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LA Forum Reader


From the Archives of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design

Rob Berry, Victor Jones, Michael Sweeney, Mimi Zeiger, Chava Danielson, Joe Day, Thurman Grant, Duane McLemore

The LA Forum Reader brings together three decades of discursive writings and publications on architecture, urbanism, and Los Angeles culled from the archives of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design. Published under thematic sections: Experiments, Detours, Hunches, and Santa Anas, with interludes dedicated to Art and Architecture, Downtown, and the long-running LA Forum Newsletter, the collected essays and interviews track an uneven and lesser-known history of experimental architecture, postmodern geographies, and alternative urbanism in L.A. as told by the city’s key designers and thinkers.

Today, Los Angeles is a major architectural and urban player, but for decades the city was dismissed suburban and centerless. In republishing three decades of material on architecture and design in Los Angeles, the LA Forum Reader reclaims and reconsiders the city’s architectural and discursive histories. It establishes, or reestablishes, a textual context for critical experimentation and urban investigation. This anthological volume includes essays, interviews, and reproductions of publications that have long been out of print, including pamphlets by Craig Hodgetts and Margaret Crawford, as well as early writings by Aaron Betsky and John Chase.



Rob Berry, Victor Jones, Michael Sweeney, Mimi Zeiger, Chava Danielson, Joe Day, Thurman Grant, Duane McLemore

Size: 15,25 x 22,90 cm. 6 X 9 in.
Illustrations: Color
Cover: SoftCover
Pages: 256
Publication date: September 2018
Published by: Actar Publishers & Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design
ISBN: English 978-19-45150-99-9
Price: 30€ / $34.95 / £29

Mute Icons


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: August 2019
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-86-9
Price: 32€ / $34.95 / £30

Behavioral Formation: Volatile Design Processes and the Emergence of a Strange Specificity


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

Syncopated Spaces


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: July 2019
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-69-2
Price: 50€ / $58.95 / £48

Cities & Rivers


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: September 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


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: October 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-945-150-94-4
ISBN: Spanish: 978-1-945150-95-1
Price: 35€ / $39.95 / £32

Architecture and Dystopia


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: October 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-945-150-94-4
Price: 30€ / $34.95 / £28

Open(ing): Space-Time-Information & Advanced Architecture


Underlying Architectonic Logics in the Turn of the Millennium

Manuel Gausa

In defense of a new architectonic logic, Manuel Gausa explores a pioneer decade of decisive experiences in the turn of the millennium.

The last few decades have confirmed the evidence of a spectacular change of scale –and thinking– in our spaces of exchange and sociability –in our own habitats– linked with the exponential capacity to process and interact complex and digital parameters of information.

Transversal, relational and multi-scalar. Focusing on the mapping of the contemporary project and city in the turn of the millennium, this book explores the capacity of links between dynamic systems and irregular structures. Manuel Gausa defends a new underlying architectonic logic (spatialtemporal in conception) that has emerged within current culture of the informational age. In accordance with a shared terrain of inquiry, which represent a series of decisive experiences from the past years, this new logic can be considered an advanced “logic of complexity”.


Manuel Gausa, (author)

Size: 4.7 x 2,8 in. / 12 x 17 cm.
Pages: 802
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft cover
Publication date: September 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-97-5
Price: 39€ / $44.95 / £32

Conversations and Allusions: Enric Miralles


Catherine Spellman

Enric Miralles (1955-2000) remains one of the most prominent architects of his generation. The significance of his architectural design lies in his seamless integration of site and building and his use of space to serve the everyday conditions of life.

Practicing for less than twenty-five years Miralles designed over 150 projects, many are now built including: the Scottish Parliament Buildings, Santa Caterina Market, Vigo University, Diagonal Mar Park, Alicante Gymnastic Center, and Igualada Cemetry.The book Conversations and Allusions, Enric Miralles brings together previously unpublished essays and lectures by his former collaborators and friends. Each contributor in this timely publication offers unique insight on Miralles’ practice of architecture as a way of creating positive change in the world.

Contributors: Benedetta Tagliabue, Elias Torres, Peter Buchanan, Josep Quetglas, Sir Peter Cook, Juan Jose Lahuerta, Carles Muro, Elena Cánovas, Manuel Bailo, Teresa Galí-Izard, Maurici Pla, Eva Prats, Elena Rocchi.


Catherine Spellman, (ed.)

Size: 6.3 x 9 in. / 16 x 23 cm.
Pages: 225
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft cover
Publication date: September 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-98-7
Price: 30€ / $34.95 / £26