The following news articles are geared toward students and other professionals.
Skinny Books and All
As indicated in the Proust (Book) Questionnaire I posted recently, the last book I bought (at the time) was Solitary Travelers, a slender, two-volume book in a slipcase documenting the work of visiting scholars at the Cooper Union School of Architecture in 1977. The book appeals to me for the content (contributions by Aldo Rossi and Joseph Rykwert, among others), but also for the fact it is a skinny book.
But what is the appeal with skinny books? Is it how they veer from the norm, often taller than most books on the bookshelf? Or is it the way the tall pages seem to spark interesting page layouts? Or is it the fact the atypical page sizes costs more to produce, therefore making more special artifacts? With just a tad of deliberation I realized perhaps it's how skinny books are architectural, like buildings on a skyline:
British Architect Designs First 3D Printed Element for Use in the Construction Industry
The ETFE plastic roof canopy of the 6 Bevis Marks building in London features a decorative sheath that is the world’s first 3D-printed component approved for use in the construction industry, according to the canopy’s designer Adrian Priestman. Unlike most architecture firms who use 3D printing simply as a modeling tool, Priestman claims that his sheaths are the first to be 3D-printed for a specific use. The parts serve as complex joints between the building’s columns and the arms of its canopy.