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Andy Nash

Otto Wagner is a fascinating example of an architect who also did some great urban civil engineering. There is a great exhibition of his work from the Wien Museum that is located in the Karlsplatz U-Bahn entrance across from Jarrett's photo http://www.wienmuseum.at/de/standorte/ansicht.html?tx_wxlocation_pi2[showUid]=37&cHash=5edbc6aa17. The museum is very small but manages to present a nice summary of Wagner's work.

Also don't miss his private station designed for the Kaiser at Schoenbrunn adjacent to the Hietzing U-4 station http://www.wienmuseum.at/de/standorte/ansicht/otto-wagner-hofpavillon-hietzing-1.html (German). It's only open on Sunday mornings (see German website for times) but well worth the visit for fans.

Of course you can see Wagner's influence in the design of many stations on the U-4 and U-6 lines. Both these lines were operated with steam engines in Wagner's day and were later converted to electric trains then into Vienna's U-Bahn network, but the stations were maintained. Here is a link to my flickr photos of Vienna public transport, many photos are of Otto Wagner stations and bridges: http://www.flickr.com/photos/andynash/sets/72157609214252387/

Vienna has done a wonderful job restoring many stations designed by Wagner. A couple years ago they finished there rehabilitation of the Gumpendorferstrasse Station (U-6). It is great that the city does not eliminate history from their transportation infrastructure in the name of efficiency or current fashion. As places like NY Grand Central Terminal show, old pedestrian flow designs often work much better and the buildings are much more gratifying as many modern designs.

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