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Possible Mediums

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Kelly Bair, Kristy Balliet, Adam Fure and Kyle Miller

Possible Mediums presents a collection of sixteen speculative design mediums by emerging architects. Each chapter defines an active medium in contemporary architecture through descriptions, drawings, and objects. Possible Mediums arranges projects according to shared technical and aesthetic traits, creating a vibrant taxonomy of design. Descriptive texts explain the working principles behind each medium and introduce design concepts intended to inspire students and professionals alike. Through its many contributors, Possible Mediums establishes design as a collective endeavor propelled by the open exchange of ideas and techniques. Possible Mediums is not a systematic theory, a manifesto, or a banal survey; it is a projection of architecture and knowledge to come.

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Kelly Bair, Kristy Balliet, Adam Fure and Kyle Miller (eds.)

Size: 17 x 23 cm/ 7 x 9 in.
Pages: 200
Illustrations: Color & Black/White
Cover: Softcover
Publication date: September 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-96-3
Price: 30,00 € / $34.95 / £28

Yamuna River Project

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Iñaki Alday, Pankaj Vir Gupta

This publication presents the results of more than five consecutive years of focused research initiatives and designs from The University of Virginia School of Architecture towards the revitalization of New Delhi, India’s water bodies.

In collaboration with the Delhi Jal Board, The University of Virginia’s Yamuna River Project is an inter-disciplinary research program, proposing to revitalize the ecology of the Yamuna River in Delhi and creating vital urban links with the Yamuna River as it flows through India’s capital city. Through the research, methodologies, and designs contained within this publication, this project aims to serve as a catalyst for the urgent recovery of the Yamuna River and its tributaries, building a publically accessible body of information and expertise resulting in visions of what an alternative future would be. Only by addressing human equality and the complexity of Delhi’s urban phenomenon can the social and ecological crises manifested through these neglected water bodies be solved.

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Joseph Brookover, (ed.)

Size: 9 x 12 in. / 22,8 x 30,5 cm.
Pages: 392
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard cover
Publication date: July 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-67-8
Price: 45€ / $49.95 / £40

Geostories

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Another Architecture for the Environment

DESIGN EARTH (Rania Ghosn and El Hadi Jazairy)

How do we make sense of the Earth at a moment in which it is presented in crisis? Geostories is a manifesto on the environmental imagination that renders sensible the issues of climate change and through geographic fiction invites readers to relate to the complexity of Earth systems in their vast scales of time and space. The book is organized into three sections–terrarium, aquarium, planetarium, each of which revisits such devices of wonder that assemble publics around representations of the Earth. The series of architectural projects becomes a medium to synthesize different forms and scales of knowledge on technological externalities, such as oil extraction, deep-sea mining, ocean acidification, water shortage, air pollution, trash, space debris, and a host of other social-ecological issues. Through design research, Geostories brings together spatial history, geographic representation, projective design, and material public assemblies to speculate on ways of living with such legacy technologies on the planet.

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DESIGN EARTH (Rania Ghosn and El Hadi Jazairy)

Size: 6.6 x 9.44 in. / 17 x 24 cm.
Pages: 232
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft cover
Publication date: May 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-79-1
Price: 25 € / $29.95 / £24

Unfinished

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Ideas, Images, and Projects from the Spanish Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale

Iñaqui Carnicero, Carlos Quintáns, Santiago de Molina, Jacobo García-Germán, Alfonso Batalla, Amale Andraos, et alt.

The book displays the work of seven photographers and fifty five projects of architecture, presenting the problem through the unfinished constructions strewn across different points of Spain ́s geography, as well as five critic essays and eleven interviews with prestigious professors from the international academia.
The dictionary definition of “unfinished” presents the following synonyms: unadorned, crude, formless, imperfect, raw, rough, under construction, unfashioned, unperfected, unpolished, unrefined. All of these adjectives conjure in the imagination of designers a new type of architectural intervention that perceives the existing built environment as a constraint upon which we can leave an important but impermanent mark. In this way, architects become a link in the chain of a structure’s life. Through the concept of the “unfinished,” we may understand the desirability of a perpetual state of evolution of the architectures that define our societies. The architecture of the unfinished leaves open a door to the unexpected, and to ideas and interventions of the future – many of which we may not yet be aware.

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Autors: Iñaqui Carnicero, Carlos Quintáns, Santiago de Molina, Jacobo García-Germán, Alfonso Batalla, Amale Andraos, et alt.

Iñaqui Carnicero, Carlos Quintáns, Ángel García Posada (eds.)

Size: 16.5 x 23.5 cm/ 6.4 x 9.2 in.
Pages: 440
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft cover
Publication date: July 2018
Published By: Actar Publishers
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-68-5
Price: 35 € / $39.95 / £32

Repair

Australian Pavilion, 16th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia 2018

Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright

Repair aims to expand the point of view from the object of architecture, to the way it operates in its context, advocating a role for architecture that catalyses or actively engages with the environmental, social and cultural repair of the places it is a part of.
Repair as an approach to architectural thinking is set to become a critical strategy of architectural culture. It is particularly relevant to Australian architects who work in one of the most diverse and ecologically sensitive landscapes in the world. Uniquely, our cities are interspersed and bordered by remnant vegetation and often connected to large natural systems as well as built over the traditional cultural landscapes of our First Nations peoples. They are also scenes of developing ecosystems at which humans are at the centre of.

This book unpacks the theme, documents the exhibition and catalogues Australian architectural projects that are conceived through acts of repair exhibited at the Australian pavilion.

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Author: Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright

Size: 21,5 x 27 cm / 8.5 x 10.6 in.
Illustrations: Color
Cover: HardCover
Pages: 272
Publication date: May 2018
Published by: Actar Publishers
Languages: English
ISBN: 978-1-948765-00-8
Price: 35€ / $39.95 / £30 / $55.00 AUD

RCR. Dream and Nature

Catalonia in Venice

Pati Núñez, Estel Ortega, Rafael Aranda, Carmen Pigem, Ramon Vilalta.

Nature and history is the physical place that has been chosen to develop a space by RCR Arquitectes to conceive and experiment and to rethink man’s relationship with the world. This physical space is located in the La Vila estate, in the Bianya Valley (Catalonia), surrounded by woods, water, farmland, country houses, etc. In this environment, research is not defined as an isolated phenomenon, but rather as having a direct relationship with what is being explored. It’s a creative, experimental project, and one that is constantly evolving. Technological advances and innovation are applied on an experiential basis in this landscape. New realities are generated, like the humanitacle, a project about the synthesis of man and the built habitat in relation to the surroundings, nature and technology, and la dona i l’home núvol (cloud woman and cloud man), creative beings par excellence and creators of reality. Book introduces this utopia under construction.

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Author: Pati Núñez, Estel Ortega, Rafael Aranda, Carmen Pigem, Ramon Vilalta.

Size: 23,5 x 27 cm / 9,25 x 10,63 in.
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft Cover
Pages: 144
Publication date: June 2018
Published by: Actar Publishers, Institut Ramon Llull
Languages: English, Spanish, Catalan
ISBN: 978-1-948765-02-2
Price: 27€ / $34.95 / £25

General Theory of Urbanization 1867

Ildefons Cerdà

First translation into English on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the publication of the General Theory of Urbanization by Ildefons Cerdà, an essential work on urban development.

In 1867 Ildefons Cerdà published his “Teoria general de la urbanització.” In this text, the “science of building cities”, understood as a phenomenon, became a new discipline with a broad economic, social and cultural impact on the life of the people of the city. Coinciding with 150 years since its publication, its first translation into English is being presented along with the publishing online urbanization.org with the statistics transformed into interactive graphics and open data, with the aim of expanding the knowledge of Cerdà’s work and encouraging debate on the process of “urbanization” in the future.

Co-published with the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in collaboration with the Diputació de Barcelona, the Generalitat de Catalunya through Incasòl. Bloomberg Philanthropies contributed as a collaborator for the international diffusion of the project.

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Vicente Guallart, (ed.)

Size: 7.87 x 10.62 in. / 20 x 27 cm.
Pages: 720
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard cover
Publication date: March 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-90-6
Price: 45€ / $49.95 / £40

Álvaro Siza Vieira: A Pool in the Sea.

In conversation with Kenneth Frampton. Photographs by Vincent Mentzel.

Kenneth Frampton, Vincent Mentzel

This book documents a unique experience of a journey by Alvaro Siza Vieira, Vincent Mentzel and Kenneth Frampton to the early work of Siza in Porto. The book includes a conversation between Kenneth Frampton and Alvaro Siza and photos by Vincent Mentzel.

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Authors: Kenneth Frampton, Vincent Mentzel

Editors: Wiel Arets, Vedran Mimica, Lluís Ortega

Size: 17 x 24 cm / 6.7 x 9.5 in
Illustrations: Color
Cover: HardCover
Pages: 92
Publication date: July 2018
Published by: Actar Publishers
Languages: English
ISBN: 978-1-948765-03-9
Price: 22€ / $24.95 / £18

Superhumanity

Post-Labor, Psychopathology, Plasticity

Chin Jungkown, Common Accounts (Igor Bragado & Miles Gertler), Arisa Ema, Hong Sungook, Yuk Hui, Kim Jaehee, Catherine Malabou, Hannah Proctor, Erik Rietveld, Mark Wasiuta

Focused on post-labor, psychopathology, and plasticity of human mind and body, this book introduces insight, critiques, and propositions in the area of “self-design,” ranging from design and architecture to science, media, history, philosophy, and contemporary art.

The field of design has radically expanded. As a practice, design is no longer limited to the world of material objects, but rather extends from carefully crafted individual looks and online identities, to the surrounding galaxies of personal devices, new materials, interfaces, networks, systems, infrastructures, data, chemicals, organisms, and genetic codes.

Faced with the fourth industrial revolution, this book shed light on the necessity to recognize that manmade, artificial objects are continuously reshaping our daily lives, and thus to rethink the intimate and fundamental relationship between design and what it means to be human.

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea, MMCA, organized the Superhumanity Symposium in Korea, consisting of lectures and panel discussions by experts from diverse disciplines.

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Authors: Chin Jungkown, Common Accounts (Igor Bragado & Miles Gertler), Arisa Ema, Hong Sungook, Yuk Hui, Kim Jaehee, Catherine Malabou, Hannah Proctor, Erik Rietveld, Mark Wasiuta

Editors: Nick Axel, Beatriz Colomina, Nikolaus Hirsch, Jihoi Lee, Anton Vidokle, Mark Wigley

Size: 6 x 8.85 in. / 15,2 x 22,5 cm.
Pages: 150
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft cover
Publication date: March 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-96-8
Price: 27 € / $29.95 / £20

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Issue 1/ Hashim Sarkis Studios 1998 – 2017

Florencia Rodriguez, Pablo Gerson, Stan Allen, Angelo Bucci, Kenneth Frampton, Fabrizio Gallanti, Gabriel Kozlowski, José Mayoral, Luca Molinari, Hashim Sarkis, Nader Tehrani & Felipe Vera.

NESS.docs on Hashim Sarkis Studios has two parts: Projects and Dialogues. The first section includes enticing visual documentation on HSS’s projects (Balloon Landing Park, Housing for the Fishermen, Daily Mosque, Town Hall & Park, Float Pavilion, Watermelon Landscape, and Courtowers) complemented by critical remarks by Nader Tehrani and Sarkis. In the Dialogues section issues an interview to Sarkis by editors, Florencia Rodriguez and José Mayoral, a conversation between Angelo Bucci and Sarkis, and a discussion between Stan Allen, Kenneth Frampton, and Sarkis.

Architecture simultaneously responds to two parallel and seemingly contrasting inputs. First, to the internal concerns of the architect who seeks to react to his own intellectual, emotional or social preoccupations through built work. In some cases, that internal impulse inspires the architect to materialize the same interest again and again, through every work. Second, there are specific requirements for each built work: an encounter with reality and the need to consider the context, people and society, all factors which make every architectural project a highly specific venture. This secondary input provides a solution for challenges that can at first seem extremely undefined. In the case of Hashim Sarkis, such dialectic relationships are expressed throughout one consistent focus: the relationship between the sky and the ground. This relationship is present in every work despite diverse contexts, that bring singularity to every architectural project. Through his numerous built works, we have seen the many ways in which sky and ground can be constructed, framed, viewed, approached, dis-covered, and reinterpreted. A rich set of operations redefine the challenges present throughout every built work: how does a building emerge from a discrete plane and close towards the infinite sky? How do we negotiate the certainties of reality with the uncertainties of that which we cannot measure, that which is not only void, but that in its dynamic movements and constant transformations imprints upon the real? By the real, we mean the façades of buildings, the reflection of windows, and all of the internal and external attributes of the built fabric as well as those of landscapes with color, temperatures, humidity, and, of course, the passing of time that is registered in every component, except in the sky.

—Extract of Jose Mayoral & Felipe Vera’s opening essay, “Understanding a Reflective Practice: Drawing the Third Line”

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Author: Florencia Rodriguez, Pablo Gerson, Stan Allen, Angelo Bucci, Kenneth Frampton, Fabrizio Gallanti, Gabriel Kozlowski, José Mayoral, Luca Molinari, Hashim Sarkis, Nader Tehrani & Felipe Vera.

Editor: Lots of Architecture publishers, José Mayoral & Felipe Vera

Size: 21 x 29,7 cm / 8.5 x 11 in.
Illustrations: Color
Cover: SoftCover
Pages: 192
Publication date: November 2017
Published by: Lots of Architecture publishers
Languages: English
ISBN: 978-1-732010-61-1

Price: 18€ / $20 / £16