By Peter Swinnen
This book is a free associative recount of the ‘I Prefer Not To’ lecture series staged by architect Peter Swinnen at the ETH Department of Architecture (Zürich). Twelve guests touch upon various attitudes of professional abstinence and/or obstinacy. In an offbeat manner, ‘I Prefer Not To’ can be understood as a critical re-assessment of architecture’s social and political ethos, often tightly contained and devoid of any unforeseen mischief.
Contributors include Luc Tuymans, Christian Kerez, Something Fantastic, Anne Lacaton, Jan De Vylder, Philip Ursprung, Tom Emerson, Laurent Stalder, François Charbonnet, Anri Sala, Maarten Delbeke, Finn Williams, Arno Brandlhuber, ETH Studio Swinnen, Sophia Holst and Beatriz Van Houtte.
Cologne, 2023, 18 x 11 cm, 208pp. illustrated, Paperback.