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Jürgen Joedicke, In Memoriam

Witness of the 20th century


One of the most famous of German architectural historians, Jürgen Joedicke, died last 6 May in Stuttgart at 90 years of age. After earning his degree in Weimar in 1950, he began a long career in academe, publishing books as important as A History of Modern Architecture (1958), which was followed by works on German organicism and his favorite architect, Hugo Häring. In 1961 he became editor of the influential Dokumente der modernen Architektur, which published figures of the caliber of Reyner Banham or George Candilis. Joedicke combined his facet as a historian with professional architectural practice, and trained part of the team that won the competition to build the stadium for the Munich Olympics of 1972.

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