If you haven’t yet been to any of the RIBA’s monthly book clubs, do give it a go. Held at lunchtime on a Friday, in the new members’ bar to the left of reception at 66 Portland Place, it’s relaxed, friendly and thought-provoking.
Last week I shared a session titled, ‘How and who should we be designing housing for?’ with Paul Karakusevic, author of ‘Social Housing’, a lovely book that has led on to exhibitions in New York and elsewhere (the collection of large, timber models - many of them sectional - is a treat in itself). I followed on with ‘Age-friendly Housing; Future Design for Older People’. The two parts worked well together; the discussion with the audience off 40-50 was animated and the hour went quickly.
The event isn't about selling books, but it was gratifying when Helen Castle, who arranges the programme and chairs the sessions, mentioned later that staff in the RIBA bookshop had reported a queue of 66 people after the session! The line-up for the next few book clubs looks great too - you can find out more here.