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June 12 Book Talk @NYPL

On Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30pm, I'll be giving a book talk on NYC Walks: Guide to New Architecture at the Mid-Manhattan Library. As you might know, the actual Mid-Manhattan Library is being renovated by Mecanoo and will open next year, so my talk will be taking place at the library's temporary location inside the Stephen A. Schwarzman Library at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. The event is free, but be sure to register via this link.

Details on the June 12 event from NYPL's website:
Take a 21st century walking tour of the newest buildings in New York City.

NYC Walks is a portable, easy-to-use architectural guide that showcases the most exciting new buildings in New York. Choose between ten 1- to 3-mile walks that extend from Columbia University through lower Manhattan and across to Brooklyn and Queens. John Hill highlights over 150 buildings as well as popular attractions like the High Line and Lincoln Center, and vibrant neighborhoods including Williamsburg and the Bowery. Maps and photographs make this a compelling and useful guide for visitors, architecture buffs, and New Yorkers alike.


Why Old Places Matter

Why Old Places Matter: How Historic Places Affect Our Identity and Well-Being
Thompson M. Mayes
Rowman & Littlefield, September 2018

Hardcover | 8-3/4 x 11-1/4 inches | 168 pages | 74 illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-1538117682 | $45.00

Publisher Description:
Why Old Places Matter is the only book that explores the reasons that old places matter to people. Although people often feel very deeply about the old places of their lives, they don’t have the words to express why. This book brings these ideas together in evocative language and with illustrative images for a broad audience.

The book reveals the fundamentally important yet under-recognized role old places play in our lives. While many people feel a deep-seated connection to old places -- from those who love old houses, to the millions of tourists who are drawn to historic cities, to the pilgrims who flock to ancient sites throughout the world -- few can articulate why. The book explores these deep attachments people have with old places –the feelings of belonging, continuity, stability, identity and memory, as well as the more traditional reasons that old places have been deemed by society to be important, such as history, national identity, and architecture.

The Nature of Design

The Nature of Design: Principles, Processes, and the Purview of the Architect
M. Scott Lockard
ORO Editions, May 2017

Paperback | 9-3/4 x 11-1/2 inches | 272 pages | English | ISBN: 978-1939621429 | $39.95

Publisher Description:
In this insightful, irreverent, and beautiful exposition of the design process, one of the world’s most prolific practitioners proposes an absolutely clear distinction between Design and Art.

Lockard asserts that the design profession itself accepts and often promotes a misleading definition of design, and here challenges professionals, their clients, and students of design to examine the fundamental nature of the discipline.

Conversational yet uncompromising in its message—illustrated throughout by hundreds of actual design drawings from real-world projects of all types demonstrating Lockard’s highly effective and versatile process—the book’s overarching principles will find application in all fields of design.

The Nature of Design also offers compelling insight into today’s biggest challenges for the field of design: the co-opting of the process by bureaucratic and industry forces, the disconnection of academia from practice, and the very real difficulties facing designers that encourage brain drain to related fields.
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New Chinese Architecture

New Chinese Architecture: Twenty Women Building the Future
Austin Williams, Zhang Xin (Foreword)
Thames & Hudson, May 2019

Hardcover | 9 x 9-3/4 inches | 256 pages | 370+ illustrations | English | ISBN: 978-0500343388 | $45.00

Publisher Description:
Over the past decade, China’s new generation of female architects have proven themselves to be talented, confident, innovative, and successful on the world stage. Engaging with traditions and international trends, as well as posing entirely new architectural ideas, their projects reveal China to be a place full of creative possibility.

This book explores the work of twenty leading female architects living and working in China today. Together they represent a mix of creative talents who are having a significant influence on the national scene. Featuring detailed profiles of each architect, this book showcases over fifty of their key projects across China, from small- to large-scale, residential to commercial, and urban to rural developments, many never before published. With a foreword by business magnate Zhang Xin, one of China’s most celebrated female entrepreneurs,
New Chinese Architecture offers unique insights into how architects are adapting and responding to the rapidly evolving social and political changes impacting life in the most populous country on Earth.
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Balkrishna Doshi

Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People
Jolanthe Kugler, Khushnu Panthaki Hoof, Meike Wolfschlag (Editors)
Vitra Design Museum & Wüstenrot Foundation, May 2019

Hardcover | 10 x 12 inches | 400 pages | English | ISBN: 978-3945852316 | $85.00

Publisher Description:
The 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Balkrishna Doshi is one of India's most influential architects, renowned for his harmonious designs that merge the formal language of classical modernism with Indian building traditions and local craft skills. Always designed with a sensitivity to the social, environmental and economic conditions of a given commission or site, Doshi’s architecture honors the past while at the same time accommodating the rapidly changing conditions and needs of modern India. Doshi has designed more than 100 buildings—educational and cultural institutions, public buildings, private residences and low-income housing projects among them—and has taught scores of students over the course of his 60-year career, a career distinguished by a sense of responsibility and dedication to the country and communities he has served.

Holiday Week + Astoria Talk & Walk

Today is Memorial Day, so I've decided to take the week off, not just today; regular posts will resume on Monday, June 3. One thing I'll be doing this week is researching and finalizing a new walking tour of Astoria and Long Island City, Queens, that will take place on Sunday, June 2, as part of a book talk I'll be giving at my neighborhood bookstore, Astoria Bookshop. The walk will immediately follow the talk and go from the bookstore (31-29 31st Street) to MoMA PS1 (22-25 Jackson Avenue). We will wind our way around parts of the Astoria, Dutch Kills, and Hunters Point neighborhoods, looking at new buildings and learning about the rezonings that have reshaped the area. Info about that event is below, on my Walking Tours page, and on the Astoria Bookshop website.

Astoria Bookshop
Sunday, June 2: 1pm
John Hill on NYC Walks: Guide to New Architecture
Join local Astoria author John Hill for a discussion of his book, NYC Walks: Guide to New Architecture, followed by a walking tour of Astoria and Long Island City, from Astoria Bookshop to MoMA PS1, looking at recent buildings of note as well as discussing the building boom in LIC.