on site review 40: the architect’s library
This issue had its origins in the early lockdown period, when either one no longer had access to libraries and books, or re-discovered one’s own library at home: forgotten books, books as biography, books not yet read, books not read for a long time – all of a sudden there was time to do so.
The relationship with books as material objects in the hand and books online in various formats is very interesting. There is an intense nostalgia for the time when any collection of books was a library – one nnot say the same of a collection of links and downloads. On the other hand, books are heavy, they occupy space many of us do not have, they require sitting down and actually reading indexes, reading pages, chapters, making notes. It is a slow consumption of ideas, not lightning flashes of connections firing through the internet.
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