James Stirling Buildings and Projects is a hefty monograph about the versatile career of the British architect James Stirling (1926–1992).
The book opens with a comprehensive introduction to Stirling’s life and career by Colin Rowe. The buildings and the projects are presented in a chronological order. The presentation starts with Stirling’s Thesis of 1950 and completes with the design for the Villa Lingotto in Turin in 1983. The buildings and the projects are explained with thorough project descriptions and displayed with an ample selection of photographs and architectural drawings.
Stirling has never professed to be anything more than an architect preoccupied with ‘the job’. Stirling has declined to assume any public role as either theorist or critic. He is careful to avoid involuted verbal formulae. He never talks about infrastructure, superstructure, syntactical structure, semantics or semiotics. He has no desire to utter extravagant pronouncements. He does not exhaust himself in pretentious manifestoes against the Positivist establishment. Instead, very privately – and to think about Voltaire’s Candide – he has chosen to cultivate his own garden. Unlike the majority of architects, he is a cultural conservative, concerned with the concrete, rather than a would-be innovator, concerned with the abstract.
— Colin Rowe, James Stirling: A Highly Personal and Very Disjointed Memoir. In: James Stirling Buildings and Projects, p. 27.
The copy in stock is in good condition. There are no visible faults, just some yellowing on the edges of the papers. The flyleaf has been stamped by the book’s previous owner.