Monday, December 14, 2009

Paul Goldberger Nuevo Libro

Paul Goldberger celebrates publication of two books:
Why Architecture Matters
Building Up and Tearing Down

It's not often that an author celebrates the simultaneous publication of two books. But there aren't as many writers with the energy of Paul Goldberger.

For many years, Goldberger was the architecture critic for The New York Times and was awarded a Pulitzer for the paper in 1984. These days he is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine where his column, “Sky Line,” appears regularly.

And if that's not enough, Goldberger is a professor of design and architecture at the New School.

Paul Goldberger is the Architecture Critic for The New Yorker, where since 1997 he has written the magazine’s celebrated “Sky Line” column. He also holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School in New York City. He was formerly Dean of the Parsons school of design, a division of The New School. He began his career at The New York Times, where in 1984 his architecture criticism was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism, the highest award in journalism.
He is the author of several books, including Why Architecture Matters, published in 2009 by Yale University Press, and Building Up and Tearing Down: Reflections on the Age of Architecture, a collection of his architecture essays published in 2009 by Monacelli Press. In 2008 Monacelli published Beyond the Dunes: A Portrait of the Hamptons, which he produced in association with the photographer Jake Rajs. Paul Goldberger’s chronicle of the process of rebuilding Ground Zero, entitled UP FROM ZERO: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York, which was published by Random House in the fall of 2004, and brought out in a new, updated paperback edition in 2005, was named one of The New York Times Notable Books for 2004. Paul Goldberger has also written The City Observed: New York, The Skyscraper, On the Rise: Architecture and Design in a Post-Modern Age, Above New York, and The World Trade Center Remembered.

He lectures widely around the country on the subject of architecture, design, historic preservation and cities, and he has taught at both the Yale School of Architecture and the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley in addition to The New School. His writing has received numerous awards in addition to the Pulitzer, including the President’s Medal of the Municipal Art Society of New York, the medal of the American Institute of Architects and the Medal of Honor of the New York Landmarks Preservation Foundation, awarded in recognition of what the Foundation called “the nation’s most balanced, penetrating and poetic analyses of architecture and design.” In May 1996, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani presented him with the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission’s Preservation Achievement Award in recognition of the impact of his writing on historic preservation in New York. In 1993, he was named a Literary Lion, the New York Public Library’s tribute to distinguished writers. In 2007, he was presented with the Ed Bacon Foundation’s Award for Professional Excellence, named in honor of Philadelphia’s legendary planner, and in 2009 he received the Gene Burd Urban Journalism Award from the Urban Communication Foundation.

He has been awarded honorary doctoral degrees by Pratt Institute, the University of Miami, Kenyon College, the College of Creative Studies and the New York School of Interior Design for his work as a critic and cultural commentator on design. He appears frequently on film and television to discuss art, architecture, and cities, and is now at work on a program on the architect Benjamin Latrobe for PBS. He has also served as a special consultant and advisor on architecture and planning matters to several major cultural and educational institutions, including the Morgan Library in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, the New York Public Library and Cornell and Harvard universities. He serves as special advisor to the jury for the Richard A. Driehaus Prize, a $200,000 prize awarded annually for traditional architecture and urbanism. He is a graduate of Yale University, and is a trustee of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio; the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C.; the Forum for Urban Design, and the New York Stem Cell Foundation. He is married to Susan Solomon, and they are the parents of three sons: Adam, a composer for film and television in Los Angeles; Ben, journalist who is now the Chicago Editor of the Huffington Post, and Alex, an Olympics researcher at NBC. He resides in New York City.

Paul will be making several public appearances to discuss and promote both books, which should be available at all of the venues listed below. He recently appeared on NPR's "On Point with Tom Ashbrook" and even more recently appeared on The Colbert Report to discuss the new books.

Here is a brief list, subject to change:

October 18, 1 p.m. – Book signing as part of The New Yorker Festival, to be held at McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street, Manhattan

October 21, 7 p.m. – Barnes and Noble, East 86th Street, Manhattan

October 26 – Lecture, University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, South Bend, Indiana

October 28, 11:30 a.m. – Paul will speak at the annual Book Lover’s Luncheon to support the New Haven Public Library at the Union League Café, Chapel Street, New Haven. That evening, he will deliver a lecture at the New Haven Public Library on Elm Street.

November 4, Chicago – Paul will appear in a conversation with Joe Rosa, curator of architecture and design at the Art Institute of Chicago, on stage at the Art Institute.
November 5, Chicago – Paul will join a panel of architecture critics discussing the state of architecture an architecture criticism at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, moderated by Edward Lifson of NPR.

November 10, Washington, DC—Paul will speak at a book event and book signing sponsored by the Aspen Institute.

November 12, Greenwich, Connecticut—Paul will speak at a luncheon sponsored by the Greenwich Public Library.

November 12, Hartford, Connecticut—Paul will lecture at the University of Hartford.

November 15, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania—Paul will deliver a talk in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Beth Sholom, the only synagogue ever designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

November 16, New York (and everywhere)—Paul will appear on the Colbert Report to talk about the new books.

November 17, New York—Book signing and talk at the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side, Manhattan.

November 18, Boston—Paul will lecture at Trinity Church, the Henry Hobson Richardson materpiece on Copley Square.

November 20, Toronto—Paul will deliver the keynote at a conference on urban transit, followed by a luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel to celebrate the new books.

November 23, New York—Book signing and talk at the Skyscraper Museum in lower Manhattan.

There will be more events to come—watch this space for more news. Thank you for stopping by.