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BRACKET 1_ON FARMING

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Bracket is a new book series that highlights emerging critical issues at the juncture of architecture, environment, and digital culture. It is a collaboration between InfraNet and Archinet. Seeking new voices and design talent, Bracket is structured around an open call for entries. Conceived as an almanac, the series looks at emerging thematic in our global age that are shaping the built environment in radically significant, yet often unexpected ways. The series will chart the emergence of this current design generation. A generation rose when the Internet was commonplace, when environmental issues reached critical “inconvenient truth”, and when the cultural capital of architecture was in need of new vision. The Bracket series will address the complex impacts of globalization on architecture, landscape, and urbanism.

Bracket 1 is titled “On Farming” and looks at capacity for architecture to address ideas and issues of productive landscapes and urbanisms. Once merely understood in terms of agriculture, today information, energy, labor, and landscape, among others, can be farmed. Farming harness the efficiency of collective and community. Whether cultivating land, harvesting resources, extracting energy or delegating labor, farming reveals the interdependencies of our globalized world. Simultaneously, farming represents the local gesture, the productive landscape, and the alternative economy. The processes of farming are mutable, parametric, and efficient. Farming is the modification of infrastructure, urbanisms, architectures, and landscapes towards a privileging of production. The issue collects original design projects, installations, and essays, which interrogate new typologies, forms, and formats of the built environment. With almost 40design proposals and 12 essays, “On Farming” collects emerging designers and thinkers internationally.

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Abstract 2015

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Author: Amale Andraos and Jesse Seegers

Size: 19 cm x 27.9 cm / 7.5 in. x 11 in.
Pages: 434
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Paperback
PUBLISHED BY: Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Publication date: February 2016
ISBN: English 9781941332177
Price: 27 € /$35 / £24,50

Yearly publication of work and research from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation. Produced through the Office of the Dean Amale Andraos, the archive of student work contains documentation of exceptional projects, selected by faculty at the conclusion of each semester.

The 2015 edition includes the applied research of the school’s laboratories and projects from design studios taught by Benjamin Aranda, Eric Bunge and Mimi Hoang, Juan Herreros, Steven Holl, Jeffrey Inaba, Andres Jaque, Laura Kurgan, Jing Liu, LOT- EK, Reinhold Martin, Kate Orff, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Hilary Sample, Bernard Tschumi, Nanako Umemoto and many others. This encyclopedic volume is conceived as both an organizational model for the school and a testament to the global distribution of the work included within.

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BCN Noteguide Modernista

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Author: Papersdoc

Size: 21 x 14.9 mm.
Pages: 192
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Flexibound
Publication date: December 2015
ISBN: English 978-8-494126-41-3
Price: 22€ / $24.95 / £18

The 30 best buildings of the catalan “Modernisme” in the city of Barcelona.

Each technical information page contains: address, a location map, an artistic photograph and an explanatory text written by an expert. In addition to a short list of specifications, a QR code refers to qualified institutional websites where more information can be found. At the foot of each page, there is a reference to the maps in the final pages, organized by area and marked with routes adapted to the proximity of each work. Four blank pages follow for writing, drawing or pasting in memories of your visit, to turn the guide into a personalized object and a souvenir at the end of your trip.

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BCN Noteguide

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Author: Ignacio Vidal-Folch

Size: 20.9 x 15.8 mm.
Pages: 256
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Flexibound
Publication date: January 2014
ISBN: English 978-8-494126-40-6
Price: 19€ / $24.95 / £16

60 of the best works of architecture in the city of Barcelona, from art nouveau until the present, chosen by well-known architects.

Each technical information page contains: address, a location map, an artistic photograph and an explanatory text written by an expert. In addition to a short list of specifications, a QR code refers to qualified institutional websites where more information can be found. At the foot of each page, there is a reference to the maps in the final pages, organized by area and marked with routes adapted to the proximity of each work. Four blank pages follow for writing, drawing or pasting in memories of your visit, to turn the guide into a personalized object and a souvenir at the end of your trip.

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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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The Generic Sublime

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Jane Alexander is one of the most significant African contemporary artists working today. Her animal-human sculptures, photographs, and dramatic installations speak of lasting disfigurations in her native South Africa, yet raise issues about human nature that resonate with viewers internationally. Alexander’s hybrid mutants inhabit a universe where boundaries between self and other, human and animal, are unstable, where shared foundations and clashing differences are disclosed, and where the grotesque and the familiar entwine. While the figures are, in many ways, emblems of monstrosity, they are oddly beautiful. Her creatures expose the human animal for all it is and all it could become. Not only are Alexander’s artworks formally and technically accomplished, but they also deliver a potent emotional impact, sending warnings about historical consequences and hinting at things to come.

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Barcelona (by Jon Tugores)

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ISBN: English 978-1-940291-81-9
Price: 38€ / $44.95 / £32

This book is an idea of architects and friends Carles Llop, and Vicente Guallart, that were seduced by the way Barcelona is read by Jon Tugore’s eyes. For the first time, the city is shown from the sea side, acknowledging the close relation of the city and the topography that encloses it. It somehow actualizes the drawings that imagined Barcelona done by the ancient navigators.

The main reason for this book is to offer another point of view the way Barcelona is read. A tribute to scale, territory, nature and architecture. A complete vision of the evolution of a city that knows how dialogue with mountains and the Mediterranean constraints. A magnificent example of well-understood urbanism that dealt with the Roman Empire all the way to the re-shaping of a car infested city during the post-Olympic era. Without falling into imported clichés from other continents. A city always under a constant re-thinking attitude.

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Water Index

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Author: Seth McDowell

Size: 21.1 x 29.7 cm.
Pages: 395
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
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ISBN: English 978-1-940291-40-6
Price: 38€ / $44.95 / £32

A book that highlights critical design projects from around the world those radically engage the fragile issues of drought, flooding, and contamination, revealing opportunistic, adaptive design strategies in response to the mounting global crisis.

In the wake of an escalating global crisis with water, Water Index is the first critical inventory and analysis of innovative architecture, landscape architecture and design solutions to address the rising, disappearing, and contamination of water. As an ecological disaster complex ferments in contemporary architectural discourse, design competition briefs, conference topics and journal themes optimistically call for designers to reconcile or reimagine the relationship between water, architecture and city. Anxiety is elevated by the onslaught of extreme weather in the form of super-storms, hurricanes, tsunamis, landslides, floods, and droughts whose frequencies and intensities continue to increase. Couple the ever-present exposure to disaster with scientific data that suggests a future characterized by climate change and population growth, and then we have the ingredients for a full-fledged paranoia: the perfect motivation for absurd, expansive and radical building projects. Water Index, examines three hydrological tragedies (flood, contamination, and drought) through strategies that offer methods for controlling, escaping, or adapting to the vital natural resource. Water Index is a collective vision of the future that provides solutions for every continent and spans the disciplines of urban design, landscape architecture and architecture. The book works to create an enduring manual and manifesto for water development and design in the twenty-first century and to acknowledge crisis-initiated design as an important trajectory for architectural discourse. Water Index highlights a moment when designers have linked formal concerns with social, ecological and political agendas offering solutions for expanding global problems.

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Vivienda, envolvente, hueco

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Author: de Lapuerta, José María Altozano, Fernando

Size: 8.3 x 9.4 in.
Pages: 180
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: April 2010
ISBN: English 978-8-492861-17-0
Price: 22€ / $29.95 / £19.9

Una investigación sobre viviendas sociales de alta densidad ubicadas en Madrid.

Un catalogo de diferentes soluciones de vivienda colectiva promovida por la Empresa municipal de Vivienda en los últimos años. En él se analiza la vivienda desde sus sistema constructivo, centrado especialmente en los tipos de envolvente y hueco en los que se contemplan exigencias técnicas, proyectuales, repercusiones sociales, ahorro energético y costes. Sobre los resultados, redibujando, completando, uniformando y corrigiendo, o volviendo a fotografiar los edificios, se ha realizado este libro.

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