THE ARCHITECTURE BOOK CLUB 2017
Back in 2013, a group of my fellow Archinerds in Charleston got together and formed the Architecture Book Club. It was super nerdy and super awesome. 30+ books later and we are still kicking it.
The format of the ABC is pretty simple. About every 6 weeks, the group gathers to discuss a specific book typically in a local watering hole.
There is no signup list, no membership fee nor is there any participation requirements. Some people read all of the books, but most pick and choose. The real purpose of the ABC is to get together, have a few drinks and chat about architecture.
Below you will find a schedule and list of books we will be reading in 2017. Make sure to pay attention to the meeting location. This year we will be mixing up the location to keep things fresh.
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ABC 2017 Schedule and Book List:
Makers of Modern Architecture: From Frank Lloyd Wright to Frank Gehry by New York Review Books
Meeting Date: Tuesday, February 28, 6:30 PM at Bin152
Description from Amazon: Everyone knows what modern architecture looks like, but few understand how this revolutionary new form of building emerged little more than a century ago or what its aesthetic, social, even spiritual aspirations were. Through illuminating studies of the leading men and women who forever changed our built environment, veteran architecture critic Martin Filler offers fresh insights into this unprecedented cultural transformation. From Louis Sullivan, father of the skyscraper, to Frank Gehry, magician of post-millennial museum, Filler emphasizes how their force of personality has had a decisive effect on everything from how we inhabit our homes to how we shape our cities.
The Battle for Home: The Vision of a Young Architect in Syria
Meeting Date: Tuesday, April 11, 6:30 PM at Kudu Coffee and Craft Beer
Description from Amazon: An architect’s gripping account of living and working in war-torn Syria, and the role architecture plays in whether a community crumbles or comes together
Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time
Meeting Date: Tuesday, May 30, 6:30 at Lewis BBQ
Jeff Speck has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive. And he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability. Making downtown into a walkable, viable community is the essential fix for the typical American city; it is eminently achievable and its benefits are manifold. Walkable City―bursting with sharp observations and key insights into how urban change happens―lays out a practical, necessary, and inspiring vision for how to make American cities great again.
The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton
Meeting Date: Tuesday, July 11, 6:30 at the Eclectic Cafe Cafe & Vinyl
Amazon Description: The Custom of the Country is a 1913 novel by Edith Wharton. It tells the story of Undine Spragg, a Midwestern girl who attempts to ascend in New York City society.The Spraggs, a family of midwesterners from the fictional city of Apex who have made money through somewhat shady financial dealings, arrive in New York City at the prompting of their beautiful, ambitious, but socially-naive daughter, Undine. She marries Ralph Marvell, a member of an old New York family that no longer enjoys significant wealth. Before her wedding, Undine encounters an acquaintance from Apex named Elmer Moffatt, a character with "a genuine disdain for religious piety and social cant", as the scholar Elaine Showalter observes.
A Short History of Charleston by Robert N. Rosen
Meeting Date: Tuesday, August 29, 6:30 PM at Elliotborough Mini Bar
Description from Amazon: Robert N. Rosen's A Short History of Charleston has been hailed by critics, historians, and especially Charlestonians as authoritative, witty, and entertaining. Packed with anecdotes and enlivened by passages from diaries and letters, the fast-paced narrative recounts the port city's role in such signal events as the American Revolution, secession, and the Civil War.
Art's Principles: 50 years of hard-learned lessons in building a world-class professional services firm
Meeting Date: Tuesday, October 3, 6:30 PM at Revelry Brewery
Amazon Description: Art’s Principles reveals the blueprint behind one of the most successful professional services firms, giving career-minded individuals the tools they need to excel in business. The book covers the essentials of leadership, talent acquisition and operations, while outlining the creative strategies that propelled a small business into one of the largest and most admired in its industry. This guidebook is full of well-tested ideas that are applicable to someone running a small, medium or large professional firm — or running any project where people, profit and customers matter.