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RCR. Dream and Nature

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Catalonia in Venice

Pati Núñez, Estel Ortega, Rafael Aranda, Carmen Pigem, Ramon Vilalta.

Nature and history is the physical place that has been chosen to develop a space by RCR Arquitectes to conceive and experiment and to rethink man’s relationship with the world. This physical space is located in the La Vila estate, in the Bianya Valley (Catalonia), surrounded by woods, water, farmland, country houses, etc. In this environment, research is not defined as an isolated phenomenon, but rather as having a direct relationship with what is being explored. It’s a creative, experimental project, and one that is constantly evolving. Technological advances and innovation are applied on an experiential basis in this landscape. New realities are generated, like the humanitacle, a project about the synthesis of man and the built habitat in relation to the surroundings, nature and technology, and la dona i l’home núvol (cloud woman and cloud man), creative beings par excellence and creators of reality. Book introduces this utopia under construction.

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Author: Pati Núñez, Estel Ortega, Rafael Aranda, Carmen Pigem, Ramon Vilalta.

Size: 23,5 x 27 cm / 9,25 x 10,63 in.
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft Cover
Pages: 144
Publication date: May 2018
Published by: Actar Publishers, Institut Ramon Llull
Languages: English, Spanish, Catalan
ISBN: 978-1-948765-02-2
Price: 27€ / $34.95 / £25

Re-Visiting Metropolitan Barcelona

Projects and Urban Design Section, AMB / Poch Comunicación

This volume, the fifth in the collection Metropolitan Spaces, is published with the intention of marking a turning point as it broadens its sights and moves away from the concept of catalogue. Its objective, beyond incorporating a historical reflection of the vital role that the AMB has played in the design, the construction of public space, and the transformation and structuring of the metropolitan territory, is to blaze new paths for the future.
In order to do so, the volume offers three types of concepts: data, texts and projects. The data explains the context and offers the reader an objective idea of the territory. Then, the texts and their authors help to explain the complexity of the territory, its past and its future potential. Visiting public space, the way of understanding it and acting in it contributed by guest practices, is complemented by re-visiting the work carried out in the last 30 years, contributed by the team of the AMB.
Finally, the projects included confirm the diversity and the quality of the works developed by the institution. The content is divided into six chapters: park space, river space, coastal space, covered space, urban space and mobility space. These are, in short, spaces that characterise the metropolitan area of Barcelona, and which, in the course of these 30 years, have acquired an entity of their own.

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Projects and Urban Design Section, AMB / Poch Comunicación

Size: 13.7 x 9.1 in. / 34,9 x 23,2 cm
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard Cover
Pages: 303
Publication date: April 2018
Published by: Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB)
Distributed by: ACTAR PUBLISHERS
ISBN: English 978-84- 87881-22- 0
ISBN: Spanish 978-84- 87881-21- 3
ISBN: Catalan 978-84- 87881-20- 6
Price: 30€ / $39.95 / £30

Abstract 2017

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Amale Andraos, Jesse Seegers

Abstract is the yearly publication of work and research from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation.

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 2017 edition includes the applied research of the school’s laboratories and projects from design studios taught by Eric Bunge and Mimi Hoang, Kersten Geers, Juan Herreros, Steven Holl, Andres Jaque, Momoyo Kaijima and Yoshiharu Tsukumoto, and Laura Kurgan, Jing Liu, LOT-EK, Reinhold Martin, Umberto Napolitano, Kate Orff, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Rural Urban Framework, Hilary Sample, Bernard Tschumi, and Enrique Walker and many others.

This volume is conceived as both an organizational model for the school and a testament to the global distribution of the work included within.

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Edited by: Amale Andraos and Jesse Seegers

Publisher: Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Size: 5.3 x 9.25 in. / 13,5 x 23,5 cm.
Pages: 450
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard cover
Publication date: December 2017
ISBN: English 78-1-941332-40-5
Price: 30€ /$35 / £26.7

The Mexican Social Housing: Promises Revisited

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Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant 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 was 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.

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Gabriela Alvarez, Juan Pablo Ponce, (eds.)

Publisher: Yale School of Architecture
Size: 7 x 11 in. / 17,5 x 27 cm
Pages: 220
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft cover
Publication date: January 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-09-8
Price: 30€ / $35 / £ 28

Future Real

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Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professorship 08

Michael Young, Kersten Geers, David Erdman

The future is not as far away as it might seem.
What seemed a problem of the next generation now has become a problem of tomorrow. We are accelerating towards a future that is evermore present, guided by political and economic forces that seem unintelligible. Is this quick-paced intangible progression, the role of the architect is at stake. How can architecture keep up with society? Can it adapt quickly enough to frame it? And is so, what should that frame look like?
The book features interviews with the professors and essays on their specific studio topics. Michael Young investigates the past from the future in “Aesthetics of Accelerationism: The Icelandic Infrastructure 2036-2056.”
Kersten Geers analyzes visions for agricultural ensembles for communal living in “Architecture Without Consent 19: Almost Classicism.” And David Erdman looks to the potential of building on top of housing estates in Hong Kong in “Objects and Qualities.”

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Nina Rappaport, Aymar Marino-Maza (eds.)

Publisher: Yale School of Architecture
Size: 5.3 x 9.25 in. / 13,5 x 23,5 cm.
Pages:192
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft cover
Publication date: April 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-83-8
Price: 30€ / $35 / £ 28

Paranoazinho: City-Making Beyond Brasilia

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Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Architecture Fellowship 11

Rafael and Ricardo Birmann, Sunil Bald

Brasilia was born with the car central to its conception, and the result is a City of the Future that is decidedly anti-urban.
Twenty kilometers from the north edge of Brasilia is Sobradinho, also planned by Costa, but as a settlement rather than a city. Between Brasilia and Sobradinho lies a 16 million square-meter estate known as “Fazenda Paranoazinho.”
The book examines the premise of collective city-making on this large empty site between Brasilia and its unplanned satellite suburbs in a studio led by Brazilian developers Rafael and Ricardo Birmann and Sunil Bald assistant professor at Yale School of Architecture.
It includes essays and interviews of the Birmanns, Bald and David Sim of Gehl Architects as well as a photo essay by Stefan Ruiz.

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Nina Rappaport, Apoorva Khanolkar (eds.)

Publisher: Yale School of Architecture
Size: 7 x 11 in. / 13,5 x 17,5 cm.
Pages:176
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft cover
Publication date: October 2017
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-63-0
Price: 30€ / $35 / £ 27

Harlem: Mart 125

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Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Architecture Fellowship 12

Jonathan Rose, Sara Caples, Everado Jefferson

The task for this studio was to design a new mixed-use building across from the Apollo Theatre on 125th Street in Harlem.
The developer Jonathan Rose, with New York-based architects Sara Caples and Everardo Jefferson challenged their Yale students to design a sustainable mixed-use residential and cultural building, with housing for retired jazz musicians, restaurants, and media spaces, on the last cityowned parcel.
The studio questioned issues of cultural representation versus the mutability of the site’s ethnic anchorings. It requires the designer to consider each space from the user’s perspective. And it demands high standards of sustainable design, headed towards net zero, that support a more satisfying occupant experience, with maximal use of controlled daylight and natural ventilation.
The book features interviews with those on the studio juries including Robert A. M. Stern, Alexander Garvin, and Vincent Chang.

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Nina Rappaport, Jenny Kim (eds.)

Publisher: Yale School of Architecture
Size: 8 x 12.75 in. / 20,32 x 32,38 cm
Pages:192
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft cover
Publication date: April 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-82-1
Price: 30€ / $35 / £ 27

Retrospecta 40

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Brian Cash, Alejandro Duran, Erin Hyelin Kim, Melissa Russell

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.

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Brian Cash, Alejandro Duran, Erin Hyelin Kim, Melissa Russell (eds.)

Publisher: Yale School of Architecture
Size: 8 x 12.75 in. / 20,32 x 32,38 cm
Pages:192
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft cover
Publication date: December 2017
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-52-4
Price: 30€ / $35 / £ 26.7

The Blindspot Initiative

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Design Resistance and Alternative Modes of Practice

José Sanchez

This book documents the professional work of twenty-one design practices that are expanding their respective fields and hybridizing traditional design outputs through the intersection of other disciplines.
By blurring the boundaries between fields, design innovation can become more aware of the systemic interdependencies that often live in our current disciplinary blind spots. From the critique of competitions, The Blindspot Initiative attempts to create an alternative loop between design and resources, one in which the propagation and documentation of new knowledge developed in design research can economically sustain its production, generating a positive feedback loop between innovation and knowledge propagation.
Texts by Jenny Wu, Jason Kelly Johnson, David Gerber, Mustafa El-Sayed, and Kate Davies, introduce the designers by offering alternative perspectives on the contributions of the field of robotics, software, film, product design and prototype thinking, to the practice of architecture.

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José Sanchez, (ed.)

Publisher: Evolo
Size: 6.5 x 9.5 in. / 16,5 x 22,8 cm.
Pages: 238
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hardcover
Publication date: May 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-938740-23-7
Price: 35€ / $39.95 / £ 30

Retrospecta 39

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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.

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

Publisher: Yale School of Architecture
Size: 9 x 12.7 in. / 23 x 32 cm.
Pages:192
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hardcover
Publication date: December 2016
ISBN: English 978-1945150104
Price: 27€ / $35 / £ 24.50