Today’s book features a lesser known figure of…

Today’s book features a lesser known figure of German postwar modern architecture: Paul Seitz (1911-89), head of the municipal planning offices of Leverkusen and Hamburg in the 1950s and 1960s. Oftentimes the architects in the public administration are less prominent but nonetheless left an interesting body of work: in Seitz’s case his this holds especially true for his time in Hamburg where he built e.g. the Amerika-Haus or the so-called “Philosophenturm” of the city’s university. He was especially keen on standardized building principles which he predominantly applied to school architecture, his pet issue. Boris Meyn’s monograph „Der Architekt und Städteplaner Paul Seitz – Eine Werkmonographie“ from 1996 is the only comprehensive publication dedicated to Seitz’s oeuvre and, as the title indicates, also includes his urban plannings around the Hamburg museum island and the university. Especially handy is the work catalogue in the back of the book that renders visible a very modest and unagitated architect whose work convinces more at a second and third glance.