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Empire, State & Building

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Kiel Moe

Whence the accumulation of raw matter and energy of building in New York City?

This book considers the material basis of building as a key impetus of both urbanization and the energetics of urban life. The otherwise externalized material geographies and thermodynamics of building’s material basis reveal much about the dynamics and efficacy of how we build. This book plots the material history and geography for one plot of land in Manhattan—the parcel of land under the Empire State Building—over the past two hundred years. Through rich illustrations, it tracks all the building material that have passed through this parcel or remain it in geographic and ecological dynamics: spatially (in terms of their geographic material footprints and industrial processes) and quantitatively (in terms of embodied energy, embodied carbon, and emergy flow). In successive chapters, the book articulates the empire and states that are inherent to building, but remain unconsidered—abstract and unknown—by architects.

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Kiel Moe

Size: 15 x 22 cm. / 6 x 9 in.
Pages: 233
Illustrations: Color
Cover: HardCover
Publication date: July 2017
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-84-0
Price: 30€ / $34.95 / £26

Clinical

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An Architecture of Variation with Repetition

María Hurtado de Mendoza

Clinical means “relating to a clinic”, but also “based on observation of an individual”. It also means “analytical”. This book is a clinical study of a trilogy of health-care centers built by estudio.entresitio in Madrid, Spain. A trilogy of three individuals, three case studies that share the same formal configuration and yet are perceived as different.

Books, as projects, have an initial stage of explosion in which many directions and possibilities are opened at once. Then comes a quieter stage, in which ideas are reorganized, distilled and rounded out. For this book, the detonator is drawing. A collection of analytical representations of the clinics are the foundation for an exploration of a number of questions in the project, in the search for their best translation. It is an iterative process in which words are a second step: they emphasize what the drawings may be already explaining and also provide an additional layer of information, structure and even room for debate.

Ideas regarding difference and repetition, ordering systems, materiality, program strategies and formal structure are unfolded in a sequential collection that talks about entresitio’s strategies in the conception of architectural space – the transfer from the world of ideas to physical realization.

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María Hurtado de Mendoza

Size: 17 x 24 cm. / 6.7 x 9.5 in.
Pages: 256
Illustrations: Color
Cover: HardCover
Publication date: July 2017
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-48-7
Price: 32€ / $34.95 / £27

Third Coast Atlas

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Prelude to a Plan

Daniel Ibañez, Clare Lyster, Charles Waldheim, Mason White

Third Coast Atlas: Prelude to a Plan describes the conditions for urbanization across the Great Lakes region. It assembles a multi-layered, empirical description of urbanization processes within the drainage basins of the five Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence River

Measuring over 10,000 miles, the Great Lakes coastline, known as the “third coast,” is longer than the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines of the United States combined. The Great Lakes Basin holds over 20 percent of the world’s total surface fresh water, and is home to twenty-six million people in the United States and nine million in Canada. It is difficult to overstate the history and future of the region as both a contested and opportunistic site for urbanism. Envisaged as a comprehensive “atlas,” this publication comprises in-depth analysis of the landscapes, hydrology, infrastructure, urban form, and ecologies of the region, delivered through a series of analytical cartographies supported by scholarly and design research from internationally renowned scholars, photographers, and practitioners from the disciplines of architecture, landscape, geography, planning, and ecology. The publication captures the unique identity of the area and serves as a reference for design and planning in this distinct mega-region.

This publication was awarded with a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

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Daniel Ibañez, Clare Lyster, Charles Waldheim, Mason White (eds.)

Size: 11.8 x 13.7 in. / 30 x 35 cm.
Pages: 352
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard Cover
Publication date: June 2017
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-91-8
Price: 48€ / $54.95 / £40

Architecture and Waste

A (re)planned Obsolescence

Hanif Kara, Leire Asensio Villoria, Andreas Georgoulias

This book presents a refreshed, design-led approach to waste-to-energy (WTE) plants, reflecting work done at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design over a period of three years. Architecture and design currently play a minor role in the design and construction of industrial building types, especially waste-to-energy facilities. As densities increase and consumption patterns change, the need for more waste-to-energy facilities is only going to increase. Through comparing the well-established waste-to-energy industries in Sweden with less established engagements in the northeast of the United States, opportunities and lessons are revealed. Architects have a role to play in integrating waste-to-energy plants physically and programmatically within their urban or suburban contexts, as well as potentially lessening the generally negative perception of energy recovery plants. These hybrid WTE building typologies have the potential not only re-connect and communicate to the public, but also weave new public or institutional programs with energy production in a mutually beneficial way.

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Editors: Hanif Kara, Leire Asensio Villoria, Andreas Georgoulias

Size: 21 cm x 29.7cm 
Pages: 400
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hardcover
Publication date: June 2017
ISBN: English 9781945150050
Price: 42€ /$44.95 / £34
Language: English

XXL-XS

New Directions in Ecological Design

Mitchell Joachim and Mike Silver

XXL-XS represents the emerging discipline of ecological design by assembling a wide range of innovators with diverse interests. Geo-engineering, synthetic biology, construction site co-robotics, low-energy fabrication, up-cycling waste, minimally invasive design, living materials, and molecular self-assembly are just a few of the important advances explored in the book. At one extreme are massive public works, at the other, micro to nano-sized interventions that can have equally profound impacts on our world. From terraforming to bio-manufacturing, a whole new generation of designers is proposing unique ways of confronting the difficult challenges ahead. In this way design becomes a totality of relationships that affects all disciplines, which can no-longer be thought of as self-contained fields, each handled separately by narrowly focused specialists. Globalization demands a restructuring of the profession, as we know it. This requires a new breed of generalists who can work across fields and engage research on multiple sites around the globe. Today we need planetary designers versed in the craft of integral design.

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Mitchell Joachim and Mike Silver (eds)

Size: 6.5 x 9.25 in. 16.5 x 23.5 cm.
Pages: 256
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Softcover
Publication date: June 2017
ISBN: English 9781940291871
Price: 33€ / $34.95 / £28

Water Index

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Design Strategies for Drought, Flooding and Contamination

Seth McDowell

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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Author: Seth McDowell

Size: 21.1 x 29.7 cm.
Pages: 395
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: July 2017
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-40-6
Price: 38€ / $44.95 / £32

Public Catalyst

Manuel Bailo

Demonstrates the existence of public space catalysts, as well as the need of their presence for an expectant or indifferent place to be activated.

This work, which understands that the city, now and ever, has had and must have public spaces of intensity, proposes the urban catalysts as agents capable of activating a place that was previously indifferent. The comparative work of historical and recent cases, developed by research and drawings work, has allowed us to discover that the vivid public spaces of identity and reference have been formed due to the urban effect caused by these agents that we call “catalysts”. Manuel Bailo’s work includes a wide range of projects, moving from urban scale to interiorism. It has been fully published and awarded. Some examples are: GardenHouse 0.96; Hotel Ciutat d’Igualada, and Façade-Steps Landscape of Manresa Town Hall, shown at On Site: New Spanish Architecture, MoMA Museum of New York in 2006, and won in 2010 the prestigious international Contracworld Award. They have also received the First “Annual Commercial Space Award” in China 2011. And they have received the prestigious Spanish Award FAD twice.

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Author: Manuel Bailo

Size: 16,5 x 23,5 cm / 6.5 x 9.25 in.
Pages: 265
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft
Publication date: June 2017
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-20-8
Price: 22€ / $ 24.95 / £19.95

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Open Enclosed: Donald Judd

Gillermo Zuaznabar

In this brilliant essay, Gillermo Zuaznabar sets out to describe Donald Judd as if he were an unknown figure, a great pioneer.

Taking “Specific,” the seminal text written by Judd in the mid-sixties, as the central theme, the author analyzes the artist’s main concepts and his whole career from a new perspective: “… what one seeks is an object that speaks of the world in which it is moving or of the world from which it is moving away. One searches for a boundary work, a frontier, that says, simultaneously, where it is coming from and where it is going, a work in which interests overlap. A work that will function as a mark or a crossroads, locating this work is the first exercise…”.

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Author: Gillermo Zuaznabar

Size: 14,5 x 20,5 cm / 5.7 x 8 in.
Pages: 144
Illustrations: Color and B&W
Cover: Soft
Publication date: July 2017
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-21-5
ISBN: Spanish 978-1-940291-27-7
Price: 18€ / $19.95 / £16