Books

Feiko Bouman Architecture

This book represents a selection of projects, built and unbuilt … includes diverse commentary and offering a glimpse into the recesses of the office archives and generated by the pressing need to do some filing.

The book is 216 pp (230mm x 290mm) and contains text, plans, drawings and over 200 full colour photographs.

Available for purchase – contact via this website.

Price (includes postage and packing):

  • Australia $A65
  • Surface mail worldwide $A80

Omgekeerde Wereld – wanordelijke kroniek van een architect

Groningen/Sydney/Groningen

Enkele jaren na het einde van de Tweede Wereldoorlog besluiten de ouders van de dan zevenjarige Feiko Bouman naar Australië te emigreren. Daar aangekomen wacht hun niet meteen het beloofde land; het is aanpassen en doorzetten. Met verwondering, humor, trots en vooral liefde kijkt Feiko terug op die periode en op zijn verdere leven dat één groot avontuur is geweest. Hij verhaalt over zijn vroege jeugd in Groningen, de pioniersjaren van zijn familie in de “outback” van Australië, zijn kwajongensstreken, ontmoetingen in de swinging sixties met intellectuelen en vrije vogels en hoe hij al jong een bekend architect werd, mede door zijn winnende ontwerp van de Stockman’s Hall of Fame in Longreach geopend door Koningin Elizabeth.
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Published 2016 – koninklijke van gorcum.

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The book Omgekeerde Wereld: (upside-down world) is the Dutch version of and based upon the manuscript of Urban Peasant.

Urban Peasant – a haphazard chronicle

(manuscript complete: book to be published in 2017)

Strange but true, the Dutch version was unexpectedly published first…see above.

It deals with true migrant stories; following long years of Nazi occupation and a bleak outlook in post WW2 Groningen (Netherlands),  the exciting six-week travel to the Great Southern Land via the Panama Canal with exotic pit-stops on the way, unorthodox education as newly arrived child, pioneering days in Oxford Falls, the discovery of “cosmopolitan” Manly.

To be followed by close encounters with pigeons and adolescent exploration on floating old mattresses upstream on the toxic Curl Curl lagoon.

University days: and further adventures here-and-there in the “sixties”.

Some behind-the-scenes stories in the world of architecture:

The Stockman’s Hall of Fame, including arm-wrestling with RM WILLIAMS and a personal encounter at the extravagant opening of my building in Longreach by Queen Elizabeth, who flew in especially for the occasion.

Collaboration with TED MACK in our quest for some urbanity in North Sydney

And travels with TED EGAN: on-the-road in the real outback.

Difficulties with SIR GARFIELD BARWICK:

As co-designer and supervising architect of The High Court of Australia Canberra.

Then returning to the old country, a re-discovery of my mother(‘s) tongue as adult. A time to check-out what my contemporaries in Groningen had been up to during my casual 60 year absence.

And then there can be seen, some tangible contrarian speculations.

So; it is a chronicle, only mildly haphazard; a kind of memoir.

Bouman, Busscher, Groningen, Sydney

This family history relates mainly to the forebears and descendants of two couples; Anke & Feiko Bouman and Trientje & Gerrit Busscher. The time-frame is the 1880s to 1960s, especially the years leading up to, during and directly after WW2.

It includes much visual material and documentation related to life during those years of devastation.

This period in Europe was the primary generating force for the massive exodus to the “New World”

Members of these families lived in Groningen , the Netherlands and Sydney, Australia; some still do. The book was originally published in January 2013 and then revised November 2014.

Author:  Pamela Murphy

The book is 192 pages (250mm × 200mm)

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