“Nobody reads architecture books nowadays!” Heh, you couldn’t be more wrong. Our architecture bookshop went live at the HDW Design Market a few weeks back. Based on these recent experiences, many seem to think that architecture is a fascinating art. Moreover, good architecture books – both old and new – have a solid audience. Thank you so much, everyone, for stopping by at the Bookmarchitecture stall in Turbiinihalli. I had a great weekend and I loved playing shop. Book business is hard work (books are heavy!), but your enthusiasm for books and architecture made it 110 % worth the effort.
The best part of putting up a pop-up bookshop was that loads of our books found new readers and happy new homes. Shopping at an online bookshop is commonplace, but especially with architecture books, you really want to take a good look at the publication before making a decision. What does the acclaimed title actually look and feel like? Is it more like a coffee table book or a professional textbook? Does the author really know what she or he is talking about? What kind of images are there? Is there a decent amount of biographical information or references? And so on.
Bookm-ark.fi goes Arkkitehtuuri-festarit
Next weekend we’ll put up our next pop-up shop in Helsinki. This time, the event is Arkkitehtuuri-festarit (Architecture Festival) which is a one-day event on Sunday the 1st of October pre-celebrating the World Architecture Day on Monday. The festival has been organized by Hesa-SAFA, the architects’ guild of the Helsinki metropolitan area and it has plenty of programme for the whole day (Facebook event link here): public lectures, workshops for both adults and children and all kinds of architectural activities free and open to the audience.
Our pop-up architecture bookshop will be open on Sunday from noon to 6 pm. You’ll find us in Teatteri Forum, a theatre venue on Yrjönkatu 31 in the Helsinki city centre. Look forward to seeing you there!