100 years/100 books : School of Architecture Centenary, 1917-2017
Library Exhibition Series
The School of Architecture’s centenary is the perfect occasion for us to celebrate ‘the architecture book’ – especially as the link between the School’s pedagogies and the Library’s outstanding collection has always been key to academic success.
When CR Knight, the first Professor of Architecture, was appointed he was sent a money draft to bring with him from the UK a crate of books he deemed essential for an architecture school to have. This formed the basis of the extensive collection which constitutes the Architecture and Planning Library you see today.
In March 2017 we will present the first in a series of eight exhibitions to illustrate the quality and significance of the Architecture and Planning Library.
We’ve asked academic staff, some emeriti and architect colleagues to nominate books and we’ve selected items from the Architecture and Planning Library’s Folio and Historical Collections.
#1 WORDS & PICTURES
Curated by Michael Milojevic, School of Architecture & Planning Professional Teaching Fellow, with the assistance of Sarah Cox, Architecture Archivist and Fiona Lamont, Library Assistant.
This first exhibition in the series surveys ‘the architecture book’ as a conveyor of architectural information. Each of the items displayed, in its own way, is a landmark in architectural publishing in terms of content, media and book design.
The selection highlights the wide variety of ways in which text and image are presented.
Robert Van Nice. Saint Sophia in Istanbul: an architectural survey. Dumbarton Oaks. Center for Byzantine Studies. Washington, DC. 1995.
Banister Fletcher and Sir Banister F. Fletcher. A history of architecture on the comparative method: for the student, craftsman and amateur. 5th ed. London: Batsford, 1905.
Gaston Bachelard. The poetics of space. Boston, Mass.: Beacon Press, 1969.
- Documentation and Production
Charles Percier and Pierre Léonard Fontaine. Palais, maisons, et autres édifices modernes dessinés á Rome. Paris: the authors 2nd ed. 1830 (original edition 1798).
Owen Jones. The grammar of ornament: illustrated by examples from various styles of ornament; one hundred and twelve plates. London: Day and Son Limited, 1856.
Rem Koolhaas, Bruce Mau, Jennifer Sigler and Hans Werlemann. S,M,L,XL: O.M.A. [Office for Metropolitan Architecture]. New York: Monacelli Press, 1998.
- Theory and Production
Robert Venturi. Complexity and contradiction in architecture. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1966.
Alejandro Zaera and Farshid Moussavi (Foreign Office Architects). Phylogenesis: FOA’s ark. Barcelona: Actar, 2003.
- Records of newly completed projects
Charles Garnier. Le Nouvel Opéra de Paris. Paris: Librairie generale de l’architecture et des travaux publics, 1878-1881.
Leendert van der Vlugt and Henricus Theodorus Wijdeveld, Genootschap “Architectura et Amicitia”. Wendingen: maandblad voor bouwen en sieren. Series 2, no. 11 (1930). Amsterdam: MHCHIJ de Hooge Brug.
Each exhibition will be on display in the Architecture and Planning Library for approximately one month.
Fiona Lamont, Library Assistant, Architecture and Planning Library.