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Un-Conscious-City

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Wiel Arets

No one demands that people move to cities; people tend to do so, on their own. People choose to move to cities for opportunity. Such choices are often made unconsciously, as they are based on rules, traditions, and local communities–or a combination of all three. Un-Conscious-City explores and unravels Dutch architect Wiel Arets’ kaleidoscopic viewpoints on the ways the collective, unconscious decisions taken by the world’s citizens throughout time–a process that remains invisible to the naked eye–are now working to transform and shift the physical, sensory, and emotional experiences of human beings, as they navigate and live in today’s metropolises as well as the countryside. People tend to only belong to one religion, one society, or one club–which completely defines their existence. One day most human beings will live in a global­nomadic-urban-condition; this will soon be amplified to unknown heights. Un-Conscious-City raises questions, predicaments, and ideals regarding the future of our cities, while recognizing their limitations. Wiel Arets–renowned architect, writer, and thinker–identifies this condition as the Un-Conscious-City.

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Author: Wiel Arets

Editor: John Bezold

Size: 16.5 x 24 cm. / 6.5 x 9.5 in.
Pages: 278
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Softcover
Publication date: March 2019
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-65-4
Price: 32 € / $34.95 / £30

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America Recovered

Chad Ress, Jordan H. Carver, Miriam Paeslack

America Recovered reveals the point where abstract political processes manifest themselves in the physical world, thus providing an alternate means of experiencing the contemporary American landscape. Collectively, the images and essays show what aspects of our everyday lives are being assigned value in the promise of a recovered America.
In 2009 President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act—known as the stimulus bill. Along with the bill, the administration launched  Recovery.gov , a website “to foster greater accountability and transparency in the use of covered funds.” The now-defunct website served as a guide for photographer Chad Ress to document a variety of projects funded by the Recovery Act. America Recovered collects forty of Ress’s photographs along with essays by Jordan H. Carver and Miriam Paeslack that trace the historical, spatial, and political significance registered within the images. The two essays frame Ress’s project within a history of US American documentary and landscape photography and its implications for a generation’s relation to constructions of nationhood, progress, and recovery.
America Recovered collects forty images that mark one of the only efforts to document the breadth of projects funded by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Unlike the New Deal and other programs designed for employment and infrastructural development, the Recovery Act was passed without any funds dedicated for photographic documentation. Using an official government website as his guide, Chad Ress took photographs of projects across the country. The publication of America Recovered at this moment allows for a critical reassessment of the Act and its lasting impact on the American landscape.
The two essays by architectural writer Jordan H. Carver and photography historian Miriam Paeslack situate Ress’s photographs within broader discourses of urbanism, infrastructure, and politics. The question of what role the government should play in everyday life remains one of the touchstone issues in American politics. The photographs and essays ask a different set of questions, not whether government spending is good or bad, whether it worked or didn’t, but what, exactly does government spending look like. And importantly, America Recovered asks how government spending and civic identity are constructed around place.

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Authors: Chad Ress, Jordan H. Carver, Miriam Paeslack

Editor: Jordan H. Carver

Size: 6.50 x 9 in. / 16.5 x 23.5 cm.
Pages: 200
Illustrations: 40 / 10
Cover: Hardcover
Publication date: March 2019
ISBN: English 978-19-45150-93-7
Price: 19 € / $22.95 / £17

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LA Forum Reader

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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.

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Editors:

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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Cities & Rivers

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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”.

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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

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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.

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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

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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).

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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

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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.

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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

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