Ruminations on architecture, from Ken Allinson
Other recent books
My most recent books have been the following:
Architects and Architecture of London (2008).
This book covers all the principal architects from the Middle Ages onward, particularly from Inigo Jones (up to the likes of Rogers and Foster). Like the London contemporary guide its intention is to orient enthusiasts to what extant buildings can be found on the street. One of the incidental things I enjoyed about this book was having to format a miscellany of portraits etc into a common format – so I drew them, scanned them and added colour etc.
London’s Contemporary Architecture Edition Five (2009).
This is a ‘pavement guide’ intended for people who want to experience the thing itself rather than just read about what has been happening, i.e., no projects, no works that can’t be seen.
As with the more historical book, works of this kind require that the author takes all the photos as well as doing all the writing and layout to the book.
I am currently preparing Edition Six.
Previous books included, of course, the other editions of the Contemporary guidebook (dating back to 1994) and two books on professionalism and project management. The Wild Card of Design (my first book) was really two books and I intend to update, rewrite and republish the front half, on professionalism. Another book, Getting There By Design, is still in publication.