This annual details and assesses the most recent projects and developments in German architecture, providing an objective overview from the German Architecture Museum. It is illustrated with many colour and black-and-white photographs, together with detailed plans, not only giving an overall impression of each project but also illustrating the key design features. It is because this reference also examines some of the most important issues facing architects and planners in a series of up-to-the-minute essays that it is considered both reactive and proactive, providing a forum to discuss and examine possible directions for the future. Recent topics have included city planning in the states of former East Germany, with a notable analysis entitled "Berlin 'More Beautiful Than Ever': Reconstructing East Berlin" and "Urban Development in Dresden as an Example of Cautious Urban Renewal". Many of these studies reflect the challenges being faced by architects and planners all over the world, and the objective analysis of "strategies for change" and the design solutions being adopted may be of great benefit internationally to all those at the cutting edge of contemporary building design.
The first analysis in the "DAM Architectural Annual 1995" gives an account of town planning in the 20th century, and illustrates with key examples its history and progress up to the present day. The essay "City Ecology and Energy" appeals for more responsible planning and thought within the building industry. Contributor Thomas Sieverts examines and compares the essential design parameters of today's city and the city of the future. The last essay assesses "Acceptable Congestion in the City", discussing traffic forecasting and planning, and examining the interrelation between all modes of transportation in a highly concentrated urban environment. Looking to the future, the book gives many suggestions, examples and solutions to contemporary problems likely to be encountered in the much awaited boom within the private sector.