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Reflections on Light

‘Reflections on light’ gathers a series of conversations with designers, architects and artists who work with and think about light every day.

Behind any object, especially those concerned with light, there is a clear intention to attempt to improve the quality of life of the user and take care of the space in which the light is found. Light allows us to see our surroundings; as such, looking after light is essential, and it is precisely this that is at the heart of this project.

These interviews focus on the people behind the objects, concentrating on their creative vision and background from which their ideas are born; the importance of the beauty of well-made objects, and how the objects affect our perception of life.


Published by: ACTAR Publishers New York & The Flames by Folch
Coordination: Isabel Valle
Designed by: Folch
Printed by: Ingoprint
Publication date: 2015
ISBN: 978-1-940291-82-6
Price: 20€ / $25 / £16



Bracket Cover 1

Bracket is a new book series that highlights emerging critical issues at the juncture of architecture, environment, and digital culture. It is a collaboration between InfraNet and Archinet. Seeking new voices and design talent, Bracket is structured around an open call for entries. Conceived as an almanac, the series looks at emerging thematic in our global age that are shaping the built environment in radically significant, yet often unexpected ways. The series will chart the emergence of this current design generation. A generation rose when the Internet was commonplace, when environmental issues reached critical “inconvenient truth”, and when the cultural capital of architecture was in need of new vision. The Bracket series will address the complex impacts of globalization on architecture, landscape, and urbanism.

Bracket 1 is titled “On Farming” and looks at capacity for architecture to address ideas and issues of productive landscapes and urbanisms. Once merely understood in terms of agriculture, today information, energy, labor, and landscape, among others, can be farmed. Farming harness the efficiency of collective and community. Whether cultivating land, harvesting resources, extracting energy or delegating labor, farming reveals the interdependencies of our globalized world. Simultaneously, farming represents the local gesture, the productive landscape, and the alternative economy. The processes of farming are mutable, parametric, and efficient. Farming is the modification of infrastructure, urbanisms, architectures, and landscapes towards a privileging of production. The issue collects original design projects, installations, and essays, which interrogate new typologies, forms, and formats of the built environment. With almost 40design proposals and 12 essays, “On Farming” collects emerging designers and thinkers internationally.


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Vertical Urban Factory

Nina Rappaport

This publication focuses on the spaces of production in cities—both the modernist period and today—and the technologies that have contributed to shifts in factory architecture, manu- facturing, and urban design. It tracks the evolution of the vertical urban factory from the first industrial revolution to the present and provides an analysis of the political, social, and econo- mic factors that have shaped today’s global industrial landscape. Ultimately, it provokes new concepts for the future of urban manufacturing, and the necessity of creating new paradigms for sustainable, self-sufficient urban industry.
The book demonstrates how entrepreneurial, hybrid spaces and cleaner and greener factories can reintegrate manufacturing into city life as new paradigms for urban industry that will prove more sustainable, self-sufficient, and socially equitable workplaces. Vertical Urban Factory includes a timeline of significant developments in technology, architecture, and manufacturing and is illustrated by over four hundred black and white and color photographs of historic and contemporary factories, architectural renderings, and process diagrams.


Author: Nina Rappaport

Size: 7.5 x 10 in.
Pages: 480
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Softcover
Publication date: 2016
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-63-5
Price: 59€ / $64.95 / £45.50


The Generic Sublime



Size: 16,5 x 22 cm. / 6.4 x 8.6 in.
Pages: 400
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard Cover
Publication date: 2016
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-75-8
Price: 42€ / $44.95 / £34

Jane Alexander is one of the most significant African contemporary artists working today. Her animal-human sculptures, photographs, and dramatic installations speak of lasting disfigurations in her native South Africa, yet raise issues about human nature that resonate with viewers internationally. Alexander’s hybrid mutants inhabit a universe where boundaries between self and other, human and animal, are unstable, where shared foundations and clashing differences are disclosed, and where the grotesque and the familiar entwine. While the figures are, in many ways, emblems of monstrosity, they are oddly beautiful. Her creatures expose the human animal for all it is and all it could become. Not only are Alexander’s artworks formally and technically accomplished, but they also deliver a potent emotional impact, sending warnings about historical consequences and hinting at things to come.

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Barcelona (by Jon Tugores)

Jon Tugores

This book is an idea of architects and friends Carles Llop, and Vicente Guallart, that were seduced by the way Barcelona is read by Jon Tugore’s eyes. For the first time, the city is shown from the sea side, acknowledging the close relation of the city and the topography that encloses it. It somehow actualizes the drawings that imagined Barcelona done by the ancient navigators.

The main reason for this book is to offer another point of view the way Barcelona is read. A tribute to scale, territory, nature and architecture. A complete vision of the evolution of a city that knows how dialogue with mountains and the Mediterranean constraints. A magnificent example of well-understood urbanism that dealt with the Roman Empire all the way to the re-shaping of a car infested city during the post-Olympic era. Without falling into imported clichés from other continents. A city always under a constant re-thinking attitude.


Author: Jon Tugores

Size: 13.7 x 9.1 in. / 34,9 x 23,2 cm
Pages: 80
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard Cover
Publication date: February 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-80-2
Price: 38€ / $44.95 / £31.50


Water Index

cover Water Index

Design Strategies for Drought, Flooding and Contamination

Seth McDowell

A book that highlights critical design projects from around the world those radically engage the fragile issues of drought, flooding, and contamination, revealing opportunistic, adaptive design strategies in response to the mounting global crisis.

In the wake of an escalating global crisis with water, Water Index is the first critical inventory and analysis of innovative architecture, landscape architecture and design solutions to address the rising, disappearing, and contamination of water. As an ecological disaster complex ferments in contemporary architectural discourse, design competition briefs, conference topics and journal themes optimistically call for designers to reconcile or reimagine the relationship between water, architecture and city. Anxiety is elevated by the onslaught of extreme weather in the form of super-storms, hurricanes, tsunamis, landslides, floods, and droughts whose frequencies and intensities continue to increase. Couple the ever-present exposure to disaster with scientific data that suggests a future characterized by climate change and population growth, and then we have the ingredients for a full-fledged paranoia: the perfect motivation for absurd, expansive and radical building projects. Water Index, examines three hydrological tragedies (flood, contamination, and drought) through strategies that offer methods for controlling, escaping, or adapting to the vital natural resource. Water Index is a collective vision of the future that provides solutions for every continent and spans the disciplines of urban design, landscape architecture and architecture. The book works to create an enduring manual and manifesto for water development and design in the twenty-first century and to acknowledge crisis-initiated design as an important trajectory for architectural discourse. Water Index highlights a moment when designers have linked formal concerns with social, ecological and political agendas offering solutions for expanding global problems.


Author: Seth McDowell

Size: 21.1 x 29.7 cm.
Pages: 395
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: July 2017
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-40-6
Price: 38€ / $44.95 / £32

Vivienda, envolvente, hueco


Author: de Lapuerta, José María Altozano, Fernando

Size: 8.3 x 9.4 in.
Pages: 180
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: April 2010
ISBN: English 978-84-92861-17-0
Price: 22€ / $29.95 / £19.90

Una investigación sobre viviendas sociales de alta densidad ubicadas en Madrid.

Un catalogo de diferentes soluciones de vivienda colectiva promovida por la Empresa municipal de Vivienda en los últimos años. En él se analiza la vivienda desde sus sistema constructivo, centrado especialmente en los tipos de envolvente y hueco en los que se contemplan exigencias técnicas, proyectuales, repercusiones sociales, ahorro energético y costes. Sobre los resultados, redibujando, completando, uniformando y corrigiendo, o volviendo a fotografiar los edificios, se ha realizado este libro.

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Total Housing

Alternatives to urban sprawl

Total Housing was designed to be a demonstration of the virtues of high and medium density multi-family homes, and an antidote to urban sprawl. The selection of works in Total Housing (in hard copy and on its supplementary website: spans a period coinciding with the height of the housing boom, and consequent bust, experienced in most “developed” economies. From among the huge amount of projects developed in this period, Total Housing selects 61 of them from 22 countries which exemplify outstanding innovations in construction systems, layout of residential space, systems of unit aggregation, integration of the residential program into the other functions that make up our cities, and repercussions in the formation of the urban fabric. These innovations are summarised in a series of concepts or keywords that identify their “virtues” as a residential model on the first page of each project. This book is a design manual as much as a reference for future good practices. Its structure follows a simple sequential order of the number of homes included in each project (from 4 to 750), regardless of the other complementary programs they may respond to. This sequence aims to facilitate the identification of possible examples and case studies, and show that interesting design solutions are found in big and small projects alike. The final section consists of detailed plans of 17 of the works in the book.


Size: 9.4 x 6.7 in./ 24.3 17.0 cm
Pages: 396
Illustrations: Color
Publication date: July 2010
ISBN: English 978-84-96540-88-0 (Out of print)
ISBN: Spanish 978-84-96954-05-2 (Available)
Price: 36€ / $49.95 / £34.95

Verb Processing


Author: Jaime Salazar

The shift from modern to digital systems of design and production opens up a material work to a deeper relationship between author and perceiver. From the classical work to the modern object and from the modern industrial to ‘computerised’ procedures, the interplay between author and user has become closer, more direct and open. How does this increasing complicity affect architectural practice? How can architecture be conceived as a more fluid informational development? Publishing architectures is much more than displaying a recently finished product in which the architect is the unique author. To make architecture is a real undertaking of numerous authors based on the processing of information before, during and after the materialization of the building. The contemporary relationship between information and authorship in architectural practice, featuring works and texts by Manuel de Landa, Jorge Wagensberg, FOA Architects, Sadar & Vuga, njiric & njiric, Love, Lacaton & Vassal.


Author: Jaime Salazar

Size: 9 x 7 in. / 17 x 24 cm.
Pages: 288
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: April 2001
ISBN: English  978-84-95273-55-0
ISBN: Spanish 978-84-89698-88-8
Price: 19€ / $24.95 / £16.50




Author: Irene Hwang

“What is fascinating is the inability to separate the real from the digital, because they already form part of the same nature.” So we said in the last issue of Verb. Here we explore how this fusion takes place. Buildings and cities grow, are transformed, and dissolve. How can this evolution be generated, controlled, enhanced or imagined? Is our environment programmable? How does the fusion of natural and artificial matter produce new architectural organisms, new environments, new natures? How does technology animate space, and how do users and programs animate matter? The fifth volume of Actar’s boogazine looks for a new definition of the organic.Projects by: Terraswarm, Aranda/Lasch, Shohei Matsukawa / 000studio, Kram/Weisshaar, Michael Meredith, mos, Foster + Partners, George L. Legendre, IJP Corporation, PTW Architects + Arup Australia + CSCEC, ON-A, Hitoshi Abe, Manuel Gausa Asociados, Vicente Guallart, Mick Pearce, Yusuke Obuchi, R&Sie(n), Cristina Díaz, AMID, INI, ONL…


Author: Irene Hwang

Size: 9 x 7 in. // 17 x 24 cm.
Pages: 280
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: April 2007
ISBN: English 978-84-96540-21-7
ISBN: Spanish 978-84-96540-22-4
Price: 19€ / $24.95 / £16.50