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Last Night at Princeton Architectural Press | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Last Night at Princeton Architectural Press

Inside Princeton Architectural Press

Atlas of Novel Tectonics by Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto

Over the last year Princeton Architectural Press has been pretty good to me. Every so often Russell Fernandez would send me a couple books that they published for review purposes. I’m embarrassed to say that some of those books are still in my half read pile. I really wish that there was an extra six hours in a day which would help me get some of those books finished. Last night Princeton Architectural Press opened their office up for a year end mixer. I didn’t actual meet Russell to thank him but I did have a pretty interesting conversation with another person that works inside PAP. Staring at the back wall (a wall that any designer would salivate at) that had most of their titles, Becca Wendy Fuller would pull down a couple books that she felt really strongly about that had something pretty cool to talk about. For someone that had a background in architecture she also had a really good sense about some of the other fields in design too.

Atlas of Novel Tectonics by Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto

There was two books that really stood out that she showed me that I wasn’t aware of. The first was the Atlas of Novel Tectonics by Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto. Becca Wendy Fuller mentioned some of the great graphic deign features that made this book part of the PAP family. It had a really fascinating tactile quality when I was flipping through it. It wasn’t light nor heavy but seemed just right. On the content side the second last chapter really interested me. All about common errors to avoid, the chapter breaks down the Abuse of Accident, the Abuse of Data, the Abuse of History, the Abuse of the Diagram, the Abuse of Logic, and the Typologist’s Error. Pretty interesting stuff for most designers today to think about. Becca Wendy Fuller also asked me about LTL. I had no idea who or what LTL was. There wasn’t a copy of the book at the back so we ended up going to the front of the office/studio where she pulled down the book Lewis. Tsurumaki. Lewis’s Opportunistic Architecture. As a collection of work it from the Architect’s it read surprisingly well. Let’s be honest, most architects don’t really know how to make something readable – perhaps livable but way too many of them don’t get typography. This book though actually proved me wrong. With a lot of images and understandable stories behind the work it’s a book that someone would want to spend part of their day with.

Lewis. Tsurumaki. Lewis's Opportunistic Architecture

It was refreshing to see a design machine in action where they really believe in what they do. Those walls with all their books really mirror what interests them. That’s helpful when a lot of the world is in a mode of just pushing stuff out as opposed to considering if something should really go out there to be read.

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  • http://seanaes.com Sean

    I always peek in there whenever walking by, I’m jealous. Looks like the gathering was appropriately book centered, but I can guess that it was also a party party.

  • http://www.papres.com Kevin Lippert

    Dear Sean (or anybody else),
    Next time you’re walking by, please hit the buzzer, we always welcome drop-in visitors, especially interested ones, and have copies of all our new and recent books on display. Plus you can meet Viola, our office dog.
    –Kevin Lippert, Publisher
    Princeton Architectural Press