Posted by: matt | July 26, 2009

best architectural bookstore in the world

Best Architectural Bookstore in the World!

Prairie Avenue Bookshop

I went to college in Chicago, the best city to study Architecture. We had the downtown as our laboratory, discovering and learning block after block.

Our professors made sure we had plenty of studio projects in downtown and the adjacent neighborhoods.

Well, if downtown was our playground. Prairie Avenue Bookshop was truly our library. You see, while other college majors bought their books at the college bookstore, we did not. We were prescribed our tailored list of architecture books, usually in some off hour, deep in a studio crit. Typically, after a professor had a chance to evaluate our standing and competence. Then, we were whispered, “Hey, you should check out Morphosis’ latest or maybe Steven Holl…” After receiving the “suggestion” we automatically knew where to go, Prairie Avenue.
What can I say. Every visit was met with some incredible find. That one book to mold you into what you are, or aren’t, today.

I owe a lot to that bookstore. And, I read a disturbing story from the Chicago Tribune today.

It seems that Prairie Avenue may be forced to close soon…too soon.

So, here’s where I come in with the pitch: Okay everybody, scratch your head and see if you can help make a diference!

Any ideas??


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