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Re-Visiting Metropolitan Barcelona

Public Space 2013-2017

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

Díaz Llanos, Saavedra

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Juan Antonio González Pérez

Los arquitectos Saavedra y Díaz -Llanos han producido una adaptación fantástica del estilo de la arquitectura y del medio ambiente sin comprometerse a su esencia.
La crónica del acontecer de la arquitectura de nuestro tiempo, incluso su historia, suele estasr escrita desde el presente, manifestando así nuestras preocupaciones actules hacia el pasado, de manera que, según el sentir de algunos historiadores, el comienzo del relato de las obras iniciales se presenta como una representación final.
Esta publicación es una síntesis de tantos años de trabajo como arquitecgtos de Javier Díaz-Llanos y Vicente Saavedra, no es su historia, y menos aún la crónica de su trabajo profesional. Esta historia prevalecerá el setnir de estos trabajos de arquitectura y urbanismo invadidos por el buen hacer en el oficio de arquitecto y, sobret todo, deberían inscfribirse en el capítulo del racionalismo de las relaciones humanas.

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Juan Antonio González Pérez (ed)

Size: 31 x 16,5 cm / 12.2 x 6.4 in.
Pages: 192
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Flexibound cover
Publication date: September 2016
ISBN: English 9781940291901
Price: 25€ / $29.95 / £23

Crown Hall Dean’s Dialogues 2012-2017

Kazuyo Sejima, William Baker, Wiel Arets, Junya Ishiga- mi, Stefano Boeri, Peter Eisenman, Rafael Viñoly, Ben van Berkel, Pezo von Ellrichshausen, Phyllis Lambert, Riken Yamamoto, Herman Hertzberger, Armand Mevis, David Adjaye, Erwin Olaf, Dominique Perrault, Stan Allen, Ber- nard Khoury / Agata Siemionow

Crown Hall Dean’s Dialogues: 2012-2017 collects incisive, intimate thoughts from leading contemporary architects in dialogue with students from the Illinois Institute of Technology, College of Architecture.

This title collects the voices of 18 esteemed architects, designers, educators and theorists in dialogue with students from the Illinois Institute of Technology, College of Architecture. Voices ranging from Phyllis Lambert to David Adjaye to Rafael Vinoly expound and express their thoughts freely, digging deeply into essential themes that drive their work, study and process. This title provides intimate insight directly from leading architectural and design practitioners, who in the process of being interviewed, further the academic discourse conducted at IIT College of Architecture.

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Kazuyo Sejima, William Baker, Wiel Arets, Junya Ishiga- mi, Stefano Boeri, Peter Eisenman, Rafael Viñoly, Ben van Berkel, Pezo von Ellrichshausen, Phyllis Lambert, Riken Yamamoto, Herman Hertzberger, Armand Mevis, David Adjaye, Erwin Olaf, Dominique Perrault, Stan Allen, Ber- nard Khoury / Agata Siemionow

Size: 15 x 22 cm / 5.9 x 8.6 in.
Pages: 300
Illustrations: Black and White
Cover: Hardcover
Publication date: June 2017
ISBN: English978-1-945150-50-0
Price: 30€ /$34.95 / £26

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Third Coast Atlas

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. This thick description encompasses a range of representational forms including maps, plans, diagrams, timelines, and photographs, as well as speculative design research projects and critical texts. Postponing diagnosis, let alone treatment of these conditions, Third Coast Atlas aspires to simply describe. It proposes a new geographic gestalt for urban analysis. Superimposed upon the North American continent, and with easily recognizable yet divergent political and geological borders, this megaregion traverses portions of eight U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, as well as the world’s largest collection of surficial fresh water. Third Coast Atlas characterizes the littoral edge as a distinct field of urbanization, and constructs a reading of the region both specific and speculative.

This publication was awarded by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in 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: 85€ / $90 / £69

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

Louella Exton, Kim Morte, Hayden Matthys, Millicent Gunner, Emma Groot

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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Louella Exton, Kim Morte, Hayden Matthys, Millicent Gunner, Emma Groot (eds.)

Size: 21 x 29,7 cm / 8.3 x 11.7 in.
Pages: 128
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft
Publication date: September 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-04-3
Price: 27.50€ / $29.95 / £22

Ellen Kooi Above Rotterdam

One Glass Tower by Wiel Arets & Nine Situations by Katrien Van den Brande

John Bezold

Colliding modern architecture, theatrically informed photography, and surreal poetry and prose; this carefully-crafted collaboration between artist Ellen Kooi, architect Wiel Arets, and artist Katrien Van den Brande documents five sets of highly-staged visual ‘scenarios’, and nine textual ‘situations’, of numerous imaginary guests, who simultaneously inhabit the B’ Tower–a high-rise in the center of Rotterdam. Each scenario was dreamt up, created, and captured on camera by Kooi; each of Van den Brande’s situations were written while staying at the tower, in the guise of the many other, ‘unseen’, temporary tower guests.

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Editor: John Bezold

Size: 23 x 27.8 cm / 9 x 11 in.
Pages: 180
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hardcover
Publication date: December 2016
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-22-7
Price: 40€ /$44.95 / £38

Territories of Disobedience

Linna Choi, Tarik Oualalou

This compendium of essays and projects presents a confrontation of radically dissimilar projects which underscores the exploration of architectural empowerment at the core of the office’s work.  Four themes are presented in four volumes: Cultural Resistance, Occupying Earth, Public Prerogatives, and Territory and Transgressions.

Architects build in and for a system that is not only pathological, but toxic.  It is ruining the only planet we have, and we are clearly at the end of what is still possible within this ecology.

The architecture presented in this book is a form of resistance – one which actively engages in the societies and territories it is inscribed in and which presents an antidote to the accelerating banalization of our everyday environments.  The search for singularity is not a search for formal distinction or a fetishism of the architectural object, but instead the desire to inscribe oneself into a unique territory and moment in time.

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Authors: Linna Choi, Tarik Oualalou

Size: 17 x 24 cm / 7 x 9.5 in.
Pages: 416
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hardcover
Publication date: March 2017
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-20-3
ISBN: French 978-1-945150-21-0
Price: 29€ /$34.95 / £28

The Social Imperative

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.

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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

Landscape Tunings

An Urban Park at the Danube

Authors: Silvia Benedito, Alexander Häusler,

Landscape Tunings maintains that landscape is more than ecology and technical performance; it is also an environment of paramount importance to one’s dispositions and wellbeing—an emotional space of social relevance, tuned with and for its communities. In this book, OFICINAA examines the design potentials of the Danube River as a civic anchor, a bioclimatic medium, and a space for collective imagination in the city of Ingolstadt, Germany.

Landscape Tunings: An Urban Park at the Danube explores the city’s littoral landscapes with video-essays, drawings, walks, public installations, and exhibitions—each spotlighting the sensate-space where the city meets the Danube’s edge. It then showcases the bottom-up and tactical design approaches of the Stadt Park Donau | Donau-Loop project, which aims to foster the spatial embodiment with the riverine environments facing the present challenges of the anthropogenic era. With contributions by Günther Vogt, Andres Lepik, and Simone Schimpf, Landscape Tunings projects the role of littoral landscapes as a medium for the collective wellbeing of the city.

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Authors: Silvia Benedito, Alexander Häusler,

Size: 21.0 x 27.5 cm.
Pages: 148
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard Cover
Publication date: December 2016
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-18-0
ISBN: German 978-1-945150-19-7
Price: 22€ / $24  / £19