From the Room to the City
Munich—Urbanity and Complexity
A compendium on the European city with its numerous structural layers and inherent complexities, illustrated by the example of Munich
1st edition, 2023
Texts in English and German
352 pages, 273 color and 108 b/w illustrations and plans
18.5 x 28 cm
Over a period of ten years, as part of their joint teaching at the Technical University of Munich, British architect Stephen Bates and his Zurich-based colleague Bruno Krucker explored, investigated, and analyzed the Bavarian capital in collaboration with their students. The resulting in-depth study evaluates the city’s building history and ideas for its future in detail, and is now being presented in the form of a highly attractive compendium.
This richly illustrated book takes a close look at the European city in general, using Munich as an example. Its features are illuminated through a variety of means: atmospheric photographs, precise plans, drawings, images of models, and texts reveal the multi-layered and complex character of the place with all its particularities, coincidences, and intentions.
Like many other European cities, Munich has also been subject to incisive changes, whether through planned expansions, infrastructural developments, or war damage. This volume highlights how big plans and visions have often remained piecemeal, bound up with the paradigms of a generation, yet precisely because of this have proven to be unmistakable elements that shape Munich up to this day. Alongside this, individual new structures have resulted in continuous changes to the character of streets and demonstrate that the unfinished and unplanned are just as much a part of a city’s beauty.
Contributions by Stephen Bates, Dietrich Erben, Bruno Krucker, and Astrid Staufer. Conversation with Victor Lopez Cotelo. Photographs by Simon Burko.
Stephen Bates is a founding partner of Sergison Bates architects with offices in London, Zurich, and Brussels. He also teaches as professor of urbanism and housing at Technical University of Munich.
Bruno Krucker runs his own architecture firm in Zurich. Together with Stephen Bates he has been teaching as a professor of urbanism and housing at Technical University of Munich since 2009.
Simon Burko is a Munich-based architect and architectural photographer. He has been a teaching and research assistant with Studio Krucker Bates at Technical University of Munich since 2013.