Book of the Month: Temporary Pleasure – nightclub architecture, design and culture from the 1960s until today

Opening with the psychedelic haunts of the 1960s New York pop art scene and closing more than half a century later with the rise of post-club happenings, Temporary Pleasure shows how nightlife spaces have evolved to meet the needs of their generation, and how each generation was seeking something a little different from the one before.

Each chapter focuses on a distinct phase and location: Italy’s politically radical clubs of the ’60s; New York City’s disco scene; Detroit and Chicago’s techno and house paradises; Ibiza’s counterculture communal retreats; Britain’s rave culture; and Berlin’s techno scene.

The clubs come to life in double-page spreads that feature specs and detailed profiles. Author John Leo Gillen offers his take on various important cultural, design, and architectural details, while numerous photographs offer their own vibey stories. The book features interviews with people involved in a number of the scenes, from NYC disco mainstay DJ Justin Strauss to Ben Kelly, architect of Manchester’s legendary venue The Haçienda.

As the world emerges from its Covid-induced isolation, this celebration of crowded rooms, dance-worthy beats, and communal transcendence feels more important than ever.

About the Author

John Leo Gillen has spent his life designing, building and running club spaces. While pursuing a master’s in ephemeral architecture and temporary spaces at Elisava, Barcelona School of Design and Engineering, he spent the coronavirus lockdown archiving ephemeral club spaces on Instagram under the banner Temporary Pleasure.

That formed the basis of this book and turned into an even more ambitious project: Temporary Pleasure is now a collective of architects, event producers, and club creatives who generate new ways to remake clubs through design labs, building workshops and pop-up DIY spaces.

Published by Prestel: April 25 / 2023. Pre-order here

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Loves long walks along the beach, holding hands and romantic 80's power ballads, partial to electronic music and likes to make the odd mix or two.