Raimund Abraham, Architect With Vision, Dies at 76

The passing of Raimund Abraham (see NYTimes) offers a good chance to look back at an amazing career.  A real thinker, intent on promoting the discipline of architecture, as opposed to mere construction or building, a functionalist who did not always feel the need to build.  His drawings are dark and inspired; his buildings come from a spirit of making.  He made is career with drawings, not unlike Lebbeus Woods, his long-time colleague at Cooper Union.  He spoke a few years ago at Carnegie Mellon, wonderful stuff.  His most famous building is the Austrian cultural institute in NYC.

Some links to his work:

http://www.shift.jp.org/en/archives/2001/11/raimund_abraham.html

http://www.arcspace.com/architects/abraham/abraham_bio.html

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