Saturday, March 20, 2004

BOOK - Richard Rogers + Architects

Today I have take my time to scan this hard to find book from my Architecture School Library. Richard Rogers + Architects is a great Architectural Monograph Published in the United States of America and United Kingdom 1985  that recollects the works of Richard Rogers and his partners since his students days till the middle of eighties. The book is a really hard to find piece that was in a terrible condition when I  borrowed from the library, so after I scanned it I fix it and re-bounded as best as I could with a lot of care and a bit of glue.
The scanning process is so slow that make me think a lot in the process  about certain problems related with  psychical books. For example, if a teacher recommends a book in class and is available in the stores the main problem its usually only the  price, specially with architecture books that tend to by cool and expensive, but the real problem is when the book is sold out. Then the only change to take a look at it is in the library but every time a teacher recommends one certain book, it literally  flies from the shelves and as we are so many  people in class, you are lucky if you manage to take a glace at it before the semester ends. 
I also wonder what happens when a book from a library gets so used among the years or even worse, when unscrupulous people cut the pages or the pictures they are interested in ( it really happens that sadly) and then the  library is not able to re-buy it because it's sold out. ANd it's pretty comons for architecture publication to be sold out, as  they are usually a kind of a magazine or  monograph publications not with big prints. The thing is the library has expended so much money on a bunch of bounded paper that sooner or later is going to be consumed and become unusable. I understand the advantages of physical books, is always great to have them on your hand and feel them, to be able to read them everywhere anytime, but what about when you have to carry a bunch of them in your backpack day in and day out or when you need a picture or a piece of text and you have to either scan it or re-write it. Sincerely in my opinion digital is going to be the future without a doubt. Physical books will remain forever as a great analogue precious, even luxury backup of the information that surrounds us but the updated last editions will beavailable to be downloaded in few seconds by anyone everywhere anytime. The future is going to be awesome for book lovers and for people that need whatever information the book keeps inside it, in a  fast, reliable and comfortable way.

Richard Roger + Architects
Architectural Monographs
Published in Great Britain in 1985 by Academy editions
Published in the USA in 1985 by St Martin's Press
ISBN-10: 0312682077
ISBN-13: 978-0312682071

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