Friday Reading List by Tina and Aljosa at Dekleva+Gregoric Architects

Architecture / Books / Consumer Guide

Some of Tina Gregoric and Aljosa Dekleva's favorite media.

At the end of our interview posted earlier this week, we asked Tina and Aljosa about their favorite books and music. Who knew we were working with hard core kids this whole time! 

Paperhouses: Do you have favorite books or media? Music or film… what kind of extracurricular things do you do?

Aljosa: Well the other day we went to see Jello Biafra. He’s still preaching against the government! (Laughter)

Ph: I love him! I’m actually in San Francisco right now. How funny*



*Watch Jello Biafra campaign to be Mayor of San Francisco here.

Tina: yeah, he was screaming “California uber alles!” (laughter)

Aljosa: Actually in the late 1980s when I was really into this kind of music. Today of course you see it a different way but even now when he has this Guantanamo School of Medicine, he still plays Dead Kennedy songs.



But the time he took between songs to explain himself to the people was longer than the songs. The songs were just decorations. He’s also this kind of messenger of awareness of collectiveness, no? That was interesting as a representation of work today. In terms of books, though, I stated with Jello Biafra because when we were studying in London, we got to know one very interesting book… Community and Privacy written in the 1960s.

Tina: It’s a crucial book, and the subtitle is “Toward a New Architecture of Humanism.” This is something we always try to propose to the students in lecture: to read it very carefully because even though it’s old, the issues are totally the same in the relationship between space and humanity. The role of the architect and kind of this loss of relationship to humanism or humanity in architeture so this is really crucial.

What we also really like a lot is listen to TED talks. Not just architecture ones but also sociological or psychological. Since we’re concerned with people and communities we have to experience that part of society. And I was reading a book by a very young architect, actually an American, Eric J. Cesal. It's called  Down Detour Road: An Architect In Search of Practice. He’s kind of younger than we are, something but something expired in Architecture for his generation, and in 2008 most of the architects in the US lost their jobs. The book is about how to make yourself useful or purposeful in this world. It’s interesting because he wrote this book and then was called by Architecture for Humanity, to work in Haiti. Now he's finally got the job he really wanted and that he was educated for, for so many years. He can finally do that something good. That's what I'm reading now. A different approach to Architecture.



Ph: Well, I think you’re officially our first punk fans in the Paperhouses group, which is actually really exciting. (laughter)

Aljosa: I actually used to be in a punk band. (Tina explodes in laughter)

Tina: (to Aljosa) You’re really bringing that up?

Aljosa: I can send you an MP3!


Aljosa: It was really primitive music you know. We were playing hard core.

Tina: That was twenty years ago and they just celebrated the 20th anniversary of their band so… (laughter)

Ph: I used to be a hard core fan of a sort myself so I can empathize.

Aljosa: My favorite band from that era is No Means No, the Canadians.

Ph: My favorite at the time was also Canadian, Propagandhi. Do you know them?

Aljosa: Ah, no I haven’t. I’m googling it.

Ph: O those Canadians!

Tina: They’re very different no?

Ph: Yeah.

Stay tuned for a possible musical preview of Aljosa's hardcore band…?