Exhibition Catalog

February 20, 2020 – May 2, 2020

Models, Media, and Methods: Frei Otto’s Architectural Research

This exhibition, curated by Georg Vrachliotis, opens the archive of celebrated German architect Frei Otto (1925-2015), on the 60th anniversary of his guest professorship at the Yale School of Architecture. Frei Otto’s way of thinking was distinguished by experimentation. His research manifested an “operative aesthetics” oscillating between the precision of scientific tools and artistic imagination, material culture, and media technology. His techniques of modeling, drawing, measuring, and evaluation formed the basis of a creative experimental culture embodied in the Institute for Lightweight Structure and its publications, which furthered architecture research as interdisciplinary and innovative knowledge production as well as served as the starting point for a collective discourse on the future of society.

Exhibition Catalog

Exhibition credits

Curator: Georg Vrachliotis
Project Assistance: Senay Memet
Exhibition Design: Lukas Bessai, Florian Bengert, Marcel Schaaf Project Management: Claudia Iordache
Restoration of Archival Material: Isa Strunk
Reproduction of Archival Material: Christoph Engel, Bernd Seeland
Graphic Design: Floyd E. Schulz, WTHM—Büro für Gestaltung Berlin
Video Editor: Iden Sungyoung Kim
Lending Institutions: Südwestdeutches Archiv für Architektur and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Director of Exhibitions: Andrew Benner
Exhibitions Coordinator: Alison Walsh
Fabrication: Eric Sparks, True Line Productions
YSoA Exhibition Graphics: Erin Kim
Catalog: Nina Rappaport, David Reinfurt and Bryce Wilner
Installation team: Ryan Cyr, Alyse Guild, Jaime Kriksciun, Lauren McNulty, Matthew Shopshire, Charlie Taylor

The Yale School of Architecture’s exhibition program is supported in part by the Fred Koetter Exhibitions Fund, the James Wilder Green Dean’s Resource Fund, the Kibel Foundation Fund, the Nitkin Family Dean’s Discretionary Fund in Architecture, the Pickard Chilton Dean’s Resource Fund, the Paul Rudolph Lectureship Fund, the Dean Robert A.M. Stern Fund, and the School of Architecture Exhibitions Fund.