12 december: Book launch ‘Wonderments – networks and inspirations W.M. Dudok’
On 12 December 2019 ‘Wonderments’, the English translation of ‘Wonderlijkheden’ will be launched at Voorhoeve Book Shop in Hilversum. Entrance is free. This event will be in English.
designs of William Marinus Dudok (1884-1974) are both beloved and resistant to
the passage of time. Over seventy of his
buildings have been recognised as Municipal or National Monuments, and are
either part of a protected town or village area or within a reconstruction zone
designated as an area of national importance.
offers a chronological narrative of Dudok’s life and work. His image as a maverick genius is nuanced by
placing him in the broader context of
his networks of people and ideas. His
colleagues from all of the upper echelons of Dutch urban planning, from the
hierarchical Engineering Corps, the development orientated Hilversum City
Council to the milieu of artists in Het Gooi, all influenced his thinking and designs
to a greater and lesser extent. Dudok’s
ideas for the garden city of Hilversum and the wonders of the architecture he
produced are spectacularly depicted in the photography of Iwan Baan.