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Cerdà. 150 years of modernity

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Francesc Magrinyà,  Fernando Marzá

This book is a tribute to the first modern urban planner and his product: the Eixample, which is today the thriving and undisputed centre of the Barcelona metropolitan area.

The city of Barcelona as constructed over the last 150 years on the strength of Ildefons Cerdà’s 1859 ‘Project for the Reform and Expansion’ bears living witness to the modernity of a way of thinking and making the city.
An appreciation of the values of the Eixample that has taken shape in this century and a half affords illuminating insights into what it means to plan, design and build a city.
The chapter structure is devoted to an orderly analysis in the first instance of the elements that articulate the construction of the Eixample — the residential fabric, the grid, the street, the chamfered corner and the sewers — and then of the city blocks and the various configurations associated with housing, industry, amenities and open spaces.
The book intentionally focuses on the Eixample as a whole — what we know as the Cerdà Eixample — instead of confining itself to the more central Eixample traditionally associated with Modernista architecture.

Francesc Magrinyà, Fernando Marzá

Size: 17.5 x 24.5 cm. / 6.9 x 9.6 in.
Pages: 320
Illustrations: Color
Cover: HardCover
Publication date: July 2017
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-35-7
ISBN: Español 978-1-945150-34-0
Price: 30€ / $35/ £28

Imminent Commons

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Urban Questions for the Near Future

Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Hyungmin Pai, urbanNext

Imminent Commons, first book from the Seoul Biennale 2017, will present an imminent urban cosmology that is crucially mediated by the technologies and institutions that feed us, move us, condition our environments, recycle our refuse, make our clothes, and connect us into communities.
The cities of the world stand at a crossroads. Amidst radical social, economic, and technological transformations, will the city become a driving force of creativity, diversity, and sustainability, or will it be a mechanism of inequality, despair, and environmental decay? At this critical moment, where do the stakes lie and what are the agents of change? From the time of its birth, the city has been held together by the commons.
The first publication of the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017, proposes a framework where set basic commons —an evolving network of agencies, resources and technologies— as the critical issue in the move towards a sustainable and just urbanism. It shows an exploration not of distant utopias, but of the very near future, because the emerging commons is changing the way we connect, make, move, recycle, sense, and share, and the way we manage air, water, energy and the earth. Whether met with fear or hope, they will very soon change the way we live in the city.

Authors: Alejandro Zaera, Hyungmin Pai, Maider Llaguno, Nerea Calvillo, Hyewon Lee, Lindsay Bremner, Alex Ivancic, Iñaki Abalos, Charles Waldheim, David Gissen, Carlo Ratti, Daniele Belleri, Saskia Saseen, Adam Greenfield, Jesse LeCavalier, Philip Rode, Duncan McLaren, Julian Agyeman, Gunter Pauli, Gramazio and Kohler, Mario Carpo, Dirk E. Hebel, Marta H. Wisniewska, Felix Heisel, Mitchell Joachim, and Christian Hubert.

Edited by: Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Hyungmin Pai, urbanNext

Size: 17 x24 cm/ 6.70 x 9.50 in.
Pages: 440
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hardcover
Publication date: July 2017
Published By: Actar Publishers, Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017
ISBN: English 978-1- 945150-51- 7
Price: 40 € / $44.95 / £35

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

Architecture of 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

The Total Designer

Authorship in the Architecture of the Postdigital Age

Lluís Ortega

This book develops an alternative and inclusive approach –based on the hypothesis that the impact of digitalization on architectural culture is similar to the effects of the linguistic turn in philosophy– and steers clear of exclusive dichotomous approaches, without the foundational reconsideration of the discipline or its ontological conservation.

The project is open and broad, which was a necessary condition for demonstrating the power of the turn brought about by digitalization. Most studies on the digital phenomenon carried out in the context of the discipline are focused on the more technical aspects, with expert discourses based on the standpoint of the optimization of existing processes. This text was inspired by a concern and a certain discomfort with respect to those positions, which are often underwritten by a positivist vision of reality. This concern gave way to the idea for a study rooted in a cultural approach to the phenomenon. Given the general tendency toward creating experts –a phenomenon that, on the other hand, is not exclusive to the field of architecture– and encapsulating knowledge, this text is meant to be based on a transversal vision, which can help non-specialist readers to understand certain complex phenomena.

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Autor: Lluís Ortega
Editor: Moisés Puente

Size: 12 cm x 18cm / 4.7 in. x 7 in.
Pages: 80
Illustrations: One color
Cover: Softcover
Publication date: May 2017
ISBN: English 9781945150456
Price: 15€ /$14.95 / £13
Language: English

Passages

Transitional Spaces for the 21st-Century City
Espaces de Transition pour la Ville du 21e Siècle

Institut pour la Ville en Mouvement / VEDECOM

Tunnels, footbridges, escalators, urban cable cars, pathways – passages are essential links, with the potential to generate distinctive urban environments. They require little investment and should be an integral part of all big urban projects, helping to repair the fractures produced by fast transit infrastructures and the urban zoning practices of the recent past. Designing and building passages is a way to act quickly and to lay the foundations for larger scale transformations: international analyses and examples.

The product of a joint program with an international network of cities, universities, and experts from different disciplines, as well as the catalog of a touring exhibition, the book analyzes more than 150 completed passage projects and describes methods for action. It is addressed to researchers, designers, politicians and technicians, transit firms and operators, citizen groups and anyone interested in the right to the city and concerned with the quality of these small spaces of movement.

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Autors: Institut pour la Ville en Mouvement / VEDECOM
Editor:  Mireille Apel-Muller (dir)

Size: 18.5cm x 25.5cm / 7.3 in. x 10 in.
Pages: 256
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Softcover with flaps
Publication date: May 2017
ISBN: English 9781945150463
Price: 27€ /$29.95 / £24
Languages: Bilingual: English, French

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

KERB 24

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Territory

Claudia Bode

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.

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Author: Claudia Bode

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

The Social Imperative

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Architecture and the City in China

H. Koon Wee

This book contains multiple short critiques, reflections and manifestos, affording each contributing architect and intellectual the time and space to imagine new social paradigms in China. Emerging from a tumultuous history of high culture and complex territorial conditions, there is nothing straightforward about the social development of China. The complexity of the social practices developed by architects and shapers of the built environment can be explained in part by the last three decades of an intensified adoption of the market economy by the Communist Party of China, after an equally short three decades of closed-door communist control. There is no political meltdown like the democratization of the former Communist Bloc, but there is a constant managing of discontent and resistance across China. At the apex of the many creative and intellectual forces in China, architects harbor and give form to many tactics of resistance. Unfortunately, architects are also the instruments and minds complicit with profit-mongering developers and governments, pursuing unchecked urbanization, degradation of the environment, exploitation of the marginalized, and the creation of a very inequitable China.

Authors: H. Koon Wee (ed)

Size: 14.8 x 21cm / 5-7/8” x 8-1/4”.
Pages: 352
Illustrations: Color / Black and White
Cover: Softcover / Embossed
Publication date: June 2017
Published by: Actar Publishers, AA Asia.
ISBN: English 9780989331791
Price: 27€ / $34.95 / £29

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Tiny Taxonomy

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Individual Plants in Landscape Architecture

Rosetta S. Elkin

Tiny Taxonomy offers a visually engaging collection of images and texts drawn from a series of contemporary garden installations, which highlight the role of individual plants in landscape architecture.

Tiny Taxonomy showcases species that are in cultivation or in profusion, but rarely purposefully planted. A grouping of plants is categorized by common traits derived from an evolution towards feature miniaturization, generating another form of classification. Due to the diminutive size of their features, these plants are often over-looked and therefore tend to be under specified. It seems that as the world around us gains complexity and intricacy, our biological world is tending towards monotony.
Tiny Taxonomy considers smallness a design opportunity, offering innumerable microcosmic considerations of the leaf form, flower structure, and physical habitat of individual plants.
Rosetta S. Elkin is assistant professor of Landscape Architecture at GSD.

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Editor: Rosetta S. Elkin

Size: 17,5 x 22.8 cm
Pages: 75
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Softcover
Publication date: June 2017
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-83-3
Price: 20€ /$25 / £16

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