The first edition of the New York Architecture Book Fair, presented in June 2018, will take the form of an exhibition at Storefront’s gallery space and a network of pop-up architecture book collections in partnership with local bookstores and cultural organizations.
Leading up to the book fair, Storefront launches a ten-month series of discussions and programs, including a series of salons in private libraries, aimed at reflecting upon the last thirty five years of architecture and book production in a global context.
With an archeological and projective twist, the project seeks to celebrate and evaluate both existing and missing volumes of a history still in the writing.
Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
1-6 pm at The Great Hall at Cooper Union
RSVP here [open to the public; Storefront members get priority seating]
Reflecting upon the monographs, history and theory books, edited volumes, essays, and compilations that comprise our libraries and bookstores, one wonders: which architecture books have we produced that constitute the foundations of our contemporaneity?
Architecture Books / Yet to be Written / 1982-2017-2052 asks seminal voices in the discipline and profession to examine the recent history of architecture and book production. Each speaker will select and present a book published over the last thirty five years that is fundamental to the understanding of contemporary architecture culture, as well as a “book yet to be written.”
As part of the launching conference, Storefront presents BOOKS-NOW, a selection of signed architecture books published over the past year. At the conference, they will be accompanied by rare and out-of-print editions written by conference participants. Books will be on sale at a special discounted rate.
See the full list of books here.
Sunday, September 24th, 2017
1-2 pm at MoMA PS1
RSVP here [open to the public]
Alexandra Cunningham and Eva Franch moderate a series of presentations by emerging and established architects and critics to kick off the series of ongoing events leading up to the New York Architecture Book Fair.
Participants include Benjamin Aranda, Craig Buckley, Kersten Geers, James Graham, Lydia Kallipoliti, Dominic Leong, and Christian Wassman.
Ongoing, October 2017 – August 2018
Storefront invites nominations of books by international academics, practitioners, and scholars in a new Global Survey of Architecture Books. The survey will unveil volumes from many cultural contexts that contribute to a better understanding of local and global modes of knowledge production.
A final selection of 100 books, chosen by an international jury, will be displayed at Storefront for Art and Architecture’s gallery space in June 2018 as part of the New York Architecture Book Fair. The books will also be featured an upcoming publication called The Book of Architecture Books.
A larger selection of books will be exhibited in a reading room at the New York Public Library during the fair.
December 2017 – June 2018
A series of seven private salons will be held in the homes of prominent New York City based architects. Each event will explore a selection of books from the host’s personal library, open to audiences for the first time. The salons will be structured as informal conversations with invited guests.
Events will be recorded and made available in the form of podcasts and a series of essays.
Hosts include: Henry Cobb, Beatriz Colomina & Mark Wigley, Liz Diller & Ricardo Scofidio, Cynthia Davidson & Peter Eisenman, Steven Holl, and Bernard Tschumi.
During the New York Architecture Book Fair, bookstores and organizations across New York City will display pop-up collections of architecture books in their spaces.
Programming partners during and in advance of the fair include The Cooper Union, the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, e-flux Architecture, the New York Public Library, and Printed Matter.
The New York Architecture Book Fair is part of the Crossovers Program, a collaboration between Storefront and the Het Nieuwe Instituut. This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.