June 2020: What to read this month


What was the role colonialism played in shaping and funding major art collections asks Alice Procter in The Whole Picture

Selected by our team at Caro, here are the top reads to get your teeth into this month:

Race and Space
Earlier this year a group of thought-leaders published a curriculum on race in the built environment. ‘Race’ and Space: What is ‘race’ doing in a nice field like the built environment? is a collective response to the industry’s avoidance of issues of space despite a strong and inextricable link between the two. The curriculum not only asks some of the most important questions facing the built environment today, but also provides suggestions of accessible and crucial writing and films as accompaniments.

This curriculum was curated by Solomon Zewolde, Adam Walls, Dr Tania Sengupta, Dr Catalina Ortiz, Dr Yasminah Beebeejaun, George Burridge and Dr Kamna Patel.

The Whole Picture
Material Historian Alice Procter is best known for her UK-based Uncomfortable Art Tours, tours that focus on unraveling the role colonialism played in shaping and funding major art collections. Procter’s new book, The Whole Picture, takes the reader on a journey through different galleries and asks us who has the right to hold these objects and tell these stories?

Also available online is Procter’s Uncomfortable Library which features accessible recommendations for decolonial reading and books on race and post-empire identity.

Web Design: The Evolution of the Digital World 1990-Today
As the world becomes more digital than ever before, this book from Taschen takes us on a visual journey from the first-ever website through to today’s multimedia virtual landscape. With striking infographics and diagrams, this is a must-read when looking at the new normal.