Unpacking my library: architects and their books
Yale University Press, Nov 28, 2009 - Antiques & Collectibles - 182 pages
What does a library say about the mind of its owner? How do books map the intellectual interests, curiosities, tastes, and personalities of their readers? What does the collecting of books have in common with the practice of architecture? Unpacking My Library provides an intimate look at the personal libraries of fourteen of the world’s leading architects, alongside conversations about the significance of books to their careers and lives.
Photographs of bookshelves—displaying well-loved and rare volumes, eclectic organizational schemes, and the individual touches that make a bookshelf one’s own—provide an evocative glimpse of their owner’s personal life. Each architect also presents a reading list of top ten influential titles, from architectural history to theory to fiction and nonfiction, that serves as a personal philosophy of literature and history, and advice on what every young architect, scholar, and lover of architecture should read.
An inspiring cross-section of notable libraries, this beautiful book celebrates the arts of reading and collecting.
Architects and Their Books features the libraries of:
Liz Diller & Ric Scofidio
Robert A. M. Stern
Todd Williams & Billie Tsien
Peter Eisenman’s Recommended Titles:
Robert Musil, The Man Without Qualities
Le Corbusier, Vers une Architecture
Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow
Robert Venturi, Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture
Rem Koolhaas, Delirious New York
Jacques Derrida, Of Grammatology
Andrea Palladio, The Four Books on Architecture
Walter Benjamin, Illuminations
James Joyce, Finnegans Wake
William Faulkner, Light in August
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
A great concept. As other reviewers have remarked, the repetition of the stock questions is distracting (only one contributor used the questions to write a single essay). This format -- it appears that the questions must have been submitted by email, and then the authors wrote their responses -- prevents any follow up questions based on the comments provided. The end result, therefore, is a bit flatter than it could have been. The effort is saved by the thoughtful answers provided by the selected writers.
Review: Unpacking My Library: Architects and Their Books (Unpacking My Library)User Review - Goodreads
i loved the concept and the inclusion of walter benjamin's titular essay was quite enjoyable. that said, the photography was distractingly flawed and the interviews were surprisingly flat and torpid ...