Victor Gruen

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Gruen, Victor


Born July 18, 1903, in Vienna. American architect.

Gruen studied in Vienna at the Higher School of Technology and at the Academy of Arts under P. Behrens. Since 1938 he has lived in the USA. An adherent of functionalism he was a pioneer and theoretician in the building of shopping and community service centers outside of cities but linked with them by convenient transportation. He designed the Northland Shopping Center 14 km from Detroit. (Built during 1952–54, it includes shops, a restaurant, ballrooms, underground roadways, and parking spaces for 10,000 automobiles.) Gruen also built the Southdale Shopping Center near Minneapolis (1956), and he is the designer of a shopping center in Fort Worth (1950’s). The Fort Worth center is a “pedestrian island” with an area of 2.6 sq km, and it consists of public and commercial buildings, six garages, and an underground street with escalators. Gruen is a critic of the chaotic condition of American cities.


“How to Live With Your Architect.” Architectural Record, 1949, no. 28.
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