Concrete and Ink: Storytelling and the Future of Architecture

An anthology of ten newly commissioned pieces of writing I co-edited with Justinien Tribillon for Theatrum Mundi and nai010 publishers.

Concrete & Ink: Storytelling and the Future of Architecture, the first volume in the series Staging Cities, 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.

Concrete and Ink includes my short story “Minor Characters”, narrating the history of a stadium in Warsaw across almost seventy years.

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

Designed by Atelier Dyakova, London

What role does storytelling play in urban imaginaries? How do these imaginaries converge or diverge from reality? Can we use stories to test ideas for future architecture?