk or race. Together with Martin, Paul Schmitthenner’s rebel son, Loebell – a “cross-bred Jew” who was banned from his profession – distanced himself from society. Repression, deportation and escape characterized the next phase of Loebell’s life. Loebell, his wife and child survived to the end of the war hid by Schmitthenner.
It wasn’t until 2014 that Loebell’s unpublished legacy appeared at the DAM in Frankfurt. This lecture focuses on providing an historical context for Loebell’s architecture book (1934-41), which supplies a theoretical base for the Stuttgarter Schule, never compiled by its leading protagonists; as well as a pedagogically motivated thesis for post-war reconstruction. Both works are characterized by the connection between nature and handcrafts (wood and stone), as well as education and much more. A look at the work of Frei Otto is helpful in understanding these works.
Event language: German