From the ETSAV Library, we suggest you participate in a reading club to share the reflections of interesting, exciting and not very obvious readings in the field of architecture, urban planning, construction, etc.
To begin, we propose, first of all, Palacios del pueblo which talks about shared spaces where you can socialize and how they are important and influence the quality of life of the people who can enjoy them - it can save their lives. To what extent do infrastructures, usually public, influence our lives? Eric Klinenberg signs this didactic and round essay, which is a fun and quick read, profusely documented, filled with scientific evidence and with a multitude of examples that will surely be very useful to you during your studies.
For the month of October, the proposal is to read An ordinary day in New York. This is a collection of short articles to give a more authentic taste of New York from the 70s to now. Without hairs on the tongue, in a satirical, witty and, allegedly superficial, Franz Lebowitz talks about what is on her mind with absolute freedom. It deals with the New York of the Jews, the New York of the gays, the New York of endless parties, the New York of tiny and expensive Manhattan apartments and the New York of intellectuals to make people laugh. In short, New York not only stars and contextualizes each of these stories, but also gives them soul. On Netflix we can find Pretend It's a City, directed by Martin Scorsese where he talks to Lebowitz about all these issues.
And before the exams come in December, our suggestion is to read my london. This is a book that we like because it is written from the perspective of someone who lives in a place where he was not born. Agnello Hornby changes his native Palermo for London at a very young age and here begins a life story that he shares with the reader. Through his eyes, we will get to know a very personal London, in the small print, the London of those who live there, of those who want to get lost in it. We will also see a city in constant motion, full of culture, art and welcoming, there is always something new to offer.
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:
- 4 in October per Palacios del pueblo: policies for a more egalitarian society, by Eric Klinenberg;
- 8 November per An ordinary day in New York by Fran Lebowitz;
- 29 November per my london by Simonetta Agnello Hornby.