von: About Books Zürich und Berlin / Red.
26. Februar 2023

Buchtipp: „Bedtime Stories for Architects“

© About Books Zürich und Berlin

Bedtime Stories for Architects, is a compendium of texts, built works and graphic work by Peter Wilson. It offers glimpses of buildings by the German based office of BOLLES+WILSON, but it is not a monograph, it presents a cloud of discursive subjects and narratives, evidencing Wilson’s take on a wide range of academic, technical, cultural, and architectural issues. It has been called ‘tremendously cutting-edge’, perhaps because of the wry humor of the stories and Wilson’s witty and intelligent drawings – these extend to satirical portraits of – bankers, estate agents, property developers and a few OK people.

Much of the book is organized alphabetically like a children’s book – A is for Albania, C is for Counterfactual Histories, G is for Guggenheim, M is for Malevich, O is for Olgiati, R is for Ritual. Counterfactual Histories (a concept from Borges) are paint-shop illustrated as surprising, poetic and enigmatic landscapes. ‘A Blue Review’ deconstructs a book on colour in architecture. Between the enigmatic graphic works are longer texts including Wilson’s extensive analysis of Studio Mumbai (first published in El Croquis), a longer investigation of the Swiss architect Valerio Olgiati and a history of Modernism in Wilson’s home country Australia.

This rare and rich book opens with a story of Marlon Brando and Elvis Presly SMSing each other to eternity.
– William Crocodile, Jan 2023

Hardcover, 2023
13,4 × 19 cm, 320 pages
over 260 Illustrations
Texts by Peter Wilson
ISBN 978-3-906946-34-4
€ 32.00 / CHF 32.00

Das Buch gibt es beim Verlag direkt oder auch im Handel, zum Beispiel hier – anklicken.