Paradies der dekorierten Schuppen. Kaufstädte, Virtualität und Postmoderne

Sep 27th, 2013 | By | Category: New Forms of the Social, Sociohistorical analysis, Topics


Steffen Krämer
Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Universität München, Winckelmann Akademie für Kunstgeschichte München, E-Mail:


Abstract English

Similar to the warehouse in the 19th century the so called “consuming city” receives a building boom since the end of the 20th century. But its urban character is only virtual, because there are neither public or municipal buildings nor appartments. No one lives in this city, and every evening it is hermeticly closed until the morning. The design of every house is based on an expressive façade, influenced by  historicism, and an indifferent building volume. This specific forming derives from Robert Venturi’s concept of a “decorated shed”, explained in his publication “Learning from Las Vegas” of 1972. The  ability of postmodern architecture to communicate with the recipient was the reason to elect this architectural language. Finally the visitor of this city shall primary be encouraged to consume. Therefore the  contemporary consuming city is an example of the continuity of postmodern architecture at the millennium, closely combined with the current idea of urban virtuality.


Consuming Cities, Urban Virtuality, Postmodernism, Postmodernism Revisited, Learning from Las Vegas, Decorated Shed


Steffen Krämer  “Paradies der dekorierten Schuppen. Kaufstädte, Virtualität und Postmoderne,” Journal of New Frontiers in Spatial Concepts, ISSN 1868-6648, vol. 5 (2013), 83 – 92, Article ID, Pages: 10

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KIT Scientific Publishing, Karlsruhe | Journal of New Frontiers in Spatial Concepts | ISSN 1868-6648