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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

NESS. On Architecture, Life, and Urban Culture

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Issue 1/ Between Cozy History & Homey Technics

Florencia Rodriguez, Pablo Gerson. Stan Allen, Emanuel Christ, Daniela Freiberg, Anna W. von Huber, Sharon Johnston, Isabella Moretti, Lisa Naudin, Enrique Ramirez, Camilo Restrepo, Javier Agustín Rojas, Mariam Samur, Lisa Ubelaker Andrade, Jesus Vassallo, Lena Wimmer, Mimi Zeiger.

Lots of Architecture Publishers introduces NESS: a magazine on Architecture, Life, and Urban Culture.

For the Spring 2018 issue, NESS warms up with a selection of the nine installations that rocked 2017 and further browses through the work of Eleni Petaloti & Leonidas Trampoukis, whose sibling practices—LOT and objects of common interest—shift from one scale to another with subtle sophistication. Plus, Berlin-based architect Lena Wimmer presents her utmost experimental projects.

Next, NESS headed to Detroit and dedicates a 38-page survey to draw a portrait of the city through their own curious and questioning lenses. The editors went to the Planning and Development Department and talked to authorities, designers, architects, community representatives, and developers shaping the former Motor-City.

In the Dossier section, “Between Cozy History and Homey Technics”, architects, critics, and thinkers were asked to provocatively discuss the intellectual and pragmatic set of tools at hand: Stan Allen and Jesus Vassallo talk about photography and the built environment as a filter of abstraction; Enrique Ramirez and Mimi Zeiger reflect on the aesthetics—or lack thereof—in contemporary representation technics; Emanuel Christ and Camilo Restrepo imagine the type as a vehicle for ideas to travel through building cultures; and Sharon Johnston and Florencia Rodriguez exchange views on curating in architecture. Lastly, NESS crew flew to Chicago, Vienna, Seoul, and Valparaiso to review the latest events and reflect upon the biennial phenomenon.

And, finally in Documents, NESS sat down with two acclaimed architecture offices: French Bruther and New York-based SO – IL to get to know each of their practice, processes, and projects in a comprehensive interview, detailed drawings and photographs.

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Author: Florencia Rodriguez, Pablo Gerson. Stan Allen, Emanuel Christ, Daniela Freiberg, Anna W. von Huber, Sharon Johnston, Isabella Moretti, Lisa Naudin, Enrique Ramirez, Camilo Restrepo, Javier Agustín Rojas, Mariam Samur, Lisa Ubelaker Andrade, Jesus Vassallo, Lena Wimmer, Mimi Zeiger.

Editor: Florencia Rodriguez & Pablo Gerson

Size: 21 x 29,7 cm / 8.5 x 11 in.
Illustrations: Color
Cover: SoftCover
Pages: 224
Publication date: July 2018
Published by: Lots of Architecture publishers
Languages: English
ISBN: 978-1-732010-60-4
Price: 18€ / $20 / £16

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

Repair

9781948765008

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

LA Forum Reader

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From the Archives of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design

Rob Berry, Victor Jones, Michael Sweeney, Mimi Zeiger, Chava Danielson, Joe Day, Thurman Grant, Duane McLemore

The LA Forum Reader brings together three decades of discursive writings and publications on architecture, urbanism, and Los Angeles culled from the archives of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design. Published under thematic sections: Experiments, Detours, Hunches, and Santa Anas, with interludes dedicated to Art and Architecture, Downtown, and the long-running LA Forum Newsletter, the collected essays and interviews track an uneven and lesser-known history of experimental architecture, postmodern geographies, and alternative urbanism in L.A. as told by the city’s key designers and thinkers.

Today, Los Angeles is a major architectural and urban player, but for decades the city was dismissed suburban and centerless. In republishing three decades of material on architecture and design in Los Angeles, the LA Forum Reader reclaims and reconsiders the city’s architectural and discursive histories. It establishes, or reestablishes, a textual context for critical experimentation and urban investigation. This anthological volume includes essays, interviews, and reproductions of publications that have long been out of print, including pamphlets by Craig Hodgetts and Margaret Crawford, as well as early writings by Aaron Betsky and John Chase.

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Editors:

Rob Berry, Victor Jones, Michael Sweeney, Mimi Zeiger, Chava Danielson, Joe Day, Thurman Grant, Duane McLemore

Size: 15,25 x 22,90 cm. 6 X 9 in.
Illustrations: Color
Cover: SoftCover
Pages: 256
Publication date: September 2018
Published by: Actar Publishers & Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design
ISBN: English 978-19-45150-99-9
Price: 30€ / $34.95 / £29

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

Re-Visiting Metropolitan Barcelona

Public Space 2013-2017

Projects and Urban Design Section, AMB / Poch Comunicación

This volume, the fifth in the collection Metropolitan Spaces, is published with the intention of marking a turning point as it broadens its sights and moves away from the concept of catalogue. Its objective, beyond incorporating a historical reflection of the vital role that the AMB has played in the design, the construction of public space, and the transformation and structuring of the metropolitan territory, is to blaze new paths for the future.
In order to do so, the volume offers three types of concepts: data, texts and projects. The data explains the context and offers the reader an objective idea of the territory. Then, the texts and their authors help to explain the complexity of the territory, its past and its future potential. Visiting public space, the way of understanding it and acting in it contributed by guest practices, is complemented by re-visiting the work carried out in the last 30 years, contributed by the team of the AMB.
Finally, the projects included confirm the diversity and the quality of the works developed by the institution. The content is divided into six chapters: park space, river space, coastal space, covered space, urban space and mobility space. These are, in short, spaces that characterise the metropolitan area of Barcelona, and which, in the course of these 30 years, have acquired an entity of their own.

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Author:

Projects and Urban Design Section, AMB / Poch Comunicación

Size: 13.7 x 9.1 in. / 34,9 x 23,2 cm
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard Cover
Pages: 303
Publication date: April 2018
Published by: Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB)
Distributed by: ACTAR PUBLISHERS
ISBN: English 978-84- 87881-22- 0
ISBN: Spanish 978-84- 87881-21- 3
ISBN: Catalan 978-84- 87881-20- 6
Price: 30€ / $39.95 / £30

Imminent Commons: Live from Seoul

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Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017

Hyungmin Pai, Hyewon Lee, Yerin Kang, Jie-Eun Hwang, Soo-in Yang et al.

The fourth book from the Seoul Biennale 2017 explores the sites, exhibition installations, and diverse array of programs that were realized during the Seoul Biennale.

Imminent Commons: Live from Seoul is Centered on the Live Projects sections (Production City, Urban Foodshed, Walking the Commons) and the Public Programs, the book highlights Seoul’s complex urban fabric as a theatre on which the Seoul Biennale was played out. It is a book that focuses less on individual installations and more on the biennale as a specific set of places. It shows how much the character of theses places is an integral part of the Biennale’s cosmopolitan, transnational gaze.

The book includes essays by Hyungmin Pai, Hyewon Lee, Yerin Kang and Jie-Eun Hwang, Soo-in Yang and Kyungjae Kim, Soik Jung, E-Roon Kang and Wonyoung So, Won-joon Choi, John Hong, Kyubg Yong Lim, Sunjae Kim, Nayeon Kim, Dongwoo Yim and Calvin Chua, OBRA Architects, with photographs by Kyung Sub Shin and Suyeon Yun.

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Hyungmin Pai, (ed.)

Size: 6.7 x 9.5 in. / 17 x 24 cm.
Pages: 260
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard cover
Publication date: September 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-92-0
Price: 35€ / $39.95 / £31

Mute Icons

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A Pressing Dichotomy in Contemporary Architecture

Marcelo Spina, Georgina Huljich / PATTERNS

Mute Icons challenges fixed aesthetic notions of beauty in architecture as both, disciplinary discourse and a spatial practice within the public realm.

No longer concerned with narrative excesses or with the “shock and awe” of sensation making; the mute icon becomes intriguing in its deceptive indifference towards context, perplexing in its unmitigated apathy towards the body. Dwelling in the paradox between silence and sign and aiming to debunk a false dichotomy between critical discourse, a pursue of formal novelty and the attainment of social ethics, Mute Icons reaffirms the cultural need and socio-political relevance of the architectural image, suggesting a much-needed resolution to the present but incorrect antagonism between formal innovation, social responsibility and economic austerity.

This book aspires to stimulate authentic speculations on the real building, public space and landscape.

Marcelo Spina is on the design faculty at SCI-ARC.

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Constance Vale, (ed.)

Size: 6.4 x 9.2 in. / 16,5 x 23,5 cm.
Pages: 310
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft cover
Publication date: August 2019
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-86-9
Price: 32€ / $34.95 / £30

Behavioral Formation: Volatile Design Processes and the Emergence of a Strange Specificity

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Roland Snooks

Emergent processes of formation create intensive, volatile, intricate, complex phenomena. These processes have come to define our contemporary understanding of the nature of becoming, which stands in contrast to established notions of architectural design and authorship.

The design research of Roland Snooks is a speculation on the relationship between emergent processes of formation and architectural design intention, and explores the strange specificity of an architecture that is drawn out of this interaction. This research operates within a larger architectural and cultural concern for complex systems and their role in algorithmic design processes.

The original methodological territory carved out from this larger milieu is the articulation of a design process in which architectural intention is embedded within emergent processes.

Roland Snooks is a senior lecturer in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT.

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Roland Snooks, (author)

Size: 6.4 x 9.2 in. / 16,5 x 23,5 cm.
Pages: 256
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft cover
Publication date: October 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-92-5
Price: 32€ / $34.95 / £29.90