A pop-up design and architecture book store in Manhattan believes in the print medium for helping bring people together.

The Van Alen Institute is an independent non-profit architectural organization that promotes inquiry into the processes that shape the design of the public realm. Its New York City pop-up architecture and design bookstore is intended to serve as a reading room and a space for public discourse. A surge in the popularity of online book retailers along with the ease and accessibility of digital formats have claimed their casualties amongst traditional bookstores. The Van Alen bookstore defies this trend, defending the legacy and importance of hard copy.

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