In our digital world the book has taken a backseat. One only has to open their latest news app to read about local libraries shutting and print journalism battling for survival. Architects often have an affinity to printed books paying special attention to bindings/materials, photography and graphics. Indeed, whilst all of us are often checking out the likes of Dezeen or have practice subscriptions to a whole range of online journals, physical books are often seen as a luxury.
As a practice we believe they play a vital role, helping form a rich library of reference points and more in depth analysis that aid a varied approach to design. We wanted to expand our library in a democratic manner and in a manner that somehow reflects the staff and their interests. As such every month a member of staff will be choosing and new book and presenting it to the team, all on company expenses I hasten to add!