From the ETSAV Library we suggest you participate in a book club to share the thoughts of interesting, encouraging and not very obvious readings in the field of architecture, urban planning, construction, etc. For the second semester of the 2022-2023 academic year, we suggest you read two books that present the phenomenon of isolation or separation from two very different perspectives.
The name of this new cycle of readings is "Loneliness & solitude, from the city to nature", and we will make a distinction between the two, the first being an unwanted state that causes suffering and the second a situation in which 'he gets there by personal conviction.
In March, we will comment The lonely city, an essay byOlivia Laing edited by Captain Swing. In this text, Laing speaks of herself as an inhabitant of a city, a place where many lonelinesses coexist, and, based on her experience, she invokes artists whose lives were also marked by loneliness.
In the month of May, we will read Walden, Thoreau, considered one of the seminal non-fiction classics of the modern essay. Many editions of this book, published in 1854, can be found and all of them are valid for reading in the club. In its pages, the author narrates his stay of two years, two months and two days on the shore of Lake Walden where he seeks to rediscover what he considers the true life of a free man and to regain respect for nature.
By reading these two essays, we will trace a path between an urban environment where the author seeks to solve her loneliness understood as a problem and nature, where we find Thoreau who, intentionally, has isolated himself in order to live fully.
If you want to join the club, send us an email (biblioteca.etsav@upc. Edu) and we will contact you to help you get the book. The reading club sessions will be on: