The New York Architecture + Design Book Club, created by Head Hi and the design journal Untapped, is a book subscription and quarterly gathering for readers and creative people that takes place at Head Hi’s Brooklyn bookstore. It is a lively program series where experts, authors and readers can expand their minds and build connections with each other while discussing a recent architecture and design publication during an interactive, thought-provoking event, which is free and open to the public (an R.S.V.P. is required).
Photo from our first event by Christopher Garcia Valle
JOIN + GET THE BOOKS
Stephen Burks Shelter
in Place, $50
Touch Wood: Material, Architecture Future, $45
BOOKS 3 + 4:
To be announced in Summer
and Fall 2023. Stay tuned!
Join us on May 6, 3-5pm! The second title for the New York Architecture + Design Book Club is Touch Wood: Material, Architecture, Future (Lars Müller Publishers) edited by Carla Ferrer, Thomas Hildebrand, Celina Martinez-Cañavate with contributions by Hubertus Adam, Herzog & de Meuron, Seng Kuan, Kengo Kuma, Katharina Lehmann, Stephen Pyne, Helene Romakin, Philip Ursprung, Albena Yaneva and others.
Wood is the building material of the 21st century. Understanding the renewable raw material and its potential requires recognizing it in its ecological, technological and cultural-historical contexts. These are explored in the publication and presented with inspiring examples – practical and visionary.
On this basis, the use of wood in architecture appears to be the order of the day, and Switzerland’s leading role in wood processing and building aesthetics is demonstrated in an international context. Authors from various disciplines create the content framework in which wood can be experienced sensually and its possibilities and limitations can be discussed. Touch Wood: Material, Architecture, Future is aimed at an engaged audience of experts and laypersons who want to enrich their experiences with knowledge and thus become actors in the promotion of wood in architecture. In addition to documenting exemplary buildings in accessible texts and with numerous illustrations, the publication also illuminates the many relationships that connect people with wood as a material.
Touch Wood was designed by Lars Müller Publishers and includes 304 pages and 276 illustrations.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE EVENT
At each gathering, the author will briefly present their book to a special guest, outlining its main topics and the process of bringing the publication to life.
This introductory presentation will be followed by a conversation, open to all attendees and participants and led by the book club’s organizers, that encourages discussion and insights around the book’s content and design, and its connection to the broader architecture and design community.
Come prepared to judge a book by its cover and look back to look forward!
UNTAPPED BOOK REVIEW
Ahead of each event, Untapped publishes a review of the featured book, written by a leading design critic. We are pleased to announce that the review of Touch Wood has be written by Edwin Heathcote who has been the Architecture Critic at the Financial Times since 1999!
(See the review of the first featured title in our book club, Stephen Burks Shelter in Place, written by Francesca Perry here.)
Carla Ferrer is an architect and urbanist, graduated from GSD Harvard University and ETSAB Polytechnic University of Catalonia. She is founding partner at ITER, an architecture and urban design studio in Milan. Carla Ferrer has been awarded the Swiss Ikea Foundation Grant for Design Studies and the Real Colegio Complutense Fellowship from the Spanish Government. Since 2012, she collaborates with HILDEBRAND in Zurich.
Thomas Hildebrand is an architect and founder of HILDEBRAND in Zurich. He studied at the Architectural Association in London and at the Bern University of Applied Sciences. Since founding his practice in 1999, he has been exploring the use of wood in architecture. His work has won awards such as the German Design Award and the North American Wood Design Award. Together with his team, he designs buildings in different scales for urban and rural contexts. Thomas Hildebrand is committed to a sustainable, human-centered and open architecture.
Celina Martinez-Cañavate is an urbanist, architect and Head of Research at HILDEBRAND. She studied at the Architectural Association, School of Architecture in London and at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM). In Academia she has conducted research at the Future Cities Laboratory of the Singapore-ETH Centre for Global Environmental Sustainability (SEC) and has earned a PhD at the Institute for Architecture & Planning of the University of Liechtenstein.
Neil Pederson is a forest ecologist at the Harvard Forest studying the dynamics of old-growth forests from individual trees to regional and subcontinental scale. Neil grew up in rural Volney, NY and in the Adirondack Mountain forests and earned an associates degree at SUNY-Morrisville, a bachelor’s degree at SUNY-ESF, a MS at Auburn University, and a PhD at Columbia University. Before working at the Harvard Forest, Neil was an assistant professor in biology at Eastern Kentucky University and a research professor at Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory.
Neil has studied climate change and disturbance ecology in Mongolia, Russia, Bhutan, Turkey, the Republic of Georgia, Spain, China, and over much of the eastern US. Currently, Neil has grants with the National Science Foundation and US Forest Service to study the impacts of extreme climate on the lives of trees in the Northeastern US and how climate might have shaped the old-growth forests we love today.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS
Head Hi is an organization dedicated to art and design specializing in publications and cultural programming with an espresso bar located in Fort Greene, Brooklyn by the Navy Yard. We feature a curated selection of publications from around the globe. Working with local and international artists, designers, publishers, community members and organizations in various fields, Head Hi is a space for exploration and interaction that hosts talks, book launches, art shows, music performances and other events.
Untapped is a new design journal that looks back to look forward. It tells long-form stories about people and projects that combine overlooked or ignored knowledge from the past with new ideas, with the aim of improving our lives. The project features voices from the fields of art, design, food, science, business, and beyond—and often puts them in conversation with one another to share insights that might be useful when tackling issues in their respective pursuits. Published by the design company Henrybuilt, the editorially independent initiative seeks to offer valuable, varied perspectives on where we are, where we’re going, and how the past can enhance the future.
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