We’re a few weeks into this series and these books are falling into several categories. There are books I never want to read, books I can’t read and then there are books I genuinely might read. This falls into the latter category.
I bought this after I went to see the Arup exhibition at the V&A I like Arup and I loved the exhibition. Bought the book, haven’t read it. I’d actually like to read this one as the exhibition contained theories that resonated with my own work. The large scale and practical nature of their work appeals to me.
It’s a seductive mix of stunning photographs of large infrastructure and essays that add intellectual heft to the pictures.
The stuff about historical projects and how they unfolded, like this about their collaborations with Richard Rogers looks good. I’d like more of those.
Often monograph type books about living designers (or design firm in this case) appear a bit salesy. That’s inevitable, as this book will be sent to all clients and given out after every client meeting. It will act as a sales tool. Does that affect how it’s written? I’ve not read this, but I’m not convinced Arup really are “empowering marginalised communities” through their work. Maybe they are. I need to read the book.
You can read it too, you can buy Arup: Total Design Over Time from Amazon.
Part of a series; Reviews of books I’ll never read.