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RCR. Dream and Nature

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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.


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: May 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

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.



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.


Hyungmin Pai, (ed.)

Size: 6.7 x 9.5 in. / 17 x 24 cm.
Pages: 260
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard cover
Publication date: April 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.


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: July 2018
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.


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: July 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-92-5
Price: 32€ / $34.95 / £29.90

Syncopated Spaces

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Dominique Coulon & Associés

Dominique Coulon

This book explores the public dimension of architecture. In circumstances that are often difficult, buildings add value to their locations, transforming them.

This book takes a new look at the eclectic work of Dominique Coulon; his production of public buildings illustrates the complexity of his architectural approach.

Dominique Coulon plays with context, light, and materiality to produce public places that are detailed and welcoming. The areas he proposes affect and accompany the body. His architecture is part of a dynamic relationship, mobilising the senses to propose a specific universe, which may be cheerful, or dramatic. These spaces serve the public dimension of his architecture.

The writing of Dominique Coulon & Associés, nominated twice for the Mies van der Rohe award, reflects the agency’s work in connection with different contextual postures and the construction of complex spatial relationships.


Dominique Coulon, (ed.)

Size: 9.45 x 11.45 in / 24 x 29 cm.
Pages: 350
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard cover
Publication date: June 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-69-2
Price: 50€ / $58.95 / £48

Cities & Rivers

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aldayjover architecture and landscape

Iñaki Alday, Margarita Jover

49 A selection of architecture, landscape and urbanism works from aldayjover | architecture and landscape, an office based in Barcelona-Spain and Virginia- United States.

A collection of projects –designed from their local and territorial DNA– that respond in new ways to the global socio-ecological crisis in which we have been in engaged with since the beginning of the 21st century.

Featured works include public spaces, architecture and urban studies that incorporate natural dynamics and that also emphasize –recovering in some cases– legal access among all citizens and equal access to the city and its opportunities.

The works presented are particularly renowned given their leadership role in a new approach to the relationship between cities and rivers, in which natural dynamics become part of the public space, eliminating the effect of “catastrophe”.


aldayjover|architecture, Actar (eds.)

Size: 9 x 12 in. / 22,8 x 30,5 cm.
Pages: 312
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard cover
Publication date: May 2018
ISBN: English 978-1- 945150-74-6
Price: 35€ / $49.95 / £40

Good Vibrations

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Clichy Batignolles: Lot E8 & Parc 1

Gausa+Raveau actarchitecture, Avenier-Cornejo Architectes

The Clichy-Batignolles stands as a new urban landscape liaison element, an essential urban portal along the peripheric territorial arc, just by the historic city.

The site thus becomes an important urban platform, a place of exchange in the relational-spaces web organization of Paris. It shall serve as connection point for the various territorial, urban, environmental, social and cultural scales.

The aim of the book comes from the relations that are given between both buildings done on the sustainable Clichy-Batignolles neighborhood in Paris built by Gausa-Raveau actarchitecture & Avenier-Cornejo Architectes. The concept and material display of the book arises because of the visual quakes that present the materiality of the two towers.

Finally, the idea of vibration is given between the buildings and the environment.


Ricardo Devesa, (ed.)

Size: 8.6 x 11.8 in. / 22 x 30 cm.
Pages: 104
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard cover
Publication date: May 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-87-6
Price: 28€ / $34.95 / £25

Shared Structures, Intimate Spaces

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Housing in Mexico

Fernanda Canales

A case study that analyzes the relationship between ideas and houses, this book focuses on 100 years of housing projects in Mexico.

The geographic, social, and economic diversity of Mexico constitute a prime example of the challenges inherent to meeting individual needs in an increasingly crowded world. The drawings and essays comprise new ways of looking at theories and buildings in order to redefine the connection between housing and the city.

This research is centered in drawings of 70 housing projects, creating a common language highlighting different attempts at reinventing the house not as isolated battles but as part of a strategy for reimagining how we want to live. This book showcases the pivotal voices that have shaped major cities through housing projects and explores how policies and ideas transform into built form, and how in turn buildings shape societies.

Fernanda Canales holds a PhD degree cum laude in Architecture (ETSAM, Madrid), her Bachelor degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana, México City and her MA at the ETSAB (Barcelona).


Fernanda Canales, (author)

Size: 6.7 x 9.5 in. / 17 x 24 cm.
Pages: 350
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft cover
Publication date: May 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-945-150-94-4
ISBN: Spanish: 978-1-945150-95-1
Price: 35€ / $39.95 / £32

Architecture and Dystopia

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Dario Donetti, Marco De Michelis, Oliver Elser, Dominique Rouillard, Marco Biraghi, Marie Theres Stauffer, Maddalena Scimemi, Simon Sadler, Massimiliano Savorra, Anthony Vidler

A homage to the 1973 publication Architecture and Utopia by Manfredo Tafuri –echoed in the title– this book is devoted to the radical experiences of the 1960s and to their consequences for the most recent developments in contemporary architecture.

How to define a unified “dystopian” method of design, i.e. a common ground for an architecture that, by its very nature, seems to resist systematization?

Are the most recognizable architectural expressions of this theoretical framework –characterized by brazen displays of technology and structures of overwhelming scale– merely isolated cases, albeit of particular iconic power? Or do they belong to a wider landscape of antirational architectural projects?

And to what extent are these disturbing expressions premised on the utopian tradition or, better yet, the conceptual model of “negative thought”?

The goal of this book is to respond to such questions, thus initiating an open dialogue about the legitimacy of this critical category.


Dario Donetti, (ed.)

Size: 5.9 x 9.05 in. / 15 x 23 cm.
Pages: 296
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft cover
Publication date: June 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-945-150-94-4
Price: 30€ / $34.95 / £28