Subscribe to our newsletter:

Blog

KERB 24: Territory

Cover_Kerb24

Author: Claudia Bode

Size: 21 x 29,7 cm / 8.3 x 11.7 in.
Pages: 128
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft
Publication date: March 2017
ISBN: English 9781945150043
Price: 27.50€ / $29.95 / £22

Kerb Journal is a 24 year running, produced by the Landscape Architecture program of RMIT University. 2016 sees Kerb24 focus on the thematic of ‘Territory’ and its place in the discourse of Landscape Architecture and the broader design industry

Territories start off as nonphysical, often simple ideas, emerging in the physical and becoming a perpetual mixture of the two. Often formed to acquire resources, yet inherently a resource. Land is seized for economic gain, borders are traversed through changes to regulations, and new territories of control are born from land reclamation where previously none existed.

Imposing order and control over landscapes in varying states of flux. Conflict often leads to territories shifting or being taken by force. Yet as often as the former, unions of territories can proliferate through consensus and peaceful treaties.

They can be rigid or malleable and perceptions of territories can differ for individuals compared to a group of people aligned in thought. Territory can be a landscape of blurred and invisible boundaries, overlapping in time and space.

All these assertions lead us to questions.
To create a territory, must one first understand it?
What becomes possible when we start to question what territory is?
How can it link-up with other disciplines?
To design, advocate for and play with existing and future territories.
What Questions do territories evoke for you?

Abstract 2016

Abstract 2016_000_cover_front

Edited by: Amale Andraos and Jesse Seegers

Publisher: Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Size: 19.5cm x 27cm / 7.6 in. x 10.6 in.
Pages: 464
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Paperback
Publication date: December 2016
ISBN: English 9781941332320
Price: 30€ /$35 / £28

Abstract is the yearly publication of work and research from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). 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 2016 edition includes the applied research of the school’s laboratories and projects from design studios taught by Kunlé Adeyemi, Benjamin Aranda, Gro Bonesmo, Eric Bunge and Mimi Hoang, Frida Escobedo, Jeanne Gang, Juan Herreros, Andrés Jaque, Laura Kurgan, Jing Liu, LOT-EK, Kate Orff, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Thomas Phifer, Hilary Sample, Bernard Tschumi, and 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.

Read More

Caza: 2011-2015

9780692249994_fc

Author: Carlos Arnaiz

Edited by: Kristin Kearns

Size: 8.25 x 9.75 in.
Pages: 320
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hardcover
Publication date: August 2016
ISBN: English 978-0-692249-99-4
Price: $39.95 / 36 € / £31

The inaugural monograph of the Brooklyn-based design studio CAZA, celebrating the first five years of the firm.

CAZA: 2011-15, the inaugural monograph of the Brooklyn-based design studio CAZA, celebrates the first five years of the firm, and includes photographs, drawings, building descriptions, essays, and conversations that relate to CAZA’s global architecture and design practice. The book opens with a photo essay by world-renowned photographer Iwan Baan, who documented CAZA’s first internationally acclaimed project, the 100 Walls Church, in Cebu City, Philippines.

With offices in Brooklyn, New York; Bogotá, Colombia; Lima, Peru; and Manila, Philippines, CAZA has emerged as a risk-taking, forward-thinking studio working on a mixture of residential, civic, and corporate projects that are shaping the built environment in cities around the world. The launch of CAZA: 2011–15 will coincide with the opening of La Biennale di Venezia in May 2016, with a special installation at Palazzo Mora in Venice, which will subsequently travel to various cities around the world.

Read More

The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion

61lvhz5xkpl

Authors: Tobias Armborst, Daniel D’Oca, Georgeen Theodore

Size: 16.5 x 23.5 cm.
Pages: 480
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: May 2017
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-34-5
Price: 45€ / $49.95 / £34

101 Things that Open?and Close the City.  50 leading experts provide tools for analyzing how the Open City is made and unmade.

Urban History 101 teaches us that the built environment is not the product of invisible, uncontrollable market forces, but of human-made tools that could have been used differently (or not at all). The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion is an encyclopedia of the human-made tools used by architects, planners, policy-makers, developers, real estate brokers, activists, and other urban actors in the United States to restrict or increase access to the spaces of our cities and suburbs. The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion inventories these tools—or what we call weapons—examines how they have been used, and speculates about how they might be deployed (or retired) to make more open cities in which more people feel welcome in more spaces.
The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion includes minor, seemingly benign weapons like no loitering signs and bouncers, but also big, headline-grabbing things like eminent domain and city-county consolidation. It includes policies like expulsive zoning and annexation, but also practices like blockbusting, institutions like neighborhood associations, and physical artifacts like bombs and those armrests that park designers put on benches to make sure homeless people don’t get too comfortable. It includes historical things that aren’t talked about too much anymore (e.g., ugly laws), things that seem historical but aren’t (e.g., racial steering), and things that are brand new (e.g., aging improvement district).
With contributions from over fifty of the best minds in architecture, urban planning, urban history, and geography, The Arsenal of Exclusion & Inclusion offers a wide-ranging view of the policies, institutions, and social practices that shape our cities. It can be read as a historical account of the making of the modern American city, a toolbox of best practices for creating better, more just spaces, or as an introduction to the process of city-making in The United States.

Read More

MCHAP The Americas

mchap_cover-eng2

Editor: Fabrizio Gallanti

Size: 19 x 25.4 cm / 7.9 x 10.6 in.
Pages: 444
Illustrations: Color & Black and White
Cover: Hardcover
Publication date: October 2016
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-01-2
Price: 40€ /$44.95 / £38

MCHAP: The Americas brings together leading architects and academics in a dialogue exploring the current state of architecture throughout the Americas and explores themes raised by the seven finalist projects (designed by Herzog & de Meuron, Álvaro Siza, Steven Holl Architects, OMA/ LMN – Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus, Smiljan Radic, Cristián Undurraga, Rafael Iglesia) from the inaugural Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize cycle recognizing the best built work in the Amercas from 2000 through 2013. 

As part of the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MHCAP) program, established by Dean Wiel Arets at IIT Architecture Chicago, recognizing the best built work in the Americas from 2000 through 2013, MCHAP is publishing MCHAP BOOK ONE, as well as publications by the authors of MCHAP 2000-2008 winner, Álvaro Siza, the MCHAP 2009-2013 winner, Herzog & de Meuron, and the MCHAP.emerge 2000-2013 winner, Pezo von Ellrichshausen. Within this editorial program, MCHAP BOOK ONE will critically explore themes raised by the jury process and the selected finalists projects (designed by Herzog & de Meuron, Álvaro Siza, Steven Holl Architects, OMA/ LMN – Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus, Smiljan Radic, Cristián Undurraga, Rafael Iglesia) including the two inaugural winners: Iberé Camargo Foundation in Porto Alegre, Brazil, designed by Álvaro Siza, the 1111 Lincoln Road mixed use parking structure in Miami Beach, Florida, USA, designed by Herzog & de Meuron. MCHAP BOOK ONE uses the seven finalist projects to identify broad, thematic reflections on the American condition. In that frame, “American” necessarily refers to the entirety of the American continents, from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. MCHAP BOOK ONE includes contributions from the inaugural MCHAP jury (Dean Wiel Arets, Kenneth Frampton, Jorge Francisco Liernur, Dominique Perrault, Sarah Whiting) as well as essays by Fabrizio Gallanti, Pedro Alonso, Luis Castañeda, Felipe Correa, Pier Paolo Tamburelli, Horacio Torrent, Molly Wright Steenson, Mimi Zeiger.

Read More

GSD Platform 9: Still Life

still-life

Edited by: Jennifer Bonner, Michelle Benoit and Patrick Herron

Size: 9 x 6.25 in.
Pages: 376
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft
Publication date: November 2016
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-17-3
Price: 30€ / $34.95 / £28

Platform is the Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s annual compendium of select student work, events, lectures, and exhibitions.

Taking the artistic still life as its departure point, the ninth edition of Platform chronicles the 2015–2016 academic year at the GSD. Models and student projects, including dissertations and drawings, are skillfully arranged and presented to reference the still life as expressed in 18th- and 19th- century European painting, popular advertising, contemporary art, and other contexts.

These images not only present the broad range of work produced by GSD students but also challenge conventional modes of architectural documentation through multiple readings, lists, and novel interpretations of form.

Designed by Neil Donnelly.

Read More

The Generic sublime. Organizational Models for Global Architecture

generic-cover

Author: Ciro Najle

Size: 16.5 x 22 cm / 6.4 x 8.6 in
Pages: 400
Illustrations: Color & Black and White
Cover: Hardcover
Publication date: December 2016
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-75-8
Price: 42€ / $44.95 / £34

Skyscraper collectives, tower agglomerations, high-rise housing, mixed-use developments, luxury condominiums, airport hubs, suburban office enclaves, industrial and technology parks, hotel complexes and resorts, conference and financial centers, entertainment venues, gated communities, theme parks, branded cities, new central districts, and satellite cities: extra-large architectural typologies dominate the contemporary built environment worldwide. Despite the ubiquity of these building forms, their development has been largely restricted by a reliance on outmoded traditions of urbanism and the strict separation of disciplinary domains within current architectural practice.

The Generic Sublime investigates how the modern concept of the generic––once assumed to achieve universality by means of organizational homogeneity, formal neutrality, programmatic blankness, lack of identity, and insipidness of character––holds the potential to become its very opposite: the singular, the irreducible, and the extraordinary.
Directing the work of students of the departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Ciro Najle examines the organizational protocols of building collectives and develops architectural models for encompassing the unprecedented potential of the extra-extra-large.
The book includes essays by Ciro Najle, Mohsen Mostafavi, Iñaki Abalos, Charles Waldheim, George L. Legendre, David Salomon, Paul Andersen, Lluís Ortega, Leire Asensio Villoria, David Mah, Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa, Alberto Delorenzini, Marcia Krygier, Julián Varas, Erika Naginski, Hiromi Hosoya, Farshid Moussavi, and Anna Font.
Published by Actar Publishers & the Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Read More

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

Treacherous-Transparencies_cover

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.

Read More

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

cover Make it Modern

Size: 16,5 x 23,5 cm / 6.5 x 9.25 in.
Pages: 352
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: December 2016
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-15-4
Price: 23€ /$29.95 / £23

Author: Aaron Betsky

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.

Read More

Landscape Tunings

Landscpae Tunings _Cover_FINAL

Authors: Silvia Benedito, Alexander Häusler,

Size: 21.0 x 27.5 cm.
Pages: 148
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard Cover
Publication date: December 2016
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-18-0
ISBN: German 978-1-945150-19-7
Price: 22€ / $24,95 / £19

Landscape Tunings maintains that landscape is more than ecology and technical performance; it is also an environment of paramount importance to one’s dispositions and wellbeing—an emotional space of social relevance, tuned with and for its communities. In this book, OFICINAA examines the design potentials of the Danube River as a civic anchor, a bioclimatic medium, and a space for collective imagination in the city of Ingolstadt, Germany.

Landscape Tunings: An Urban Park at the Danube explores the city’s littoral landscapes with video-essays, drawings, walks, public installations, and exhibitions—each spotlighting the sensate-space where the city meets the Danube’s edge. It then showcases the bottom-up and tactical design approaches of the Stadt Park Donau | Donau-Loop project, which aims to foster the spatial embodiment with the riverine environments facing the present challenges of the anthropogenic era. With contributions by Günther Vogt, Andres Lepik, and Simone Schimpf, Landscape Tunings projects the role of littoral landscapes as a medium for the collective wellbeing of the city.

Flowing through ten countries, the Danube is one of the most international rivers in the world. Regardless of its scale, economic output, and ecological relevance, the Danube’s landscapes act as cornerstones for civic interaction while “touching” numerous urban fabrics. Initiated in 2013, the Stadt Park Donau | Donau-Loop project in Ingolstadt derives from a three-year design study in collaboration with the various communities in the city. Rather than totalizing, and related to the key German concept of “Stimmung” (tuning of space), the design interventions are spatial tunings to foster community access, wonder and delight. These interventions intensify the particularities of the river landscapes with its distinct environments, and leverage the potentials of the riverbanks as a “thick” space in the pressing commitments to social wellbeing. The Stadt Park Donau | Donau-Loop project was exhibited at the Museum of Concrete Art and Design in Ingolstadt. The exhibition shared the multiple scopes and scales of the design, inviting the public to envision the Danube’s inherent beauty as a spatial component in the urban fabric of one the fastest growing cities in Germany.

Read More