Architecture Books

June 20th – August 25th, 2018

97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY


June 19th Exhibition Opening:

Press and Members Preview: 6 pm – 7 pm

Public Opening: 7 pm – 9 pm


As part of the first edition of the New York Architecture Book Fair, Storefront for Art and Architecture presents Architecture Books – Yet to be Written, an exhibition that invites us to reflect upon the cultural contribution of architecture through the medium of the book from 1982 to today. With an archeological and projective twist, the installation seeks to celebrate and evaluate both the existing and the missing volumes of a history still in the writing.


Storefront was founded in 1982 as an alternative platform for discourse and debate that brings important issues to the forefront, and that extends beyond ideological and disciplinary boundaries. The period of exploration for the first edition of the New York Architecture Book Fair coincides with this recent history, taking the last 35 years as the starting point for a discussion about our contemporaneity. The series of programs organized as part of the book fair produce a forum for discussion and debate about the books that allow us to understand architectural discourse in a wider cultural, social, and geographical context. The project focuses on the ways in which architects, as well as urban planners, landscape architects, and all professions and people who engage in the making of places and spaces, contribute to our understanding of the built environment.


Questioning the idea of the canon, this project seeks to broaden the existing references for architecture culture, which have served to homogenize architectural discourse. With the purpose of opening up the conversation to new ideas, Storefront launched a Global Survey of Architecture Books that reached more than 1600 scholars, critics, museum directors, historians, and others from 98 countries, asking them to contribute nominations of books from the past 35 years that are fundamental to the development of ideas and culture in architecture.


A selection of the nominated books, with brief statements that contextualize their relevance, are presented in the installation as the structural support for a series of bookshelves that will be populated by additional publications throughout the duration of the exhibition. The bookshelves are affixed to the rotating facade panels, designed by Vito Acconci and Steven Holl, that connect the street to the inside of Storefront’s gallery space. Mostly empty to start, the shelves will densify over the course of the exhibition with a growing selection of nominated books submitted by invited groups, including non-profit organizations, students, independent publishers, creative collectives, and gallery visitors. Ultimately, however, the space will remain relatively sparse in relation to the monolithic shelves, reminding us that many of the crucial books are yet to be written.


A series of visualizations upon the walls of the gallery space present the scope of the project and prompt visitors to actively suggest, think about, and reflect upon the contemporary context of architectural publications.


The exhibition, along with the first edition of the New York Architecture Book Fair, provokes us to reimagine our personal collections, the existing infrastructures of cultural production and dissemination, and the algorithms that recommend our next reading material.


Architecture Books – Yet to be Written serves as the point of entry for journeys through various spaces of knowledge exchange throughout the city. While inhabiting the gallery space, visitors learn more about the programs that constitute the first edition of the New York Architecture Book Fair, including:


Yet to be Written

Alongside nominated books, the installation presents a digital repository of book covers and titles for retroactive manuscripts and projective volumes – books that we should have written, but that we never did, and books yet to be written, that we still should. This growing collection was first presented at the launching conference of the book fair, Architecture Books / Yet to be Written, in the fall of 2017 at Cooper Union’s Great Hall.


The repository includes contributions by: Diana Agrest, Stan Allen, Amale Andraos, Henry Cobb, Beatriz Colomina, Reinier de Graaf, Peggy Deamer, Elizabeth Diller, Kenneth Frampton, Sanford Kwinter, Daniel Libeskind, Thom Mayne, Richard Meier, Ana Miljacki, Enrique Norten, Joan Ockman, Spyros Papapetros, Nader Tehrani, Bernard Tschumi, Anthony Vidler, Rafael Viñoly, Mark Wigley, Marion Weiss, Eyal Weizman, and James Wines.


Maps: Global Survey of Architecture Books

1600 international academics, practitioners, and scholars from 98 countries have been invited to make nominations in a new Global Survey of Architecture Books. The survey continues to expand and evolve, and will unveil volumes from many cultural contexts that contribute to a better understanding of local and global modes of knowledge production. The maps reveal the geographies of the nominators, the responses, and the books nominated. Conveying the potential for diversity of our sources of knowledge, the maps attempt to visualize the origins of the architecture books on display and of contemporary architecture culture.


Nominate Now

An online platform open to everyone, Nominate Now acts as a counterpoint to (and complements) the Global Survey of Architecture Books, which was specifically sent to established figures in the field. Nominate Now invites everyone to nominate titles they believe should be considered for inclusion in the growing library of Architecture Books. To participate, see here, or visit Storefront’s gallery space during the exhibition.


Bookstore Network

A series of pop-up architecture book collections are presented at independent bookstores and cultural institutions throughout the city. Each pop-up is curated by an emerging international architect, and together, they aim to reinforce the existing network of spaces in the city dedicated to the dissemination of culture, inviting these institutions to place emphasis upon and expand their own and their visitors’ familiarity with architecture books and publications.


Artbook at MOMA PS1 – Dream the Combine
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe – Florian Idenburg
McNally Jackson Independent Booksellers – Manuel Herz
New Museum Store – Oana Stanescu

Powerhouse Arena – Oslo Architecture Triennale

Revolution Books – Miguel Robles Duran
Rizzoli Bookstore – Kunle Adeyemi
Spoonbill and Sugartown Booksellers – Carla Juacaba
Albertine – Umberto Napolitano / LAN
Word Up Community Bookshop – Interboro Partners


Salons: Personal Collections

Storefront presents a series of private salons hosted in the homes of prominent New York City-based architects. Each event, also available to the public as a podcast and transcript, explores a selection of books from the host’s personal library, open to audiences for the first time. The salons are structured as informal conversations with invited guests. Past salons have taken place in the libraries of Bernard Tschumi, Anthony Vidler, and Daniel Libeskind. For more information about upcoming salons, see here to join the New York Architecture Book Club.


Reading Room

Storefront has partnered with the New York Public Library to offer a space in which visitors can read the books nominated as part of the Global Survey of Architecture Books. The library, as a space designed for the storage and reading of books, also offers the ability for reflection and reimagination of the volumes that occupy our centers of knowledge. The Reading Room is located in Room 300 of the Art and Architecture space at New York Public Library’s main branch on 42nd Street in Manhattan.





Exhibition and Project Team:


Exhibition Design: Abruzzo Bodziak Architects

Graphic Identity: Pentagram – Natasha Jen / Ran Zheng / Tiffany Yuen

Curator: Eva Franch i Gilabert

Associate Curator: Carlos Minguez Carrasco

Strategic Development and Outreach: Jinny Khanduja

Producer: Max Lauter

Design Assistance: Michael Cohen, Jacqueline Hall, Yasemin Parlar

Curatorial and Production Assistance: Iara Pimenta, Feiyi Bei, Roo Chen, Yuki Ito, Juan Carlos Javier, Kris Li, Jacqueline Mix, Kayla Montes de Oca, Cemre Tokat


About the Design Team:


Abruzzo Bodziak Architects (ABA) is an internationally recognized New York-based practice with experience ranging from civic and cultural projects to homes and exhibitions.Through both projects and speculative investigations, ABA creates experiences that are rooted in place and time. Their work is defined by an innovative approach to contextuality, a relentless focus on detail, and a strong conceptual viewpoint. Established by Emily Abruzzo and Gerald Bodziak, ABA has received numerous recognitions, including the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers, AIA New Practices New York, Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard, and Curbed’s Groundbreakers Award. A proponent of civic engagement, the office is included in New York City Department of Design and Construction’s Design Excellence Program.



Pentagram is a design firm and a supporter of Storefront. Since 2012, Pentagram has collaborated with Storefront on many projects, ranging from identity design to publications and exhibition. Some of these include OfficeUS, the Manifesto Series, Closed Worlds, and the New York Architecture Book Fair.  





The first edition of the New York Architecture Book Fair is supported by the New York Architecture Book Club, an invitation-based network of individuals and firms that serve as the key group behind the book fair. For a full list of members, see here.


Architecture Books – Yet to Be Written and the Bookstore Network are supported by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General, the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, JESCO Lighting Group, Architectural Association Publications, ACTAR, Artbook | D.A.P., Harvard University Press, Lars Müller Publishers, Park Books, Rizzoli Publications, University of California Press, University of Minnesota Press, Verso Books, Thames & Hudson, Princeton Architectural Press, The MIT Press, and Yale University Press.


Programming partners for the New York Architecture Book Fair include The Cooper Union, the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, e-flux Architecture, and the New York Public Library.


Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; Knippers Helbig; KPF; MADWORKSHOP; ODA; Rockwell Group; Tishman Speyer; the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; The Greenwich Collection Ltd.; the Lily Auchincloss Foundation; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; The Peter T. Joseph Foundation; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.



Wednesday, June 20th 7 pm – Thursday, June 21st 7 pm

Storefront for Art and Architecture

97 Kenmare Street, New York, NY


#24x24x24   #architecturebooks   #summersolstice @storefrontnyc


With T+E+A+M, Leigha Dennis – Kin & Company, Studio Cadena, June14 Meyer-Grohbrugge and Chermayeff, Buro Koray Duman, Formlessfinder, NILE, Abruzzo Bodziak Architects, Leong Leong, Charlap Hyman & Herrero, Jerome Haferd & Brandt Knapp, Chen Chen & Kai Williams, Peterson Rich Office, Studio Christian Wassmann, GRT Architects, Kyle May Architect, Laida Aguirre, Katie Stout, Ultramoderne, McEwen Studio, Kalos Eldos, TheLab-lab, Ramona Albert Architecture, and Part Office


Organized by Studio Cadena, Leong Leong, Buro Koray Duman, Peterson Rich Office, and Kalos Eidos


24x24x24 is a 24 hour long marathon of events that invites 24 architects and designers to create 24 stools that provide an antidote to over polished, hyper refined, hyperbolic, and expensive design. An opportunity to connect, propose, and engage diverse architectural interests, designers will host an hour of programming in conjunction with their stool during the longest day of the year. From dawn to dusk of the summer solstice, participants will experiment in the collective production of thinking, design, and action.


The stools will remain on display over the course of Storefront’s installation, Architecture Books, from June 19th to August 25th, 2018 as part of the inaugural New York Architecture Book Fair.


Schedule of Events:

June 20th

7 pm – Studio Cadena

8 pm – T+E+A+M

9 pm – Leigha Dennis – Kin & Company

10 pm – June14 Meyer-Grohbrugge and Chermayeff

11 pm – GRT Architects

June 21st

12 am – Buro Koray Duman

1 am – Formlessfinder

2 am – NILE

3 am – Chen Chen & Kai Williams

4 am – Charlap Hyman & Herrero

5 am – Studio Christian Wassmann

6 am – Leong Leong

7 am – Jerome Haferd & Brandt Knapp

8 am – Peterson Rich Office

9 am – Abruzzo Bodziak Architects

10 am – Part Office

11 am – Kyle May Architect

12 pm – Ramona Albert Architecture

1 pm – Ultramoderne

2 pm – Katie Stout

3 pm – McEwen Studio

4 pm – TheLab-lab

5 pm – Laida Aguirre

6 pm – Kalos Eidos


All events are free and open to the public.

Spacebuster: Democracy Lab

June 11th – 17th, 2018
Grand Army Plaza
Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 
#thespacebuster   #democracylab   @spacebuster_usa   @storefrontnyc
Events organized by Brooklyn Public Library in partnership with Storefront for Art and Architecture, Prospect Park Alliance, and visitBerlin
The Spacebuster will return to Brooklyn for Democracy Lab, a week long series of talks and workshops focusing on social justice and civic engagement hosted by the Brooklyn Public Library. As part of 50 free programs over the course of the week, the inflatable dome will be the site of chair-making workshops, artist-led walks, and literary cabarets and debates. 
See the full schedule here. On June 12th, Storefront will host a special event at the Spacebuster as part of the New York Architecture Book Fair.
The Spacebuster, created by raumlaborberlin and originally commissioned by Storefront in 2009, designed to explore the qualities and possibilities of public space in New York City. Read more about the Spacebuster and its past projects here.
All events are free and open to the public.

Closing Event – Marching On: The Politics of Performance

Image by Bryrony Roberts, 2018.


Marking the Closing of Marching On: The Politics of Performance

Saturday, June 9th, 2018

5 pm – 6:30 pm

97 Kenmare Street


#marchingon   #thepoliticsofperformance    @storefrontnyc


As part of the closing of Marching On: The Politics of PerformanceThe Marching Cobras of New York return to perform at Storefront’s gallery space. Afterward, Terrel Stowers and Kevin Young, leaders of The Marching Cobras, will engage youth members of the group in a discussion about their experiences and understanding of the politics of performance in public space through the projects. The discussion will be moderated by Bryony Roberts and Mabel O. Wilson.  



5:00 pm: Performance by The Marching Cobras of New York
5:15 pm: Comments by Terrel Stowers and Kevin Young of The Marching Cobras with Bryony Roberts and Mabel O. Wilson
6:00 pm: Reception


This event is generously supported by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York.

Project Support

Marching On: The Politics of Performance is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

All Storefront events are free and open to the public. Seating is on a first come, first served basis, with priority seating available for members of Storefront. If you are a member and would like to reserve a seat, contact

Storefront for Art and Architecture at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

Join Storefront for Art and Architecture for the following events as part of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale:


Thursday, May 24th, 2018

12 pm Creating Knowledge: New Ways of Communicating Art and Architecture at the Warehouse adjacent to Cantieri Navali 

12 – 4 pm Bed-In Interviews at the Dutch Pavilion

7 pm ARQ and FAKTUR: Documents and Architecture at the Emily Harvey Foundation




Friday, May 25, 2018

11 am Flash Mob: #WomenInArchitecture at the Giardini entrance




Saturday, May 26th, 2018

2:30 pm The School of Athens: On Pedagogical Models at the Greek Pavilion




Sunday, May 27th, 2018

1 – 2:30 pm Book Preview: The Architecture of Closed Worlds – Or, What is the Power of Shit? at the Dutch Pavilion





Book Preview: The Architecture of Closed Worlds

Lydia Kallipoliti. The Architecture of Closed Worlds - Or, What is the Power of Shit. Published by Lars Muller, 2018

Lydia Kallipoliti. The Architecture of Closed Worlds – Or, What is the Power of Shit. Published by Lars Muller and Storefront for Art and Architecture, 2018

Sunday, May 27th, 2018
1 – 2:30 pm
Dutch Pavilion
Giardini Della Biennale, Venezia
#venicebiennale   #workbodyleisure   #biennalearchiteturra   @storefrontnyc
Organized by Het Nieuwe Instituut
With Beatriz Colomina, Mark Wigley, and Liam Young
In Conversation with Lydia Kallipoliti
What do outer space capsules, submarines, and office buildings have in common? Each is conceived as a closed system, a self-sustaining physical environment demarcated from its surroundings by a boundary that impedes the transfer of matter or energy. Contemporary discussions about global warming, recycling, and sustainability have emerged as direct conceptual constructs related to the analysis of closed systems. 
From the space program to countercultural architectural groups experimenting with autonomous living, Lydia Kallipoliti’s forthcoming book, The Architecture of Closed Worlds -Or What is the Power of Shit? documents a deeply-rooted fantasy of architecture producing nature, and addresses its manifestation in the very fabric of reality.
Closed Worlds is released in collaboration with Lars Muller Publications and Storefront for Art and Architecture.
Copies of The Architecture of Closed Worlds – Or, What is the Power of Shit? will be available for pre-order from Lars Müller Publishers.
Read more about The Architecture of Closed Worlds HERE.

The School of Athens: On Pedagogical Models

The School of Athens Symposium, 2018.

Saturday, May 26th, 2018
2:30 pm
Greek Pavilion
San Polo 322, Venezia
#venicebiennale   #theschoolofathens   #greekpavilion   @storefrontnyc
Organized by Xristina Argyros and Ryan Neiheiser
With Elizabeth Diller, Marion Weiss & Michael Manfredi, Eva Franch i Gilabert, John Tuomey & Sheila O’Donnell, Joseph Grima, and many more
As part of the Greek Pavilion’s The School of Athens exhibition, a symposium will take place that explores the utopian vision of a free, open, informal, and common space for learning. Speakers, including Storefront’s Director, Eva Franch, will discuss the architecture of communal spaces, exploring the history, present, and possible future of the academic commons. 

Flash Mob: #WomeninArchitecture

Friday, May 25th, 2018
11 am
Giardini Entrance
Giardini Della Biennale, Venezia
#WomenInArchitecture   #venicebiennale   @storefrontnyc   
All are invited to take a stand and advocate for women working in architecture.  

ARQ and FAKTUR: Documents & Architecture

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Thursday, May 24th, 2018
7 pm
Emily Harvey Foundation
San Polo 322, Venezia
#arquc   #documentsandarchitecture   #venicebiennale  @faktur_journal   @arq_uc   @storefrontnyc
Comments by Pedro Alonso, Eva Franch i Gilabert, Manuel Herz, and Anna Puigjaner
Presentations by Pep Avilés of FAKTUR and Francisco Díaz of ARQ
Documents & Architecture is an open roundtable focusing on editorial projects in critical and prospective terms, allowing guest critics to interrogate magazine editors about their respective practices. The discussion will outline the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of architecture publishing, seek recommendations for future editorial work, and define expectations for architecture magazines in contemporary culture. 

Bed-In Interviews

John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Bed-In for Peace, Amsterdam, March 25, 1969.

Tuesday, May 24th, 2018
12 – 4 pm
Dutch Pavilion
Giardini Della Biennale, Venezia
#workbodyleisure   #bedin   #venicebiennale  @nieuweinstituut   @storefrontnyc
Organized by Het Nieuwe Instituut
With Paola Antonelli, Thordis Arrhenius, Felix Burrichter, Odile Decq, Elizabeth Diller, Keller EasterlingJames Taylor FosterEva Franch i GilbertSamia HenniNikolaus HirschFrancesca HughesAndres JaqueLesley LokkoNiklas MaakWiny MaasIvan Lopez MunueraAlysa NahmiasPascal SchwaighoferFelicity ScottMadelon Vriesendorp, and Mark Wasiuta
Interviewed by Beatriz Colomina
Bed-In Interviews is a series of intimate, provocative conversations with renowned guests conducted in a reproduction of Room 902 of the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel. Once the site of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Bed-In for Peace in 1969, the bed will host a four-hour non-stop interview marathon facilitated by Beatriz Colomina leading up to the opening of the Dutch Pavilion’s exhibition, WORK, BODY, LEISURE.
Storefront’s Director, Eva Franch, will be interviewed as part of Bed-In Interviews at 3 pm.