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Twelve Beautiful Books of 2021 to Give as Gifts!

As the end of the year draws near, we highlight some of the most beautiful books of 2021, which would make great gifts for the book-lover on your Christmas list…

This list includes picture books, graphic novels, nature books, and art / coffee-table books.

 

*** Our Advent calendar of 2021’s Best Books



Non-Extractive Architecture: On Designing Without Depletion

Space Caviar

(Sternberg Press)

How architects can move toward a more just, harmonious, and non-exploitative designed environment.

Architecture–and architects–have immense influence in defining the way we live, work, and interact as communities. Architecture, in fact, could be described as the very process through which our collective priorities take shape in the environment. Today, buildings generate nearly forty percent of annual global greenhouse gas emissions. As awareness of the true cost of inaction grows, every human activity will be rethought–and the material economy of the building industry is one of the places where new thinking is most urgently needed. Architects have the opportunity to reclaim their relevance by becoming the advocates and masterminds of a new way of building.

What kind of architecture will be born once its primary purpose is serving communities and not capital accumulation? How can we compel the market to factor in the true long-term costs of construction and material production? How can we reduce the sense of abstraction that separates “consumers” of architecture from the environmental damage wrought at the sites of material extraction? How can communities become fully involved in every stage of the production of architecture, not just its final consumption? This book attempts to frame the problem, and begins the process of delineating alternative paths forward. The first step architects can take towards a more just, harmonious, and non-exploitative designed environment is to redesign themselves, and what the word “architect” stands for.

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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com


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