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New York City: A love letter to The Strand
Stephen Powers, author of A Love Letter to the City, will be painting a “love letter to the indie bookstore” mural on the 12th Street exterior wall of The Strand Bookstore in New York City on March 18th. Stop by during the day and watch the process. All are welcome at the launch party on March 25th in the Strand’s rare book room!
Mural Painting Begins
Tuesday, March 18
The Strand Bookstore
Book Launch Party
Tuesday, March 25 at 7pm
The Strand Bookstore
A Love Letter to the City is available now. Also check out I Paid the Light Bill Just to See Your Face notecards. Photos above are of Stephen Powers painting inside the Strand in February 2014, courtesy of Emily Simpson.
Sea Ranch Events — California and Texas
Illustrated presentation by Donlyn Lyndon and Tito Patri
Moderated by Alex Bergtraun
Artefact Salvage & Design, Sonoma, CA
Thursday, March 13th, 5:30 pm
$20 / person
Wine reception and book signing to follow the presentation
Presentation by Donlyn Lyndon
Charles Moore Foundation, Austin, TX
Saturday, March 8th, 10 am – noon
Must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
$80 / individual (1 book, coffee, lunch)
$95 / couples (1 book, coffee, lunch)
$15 / students (coffee, lunch)
R. Buckminster Fuller: World Man
Panel Discussion with Daniel Lopez-Perez
Special Guests Stan Allen and Alejandro Zaera-Polo
Storefront for Art and Architecture
Tuesday, February 25, 7–9pm
As part of Storefront’s Definition Series, inviting architects and critics to propose definitions of a specified term that has something to do (or not) with a publication, R. Buckminster Fuller: World Man will be a conversation about some of the key terms that constitute the body of Fuller’s World Man Lecture, and book. “Prime Design, Automation, Law of Conservation of Energy, Wealth, Universe, System, Total Challenge…” are amongst a few of the terms and definitions that are put forth providing an abstract but suggestive outline of Fuller’s “geometry of thinking.” Books will be on sale at the event.
Stan Allen is an architect and George Dutton ’27 Professor of architectural Design at the Princeton University School of Architecture, where he served as dean from 2002 to 2012. His practice, SAA/Stan Allen Architect, has realized buildings and projects from single family houses to urban master plans, in the United States and abroad. The extensive catalog of architectural and urban strategies he developed to respond to the complexity of the modern city is presented in Points and Lines: Diagrams and Projects for the City (1999), and his essays are collected in Practice: architecture, technique and representation (2009). His most recent book is Landform Building: Architecture’s New Terrain (2011).
Alejandro Zaera-Polo is dean of the Princeton university School of Architecture. The internationally renowned architect and scholar previously served as dean of the Berlage institute in Rotterdam, occupied the Berlage Chair at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and held the Norman R. Foster Visiting Professorship of Architectural Design at Yale University. Widely published in leading journals, such as El Croquis, Quaderns, and A+U, his essays are collected in The Sniper’s Log: An Architectural Perspective of Generation – X (2012). The award-winning work of Zaera-Polo’s firm, AZPA, includes the Yokohama International Port Terminal in Japan, distinguished by its dramatic form and innovative use of materials.
Daniel López-Pérez is an Assistant Professor of Architectural Design and a founding faculty member of the Architecture Program at the University of San Diego. López-Pérez received a Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University, a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design (with Honors) from Columbia University, and an AA Diploma from the Architectural Association. A Fuller Scholar, López-Pérez is currently completing the manuscript of a book entitled From Spheres to Atmospheres, R. Buckminster Fuller’s Spherical Atlas, 1944–1980.
R.Buckminster Fuller: World Man, edited by Daniel Lopez-Perez, documents Fuller’s never-before-published 1966 Kassler lecture at the Princeton University School of Architecture.
“…a fascinating new book.” —The Dirt (ASLA blog)
R. Buckminster Fuller: World Man was named one of the best books of 2013 by Architect magazine.
What do you want to tell your loved one this Valentine’s Day?
Stephen Powers’ I Paid the Light Bill Just to See Your Face love letter notecards are available now!
This week we asked Nick Hand, author of Conversations on the Hudson, to share five things that have been on his mind.
1. The Grand Budapest Hotel
The new Wes Anderson film (due out in the UK in March). I loved Moonrise Kingdom, and any film with the line “I don’t know what kind of cream they put on you down at the morgue, but I want some” gets my full attention. His films are funny, brilliant and beautiful and at the end of a long British winter, I can’t think of anything I am looking forward to more (except maybe the spring).
2. Caught by the River
A celebration of all things precious in life (music, the countryside, illustration, poetry, books, and good beer), well at least in my view. It was started by Jeff Barrett, Robin Turner, and Andrew Walsh, with their collective love of fishing. The three’s day job is running Heavenly Records, and Caught by the River is their way of indulging in all the things close to them (which just happens to coincide with me and a whole bunch of other folk). It is a joyous visit on a computer. And they also turn up at the best UK cultural festivals, bringing a live version, which is just as amazing as you would imagine.
3. The Library
There is a big debate in the UK about libraries. The (current) government are hellbent on shutting as many as possible, seeing them as relics of another age. Are they mad? (Well, yes, actually.) My local library has ‘Bristol Free Library 1885’ carved above it, which says a lot in itself. How many things in life so valuable are set up on our high streets nowadays? Let alone free. It is an amazing service; when I was 17, I discovered the songs of Woody Guthrie through borrowing records from a library. And when I was cycling in the Hudson Valley two years ago I stumbled upon Ken Greene at the Hudson Valley Seed Library. Ken was a librarian who found that you could easily translate the concept of borrowing books to the idea of passing on hardy northern seeds to other folk, who could return the seeds when they crop in the autumn. A beautiful idea from another long held beautiful idea.
4. Pete Seeger’s death
Many people have written about Pete since then, and it is clear he was a brilliant and passionate man. He set about the popularising the power of folk music for the working man. His campaigning work was incessant right up into his 90s. A humble man, but a man who would fight for positive change. His work in challenging big businesses who polluted his beloved Hudson River become a life’s work. He had a vision of restoring the river, so that it’s communities would again love the river and engage with its beauty.
5. The bicycle
When I visited New York City with my bicycle I was thrilled to find it has more cycle paths than Amsterdam. There is something of total freedom about being on a bicycle. Your heart pumps, your mind clears and there is nothing as good as zipping through a bunch of snarled up cars and crossing a bridge into sun dappled country roads (in the US or UK). Likewise, if you are a fan of cycle touring, as I am, the idea of strapping everything you need to exist onto your bike and heading off for a week or a month is pretty life-affirming.
A Love Letter to the City by Stephen Powers
Steve’s hand-painted murals cover the walls and roofs and elevated train tracks of cities across the globe, from Brooklyn, Syracuse, and Philadelphia, to Dublin, Belfast, São Paolo, and Johannesburg. See more in the new book, available now!
Did you know: The mural on the cover was painted in Philadelphia the day Michael Jackson died. Do you see Michael Jackson’s name hidden in the fridge magnets?
Diagram 1: Tree of virtues and tree of vices, from Lambert of Saint-Omer, Liber floridus, 1121.
Diagram 2: Genealogical tree of Charles Magius, from Paul Veronese, Codex Magius, 1568–73.
Diagram 3: Werner Randelshofer, Treeviz, 2007.
Diagram 4: Joe Stone, X-Men Family Tree, 2011.
New trailer for The Big Picture by AMC president Josh Sapan, one of our favorite recent books.
Sapan’s book, containing nearly 100 panoramic images, reveals how these “strange and compelling” photos blur the line between fact and fiction—and why, in the early 20th century, Americans couldn’t get enough of them.
'The Christmas Trappings' from Blackstock’s Collections.
Merry Christmas from Princeton Architectural Press!
Book Signing | Brown University by Raymond Rhinehart
AIA Bookstore in Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, December 18, 4–7pm
Brown University: The Campus Guide will be available soon from PAPress. Head to D.C. to pick up your advance signed copy!
Just a few brownstones down from 37 East 7th Street you will find McSorley’s Old Ale House, established in 1854. Artist Istvan Banyai captures much of its essence in his illustration “Tis the Season,” as seen on the cover of the December 9th New Yorker magazine. For more on it’s creation, including an alternate version featuring Winnie The Pooh, visit the New Yorker Online.
Focus on Photobooks Seminar with Mary Virginia Swanson
International House Hotel Conference Facility, New Orleans
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, 9am – 4pm
Registration fee: $50 in advance / $60 at door
Contemporary Arts Center
Sunday, December 15, 4pm – 5pm
Mary Virginia Swanson will be signing Publish Your Photography Book
The revised and updated edition of Publish Your Photography Book by Mary Virginia Swanson and Darius D. Himes will be available March 2014.
Prospect Park Book Signing with the Authors!
Brooklyn Museum Shop
Sunday, December 8, 2-4pm
Photos above © Elizabeth Keegin Colley
Launch of New Museums in China … in China!
Join author Clare Jacobson at either of these events for a talk and book signing.
Thursday, December 5 at 12:30-1:30pm
China International Exhibition Center, Beijing
Saturday, December 7, 4-6pm
Rockbund Art Museum, YWCA Building, Shanghai
Photos above: Chaoyang Urban Planning Museum in Beijing
More California-based events for The Sea Ranch!
You’re invited to attend these events in celebration of the NEW revised edition of The Sea Ranch.
Book Signing with Donlyn Lyndon and Jim Alinder
The Sea Ranch Lodge, CA
November 30, 2:00-4:00 pm
Presentation by Donlyn Lyndon
Museum Lecture Hall at Getty Institute in Los Angeles
December 10, 6:30pm