Book review of the Japanese Translation of Mark Wigley’s White Walls, Designer Dress: The Fashioning of Modern Architecture (Taku Sakaushi, et al., trs., Kajima Press 2021) is published in the latest issue (March 2023) of Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Japan.
(extracted translation from the book review; for full translation click here)
This book, White Walls, is filled with a spirit of experimentation and playfulness that befits the name of the theorist of architectural deconstructivism. Behind its ‘whitewash-like’ considerations, such as for example the concern for clear thematics and readability, there are layers upon layers of black touches of humor, with an eye towards the reconstruction of the historiography of modern architecture. It is a masterpiece that deserves to be read multiple times and smeared, with pen in hand.