The Rest Is Still Unwritten

Bookshelves for unwritten books on display at the Storefront for Art and Architecture

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A new show at the Storefront for Art and Architecture titled Architecture Books / Yet to Be Written features empty bookshelves. (Naho Kubota)
A new show at the Storefront for Art and Architecture titled Architecture Books / Yet to Be Written features empty bookshelves. (Naho Kubota)

The Vito Acconci– and Steven Holl-designed rotating facade panels of the Storefront for Art and Architecture have been retrofitted with bookshelves filled with unwritten books for a new exhibition titled Architecture Books / Yet to Be Written, now on view through August 25. The installation is designed by New York-based practice Abruzzo Bodziak Architects (ABA) and is part of the New York Architecture Book Fair, a new initiative from the Storefront.

Bookshelves attached to the rotating facade can swing into the street. (Naho Kubota)

The shelves are made of painted MDF, and will hold book covers and titles of books “that we should have written, but that we never did, and books yet to be written, that we still should,” according to a statement from the Storefront. The initiative named Yet to be Written was launched to start discussions about the opportunities missed by architects and architectural theorists.

The exhibition starts with mostly empty shelves. The shelves gradually fill up as “non-profit organizations, students, independent publishers, creative collectives and gallery visitors” nominate books to the Storefront. Check out this link for more details.

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