Reconstruction of a cultural history of the architect as a demiurge, beginning with Plato's Timaios and completing with Peter Sloterdijk's Sphärologie, in order to analyse the metaphorical dimensions of architects in fiction, ranging from immediate post-war literature through to GDR and contemporary literature. The analysis of more than 60 novels, short stories and plays revealed hidden discourses on ideas and mentalities linked to changing understanding of a ‘demiurgian humanism‘ – a concept that is in its German specification still employed in the self-understanding of the ‘Berlin Republic‘ today.


  • German Literature, post-1945, architecture
Original languageGerman
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherRipperger & Kremers
Number of pages352
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-943999-04-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-943999-00-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2013

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