One Man’s Odyssey in Search of Finnish Architecture – Suomalaisen arkkitehtuurin etsijä is a limited-edition anthology published in 1988 in honour of Reima Pietilä (1923–1993) on his 65th anniversary. The print run was only 500 numbered copies of which the volume in stock is number 305. The proceeds of the sales were used to establish the Reima Pietilä Fund, a biennial architectural award for young architects with outstanding achievements in Finnish architecture.
The book has been edited by Malcolm Quantrill and it contains essays by Quantrill and Christian Norberg-Schulz that reflect Reima Pietilä’s idiosyncratic architectural ideology. The book also contains two hard-to-find transcripts of Reima Pietilä’s essays and speeches: The “Two approaches to ‘genius loci”‘, an excerpt from Pietilä’s speech presented to the Finnish Association of Architects seminar in 1982, and “Image and ideology”, an edited speech held at the Team X Meeting at Cornell University in 1972. The book has been illustrated with black and white photographs from Reima Pietilä’s family album and his unique drawings. The texts are in Finnish and English.
This rarely found copy is in very good condition. There are no significant faults whatsoever.