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Review Architecture

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Campaign created 8 months ago
A MEANINGFUL DREAM...
I first had the idea of starting a website such as REVIEW ARCHITECTURE  around 2014 while I was working in Berlin at Barkow Leibinger Architekten . I remember that at that time I had no place of discussion to debate and exchange ideas about architecture and whichever book I was trying to finish; no outlet to discuss with the world what I was learning. I could write a facebook post but I knew that 99% of people would ignore it. I also realized that whenever I wanted to find out about a book I would have to go through other websites such as Amazon and read reviews there, whenever available, these reviews were often not so attentive and not so detailed on their verdicts. 

I thought there must be a website that puts together many reviews for people to read one after the other, and to not have to look for every book individually, to my surprise there wasn't any I could find; no one had taken the titanic task of reading everything and report about it. Perhaps this is due to the fact that writers and theorists that read plenty use that knowledge to write their own books, there are indeed many magazines that have their own specific interests, and there are of course many conferences around the world that publish their proceedings on a yearly basis (i.e. ACADIA, eCAADe) yet there is not one place where books and publications would be discussed and appreciated. I had to put myself in a corner with only one escape: I would read all the books and write a review about each and every one.

Long-term goals are very difficult for a reason, their rewards are substantially greater, this would not be an easy task for a person with low grit levels and a true procrastinator. I had to create it myself but how? I don't even consider myself a very knowledgeable person and English is not even my first language. Architecture writing is quite specific. It requires a huge deal of arcane knowledge and uses obscure references that often feel remote, even dull and so I thought of at least creating something informative and entertaining. Something that would create a spark in people and make them become interested in reading and find about new publications, my dream would be to foster more educated opinions and become an erudite in the process. And that in a nutshell is my life's intellectual mission. It is 2018 and I now work in the dutch architecture office UNStudio  located in the beautiful city of Amsterdam.

In order to continue this passion project  I will look out my window to an often overcast sky and review an architecture book every week to continue this dream.

Please consider making a donation. All content in Review Architecture is 100 % free and funded by you the common reader. 

 

EDITOR: AYAX ABREU GARCIA
contact: info@reviewarchitecture.com
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