Monday, January 24, 2022

On The Schedule, January, 2022

Buildings in Print

A talk with John Hill, presented by AIA/LA and LACMA, January 25, 5:00 - 6:30 pm

If history is written by the victors, is architecture shaped by the writers?

 In his new book Buildings in Print: 100 Influential and Inspiring Illustrated Architecture Books (Prestel, 2021), John Hill surveys 100 seminal architecture manifestos, monographs, exhibitions, theories and histories that in his view shaped 20th century, primarily modernist, architecture. It opens with Le Corbusier’s 1923 Vers Une Architecture (Towards a New Architecture) and ends with Reinier de Graaf’s 2017 Four Walls and a Roof. But how relevant are architecture books generally, and these books specifically in a time of digital and social revolution, in which the old verities of globalizing modernism and Eurocentric architecture education are in question? 

I will talk with Hill Tuesday, at an online event co-presented by the AIA/LA Interior Architecture Committee and LACMA. He will explain the making of the book, highlight some of the publications he selected, and make the case for why these books matter and why writing about architecture is integral to the process of shaping it. 

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