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Essays on Thermodynamics, Architecture and Beauty

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Author: Iñaki Ábalos,
Renata Sentkiewicz

Size: 16,5 x 23,5 cm / 6.5 x 9.25 in.
Pages: 320
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: 2015
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-19-2
ISBN: Spanish 978-1-940291-28-4
Price: 30€ / $34.95 / £27.95

A compendium of essays and projects, that creates a projective document able to set up new scenarios for the architecture of the next decade.

This is a book that unfolds arguments and designs around the concept of “thermodynamic beauty”. This new aesthetic category opens up new and unexpected directions to the architect’s work, connecting architecture and thermodynamics without giving up the tectonic tradition. The compendium is developed through the concepts of Somatisms, Verticalism, Thermodynamic Materialism, Monsters Assemblage, and, summarizing design strategies and opening new territories at the scales of building, public space and landscape.

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GSD Platform 8

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Author: Zaneta Hong

Size: 23.1 x 15.4 cm.
Pages: 300
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: January 2016
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-74-1
Price: 30€ / $34.95 / £28

Platform 8 catalogs a curated selection
of work generated in the past year at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Alongside final products of design education, Platform 8 places particular emphasis on collecting and documenting the people and artifacts that shape research-driven design practices. Here, design is presented both as process and as a final product. The book’s indexical structure, punctuated with a collection of portraits, presents a comprehensive picture of the school. Platform 8 shows the intention, direction, and passion seen and experienced every day at the GSD.

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Making it Modern: The History of Modernism in Architecture and Design

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Author: Aaron Betsky

Size: 16,5 x 23,5 cm / 6.5 x 9.25 in.
Pages: 352
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: 2015
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-15-4
Price: 23€ /$29.95 / £23

This book traces the astonishing opening up of a brave new world of open empty space, the arrival of the beauty and terror of the machine into daily life, and the attempts to represent them in the construction of a modernist world.

At its root, modernism is that fundamental. It is a question of having something to represent that is of the moment. In the most radical interpretation, modernism always comes too late. The modern is that which is always new, which is to say, always changing and already old by the time it has appeared. Modernism is always a retrospective act, one of documenting or trying to catch what has already appeared –an attempt to fix life as it is being lived. Modernity is just the very fact that we as human beings are continually remaking the world around us through our actions, and are doing so consciously. Modernism is a monument to or memory of that act, which in its own making tries to remake the world it is pretending to represent.

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KERB 23: Digital Landscape

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Publication date: March 2016
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-76-5
Price: 27.5€ / $29.95 / £22

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Suprarural: Architectural Atlas of Rural Protocols of the American Midwest and the Argentine Pampas

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Author: Naile, Ciro Lluís, Ortega

Size: 25.4 x 20.3 cm.
Pages: 300
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: March 2015
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-54-3
Price: 30€ / $34.95 / £26

The Atlas of rural protocols in the American Midwest and the Argentine Pampas is structured along eight systems of organization: transport and infrastructure, land subdivision, agricultural production, water management, storage and maintenance, human habitation, animal management, land management. Each of these systems possesses a number of organizational types, material components, normative relationships, and spectra of performance, which become available through a manual of instructions for a Suprarural architectural environment. The research is based on a realistic-overriding ethics towards design that operates by abstracting and intensifying unexplored territorial phenomena.

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Soupergreen!

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ISBN: English 978-1-940291-53-6
Price: 25€ / $29.95 / £23

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Total Latin American Architecture

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Author: Ana de Brea

Size: 23 x 16.5 cm.
Pages: 400
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: June 2015
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-47-5
Price: 38€ / $44.95 / £32

Libretto of Modern Reflections & Contemporary Works

This book is not about a folk or typical Latin American architecture. Latin America is not some faraway, isolated region, rather a huge and universal laboratory. It shows a different Latin America through its recent architecture, which flourishes in our time of global communications. It does have roots in the past; but does not appeal to nostalgia. Architecture thought for the present and designed for the near future. Total Latin American Architecture intends to communicate a targeted objective, to circumscribe a segment, a series of observations and actions in architecture.

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Public Catalyst

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Author: Manuel Bailo

Size: 16,5 x 23,5 cm / 6.5 x 9.25 in.
Pages: 265
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft
Publication date: 2015
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-20-8
Price: 22€ / $ 24.95 / £19.95

Published with University
of Virginia 
School of Architecture

Demonstrates the existence of public space catalysts, as well as the need of their presence for an expectant or indifferent place to be activated.

This work, which understands that the city, now and ever, has had and must have public spaces of intensity, proposes the urban catalysts as agents capable of activating a place that was previously indifferent. The comparative work of historical and recent cases, developed by research and drawings work, has allowed us to discover that the vivid public spaces of identity and reference have been formed due to the urban effect caused by these agents that we call “catalysts”. Manuel Bailo’s work includes a wide range of projects, moving from urban scale to interiorism. It has been fully published and awarded. Some examples are: GardenHouse 0.96; Hotel Ciutat d’Igualada, and Façade-Steps Landscape of Manresa Town Hall, shown at On Site: New Spanish Architecture, MoMA Museum of New York in 2006, and won in 2010 the prestigious international Contracworld Award. They have also received the First “Annual Commercial Space Award” in China 2011. And they have received the prestigious Spanish Award FAD twice.

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OAB (Updated): Office of Architecture in Barcelona

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Author: Carlos Ferrater
& Partners

Size: 22 x 27,5 cm / 8.5 x 11 in.
Pages: 320
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard with cloth
Publication date: 2015
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-57-4
Price: 49€ / $54.99 / £40

OAB draws on the collaborative nature of the Carlos Ferrater previous studio, incorporating new ways of understanding the contributions of each team member to generate richer and more varied, prepared and flexible projects. The creation of this new platform attempts to address the challenges that contemporary architecture has raised in intellectual, social, technological, and environmental spheres.

The contents are organized as a collection of chapters that turn the spotlight on both projects and recently built works. These convey a willingness to work in different scenarios, expanding and enriching the range of proposals in the pursuit of new avenues of formal expression. The book covers the theoretical aspects of each project, focusing on innovation, research, and the application of new technologies. At the same time, as we explore each project’s development, emphasis is placed upon context, the building’s objectives, and the social roots of the architect’s work.

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Plans and Projects for Barcelona 2011-2015

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Size: 240 x 310 cm.
Pages: 440
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Flexibound
Publication date: March 2016
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-72-7
Price: 45€ / $44.95 / £32

“We are working to make Barcelona a self-sufficient city of productive neighbourhoods at a human speed, within a hyper-connected and zero-emissions metropolis”.

The content of this book represents a wide selection of the plans and projects developed in the city of Barcelona in the period covering from the year 2011 to 2015, divided in types and thoroughly explained.

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