Research Project
Architecture and the Automobile

Research Project
Erik Wegerhoff
Since 2017

From the HAFRABA-Mitteilungsblatt, March 1932

The research project examines references to the automobile in the architectural debates of the twentieth century. With its fast-forward dynamics, the car embodied a constant fascination for the avantgarde, yet it stood in a difficult relationship to architecture, necessarily bound to the laws of statics. This conflict, however, proved to be an impressively creative one: It inspired theories and fantasies of a dynamic architecture as well as an intentional return to tectonics and heaviness. In that sense, the project examines tendencies of speeding up and slowing down in a long debate. Both buildings and writings are understood as contributions to this debate (from Le Corbusier’s Ozenfant Studio to Kenneth Frampton’s “Retour à l’ordre”) which is traced and examined mostly in journals (from Architecture vivante to ADAC Motorwelt).


Dr. Erik Wegerhoff