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Vesper No. 2 | Author-Matter | Spring-Summer 2020



Gundula Rakowitz

Destination Istanbul. The Anti-Authorial Journey of Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky


Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky states that her authorship is not limited to a decisive invention, like the Frankfurter Küche, but is rather a life journey, opening up to new experiments towards accomplished civil design. Her anti-authorial journey starts from Vienna, then Frankfurt and in 1930 with the May Brigade she is in the Soviet Union, that she leaves with her husband Wilhelm Schütte in 1937 for Istanbul. Invited by Bruno Taut, she returns in Turkey in 1938, where she puts into practice the notions she acquired on school architecture during her experience as a nomad architect. The first project is the Tower for the Turkish Republic Day on the Karaköy bridgehead, a Simmelian theme: bridge and door. In 1940 she returns to Vienna, working for the Resistance to Nazi-Fascism, but already in January 1941 she is arrested by the Gestapo and released only in 1945. Her journey continues even after, starting again from Vienna in search of ethical principles that command aesthetic principles.





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