There are numerous publications by and about Albert Speer in print and online media.
The “10 theories of sustainable urban planning” defined by Albert Speer are explained in “A Manifesto for Sustainable Cities” by Jeremy Gaines and Stefan Jäger by means of, among others, projects in Shanghai, Baku, Cairo, Changchun, and Frankfurt.
Albert Speer as contemporary witness - From `Museumsufer´ (Museum Riverbank) to the urban space of the River Main
Over recent decades, the urban space of the River Main – the riverside banks and the districts directly bordering on it – has emerged as an outstanding world of successful strategic planning and projects embedded in Frankfurt's integrated urban development policy. This publication documents interviews with contemporary witnesses about the Museumsufer, with discussions between the people in charge of the relevant municipal departments and authorities responsible for culture, planning and construction at the time, as well as the Director of Deutsches Architekturmuseum, his deputy and Albert Speer, the outside planning expert involved from the outset.
The publication showcases more than 120 buildings, designed by German architects in over 30 countries worldwide. This volume, Contemporary Architecture Made in Germany, accompanies the eponymous exhibition – promoted by the German Federal Chamber of Architects (NAX) – that has already shown in hotspots such as Paris and Beijing. AS+P is featured in the publication and exhibition with several projects.
AS&P was one of the 76 architecture firms from German-speaking and other countries to afford readers an insight into their premises. Each firm is portrayed by means of an outside view, a photo of the interior and a diagram of the footprint, in which the owner’s workplaces are also marked. This way not only what the architects have in common, but also the differences between them are illustrated, as are the firm’s internal organization and the stance that each individual building expresses.
The international renaissance of metropolitan regions since the 1990s is also reflected in the Rhine-Main region in a number of regional collaborations. In the context of the realities in numerous fields, scholars and practitioners discuss the problems and prospects of regional collaboration in the polycentric metropolitan Rhine-Main region. Prof. Albert Speer has written an article about the structural spatial transformation processes, calling it: “Frankfurt, here we come”.
Following publications about architecture in Asia and the Pacific, as well as America, the 3rd volume of the 4-part series of atlases is devoted to contemporary architecture in Africa and the Middle East. In ten chapters divided up by countries and regions, selected structures and projects are presented and complemented by essays by prominent experts. In the chapter entitled “Arabian Peninsula” there is a report by AS&P about the stadiums for the FIFA World Cup™ 2022 in Qatar.
The structures presented in this book form a cross-section of current European building culture. 1,000 selected construction projects are displayed on 1,000 pages, and particular value was placed on both the latest works by leading architecture firms as well as works by aspiring stars of the future being feature. AS&P features with the Parktower project involving an extension to and the refurbishment of the former SGZ high-rise in Frankfurt’s banking district.
In 2011 Frankfurt Airport celebrated its 75th anniversary. What is it that makes it the much quoted airport city, and where is it all leading? What impact does increased mobility have on society? And can air traffic be made to be ecological in the long term? The authors address these and many other questions about all aspects of Frankfurt Airport. Those writing about their fascination with the airport include Steffi Jones, Thomas Enders, Albert Speer, Max Hollein, Sebastian Vettel, Martin Mosebach, Matthias Horx, Peter Lückemeier, Christian Schwägerl, and Stefan Walter.
A symposium book for the series of lectures organized by the Foundation “Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft” Frankfurt, the Frankfurt RhineMain Cultural fund and Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main. Prof. Albert Speer is quoted from his participation in the panel discussion “Civil Society Frankfurt_Rhine-Main – En Route to a new Self-image: Prospects for 2030”.
This volume of the STADT BAUEN series commissioned by Deutsche Akademie für Städtebau und Landesplanung (German Academy of Urban and Regional Planning) documents the 2010 German Urban Planning Award while at the time taking stock of current urban planning achievements in Germany given current challenges: In future, major tasks will not involve the construction of new and expansion of existing cities, but primarily the transformation, conversion and extension of existing structures. AS&P, Stefan Forster Architekten, Scheffler + Partner, and Hoechstetter und Partner, the firms involved in its architecture applied with the project ‘Campo am Bornheimer Depot’ in Frankfurt/Main, realized on behalf of ABG FRANKFURT HOLDING and received a commendation in the 2010 German Urban Development Award.
As part of a joint event involving four major cities in the Rhine-Main region, the city of Frankfurt staged almost 100 events on the topic of architecture and urban development. In Frankfurt the theme was: “City Living”, which in this book is presented in three discourses, “local”, “regional” and “national”. AS&P is featured with “Campo am Bornheimer Depot” and the study of the integration of the Frankfurt districts Bornheim and Seckbach in the urban space and the surrounding countryside.
Architecture influences people, and people influence architecture. This illustrated book traces the people behind the design of the structures that shape the current age. The very personal portraits by the photographer Ingrid von Kruse are accompanied by statements, in which the great architects of the present day, including Albert Speer, explain what architecture means for them. A selection of sketches, diagrams, and models completes the look at the world of their artistic ideas and their philosophies. The way the architects see themselves is outlined and the ideal behind the ideas becomes clear.
This year’s German Architecture Yearbook maintains the standard set by its predecessors: With 23 examples it once again presents a diverse cross-section of the best structures that were recently in Germany and abroad. In an interview with Prof. Albert Speer the book addresses the highly topical subject of “Civil Protest and Planning Culture”, far beyond the movement against the “Stuttgart 21” railroad station project.
Dr. Klaus Engel, Dr. Jürgen Großmann and Bodo Hombach present the new anthology about the structural change in the Ruhr region. Bodo Hombach: “Phönix flieg” is a new directory for the region. However different they may be, all the authors’ facets, ideas, and perspectives underscore common ground. We in the Ruhr region are going one way: forward!” The anthology’s editors have succeeded in getting the “Who’s Who” of German business, politics, society and academia on board. People calling for something new and different also have an opportunity to make themselves heard in several places.
For example about the dismantling of parts of the Ruhr region, as the architect Albert Speer calls for in his article “Abriss und Konzentration” demolition and concentration.
In their interviews for the regional section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper, the editor Werner D’Inka and local section head Peter Lückemeier elicit interesting views and insights into their life from well-known contemporaries. The two FAZ journalists adopt a simple approach in the selection of their 20 interviewees: They only talk to people they find interesting. Prof. Albert Speer was questioned as someone who has made Frankfurt his home and who has been involved with urban planning there since 1979: trade fair master plan, downtown master plan, concept for developing the “Museumsufer”, the banks of the River Main, Europaviertel district.
Automobil Architektur presents the most interesting contemporary showrooms, gas stations and multi-storey car parks. It becomes clear that a new paradigm has emerged, which puts functionality, aesthetics and sustainability at the focal point of automobile architecture. The book presents designs by renowned architecture firms, such as the BMW Used Car Center in Dreieich by AS&P, as well as innovative works by tomorrow’s stars.
Edited by Gesellschaft der Freunde der Technischen Universität Chemnitz e.V. (Society of the Friends of Chemnitz Technical University), the jubilee book is not a commemorative publication in the traditional sense. In addition to presenting all facets of the university’s history, it also provides a look to the future. In his article, Prof. Albert Speer addresses the topic with the title: “Room for Visions –Chemnitz Technical University in 25 Years. He also refers to the urban development concept for the downtown area in which the university is located, which AS&P drew up last year on behalf of the City of Chemnitz.
The Chamber of Architects in North Rhine-Westphalia celebrated its 40th anniversary on March 25, 2011 in the state parliament in Düsseldorf. At the event the commemorative publication was presented, which met with enormous interest and was very well received. Prof. Albert Speer contributed an article to the publication: Urban planning in private hands? – The urban development master plan for Cologne city center.
The Cologne Triangle opposite the cathedral is a new landmark in the city. It is presented in an elaborate brochure in the form of photos by Jens Willebrand. In an introduction entitled `Room for Experiments’ Prof. Albert Speer explains the visions behind the Cologne master plan and the successful integration of the Cologne Triangle high-rise in the urban fabric.
The 2010/2011 Architects Profiles present 150 selected architects from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, among them AS&P with their current works and future-oriented architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture projects. With its comprehensive information and numerous color illustrations, the book provides a clear picture of the contemporary architecture scene.
This book was published on the occasion of the STADTVISIONEN 1910 | 2010 exhibition staged by the Architecture Museum of Berlin Technical University, 15.10. -10.12.2010.
On 11 October 150 decision-makers from politics, business, and society met in Cafe Moskau in Berlin to celebrate the 10th anniversary of of the German Energy Agency. The speakers included: the German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Rainer Brüderle, the Russian Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko, the former Federal minister for Economic Affairs and founder member of the German Energy Agency, and the urban development professor Albert Speer. In the Agency’s commemorative publication, Albert Speer asks the question: Is energy efficiency at the cost of aesthetics?
The master plan drawn up by AS&P – Albert Speer & Partner contains concrete proposals for short, medium, and long-term change in the city center. Because lots of the city’s inhabitants were at all times involved in the planning process the client placed importance on the results of the master plan being made available to the general public.
At a time of global warming, viable, resource-saving urban development is becoming increasingly important. Based on the firm Albert Speer & Partner’s ecologically founded projects worldwide, the two authors Jeremy Gaines and Stefan Jäger formulate a future-oriented concept for environmentally-friendly urban development, which should be exemplary for all architects. In the book, topics such as urban concentration, urban sprawl, resource conservation and new technologies are just as much discussed as the question of what can be done to regenerate cities and fill them with new life? With its creative and complex solutions, Albert Speer & Partner has for 40 years now been one of the most innovative firms in the field of urban development. They view cities, with their specific requirements, as an entity: as living space for people, as a business center for those in employment, and as a citizens’ forum. Projects in cities such as Shanghai, Baku, Cairo, Changchun, and Frankfurt are explained in the book with renderings, plans, and photographs.
Prof. Albert Speer in conversation: Architecture and urban planning – a strong metaphor.
National urban development policy should concentrate in great depth on just a few focal points, thereby enabling exemplary future-oriented projects to become reality. In order to be able to develop innovation systems, planning philosophy and activity must become far more interdisciplinary.
Articles by AS&P -Albert Speer & Partner GmbH:
Concept for the central axis in Beijing: Foshan Sanshui Garden City, Guangzhou; International automobile city / Anting New Town, Anting, Shanghai; administration building in Zhang Jiang Hi-Tech Park, Shanghai; Fudan University, Shanghai
Shanghai leaves all the world’s other cities behind. Nowhere else are buildings bolder and built more quickly, nowhere else is construction more committed to the superlative. This book is a comprehensive portrait of the city, which reveals that it is primarily the stories of the people who live in Shanghai that make thus unique world city the legend it is. Featuring AS&P Albert Speer & Partner GmbH: An interview mit Prof. Albert Speer about the projects in China and the future of Shanghai.
With a keen eye for the historical, social, and economic circumstances, which have shaped China’s modern architecture, the book analyzes the country’s problems with creating an architectural aesthetics and formal language of its own. AS&P projects: Master plan for the central axis, Beijing; EXPO 2010 master plan, Shanghai; non-denominational prayer hall, Zhang Jiang Hi-Tech Park, Pudong, Shanghai; Anting International Automobile City and New Town, Anting, Shanghai.
Features by AS&P -Albert Speer & Partner GmbH: BMW Used Car Center, Dreieich; oval on Baseler Platz, Frankfurt/Main; Baseler arcades, Frankfurt/Main; Victoria Tower, Mannheim
Feature by AS&P -Albert Speer & Partner GmbH: Master plan for the 2012 Olympic Games
Albert Speer, Johannes Dell: A German city in China. The model city Anting is an attempt to introduce coordinated, sustainability-oriented planning to the major development projects that are being tackled at great speed in the metropolis Shanghai. Ways and procedures for dynamically growing world cities are revealed that are based on local traditions and experiences. Targeted implementation of urban development geared to sustainability is the major task at hand.
Monumentality has nothing to do with size. But with quality. A discussion with the urban planner Albert Speer.
He is a rational architect with the heart of a passionate planner. A visionary realist. And a pioneer not averse to taking a risk, with a strong sense of social responsibility.
Short position paper by the urban planner Albert Speer
His father was Hitler´ star architect - but his buildings are deeply humanistic. He can´t get work in Berlin - yet his firm is one of the biggest in the world. His name is notorious - and still you´ve never heard of him (...)
Future-oriented urban and regional planning should be based on the principles of sustainable development. The careful treatment of the 'non-renewable resource soil' is a major aspect of this.
Architecture, interior design, detail
Features by AS&P -Albert Speer & Partner GmbH: Oval and arcades on Baseler Platz, Frankfurt/Main; Victoria Tower, Mannheim
Albert Speer – The intelligent city in the 21st century ... The world networked by electronic media ... as an addition to and extension of reality and new unimagined possibilities ...
Urban Studies, 26.03.2001, Ministry of Construction, Beijing, 2001
Analysis of urban development in Beijing; development of five theories about future urban development in China: decentralized concentration as an urban planning tool; “countryside downtown” as compensation for high density; expanding public transport; infrastructure networks as a prerequisite for sustainable urban development; close cooperation between municipal and private organizations.
With “Visionen 2000” the Brockhaus editors published a highly informative gift book to mark the turn of the millennium. On four pages each, 100 people in the public eye, among them Prof. Albert Speer, take stock of the present day and offer an opinion of what the 21st century has in store.
Published works, built examples and presentation of authors’ own opinions.
This book provides an overview of what the Frankfurt architect and urban planner has produced for Frankfurt in terms of urban development ideas, plans, and projects over the past 30 years and puts them in the context of the city’s urban planning and regional development.
Albert Speer & Partner. Refurbishment of Adolf Rading’s “Haus Rabe” near Leipzig.
Albert Speer & Partner. Office and residential complex, Solmsstrasse, Frankfurt / Main.
The political, societal, and social changes in Europe, and German unification are resulting in new strains on a limited amount of living space. This challenge can only be met through the intelligent use of resources. In this context new strategies and concepts for the future of cities are of fundamental importance. The successful urban planner Albert Speer describes sets of problems and new solutions using examples from conurbations and big cities in western and eastern Germany.
This publication presents and documents the most important competitions and studies in 1990 / 91.
Albert Speer: Architect and Urban Planner
Albert Speer, emeritus professor and former Dean of Kaiserslautern University, is one of the most sought after architects and urban planners worldwide. He is just as much present in Saudi-Arabia as in China, Russia, and Germany. He has won over 20 first prizes.
With “city-visionary” Albert Speer.
Guests: Peter Ramsauer, Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development, Jutta Allmendinger, President of the Berlin Social science Center, Albert Speer, architect and urban planner, Heiner Monheim, transport researcher at Trier University and Claudia Kemfert, energy expert at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) and Professor of Energy Economy and Sustainability.
Host: Susanne Holst
The World Cup Stadiums in Qatar.
An interview with Albert Speer about his activities worldwide.
An interview with Albert Speer about restoring and reconstructing historical buildings.
Albert Speer is regarded as one of the present day’s most sought after architects: He has designed a diplomatic quarter in Riyadh, boulevards in Azerbaijan, and near Shanghai he built an entire city designed for cars. Albert Speer likes to refer to himself merely as an “urban planner”, but he develops comprehensive, sustainable major projects. Current projects include his urban planning concept in Cologne and his future study “Frankfurt 2030” – while in Cairo he is planning another entire city, beyond the pyramids, this time for three million people. For this edition of the program, “ttt – titel, thesen, temperamente” interviewed Albert Speer.
Mittagsmagazin on the ZDF TV channel has a report about the firm AS&P and interviews Prof. Albert Speer in his offices in Frankfurt/Main about major projects that AS&P works on worldwide.
Albert Speer on his architecture and his projects.
A genuinely German city on the outskirts of Shanghai
Unusual challenges for German architecture firms in China. The Frankfurt architect Albert Speer has also been drawing up plans for Shanghai since 1994. Here you’re not so much needed as an architect, but as an urban planner.
Professor Albert Speer, architect and urban planner, has been a major influence the cityscape of Frankfurt/Main, the place he has chosen to live, since the 1960s. Among other things he was involved with the ‘Museumsufer’ development on the banks of the River Main and the design of the trade fair grounds, as well as with the high-rise framework plan for the city. He also enjoys an extremely good international reputation, to which numerous prizes and honors attest. He would like to turn his visions of a European metropolis intro reality more often, and to this end would welcome more intensive dialog in the region. In 2003 Albert Speer received the Goethe Badge, one of the City of Frankfurt’s most respected awards. On July 29, 2004 he celebrated his 70th birthday.
Albert Speer as architect and urban planner not just in Germany, but in Africa, the Middle East, and the Far East as well.
An interview with Albert Speer on the topic of mega-cities.
Albert Speer on his architecture and his projects.
The publicist Joachim Fest and Albert Speer Junior, who despite all the difficulties his biography involves became a successful urban planner, report on Hitler’s star architect and his role in the post-war years: “I live with my father’s phantom.”