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Concrete and Ink: Storytelling and the Future of Architecture
Adania Shibli, Alia Trabucco Zerán, Alison Irvine, Bedwyr Williams, Ben Okri, Crystal Bennes, Jodie Azhar, Justinien Tribillon, Marta Michalowska, Matthew Dooley, Meghana Bisineer, Mona Kareem, Natasha Lehrer, Nina Leger, Sophie Hughes, Sophie Mackintosh

What role does storytelling play in urban imaginaries? How do these imaginaries converge or diverge from reality? How can cities be constructed, reconstructed or deconstructed through storytelling? Who tells the story? Who are the characters? What is their relationship to the city, the building or the place, as well as to each other? Is the city or the building a setting or a character in the story? Can we use stories to test ideas for future architecture?

Concrete & Ink: Storytelling and the Future of Architecture brings together commissioned writing in fiction and non-fiction, a graphic story, and interviews, narrating buildings, housing estates and cities, between utopias and dystopias, through imagination, dreaming, magic, games and concrete realities, across past and present, and into the future. Contributors include: Adania Shibli, Alia Trabucco Zerán, Alison Irvine, Bedwyr Williams, Ben Okri, Crystal Bennes, Jodie Azhar, Justinien Tribillon, Marta Michalowska, Matthew Dooley, Meghana Bisineer, Mona Kareem, Natasha Lehrer, Nina Leger, Sophie Hughes, Sophie Mackintosh

At Theatrum Mundi, a centre for research and experimentation in the public culture of cities based in London and Paris, we explore how the arts could offer different ways for city-makers – architects, engineers and urban planners – to examine the practices of designing and redesigning cities and their elements: streets, public spaces, transport links or buildings. Concrete & Ink: Storytelling and the Future of Architecture, is the first book in the series Staging Cities that across four volumes proposes a shared space, bringing together constellations of knowledge and approaches from across storytelling, choreography, sound and lighting design, and city-making to search for points of crossover, overlaps and perhaps common ground and understanding in creating, designing and living city-ness.

Bio Marta Michalowska is a curator, producer, artist and writer based in London. She has recently completed her debut novel 'Sketching in Ashes', supported by Arts Council England through the Developing Your Creative Practice programme, and is currently writing her second one 'A Tram to the Beach', both exploring contested territories. Michalowska is Associate Director of Theatrum Mundi and Director of The Wapping Project.

Justinien Tribillon is an urbanist, writer, editor and curator, who works across different media and disciplines including social science, photography, architecture, and history. He is a tutor and PhD candidate at The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, as well as a co-founder and editor of Migrant Journal. Between 2017 and 2020, Justinien was Researcher then Associate Director for Europe at Theatrum Mundi. He has written for The Guardian, MONU, The Architectural Review, Magnum.

2021, Soft Cover Paperback, Perfect Bound, 170 x 240 mm, 168pp, Full Colour

Title Concrete and Ink: Storytelling and the Future of Architecture
Authors Adania Shibli, Alia Trabucco Zerán, Alison Irvine, Bedwyr Williams, Ben Okri, Crystal Bennes, Jodie Azhar, Justinien Tribillon, Marta Michalowska, Matthew Dooley, Meghana Bisineer, Mona Kareem, Natasha Lehrer, Nina Leger, Sophie Hughes, Sophie Mackintosh
Editors Marta Michalowska, Justinien Tribillon
Publisher Theatrum Mundi & nai010 publishers