Since the end of May I have been working full time/part time with Hermann Czech in Vienna to supplement my dwindling SOM Foundation resources. I have a very flexible schedule with him and, as luck would have it, I’ve been working on a competition for Ljubluana, which has allowed me to return there several times. . .
Two excursions I have taken this month will give you an idea of the kind of experiences I have been having during my fellowship. The first was a trip I took to Prague with the intent of visiting the Plecnik work there. Plecnik’s castle renovations were very interesting but far more intriguing were the synagogues packed within one very small district in the old city. The strange thing is that these buildings occur within a two block area and they were built over a 400 year period. It’s a typology laboratory. Because of the crowding of the ghetto was necessitated by fixed boundaries and the particular rituals of the religion , a building type developed that is characterized by a rectangular hall space with a relatively high ceiling. The graveyard enhanced this sense of crowding. The tomb stones were packed so closely together you couldn’t get between to read them.
- Timothy Love
From a letter dated 15 August 1989, Vienna