Today’s book is the well-crafted work ca…

Today’s book is the well-crafted work catalogue “James Stirling Michael Wilford and Associates: Buildings and Projects 1975-1992”, published in 1994 by Hate Cantz. Not much needs to be said about the work of the British Pritzker awardee who passed away too early in 1992. His work phase between the mid-70s and early 90s is characterized by a distinctive Postmodernism (that’s not as excessively pronounced as in the case of other contemporaries like Robert A.M. Stern). The book nicely documents each project in photos and drawings that illustrate the intrinsic complexity of his architecture, e.g. in the case of the Stuttgart State Gallery. With postmodern architecture entering an age that makes its buildings potential heritage objects it is high time to revisit this divisive period. Even I as a prone opponent of postmodernism have certainly learned to appreciate at least some of the buildings.

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