John Bezold

Wiel Arets: Autobiographical References


This very special book was designed by the renowned Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom, in Amsterdam. It is an autobiographical account of the life of the Dutch architect Wiel Arets, which was compiled by the American educator Robert McCarter of Washington University in St. Louis. In March 2009 the idea was first proposed to create a new book on Arets–a monograph; that book was shelved for later, in favor of this account of the ideas behind his projects. The book was printed in 2012, and so from idea to completion, its production process totaled five years. In 2010 there was special studio held at the university between Arets and McCarter, with the former serving as guest professor. The studio revolved around the idea that the world was shrinking in terms of the non-physical distance between people and cultures, largely due to the internet, and the then recently released (in 2007-2008) iPhone. A much often referred to image during the book’s production duration, was the maps of the world, rendered as a New York City subway map; continents became boroughs and cities became neighborhoods.

  • Role: Assistant Editor
  • Publisher: Birkhäuser, Basel
  • Design: Irma Boom, Amsterdam
  • Pages: 536
  • Size: 25 × 22 cm
  • ISBN: 978-3-0346-0811-4