Architecture According to Pigeons

Author(s): Stella Gurney

Design & Architecture | Hardback Picture Books

In a bid to improve ever worsening relations between our two species, pigeon elder Speck Lee Tailfeather has been elected by his peers to reveal to human beings the truth about pigeons' finer sensibilities.

It is already a little known fact that pigeons are amongst some of the most intelligent creatures in the world. However, Speck plans to divulge more. Namely that - far from the perceived pests who plague our buildings - pigeons are in fact great admirers and aficionados 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.

It's Speck's dear wish that, through these latest revelations, bridges will be built between our two species, ending once and for all the terrible pi-geonocide practised by humankind.

After thorough investigation, Speck picks renowned international arts publisher, Phaidon Press, to be the vehicle for his message. One morning, heart beating wildly, he flies in through an open window to an empty Phaidon office and, using the keyboard, pecks out these words:

'Hello. I am Speck. There is something you need to know.'

Communicating through such typed messages, Phaidon agrees to send Speck on a journey around the world to visit his favourite buildings, and then to publish his writings about them. Here, in Architecture (According to Pigeons), we read his account of this journey, with information and opinions on the buildings he visits, as well as his musings on many aspects of architecture.

Architecture (According to Pigeons) ends with a post-script from Speck. He urges every young reader to go and find out about and appreciate the architecture about which he was so passionate ...... and of course, to be kinder to pigeons.

The ultimate "bird's-eye" view of the world's most remarkable buildings and structures, this is a uniquely funny look at architecture from the viewpoint of a pigeon named Speck.


Elected by his pigeon peers, Speck flies around the world visiting the Mish-Mash Marvel (Canterbury Cathedral), the Murder Ring (Colosseum), Hungry Beaks Hall (the Sydney Opera House) and the Iron Tree (Eiffel Tower), plus more than 35 other places, giving his spin on the history, the folklore and the specifications of each and why they appeal to pigeons.


Featuring charming collage artworks by Natsko Seki and an engaging and funny text by Stella Gurney, this is a beautifully produced book which will appeal to children from age 7 years.

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'[A] fun and engaging book for children ages 7 and up is the perfect introduction to the basic principles of architecture.' 360 West Magazine

Speck Lee Tailfeather is a highly respected "Pigeon Elder" elected by his peers to reveal to human beings the truth about pigeons' finer sensibilities and their love of architecture. Illustrator Natsko Seki was born in 1976, grew up in Tokyo, and made her way to London where she now lives and works. Inspired by architecture, vintage culture and fashion, Seki creates vibrant cityscapes and enjoys applying her friends and family members into her illustrations.

General Fields

  • : 9780714863535
  • : Phaidon Press Limited
  • : Phaidon Press Ltd
  • : November 2012
  • : 320mm X 250mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Stella Gurney
  • : Hardback
  • : UK edition
  • : en
  • : 720
  • : From 7
  • : 63
  • : 32