Subscribe to our newsletter:

Category: Distributed

Retrospecta 39


Dimitri Brand, James Coleman, Amanda Iglesias, Jeongyoon Song

Retrospecta is the annual journal of student work at the Yale School of Architecture. Part historical record, part monograph, Retrospecta seeks to capture and record the current life of the school.  Documenting one academic year, each issue contains exemplary work from both the design studios and support courses. The daily activities of the school, including lectures, symposia, exhibitions, and studio reviews, are also highlighted through numerous candid photographs and quotations.  The journal is edited by students and published by the school.


Dimitri Brand, James Coleman, Amanda Iglesias, Jeongyoon Song (eds.)

Publisher: Yale School of Architecture
Size: 9 x 12.7 in. / 23 x 32 cm.
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hardcover
Publication date: December 2016
ISBN: English 978-1945150104
Price: 27€ / $35 / £ 24.50

Exhibiting Architecture: A Paradox?

Exhibiting Architecture_Front Cover

Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen with Carson Chan and David Tasman

The book brings together a collection of essays that are an outgrowth of the eponymous symposium at Yale School of Architecture. It addresses issues relating to exhibiting architecture as formulated by architects, historians, and curators.The ambition of exhibiting architecture entails paradoxes: how to

The ambition of exhibiting architecture entails paradoxes: how to exhibit something as large and complex as a building or a city, and how to communicate something as elusive as an architectural experience that unfolds in space and time. To be sure, architecture poses a challenge to exhibition as a medium. What is it we exhibit when we exhibit architecture: should we be satisfied with photographs of buildings and sites or should we aim to display whole buildings or fragments and models of them? These were among the questions the organizers posed to the group of architectural and art historians, practicing architects, and curators who were invited to participate and contribute essays to the book. Their discussions address the exhibition as a medium and challenge the preconceived idea of what architecture is by examining a range of possibilities as to how architecture is made, experienced, and discussed.


Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen with Carson Chan and David Tasman (eds.)

Publisher: Yale School of Architecture
Size: 26 x 17 cm/ 10.2 x 6.6 in.
Pages: 208
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Paperback
Publication date: September 2015
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-59-8
Price: 23,50€ / $30 / 18,70£

Analytic Models in Architecture

Yale Analytic Model Cover

Emmanuel Petit

Analytic Models in Architecture documents Yale School of Architecture student work from the undergraduate studio course “The Analytic Model: Descriptive and Interpretive Systems in Architecture,” taught by Emmanuel Petit from 2005 to 2014.

The projects are organized to a set of ten conceptual categories that emphasize varying strategies of formal analysis: Aggregation, Cinematics, Condensation, Diagrammatics, DNA, Fluid Interlocking, Fragmentation, Morphology, Seriality, and Thickened 2-D. Five critical essays focus on particular aspects of analysis in architecture: Anna Bokov about the Soviet avant-garde, Matthew Claudel about agency as the crucial qualifier, Kyle Dugdale draws an analogy to Homeric analysis, exposing the web of deceit that underlies the ostensibly dispassionate analytic exercise, John McMorrough asks what constitutes architectural analysis after close reading is over, and Emmanuel Petit reviews the different ideologies that concepts of analysis have occupied in architectural theory throughout modernity.


Emmanuel Petit

Publisher: Yale School of Architecture
Size: 25,9 x 16,7 cm/ 10.2 x 6.6 in.
Pages: 144
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Softcover
Publication date: February 2016
ISBN: English 9781940291796
Price: 20 € / $ 25 / 16 £

The Mexican Dream: False Promises Revisited


Louis I. Kahn Visiting Professorship

Tatiana Bilbao

This book is a compilation of the projects developed at the Yale School of Architecture in an advance studio called, Diversification: How to reintegrate abandoned social housing complexes in different areas of Mexico, led by the architect Tatiana Bilbao who was the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor for a semester, and developed in conjunction with the INFONAVIT (Institute of the National Fund for Worker’s Housing).

In response to the aggravating abandonment rates in Mexican social housing complexes, the studio aimed to address this issue and simultaneously offer solutions to the actual housing deficit. The studio’s focal point was to understand the specific environmental conditions each of the chosen case study housing complexes, and to cast a proposal that could architecturally reintegrate these spaces and transform them into a positive detonator for its surroundings. The book features a general introduction of the problem and thematic of the studio, and a chapter for each of the projects: Monterrey, Tijuana, Ciudad Juárez, Guadalajara, and Cancún.


Tatiana Bilbao (eds.)

Publisher: Yale School of Architecture
Size: 27 x 17,5 cm/ 11 x 7 in.
Pages: 172
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Softcover
Publication date: July 2017
ISBN: English 978-1945150098
Price: 30€ / $35 / 28£

Social Infrastructure: New York


Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Architecture Fellowship 08

James Andrachuk, Nina Rappaport, and Andrew Benner

The Bass Fellowship at the Yale School of Architecture was led by Douglas Durst of the Durst Organization, a leading New York firm known for spearheading sustainable high-rise developments, architects Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Christoffersen of BIG, and Yale faculty member Andrew Benner. The studio explored potential synergies between public and private programs in the design of inhabited bridges crossing major waterways in New York City. The featured projects here demonstrate a diverse range of approaches for combining residential, cultural, and commercial activities on complex and dense infrastructural sites in imaginative and productive ways. The book includes interviews with the professors, an essay by Bjarke Ingels and the studio projects.


James Andrachuk, Nina Rappaport, and Andrew Benner (eds.)

Publisher: Yale School of Architecture
Size: 17,7 x 27,9 cm/ 7 x 11 in.
Pages: 184
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Softcover
Publication date: June 2015
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-25-3
Price: 27€ / $35 / 24,50£

Rethinking Chongqing: Mixed-Use and Super-Dense


Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Architecture Fellowship 07

Nina Rappaport, Emmet Seifman, Andrei Harwell

Rethinking Chongqing presents the work of a Edward P. Bass Studio at the Yale School of Architecture, co-taught by real estate developer Vincent Lo, founder and chairman of Shui-On Land, the Yale Bass Fellow, and Paul Katz, James von Klemperer, and Forth Bagley, managing principal, design principal, and senior associate, respectively, of the international architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

The site of the studio project is the soon to be redeveloped site of the central rail terminal, a critical nexus of infrastructure located near the riverside that offers rich possibilities for re-thinking the relationship between transit, public space, and mixed-use program in the city. The studio investigated a diverse range of proposals for new scales, typologies, and program mixes play in shaping new paradigms for the development of western China’s emerging mega-cities.


Nina Rappaport, Emmet Seifman, Andrei Harwell (eds.)

Publisher: Yale School of Architecture
Size: 17,7 x 28 cm/ 7 x 11 in.
Pages: 192
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Softcover
Publication date: Mar 2015
ISBN: English 978-0-9893317-4-6
Price: 27€ / $35 / 24,50£

A Sustanaible Bodega and Hotel in Rioja

A1n+pL+hRKL (1)

Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Architecture Fellowship 10

John Spence, Andy Bow, and Patrick Bellew

A Sustainable Bodega/Hotel in Rioja presents the studio of the Yale Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Architecture Fellowship taught by John Spence, entrepreneur and chairman of Karma Resorts worldwide with architect Andy Bow, a senior partner at Foster & Partners in London; environmental engineer Patrick Bellew, principal of Atelier Ten, London; and Timothy Newton of the Yale faculty.

The studio proposed designs for a world-class winery and hotel complex in Rioja, Spain where wineries are both vernacular and exuberant in design. The students were challenged to address social, economic, and environmental sustainability in a holistic and integrated way. The project resulted in a range of strategies to sustainably harvest, engage local workforce, integrate landscape, and source materials responsibly. The project features attractions and symbiotic food production to facilitate tourist visits. Edited by Henry Chan and Nina Rappaport the book is designed by MGMT


John Spence, Andy Bow, and Patrick Bellew (eds.)

Publisher: Yale School of Architecture
Size: 27 x 17,5 cm/ 11 x 7 in.
Pages: 172
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Softcover
Publication date: June 2017
ISBN: English 9781945150067
Price: 33 € / $ 35 / 28 £

Biodigital Architecture & Genetics

Escritos / Writings

Alberto T. Estévez

Special selection of Alberto T. Estévez writings, after 15 years since the creation of the Genetic Architectures Research Group and of the Biodigital Architecture Master, in ESARQ (UIC Barcelona), year 2000.

This book is about the interdisciplinary of Architecture, Design, Art, Science, Technology, Theory, Practice, Biology, Digital, Genetics… With writings about the application of genetics to architecture, about the first time that geneticists work for architects, towards frontiers of architecture, working with digital tools and organic forms, with the new bio & digital techniques in architecture and design…

Author: Alberto T. Estévez

Publisher: ESARQ (UIC Barcelona)
Size: 21 x 15 cm/ 8.26 x 5.90 in.
Pages: 296
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Softcover
Publication date: July 2017
ISBN: English/Spanish 978-84-686-6375-3
Price: 25 € / $ 29 / 23 £

This is not a Wall

20170205 frontcover_110x200

Collected Short Stories on CODA’s Party Wall at MoMA PS1

Caroline O’Donnell and Steven Chodoriwsky

This Is Not A Wall is conceived as an epic of one architectural entity’s lifespan, depicted through a unique collection of illustrated short stories. The entity in question is the temporary pavilion Party Wall, designed by CODA as the winning entry of the 2013 Young Architects Program organized by MoMA PS1. This Is Not A Wall recounts Party Wall’s complete 9-month lifespan, from its initial nomination in November 2012, through its design-build process, to its dismantling at summer’s end in September 2013. The central intention of the collection is to chronicle Party Wall’s unique contextual environment, and elucidate upon its role as a mediator of complex relationships amid the individuals, institutions, and companies to which it owes its existence.
This Is Not A Wall also works to frame Party Wall in a larger contemporary discourse. Concerns include: architecture and its correlation to installation; experientiality and public performance; and a reconsideration of the sign in architecture as it pertains to legibility and meaning. Longer, essay-style stories by architectural journalist Cynthia Davidson, CODA principle Caroline O’Donnell, among others, will punctuate additional story pieces MoMA curator Pedro Gadanho, MAXXI director Pippo Ciorra, architect Peter Eisenman, previous YAP winner Matthias Hollwich, alongside project participants and other observers – from PS1 janitors, to local skateboarders, to construction volunteers. By stressing Party Wall’s creative process as a distinct product of its context, spatial-temporal constraints, and collected voices, the book is equal parts an analytical handbook of the competition and design process, an account of its evolving construction, and a poignant description of its lived experience.

Edited by: Caroline O’Donnell and Steven Chodoriwsky

Publisher: Cornell AAP Publications
Size: 11.4 x20.3 cm/ 4.50 x 8 in.
Pages: 300
Illustrations: Black and White
Cover: Soft
Publication date: July 2016
ISBN: English 978-0-9972602-0-5
Price: $29.95

Abstract 2016

Abstract 2016_000_cover_front

Amale Andraos, Jesse Seegers

Abstract is the yearly publication of work and research from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). Produced through the Office of the Dean Amale Andraos, the archive of student work contains documentation of exceptional projects, selected by faculty at the conclusion of each semester.

The 2016 edition includes the applied research of the school’s laboratories and projects from design studios taught by Kunlé Adeyemi, Benjamin Aranda, Gro Bonesmo, Eric Bunge and Mimi Hoang, Frida Escobedo, Jeanne Gang, Juan Herreros, Andrés Jaque, Laura Kurgan, Jing Liu, LOT-EK, Kate Orff, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Thomas Phifer, Hilary Sample, Bernard Tschumi, and others. This encyclopedic volume is conceived as both an organizational model for the school and a testament to the global distribution of the work included within.


Edited by: Amale Andraos and Jesse Seegers

Publisher: Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Size: 19.5cm x 27cm / 7.6 in. x 10.6 in.
Pages: 464
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Paperback
Publication date: December 2016
ISBN: English 9781941332320
Price: 30€ /$35 / £28