It's common to find an architectural monograph (or three) on an architect's bookshelf. Within the pages of these large, heavy, often expensive tomes lie a formalised portfolio of a studio's professional output, interspersed by essays penned by influential writers, thinkers or practitioners. They are sources of both information and inspiration, bringing architecture from around the world into your personal field of vision.
Recent years have seen a vast number of these types of books published on architects and their practices, begging the question: Why a Monograph? Are they simply part and parcel of a studio's creative process, or necessary tools for communication with the wider world? Perhaps more interestingly, what role does the recording of work in this way have for architects in enabling them to take stock and move forward? It will seek to examine how the print monograph has become a staple tool for self-promotion, reflection, and criticism in a world which is leaning towards a gradual digitisation of the discourse.
As part of the 2015 London Festival of Architecture, Henley Halebrown Rorrison Architects (HHbR) will host a panel discussion in central London to specifically explore this topic. Why has the format that the monograph embodies become a default for practices looking to publish? The event will also touch on the process of making such a book happen: are there better ways to present an architect's œuvre in print?
Speakers include: Jay Merrick, architecture correspondent of the British newspaper The Independent; Simon Henley, partner of HHbR; David Grandorge, architectural photographer and Senior Lecturer at London's CASS School of Architecture; and Ros Diamond of Diamond Architects. The discussion will be chaired by ArchDaily's James Taylor-Foster.
FromJune 04, 2015 06:30 PM
UntilJune 04, 2015 08:00 PM
VenueWaterstone's Piccadilly, London
Address203 Piccadilly, St. James's, London SW1Y 6HY, UK
Find out more about the event on the London Architecture Diary.