For most people cultural buildings quite simply form an integral part of a city. Since the 19th century museums, theatres, and opera houses have been prominent and prestigious construction projects for urban architecture. Internationally highly-rated cultural buildings such as the Musiktheater im Revier (district music theater) in Gelsenkirchen, the Folkwang Museum or the Aalto Theatre in Essen, the Quadrat Museum in Bottrop are witnesses of the rebirth of the cities and at the same time have written their history.
The publication tells of a Ruhr District that is re-inventing itself constantly, far from its industrial past. A district of ideas, discussions and decisions that still continue to have an effect on architecture and urban debvelopment today. With the help of plans, models, photographs, correspondence, printed material and other documents, the biographies of some of these buildings are being retraced.
The book alternately introduces individual buildings, interspersed with general scientific specifications. It invites the reader to turn the pages both forward and back. To a walk through the city. Each topic is introduced by a picture section inviting the observer to use his head and discover its content. The large type size allows the shape of the letters of Konsole to stand out clearly. This robust, linear typeface family comes in varying widths, making up the individual chapters.