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Book Review: The Looshaus, by Christopher Long

The House on Michaelerplatz Despite a century of efforts to set the record straight, Adolf Loos remains frequently misunderstood both as an architect and as a thinker. As an architect, his polemic against ornament tends to be read, erroneously, as anticipating the sterile classical “form follows function” modernism that originated in the wake of the […]

After Dark: Loos-en Up!

“Excuse me, pardon. Oh, Entschuldigung!” As I wade through the feet and bodies crammed into the tiny Loos American Bar just off Kärntnerstrasse, the guests I passed seem unperturbed by my massive bag which joined me for my after-work drink. I was there with an Austrian fashion designer and a few of her friends, fleeing […]

Vienna Made to Measure

Vienna’s retail landscape is changing rapidly, especially around Graben, Kohlmarkt, and Kärntnerstrasse. Venerable old stores, such as the clothier Braun & Co. and photographer Siegfried Wachtl, have recently been ousted by global brands. Perhaps in a decade or so the city centre will be no different to that of any other other European capital? But […]

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