Category Archives: Built Books on Architecture & I.D.

Urban Acupuncture:
A Book Launch

Visionary Brazilian architect, urbanist and politician Jaime Lerner has received substantial recognition for his environmental and transportation initiatives and his work relating to the improvement of human settlements. Former president of the International Union of Architects (UIA), three-term mayor of Curitiba, Brazil, and twice governor of Parana State, he played a leading role both in the urban reinvention that gave Brazil a name for urban planning, socio-environmental programs and public transportation, and in the social and economic transformation of Parana.

We’re excited to be hosting the launch of Urban Acupuncture, the first of Jaime Lerner’s books to be published in English, on October 20, 2014.

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By examining “pinpricks” of change – small interventions that bring people together and spark interest and action among the citizenry – Lerner invites us to re-imagine the true building blocks of vibrant communities in a discussion of “urban acupuncture.”

An RSVP to this event buys your ticket to ‘An Evening with Jaime Lerner’ and your copy of the book Urban Acupuncture.

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Jaime Lerner will be available for book signing after the presentation.

 

 

Join Us in Launching Young Frank, Architect: Thursday 10 October



Please join us for a talk by award-winning illustrator and children’s author Frank Viva, followed by a book signing and light refreshments.

Frank will be doing a drawing demonstration for the little ones. (Children are welcome too …)

With its rich colour palette of greys, olives, ambers and cream (it’s printed using nine colours instead of the usual four), Young Frank, Architect is a gorgeous publication, an inspiration for budding architects and a lesson for those who think they’ve seen everything.

See our Facebook page for more details.

The Big Sale. It's Big, and It's a Sale.

Well, it’s finally starting to feel like spring, and we all know what that means:

Cleaning!

No? Okay then, let’s try:

Sale!

That’s right. In honour of the season and its renewing, motivating forces, we’ve decided to comb through our collection at the 401 Richmond store and reduce prices on a selection of products, books and magazines for pretty much all of the next month. It’s the inaugural Big Sale, and it’s aptly named, unlike our former annual Sidewalk Sale (which we were never actually allowed to have on the sidewalk).

Big Sale offerings include Bodoni’s mammoth Manual of Typography from Taschen;
$5 back issues of magazines and annuals such as Communication Arts, Archive and Print; a mixture of classic and contemporary products from Nava, Arzberg, Umbra, imm Living and Rosti; information-loaded digital weather-station clocks designed by Philippe Starck; past issues of the architecturally uplifting 2G Magazine (which has – rather sadly – just gone digital with the newest issue, so grab those printed copies while you can); and some elegant one-off pieces of silverware (because really, who says you need a table setting of four?).

We’ll be discounting these items, and more, right through to Sunday, May 26, when we’ll be open for the final day of Doors Open Toronto. (Another excellent reason to visit the 401 Richmond building, and Swipe in particular.)

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To purchase any of the products or titles mentioned here, please visit Swipe at 401 Richmond Street West, call us toll-free at 1-800-56-swipe or email us at info@swipe.com.

Canada Sketches in Moleskines

Starting this month, we’re honoured to be hosting the travelling Canada Sketches exhibition! Ever wish you could peek into the sketchbooks of leading Canadian design and architecture professionals? Earlier this year, IIDEX, the Toronto Society of Architects, and Milan architects Enrico Cleva and Sara Viarengo Cleva collaborated with Moleskine and sent out blank sketchbooks to firms across the country, inviting them to fill the pages with their ideas and inspirations.

Well, (thankfully) they complied. The sketchbooks were filled with a wealth of illustrations, some beautifully detailed and frame-worthy, then showcased at IIDEX’s International Pavilion. And now? They’re here, fresh from the show and for a limited time only in Swipe’s own humble display.

We’ve got sketches from the studios of Bruce Mau Design, Twenty + Change, Yabu Pushelberg, and Diamond Schmitt Architects, to name a few. They’re only staying until the end of November, so come have a glimpse at the creative workings of Canada’s design greats before they’re on the road again.

In the meantime, check out Azure’s post for more details.