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Treacherous Transparencies. Thoughts and Observations Triggered by a Visit to Farnsworth House

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Author: Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron

Size: 14 x 20 cm / 5.5 x 7.8 in.
Pages: 96
Illustrations: Color & Black and White
Cover: Hardcover
Publication date: June 2016
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-11-1
ISBN: German 978-1-945150-12-8
Price: 22€ /$24.95 / £18

Treacherous Transparencies analyzes transparency as expressed in architecture and art in an attempt to understand the intentions and objectives that underlie its use by pertinent architects and artists.

The publication looks at a few important works by selected artists and architects who work with transparency as an artistic strategy, which they implement primarily by using glass and mirrors but other media as well. The architects and artists listed together in this context form an unlikely alliance: Bruno Taut, Ivan Leonidov, Marcel Duchamp, Mies van der Rohe, Dan Graham, and Gerhard Richter. But they do have something in common: their work marks salient way stations in the story of modernism up to the present day.

Published in the context of the inaugural Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP). Launch of the publication series by the inaugural MCHAP award winners Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron for their project 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach.

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Time for Play. Why architecture should take happiness seriously

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Author: AZC – Atelier Zündel Cristea, Grégoire Zündel and Irina Cristean

Size: 23 x 30 cm / 9.05 x 11.81 in.
Pages: 160
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Softcover
Publication date: June 2016
ISBN: English 9781940291819
Price: 28€ /$34.95 / £26.90

Over the last 15 years AZC’s architectural work has developed through a diverse range of experiences. This book, Time for Play, presents exhibition pavilions, temporary installations, and ideas competitions – a mix of built and un-built projects.

“Today’s situation promotes innovation, supports creativity and enriches projects, calling on our intelligence. We are forced to take a new look at practices and uses, to consider different ways of doing things, to think about the humanity of a place; and all this when we still find it so hard to understand community needs, and even more so to keep up with changing society. Faced with a changing world, they propose solutions that are novel in their shape, use, cost and temporality. This project is realistic and realisable. The architects put their intelligence and skill not into regurgitating conventional solutions but into inventing new ones. They have left behind the stagnant reproduction of the city and shapes of the 19th century, repetition of a past time, and moved on to building in response to our times. Is this modernity? Does this project mark a new era, as did Paris Plage in 2002, or the subsequent shifting developments along the Left Bank of the Seine?” Jean-Pierre Charbonneau – 2015

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Facts

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Author: Josep Lluís Mateo, Folch Studio (eds.)

Size: 22 x 30 cm / 8.6 x 11.8 in.
Pages: 196
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hardcover
Publication date: June 2016
ISBN: English 9781945150029
ISBN: Spanish 9781945150159
Price: 30€ /$34.95 / £26.9

Vision of recent buildings and projects from one of the most outstanding European architectural practice, also presented from a multilayered critic panel.

Presenting architectural works at the time when they have been done is a critical question to understand, by specific practices, trends into our contemporarity. This book presents a full description of the projects by reelaborated materials (plans, texts, photos) producing a network able to transmit the qualities of the real architecture. Different contributions theoretical. Coming from preeminent academicians, expand the arguments passing from the single cases to a category.

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Vertical Urban Factory

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Author: Nina Rappaport

Size: 7.5 x 10 in.
Pages: 480
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Softcover
Publication date: 2016
ISBN: English 978-84-15391-32-6
Price: 59€ / $64.95 / £45.50

This publication focuses on the spaces of production in cities—both the modernist period and today—and the technologies that have contributed to shifts in factory architecture, manu- facturing, and urban design. It tracks the evolution of the vertical urban factory from the first industrial revolution to the present and provides an analysis of the political, social, and econo- mic factors that have shaped today’s global industrial landscape. Ultimately, it provokes new concepts for the future of urban manufacturing, and the necessity of creating new paradigms for sustainable, self-sufficient urban industry.
The book demonstrates how entrepreneurial, hybrid spaces and cleaner and greener factories can reintegrate manufacturing into city life as new paradigms for urban industry that will prove more sustainable, self-sufficient, and socially equitable workplaces. Vertical Urban Factory includes a timeline of significant developments in technology, architecture, and manufacturing and is illustrated by over four hundred black and white and color photographs of historic and contemporary factories, architectural renderings, and process diagrams.

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Re-Living the City. UABB 2015 Catalogue

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Author: Aaron Betsky, Alfredo Brillembourg, Hubert Klumpner, Doreen Heng Liu

Size: 16 x 22 cm / 6.2 x 8.6 in.
Pages: 656
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Softcover
Publication date: June 2016
ISBN: English 9781945150036
Price: 45€ /$49.95 / £35

This richly illustrated book presents the exhibits and curatorial visions of the 2015 Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism (UABB), organized around the theme, Re-Living the City. It highlights the contributions of dozens of international architects, designers and artists, and offers 12 probing, original essays.

The projects and essays of UABB 2015, Re-Living the City, criticize the status quo of architecture and urbanism, but they also resist the false dream of designing a perfect city from scratch. Instead, they portray the city as the incremental product of its inhabitants and designers, who provisionally make and remake its fabric through various means at their disposal. Urbanization in the world’s fastest growing regions today has a dual character: officially-sanctioned, large-scale development shadowed by unregulated or ‘informal’ spaces built by disenfranchised migrants. UABB 2015 operates between these poles, seeking alternative paradigms to generate a more sustainable, equitable, and imaginative urbanity. It calls for clean air and water, but also for wider freedom and power to participate in remaking the city and to express one’s place in it. Through experiments and case studies, the curators have embraced a hands-on role for designers, makers, and ordinary residents alike.

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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: 35€ / $39.95 / £32

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: October 2016
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 Landscapes

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Author: Georgia Aldous, Sophia Horomidis, Rebecca Pike & Robert Williamson

Size: 21 x 29,7 cm / 8.3 x 11.7 in.
Pages: 128
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft
Publication date: September 2016
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-76-5
Price: 27.50€ / $29.95 / £22

Originating as a RMIT university pamphlet in 1989 for the purpose of discussing landsca- pe architecture. The journal now boasts a diverse selection of contributors, focusing on contemporary landscape architecture themes. The journal is edited by a group of stu- dents, who select the articles pertinent of each edition. Kerb seeks to set the agenda for designers and architects, establishing a platform for new ideas and contemporary design theory. Kerb Journal is now featured on university reading lists around the world.

It is the identification and manipulation of matter that has the potential to inform, change, align, and drive a physical interaction and making with the world. Kerb 23 examines ways in which ‘Digital Landscape’ discourse can be applied to landscape architecture. Through exploring Simulation, Fabrication, Augmentation and emerging theories of ‘Digital Ecologies’ we can navigate new horizons of what is made ‘possible’ within and through the realm of digital landscapes in regards to unlocking, transforming, storing and distributing the way we might reveal, uncover, and generate alternative modes of translation and interaction.

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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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