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Time is running out to enter the 2014 Pamphlet Architecture competition! The deadline for entries is Friday, August 4th. For more information and submission guidelines please visit pamphletarchitecture.org.
We’ve fallen in love with another video. From The Times, it’s a short film about the Times New Roman typeface. Bravo. Keep Thinking with Type!
Day 2 at Book Expo was all about our upcoming Sept. book PetCam. We raffled off a camera, while special guest shutterbug Stella snapped her own PetCam photos of his adoring fans. Having charmed even the most weary book lovers, Stella slipped out of the booth on assignment before a cat known to get a little Grumpy made the scene!
Another video has caught our always roving eye. From TheAtlantic.com, appearing under the headline Why Libraries Matter, comes a short yet powerful documentary relating a a day in the life of New York City’s public libraries. Traveling from borough to borough, filmmakers Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks show just how important the modern library is for millions of New Yorkers. It’s the perfect companion piece to our recent book The Public Library: A Photographic Essay, an illustrated look at the role libraries large and small play in the lives of everyday Americans.
From the Daily Telegraph, filmmaker Glen Milner’s beautifully shot vignette of a book being created using traditional printing methods. The book being printed is Suzanne St Albans’ Mango and Mimosa and the printer is Smith-Settle Printers in Leeds, England. Please excuse us for a minute while we swoon.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANNE LAMOTT!
Anne Lamott is an acclaimed novelist and non-fiction writer, as well as a passionate political activist, public speaker, and writing teacher. But, it’s her tireless support of public libraries that we would like to spotlight and celebrate today. In that spirit, we are proud to present Anne’s moving contribution to our just released book The Public Library: A Photographic Essay.
In Salinas, word went out. This is how many tribal stories begin: word goes out to the people of a community that there is a great danger or that a wrong is being committed. This is how I first found out that the governor planned to close the public libraries in Salinas, making it the largest city in the United States to lose its libraries because of budget cuts.
Without getting into any mudslinging about whether or not our leaders are clueless, bullying, nonreading numbskulls,let me just say that when word went out that the three libraries—the John Steinbeck, the Cesar Chavez, and El Gabilan—were scheduled for closing, a whole lot of people rose up as one to say, This does not work for us. Salinas is one of the poorest communities in the state of California, in one of the richest counties in the country. The city and the surrounding area serve as the setting for so many of Steinbeck’s great novels. Think farmworkers, fields of artichokes and garlic, faded stucco houses stained with dirt, tracts of ticky-tacky housing, James Dean’s face in East of Eden, strawberry fields, and old gas stations.
Now think about closing the libraries there, closing the buildings that hold the town’s books, all those stories about people and wisdom and justice and life and silliness and laborers bending low to pick the strawberries. You’d have to be crazy to bring such obvious karmic repercussions down on yourself. So in early April, a group of writers and actors fought back, showing up in Salinas for a twenty-four-hour “emergency read-in.”
Please join Conversations on the Hudson author Nick Hand at these upcoming NY events where he will discuss his five-hundred-mile journey through the hills, mountains, and countryside of the Hudson Valley.
Sunday April 13, 4pm
Oblong Books & Music
6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Tuesday April 15, 7pm
Best Made Company
36 White Street
New York, NY 10013
Wednesday April 16, 7pm
Rapha Cycle Club NYC
64 Gansevoort Street
New York City 10014
Happy Birthday Jorn Utzon!
Pritzker Prize winning architect Utzon (1918-2008) is the celebrated designer of the Sydney Opera House among other stunning works. Here he is with his family in his house in Denmark, along with his most famous building, as seen in our recently published monograph Jorn Utzon: Drawings and Buildings.
April is National Landscape Architecture Month!
It’s also the month that The American Society of Landscape Architects New York announces the winners of their Annual Design Awards. We are thrilled to report that this year’s winners include James Corner Field Operations.
On May 20th, we will publish The Landscape Imagination: Collected Essays of James Corner 1990–2010. In his follow up to the acclaimed Recovering Landscape, Corner discusses two decades of projects, including Tongva Park & Ken Gensler Square, the High Line and Fresh Kills Park in NYC, University of Puerto Rico Botanical Garden in Puerto Rico, Qianhai Water City in China, and competition entries for parks in Helsinki, and Toronto.
A very revealing interview with the architect appears in our 2011 book of conversations with leading Japanese architects and designers Matter in the Floating World.
Here is just one gem from the discussion:
"I believe the strength of a material has nothing to do with the strength of a building. Even a paper tube structure can be made to withstand an earthquake that a concrete building cannot outlive."
Happy Birthday Mies van der Rohe!
He was born on this day in 1886. From our own Conversations with Mies van der Rohe are his Lake Shore Drive apartment buildings under construction in Chicago and the master himself staring out through a just completed window.
A hearty congratulations to PAPress author Lois Weinthal who just received the 2014 Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Book Award for Toward a New Interior!
It was also a Designers & Books Notable Book of 2011:
"If you are looking for good books on interior design theory, the pickings are quite slim. Lois Weinthals massive 648-page reader redresses this with a carefully curated collection of 48 essays, with texts by Wim Wenders, Le Corbusier, Beatriz Colomina, and (my favorite) Juhani Pallasmaa.”
—Paul Makovsky of Metropolis magazine
Today over at the always interesting A Daily Dose of Architecture, John Hill reports on the Graham Foundation’s new pop-up bookshop which will open on December 17th. Designed by architect Ania Jaworska, it occupies the former dining room of the foundation’s historic Madlener House on Chicago’s Gold Coast. Photos courtesy of Travis Roozée.
In this provocative new video, Breakthrough! author Alex Cornell imagines what he calls “our drone future.” Cornell describes the project further on his website alexcornell.com: ”The video explores the technology, capability, and purpose of drones, as their presence becomes an increasingly pervasive reality in the skies of tomorrow.”