Competition: five copies of Non-fictional Narratives to be won



Dezeen have got together with architects Denton Corker Marshall to offer readers the chance to win five copies of Non-fictional Narratives, a new book documenting work the practice has carried out since 2000.


The 293-page book comprises photo-essays of the practice's projects including Webb Bridge, Brisbane Square, the Australian War Memorial, Manchester Civil Justice Centre and Wilson House, taken by photographers Shannon McGrath, John Gollings and Tim Griffith.


The book also includes written essays by Professor Leon van Schaik, Nikos Papastergiadis, Jianfei Zhu and Deyan Sudjic.


This is the second book about the architects to be published; Denton Corker Marshall: Rule Playing and the Ratbag Element was published in 2000.


This competition has now closed.


The five winners will be selected at random and notified by email. Winners’ names will be published in a future edition of our Dezeenmail newsletter.


Here's some more information from Denton Corker Marshall:


Second major book published on Denton Corker Marshall

International architects Denton Corker Marshall have launched their latest book Non-fictional Narratives. Published by Birkhäuser Verlag Switzerland, this is the second major book on the work of the practice (Denton Corker Marshall: Rule Playing and the Ratbag Element was published in 2000.) The book is comprised of various ‘narratives’ all relating to real ‘non-fictional’ work the practice has carried out since 2000.


The major narrative is provided by Professor Leon van Schaik, whose essay ‘A Tale of Twinned Cities’ examines the recent work of the practice in terms of strong and weak-force architecture. Professor van Schaik argues that Denton Corker Marshall is unlike many of the international ‘brand-name’ architects and he illustrates the effectiveness of the ‘anti-iconic’ way in which Denton Corker Marshall approaches its projects. Professor van Schaik provides detailed analysis of the practice’s recent built work such as the Manchester Civil Justice Centre, Webb Bridge, Brisbane Square, Wilson House, its work at the Australian War Memorial, as well as a discussion on Denton Corker Marshall’s lesser-known projects in China and Indonesia.


Accompanying this text are three photo-essays (another form of ‘narrative’) on the practice’s contribution to the built landscapes of Melbourne, China and Indonesia, aligning with Professor van Schaik’s discussion of slow and fast architecture.


Three additional written essays are included in the book: Nikos Papastergiadis writes on Webb Bridge; Jianfei Zhu provides a text in both English and Chinese on Denton Corker Marshall’s work in China; and Deyan Sudjic writes on Manchester Civil Justice Centre. These individual narratives, complementing that of Professor van Schaik, give thoughtful insights into the way in which these projects fit more generally into the architecture and design canon of the new millennium.


Distributed throughout the book are five detailed photo- essays taken by renowned architectural photographers – Shannon McGrath, John Gollings and Tim Griffith - featuring Webb Bridge, Brisbane Square, the Australian War Memorial, Manchester Civil Justice Centre and Wilson House. The colour photography is enhanced by the large landscape format of the book and the high quality gloss paper.


Graphics by emerystudio, draw the whole book together beautifully. The unusual cover photograph of Chinese construction workers from around 1987 represents a seminal point in the practice’s history: the first significant overseas project for the practice – the Australian Embassy in Beijing.


Non-Fictional Narratives is published by Birkhäuser Verlag Switzerland ISBN 978-3-7643-7957-5
RRP £46.90.


Buy this book and others at the Dezeenbooks store
(in association with




Congratulations to the winners! Alex Melay in France, Anton Semyzhenko in the Ukraine, Maja Baldea in Romania, and Stuart Wheeler and Edouard Perves in the UK all won copies of Non-fictional Narratives.

Posted on Wednesday October 15th 2008 at 11:14 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy


  • keeyen


  • stephen


  • Michael

    Swe…eet !

  • christie


  • Harry Seidler

    If DCM are not a brand so what are they ? a nice fully corporate creativity killing machine ? Architecture of mediocre gubbins with fake identities, whose rationality has dissolved into a trashy urban purgatory which marks the end of the Age of Enlightenment.
    They fit totally the definition that Koolhaas had of the Australian big corporate firm:

    “The Enemy: Suits, with mustaches and receding hairlines with suspect waistlines huddled in a collective pose of preemptive servility, architects from a city that was put on the map by a single outrageous building when it was nothing – grown-up preemies of the Bilbao effect – they peddle their soulless wares with shameless calculation – Anglo termites of pragmatism – or tell reassuring fairy tales like the ‘Skyscraper as Citizen’ as if to four year olds.”


    good job!!!!!!!!

  • a cool one

  • NOT Harry Seidler

    nice one Harry…
    Exactly how big do you think DCM is?
    How big was Seidler in his heyday?

    Koolhaas is your saviour eh?
    How big is his little flock these days?

    I’m not going to defend DCM – some of their stuff is successful, some isn’t, but the crap you’ve written is the sort of stuff that perpetuates fanboy coffee table books like this one.

    cheers – own a mirror by chance?

  • Justin

    This looks like a great book to have in ones library!


    I have readed many articles of you, and they are realy amazing! In particular for the aportation to “the real new millenium” this one has all!
    Also I want to add, I am an architect from México and your web site is my favorite for the content and the contribution for inspiring us.

    keep on!