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From Grafica Della Strada by graphic designer Louise Fili.

Available September 2014.

Reserve your copy here!

Oculus Book Talk with Michael Bell, Dr. William F. Carroll, Jr., Billie Faircloth, Sylvia Lavin, and George Middleton
July 1, 6 - 8 p.m.
The Center for Architecture
Free for AIA members and students, $10 for non-members

Permanent Change: Plastics in Architecture and Engineering is available now!

Book Talk: Ellen Lupton’s Type on Screen

Strand Books, NYC
June 26, 7:00–8:00pm

Ellen will discuss her new book Type on Screen, the digital-age companion to her bestselling Thinking with Type. Some of her students (and collaborators) from MICA, including Christopher Clark, Javier Lopez, and Young Sun Compton will share their own work!

Join us! Details here.

Book Talk and Signing with John Comazzi
Tuesday, June 24 at 5:30pm
The Cliff Dwellers Club, Chicago

In conjunction with the new exhibit Inflected Modernism: The Architecture Photography of Balthazar Korab, John Comazzi will be speaking at the Cliff Dwellers Club. He will sign copies of Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography. This event is free and open to the public.

BuzzFeed celebrates Type on Screen by Ellen Lupton with a What Font Are You? quiz.

Join us in New York City:
Ellen Lupton talks type— 
with Javier Lopez, Chris Clark, and Young Sun Compton
June 26, 7 p.m. / Strand Books
Purchase of Type on Screen or $15 gift card required

The Sea Ranch Audio Walking Tour:
Architecture, Landscape, Intentions

You can now tour The Sea Ranch in Sonoma County, California with an audio guide, written and narrated by Donlyn Lyndon, author of The Sea Ranch: Fifty Years of Architecture, Landscape, Place, and Community on the Northern California Coast.

To learn more or to listen to the audio tour (and even take a virtual tour!), visit The Sea Ranch Association website.

Presentation
Publish Your Photography Book 

Wednesday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m.
New York Public Library
5th Avenue at 42nd Street in the Berger Forum

Please join us for a presentation by Darius D. Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson.

Thursday, May 15 at 6:30pm
Annenberg Space for Photography
Los Angeles, CA

Please join us for a presentation by Mary Virginia Swanson.

Publish Your Photography Book, Revised and Updated

Brown University: The Campus Guide
Book and Photography Talk
Friday, May 2 at 4:00 p.m.
Rhode Island Hall on the College Green

Author Raymond P. Rhinehartand photographer Walter Smalling, Jr. will discuss this new Campus Guide, take questions from the audience, and sign books.

This very cool infographic from Julie Torres Moskovitz just showed up. Here’s what she has to say about the Tighthouse that’s featured in her book, The Greenest Home.

We feel its important to talk about how the Passive House projects (or any project) is performing energy-wise so that we can improve upon it and share information so that ours or others future projects can be improved. Here is our summary of why looking at energy performance is important: 

This is a Brooklyn rowhouse constructed in 1899 and retrofitted to the Passive House standard—the strictest energy standard in the world. Energy monitoring this home allows us to record the building’s energy consumption over time. Monitoring systems can measure total energy consumption and consumption by end use (heating, cooling, lighting, hot water, appliances, etc). This monitoring serves several key benefits:

— Allows the occupants to understand how their behavior directly influences energy consumption.
— Serves as a diagnostic tool if the energy use is higher than predicted.
— Allows architects, engineers, and builders to understand how their designs are performing. The data provides a clear picture of what is and isn’t working and helps strategize for energy-efficiency improvements on future projects.

Diagram design: WSDIA | WeShouldDoItAll

Fabrica718 and ZeroEnergy Design commissioned WSDIA to create these infographics from our 12 months of performance data on the Tighthouse project.

How the Cover Evolved

The following is an excerpt of a blog post by Darius Himes, co-author of Publish Your Photography Book, which was recently updated and revised. Please visit the book’s website for the full post.

The first preliminary sketches for the cover design happened very early in the process, and were done in response to the need for something to go in the Princeton Architectural Press Spring 2011 catalog. Of course, that was being printed in summer of 2010, if I remember correctly. Mary Virginia and I were deep in the process of writing the book, and a few ideas got tossed about. We sent these off to Princeton Architectural Press, who used the 3rd one (below) in the catalog, but we felt like we needed to keep pushing the idea. (That’s how this 3rd design ended up on the papress.com website, and on Amazon for awhile.)

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As Mary Virginia and I got closer to finishing the manuscript, Masumi Shibata and I began the process of photographing the various books that were to be featured. We’d set up a temporary shooting studio in one of the empty rooms in the Skolkin+Chickey offices. It consisted of 2 lights, a roll of paper and a card table. I had my tripod and Masumi brought his camera.

We needed to come up with some visuals for the chapter breaks. We had a stack of bulking dummies around the office from all of the books that were being worked on. (A bulking dummy is an unprinted, bound version of a book, made from the paper and cover materials you’ve decided on. A printer will provide this as a visual; it’s a chance to see the object before you’ve started printing.)

The bulking dummies were in all different sizes and shapes, but completely blank and wrapped in white paper boards and/or white dust jackets. They’re like the Platonic Ideal of a book. I thought we could photograph them in ways that would be perfect for the chapter delineations.

Masumi was the photographer, and I was sort-of the art director for these shoots. At one point I suggested photographing one of the bulking dummies with me holding it. I held it in front of my chest, in my lap, etc. It didn’t quite work. Then I held it off to the side, against the white back-drop. That worked, on some level.

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But wait! How did that become this?

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Read Darius’s full post at publishyourphotographybook.com

The Book of Trees
Lectures by author Manuel Lima

April 24 at 7pm
Strand Books, New York
Free with purchase of the book or Strand giftcard

May 21 at noon
92nd Street Y, New York
Tickets: $21, available here

The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge is available now from Princeton Architectural Press!

The love letters continue! Stephen Powers is painting his love letter to Tokyo. Photos courtesy of Stephen Powers, Marc Jacobs, and lalala.

Stephen Powers’ book, A Love Letter to the Cityand his notecard set, 
I Paid the Light Bill Just to See Your Faceare available now.

Need gift ideas for Easter?

PAPress has you covered with fun and useful stationery items: 
Bird Watching Journal
Nested Notes Stickies
Nests & Eggs Notecards

Type on Screen:
A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Developers, and Students

Edited by Ellen Lupton
Available May 27

Reserve a copy from PAPress now!
Shop locally
Pre-order from Amazon

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.
Steinbeck Country
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.”
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My sad sixties heart soared like an eagle at contemplating the very name: emergency read-in. George W. Bush and John Ashcroft had tried for years to create a country the East German state could only dream about, empowering the government to keep track of the books we checked out or bought, all in the name of national security. But the president and the attorney general hadn’t counted on how passionately writers and readers feel about the world, or at any rate, the worlds contained inside the silent spines of books.
 We came together because we started out as children who were saved by stories, stories read to us at night when we were little, stories we read by ourselves, in which we could get lost and thereby found. Some of us had grown up to become people with loud voices, which the farmworkers and their children needed. And we were mad. Show a bunch of writers a free public library is a revolutionary notion, and when people don’t have free access to books, then communities are like radios without batteries. You cut people off from essential sources of information—mythical, practical, linguistic, political—and you break them. You render them helpless in the face of political oppression. We were not going to let this happen.
 Writers and actors came from San Francisco and San Jose, from all around. Maxine Hong Kingston came from Oakland. Hector Elizondo drove up from Los Angeles, as did Mike Farrell. The poet José Montoya drove from Sacramento, four hours away. Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez flew all morning to be there. I drove down from the Bay Area with the Buddhist writer and teacher Jack Kornfield.
When we arrived, the lawn outside the Chavez library held only about 150 people—not the throngs we had hoped for—but the community was especially welcoming and grateful, and the women of CODEPINK, who helped organize the event, kept everyone’s spirits up. It’s hard to be depressed when activists in pink feather boas are kissing you. Many people had pitched tents on one side of the library, where they could rest through the night while the readings were proceeding onstage. 
 Can you imagine the kind of person who is willing to stay up all night in the cold to keep a few condemned libraries open? Well, not me, baby.
 I was going home to my own bed that night. But then I saw some of my parents’ old friends who were planning to stay, people who have been protesting and rallying in civil rights and peace marches since I was a girl, people who had driven from San Francisco because they’ve always know that the only thing that keeps a democracy functioning is the constant education of its citizens. If you don’t have a place where the poor, the marginalized, and the young can find out who they are, then you have no hope of maintaining a free and civilized society.
 We were there to celebrate some of the rare intelligence capabilities that our country can actually be proud of—those of librarians. I see them as healers and magicians. Librarians can tease out of inarticulate individuals enough information about what they are after to lead them on the path of connection. They are trail guides through the forest of shelves and aisles—you turn a person loose who has limited skills, and he’ll be walloped by the branches. But librarians match up readers with the right books: “Hey, is this one too complicated? They why don’t you give this one a try?”
 Inside the library were Hispanic children and teenagers and their parents, and a few old souls. They sat in chairs reading, stood surveying the bilingual collection, and worked at the computers. These computers are the only ones that a lot of people in town have access to. The afterschool literacy and homework programs at the libraries are among the few safe places where parents can direct their children, away from the gangs.
 On this afternoon, parents read to their children in whispered Spanish, and the air felt nutritious. As Barry Lopez once said, “Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive.”
 I went back outside. Poets of every color were reading. People milled around with antiwar placards—“¡Libros si!¡Bombas no!” Older members of the community told stories from legends, history, their own families. Fernando Suarez stepped up to the mike and spoke of his nineteen year-old son, who had died not long before in Iraq. Suarez spoke first in English and then in Spanish, as he does frequently around the country, and your heart could hardly beat for the sadness.
 Maybe in Oaxaca children are still hearing stories that the elders tell, but these kids in Salinas are being raised by television sets: they are latchkey kids. Their parents work for the most part in the fields and in wealthy homes. If you are mesmerized by television stupidity, and don’t get to hear or read stories about your world, you can be fooled into thinking that the world isn’t miraculous—and it is.
 The media attention brought in enough money, partly as a result of that day, to keep the libraries open for a whole year. You might not call this a miracle, exactly, but if you had been at the emergency read-in, you would see that it was at least the beginning of one.
A bunch of normally self-obsessed artist types came together to say to the people of Salinas: We care about your children, your stories, and your freedom. Something has gone so wrong in this country that needs to be fixed, and we care about that. Reading and books are medicine. Stories are written and told by and for people who have been broken, but who have risen up, or will rise, if attention is paid to them. Those people are you and us. Stories and truth are splints for the soul, and that makes today a sacred gathering. Now we were all saying: Pass it on.
[Pictured] John Steinbeck Library, Salinas, California, 2009

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.

Steinbeck Country

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.”