In conversation with Speck Lee Tailfeather
The Architecture According to Pigeons star on the Chrysler building, bird control spikes and human/avian relations
Architecture According To Pigeons is a simple and engaging introduction to the world's most beautiful buildings and the basic principles of architecture for children aged seven and over. In Architecture According To Pigeons, Speck Lee Tailfeather reveals that pigeons are in fact great aficionados of architecture and offers an account of his travels around the world, giving information on and insight into the buildings he visits. Speck profiles more than 40 of the best-loved structures in the world, including the Colosseum, the Taj Mahal, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. Featuring charming collage artworks by award-winning illustrator, Natsko Seki, an engaging and funny text by the equally lauded children's writer Stella Gurney, as well as a wealth or architectural knowledge, Architecture According To Pigeons is a delightful way to share a love of architecture with young inquiring minds.
Phaidon's Rebecca Price says Architecture According to Pigeons was a dream to work on for a production controller, not least because the book's illustrator Natsko Seki, does all her work digitally.
"I love Natsko's artwork. She makes collages. but she cuts and pastes everything on her computer. So, she supplies us with files that are really easy to reproduce. Natsko's images are just so beautiful, and she was really easy to work with. Her work is supplied to us as TIFFs, rather than JPEGs, because, unlike JPEGs, TIFFs tend not to degrade with use. We prefer them. This book is printed on a matte art paper, which is really nice for bringing out the colour of the images. It might have been a straightforward job, but I think the title itself is quite remarkable. It's so unlike anything else out there. I'm excited about showing it to my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, when she's old enough."
Speck Lee Tailfeather is a highly respected Pigeon Elder, elected by his peers to reveal to humankind the truth about pigeons' finer sensibilities and their love of architecture. As Speck makes clear, far from being pests who plague our buildings, pigeons are, in fact, great admirers of architecture. It is, of course, for this reason that they can be found in great numbers around the most beautiful and significant buildings in the world. Speck hopes that, through these latest revelations, bridges will be built between our two species, and, after thorough investigation, Speck has chosen renowned international arts publisher, Phaidon, to convey his message. Architecture According To Pigeons is Speck Lee Tailfeather's first book.
RIBA's educational programme
The American Institute of Architects educational programme
The National Building Museum, Washington DC
The Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles
Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine's kid's site
The Design Museum's schools and colleges activities
Fallingwater's family visitor guide
The Chicago Architecture Foundation's children's tours
The Australian Institute of Architects schools programme
The ArchiKIDure architecture site