Local Architects Share Their Art with the Community–Tis the Season!

design for an empathic

Thank you to the many artists, architects and builders from around the valley who have contributed books, ideas and funding to The Community Library over the years! Through their generosity, our already robust design and architecture section is considerably enhanced.

Every year, Wood River’s own Mountain Section of the Idaho Chapter of the American Institute of Architects selects exemplary books on design, art and architecture and donates them to The Community Library to share with our local and global patrons. The tradition dates back over twenty years, lending depth and breadth to our collection. This year’s donation just arrived, a gift for the Solstice.

tadeo ando

Tadeo Ando: Houses features brilliant layouts of 30 years of the architect’s work in concrete dwellings from Mexico to Sri Lanka. The book includes floorplans and photographs of the finished houses. Design for an Empathic World: Reconnecting to People, Nature and Self by Sim Van der Ryn explores the psychological aspects and human factors in city planning and engineered living. In harmony with its sustainable themes, the book itself is of modest size and printed on recycled, acid-free paper. The Power of Pro Bono: 40 Stories about Design for the Public Good by Architects and Their Clients occupies the intersection between design and social justice.

sagrada familia

The best hands on book, coming in at only 16 pages, is Gaudi Pop-ups by Courtney Watson McCarthy, with both photos and pop-up three dimensional foldouts of the Park Güell, Serpentine Bench, Salamander Fountain, Casa Batlló, Casa Milà and Sagrada Familia.

This year’s donation includes two books for our children’s collection to encourage bright young makers. My Name is Georgia a portrait by Jeanette Winter, is a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year for young readers, and follows the artistic path of Georgia O’Keeffe with bright, bold, color illustrations. Young Frank Architect by Frank Viva (a cover artist for the New Yorker) is published by the Museum of Modern Art.

Young Frank Arch

Thank you from all our patrons, young and old! Check out the art at The Community Library, where library cards are free, and a world of books are waiting.

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Cities of Ambition

Our July book order is in! July is a strong month for summer reads and literary fiction, but there are some robust nonfiction books hitting the shelves as well for inquiring readers. We’ve just added three new publications centering on iconic American cities–Chicago, Washington D.C., and New York–to the Community Library collection.

City of Ambition

City of Ambition: FDR, La Guardia, and the Making of Modern New York by Mason B. Williams is a strong historical study of Depression era New York and how the partnership of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Fiorello LaGuardia laid down the infrastructure of the modern city in the midst of economic crisis. The story of political and personal collaboration in both peace and wartime emergency conditions illustrates a strong lesson in the politics of the possible.

This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral–Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!–In America’s Gilded Capital by Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, comes out in mid-July. Leibovich’s book is in sharp contrast to Williams’ history–it centers more on the comedically dysfunctional aspects of the labyrinthine political networks entwined in modern Washington, D.C. His exploration of the social links that tie the media and power brokers of the Capitol together is peppered with stinging observations about influence peddling, conflict of interest, and social graft. The chapter ‘The Entourage’ is headed with a quote by Eric Hoffer–“Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.” There is not a lot about the architectural roots and buildings of Washington D.C. in This Town, though, as Gore Vidal’s grandfather, Senator Thomas P. Gore said, “They will make wonderful ruins.”

the third coast

The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream by native Thomas Dyja delves deeply into every layer of his city as it transformed itself from the chaos of the Depression and post-war boom through the heyday of the Daley Machine during 1960 election of John F. Kennedy. Dyja’s account celebrates the renaissance of cultural influences surrounding the city’s turbulent growth, from Louis Sullivan to Frank Daley, Muddy Waters to Sun Ra, Nelson Algren to Studs Terkel, Kukla, Fran and Ollie to Second City. Maps locate the Stockyards, The Macomba Lounge, the first McDonalds, Chess Records, the School of Design, and the Playboy Club. The book fuses art, architecture, music and politics in a crackerjack study of Chicago’s indelible influence on the American Dream.

Next month marks the release of award-winning writer Amit Chaudhuri’s new book, Calcutta, presenting a deep cultural contrast to American cities. Chaudhuri’s work is a blend of memoir and history, and pairs well with Katherine Boo’s study on Mumbai, Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Or, if your reading tastes take you in a wilder direction, our Development Director Colleen Crain highly recommends a new and transformative memoir and travelogue exploring quite a different kind of city and terrain, To the Moon and Timbuktu by Nina Sovich.

Read with ambition, at The Community Library!