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In memoriam: Raimund Abraham

Raimund Abraham, an Austrian architect famous for his visionary designs and for a New York landmark-building died in a car accident in Los Angeles yesterday.

In the US, Abraham is most well-known for designing a 23-story skyscraper on NYCity’s 52nd Street in a spot only 7-meters wide. The building houses the Austrian Cultural Forum, Austria’s cultural embassy in the United States.

To see what the tower looks like inside, click here.

Raimund Abraham’s work is often named in the context of architects such as Frank Gehry, Rem Kohlhaas, and Philip Starck, as this NYT article explains.

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About GG

Gundolf Graml is Associate Prof. and Dir. of German Studies at Agnes Scott College. He has a Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Minnesota and has published articles on German and Austrian film and tourism. He is currently writing a book about tourism and Austrian national identity after 1945. Other research projects include critical whiteness studies and, most recently, investigations into the connection between memory and nature. At ASC, Gundolf Graml teaches courses on a broad range of topics, from German 101 to German and Austrian Cinema and Afro-German History and Culture.

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