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Buildings and Almost Buildings

Eric Bunge, Mimi Hoang, nARCHITECTS

Buildings and Almost Buildings explores the work of nARCHITECTS as a single project – an anti-monograph with a subtle manifesto about the open-ended, incomplete, and ambiguous in architecture.

Is architecture inherently complete? Or is it a state of incompletion and seeming inadequacy that incites us to imagine architecture as an armature for an ever-changing daily life? Buildings and Almost Buildings explores the work of nARCHITECTS as a single project – an anti-monograph with a subtle manifesto about the open-ended, incomplete, and ambiguous in architecture. Structured around a variety of modes of representation specially prepared for the book, Buildings and Almost Buildings reveals the ways in which the celebrated New York office led by Eric Bunge and Mimi Hoang addresses contemporary issues of a world in flux. Across a range of buildings, public spaces, and ephemeral installations, nARCHITECTS argues for the formal and social potential of an architecture that remains somehow incomplete and ambiguously perceived—or in the authors’ words, Almost Buildings.


Authors:  Eric Bunge, Mimi Hoang, nARCHITECTS

Size: 18 x 24 cm / 7 x 9.5 in.
Pages: 400
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Softcover
Publication date: Jamuary 2019
Published By: Actar Publishers
ISBN: English 978-1-948765-08-4
Price: 35 € / $39.95 / £32

Gran Mediterraneo

Project, Process, Progress

David Tajchman

David Tajchman's first book about a self-initiated architectural research for a White City-specific High-Rise: the Gran Mediterraneo. Gathering working documents, sketches and rare pictures in an object specifically designed by graphic designer and art director Sara Jassim.

In 2016, architect David Tajchman made public a self-initiated high-rise proposal on which he worked in secret during a few months. He decided to propose a new typology of skyscraper, more city-specific for Tel Aviv. Based on his previous observations that a new skyline is appearing in the White City, which according to his experience of the city and his knowledge of the local architectural history, does not take enough into account the 1930s and later Brutalist legacies. His yet unbuilt (but surely to get built) skyscraper is a spontaneous proposal from a foreign architect to the local decision makers, to open their eyes and their mind to other visions, for a more Tel Aviv-specific vertical architecture. The  Gran Mediterraneo  has been widely published as an architectural innovation and has won several awards gaining international recognition, with the recent Architizer A+ Awards 2017 received in New York.
During the design process, David sketched, wrote, read and photographed about the various topics involved into his high-rise proposal. This book is an opportunity to share his references, background, research documents, notes, drawings and working (3d) models. The book was first an exhibition-catalogue, presented last September 2016 in Paris in the framework of a solo show entitled « Gran Mediterraneo – Project Process Progress ». It contains archive documents on different topics and texts from invited contributors.


Author:  David Tajchman

Size: 13,5 x 22,5 CM / 5.3 x 8.85 in.
Pages: 200
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hardcover
Publication date: December 2018
Published By: Actar Publishers
ISBN: English 978-1-9487650-1-5
Price: 30 € / $34.95 / £27

Layered Landscapes Lofoten

Understanding of Complexity, Otherness and Change

Magdalena Haggärde, Gisle Løkken

This book discusses approaches towards landscapes under pressure and transformation, and the importance of unprejudiced and experimental investigations to reveal its natural and cultural complexity.

Layered Landscapes Lofoten, Understanding of Complexity, Otherness and Change aims to challenge internalized concepts about how landscapes are considered and investigated, to open for alternative research, and legitimize subjective, singular and experimental approaches as valid and appreciated as a foundation for an informed process. These approaches take into consideration both the landscape and the practices taking place in the landscape, that are consistently full of individual and collective stories and experiences —the complexity created in both time and space, which influences our societies not only as traces of historical events, but as present realities and even expectations and what is to become.

Under the concepts of complexity, imbrication, vulnerability, fieldwork, flexibility and reorientation ideas are developed, all based in the contemporary and historic layers of the dramatic and contested landscapes of the Lofoten Islands in Northern Norway —where pressure from political decisions and structural changes, increasing tourism, a potential new oil industry and uncontrollable global forces’ impact on nature and societies and cause continuous transformation and alteration of landscapes and topography, surrounding the traditional and modern fishing communities.


Editors:  Magdalena Haggärde, Gisle Løkken

Size: 16 x 24 cm / 6.3 x 9.5 in.
Pages: 388
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Softcover
Publication date: December 2018
Published By: Actar Publishers
ISBN: English 9781948765060
Price: 35 € / $39.95 / £32

GSD Platform 11: Setting the Table


Esther Mira Bang, Lane Raffaldini Rubin, Enrique Aureng Silva

Platform 11 is the 2017–2018 installment of Platform, the annual compendium documenting select student work, events, lectures, and exhibitions at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Platform represents a year in the life of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Produced annually, this compendium highlights a selection of work from the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and design, and design engineering. It exposes a rich and varied pedagogical culture committed to shaping the future of design. Documenting projects, research, events, exhibitions, and more, Platform offers a curated view into the emerging topics, techniques, and dispositions within and beyond the Harvard GSD.

In Setting the Table, the first student-led installment of the series, editors Esther Mira Bang, Lane Raffaldini Rubin, and Enrique Aureng Silva assemble a diverse body of work and cut it up—reinterpreting, rearranging, and ultimately composing a poetry revealed in each retelling.


Editors: Esther Mira Bang, Lane Raffaldini Rubin, Enrique Aureng Silva

Size: 19.05 x 25.4 cm / 7.5 x 10.5 in.
Pages: 320
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Softcover
Publication date: November 2018
Published By: Actar Publishers, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
ISBN: English 978-1-948765-10-7
Price: 30 € / $34.95 / £28


University of Cincinnati School of Architecture and Interior Design

Mara Marcu

The publication captures the work done at the University of Cincinnati School of Architecture and Interior Design while showcasing student work, faculty research, co-op stories, study abroad programs, and snapshots from the many events happening at our school.
ECHOS is a platform for simultaneous conversations with shared ethos at UC SAID. Various constellations begin to surface and map our diverse milieu of academic and social interactions that revolve around the following five main themes: anxiety, praxis, trope, chreod, and utopia. Introduced by a series of analytical diagrams which are paired up with essays by lead figures in the discipline, the themes expand on the issues of theoretical anxiety, architectural discourse, practice, typology, self-made analogies, ad hoc morphologies inherent to research, flux and reflux – that return each disruption to a steady trajectory – similar to the natural cycle of compression and release generated by our co-op program, and the fictitious, the ideal.
Anxiety collects and synthesizes among multiple contradicting theories entertaining with equanimity various solutions to design problems. Praxis looks at outcomes – may those be physical, prototypical, digital or analog, multi-dimensional and multi-media, spoken, written or unwritten – as well as working methodologies that shape design thinking. Trope begins to map out trends, emergent ideologies, and previously non-denominational design expressions. Chreod documents and interprets field conditions, rule based processes, issues of transgressions, non-smooth and nomadic entities which cut across arbolic like divisions. Utopia, while suspending various otherwise necessary constraints, allows for a euphoric and optimistic view of the world, with the goal of envisioning daring possibilities otherwise unimaginable. Utopia, therefore, foreshadows all other themes.


Autor and Editor: Marta Macu

Size: 16,5 x 21 cm / 6.5 x 8.25 in.
Pages: 406
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hardcover
Publication date: October 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-948765-04-6
Price: 35,00 € / $39.95 / £32 COVER (1)

Issue 1/ Hashim Sarkis Studios 1998 – 2017

Florencia Rodriguez, Pablo Gerson, Stan Allen, Angelo Bucci, Kenneth Frampton, Fabrizio Gallanti, Gabriel Kozlowski, José Mayoral, Luca Molinari, Hashim Sarkis, Nader Tehrani & Felipe Vera. on Hashim Sarkis Studios has two parts: Projects and Dialogues. The first section includes enticing visual documentation on HSS’s projects (Balloon Landing Park, Housing for the Fishermen, Daily Mosque, Town Hall & Park, Float Pavilion, Watermelon Landscape, and Courtowers) complemented by critical remarks by Nader Tehrani and Sarkis. In the Dialogues section issues an interview to Sarkis by editors, Florencia Rodriguez and José Mayoral, a conversation between Angelo Bucci and Sarkis, and a discussion between Stan Allen, Kenneth Frampton, and Sarkis.

Architecture simultaneously responds to two parallel and seemingly contrasting inputs. First, to the internal concerns of the architect who seeks to react to his own intellectual, emotional or social preoccupations through built work. In some cases, that internal impulse inspires the architect to materialize the same interest again and again, through every work. Second, there are specific requirements for each built work: an encounter with reality and the need to consider the context, people and society, all factors which make every architectural project a highly specific venture. This secondary input provides a solution for challenges that can at first seem extremely undefined. In the case of Hashim Sarkis, such dialectic relationships are expressed throughout one consistent focus: the relationship between the sky and the ground. This relationship is present in every work despite diverse contexts, that bring singularity to every architectural project. Through his numerous built works, we have seen the many ways in which sky and ground can be constructed, framed, viewed, approached, dis-covered, and reinterpreted. A rich set of operations redefine the challenges present throughout every built work: how does a building emerge from a discrete plane and close towards the infinite sky? How do we negotiate the certainties of reality with the uncertainties of that which we cannot measure, that which is not only void, but that in its dynamic movements and constant transformations imprints upon the real? By the real, we mean the façades of buildings, the reflection of windows, and all of the internal and external attributes of the built fabric as well as those of landscapes with color, temperatures, humidity, and, of course, the passing of time that is registered in every component, except in the sky.

—Extract of Jose Mayoral & Felipe Vera’s opening essay, “Understanding a Reflective Practice: Drawing the Third Line”


Author: Florencia Rodriguez, Pablo Gerson, Stan Allen, Angelo Bucci, Kenneth Frampton, Fabrizio Gallanti, Gabriel Kozlowski, José Mayoral, Luca Molinari, Hashim Sarkis, Nader Tehrani & Felipe Vera.

Editor: Lots of Architecture publishers, José Mayoral & Felipe Vera

Size: 21 x 29,7 cm / 8.5 x 11 in.
Illustrations: Color
Cover: SoftCover
Pages: 192
Publication date: November 2017
Published by: Lots of Architecture publishers
Languages: English
ISBN: 978-1-732010-61-1

Price: 18€ / $20 / £16

NESS. On Architecture, Life, and Urban Culture


Issue 1/ Between Cozy History & Homey Technics

Florencia Rodriguez, Pablo Gerson. Stan Allen, Emanuel Christ, Daniela Freiberg, Anna W. von Huber, Sharon Johnston, Isabella Moretti, Lisa Naudin, Enrique Ramirez, Camilo Restrepo, Javier Agustín Rojas, Mariam Samur, Lisa Ubelaker Andrade, Jesus Vassallo, Lena Wimmer, Mimi Zeiger.

Lots of Architecture Publishers introduces NESS: a magazine on Architecture, Life, and Urban Culture.

For the Spring 2018 issue, NESS warms up with a selection of the nine installations that rocked 2017 and further browses through the work of Eleni Petaloti & Leonidas Trampoukis, whose sibling practices—LOT and objects of common interest—shift from one scale to another with subtle sophistication. Plus, Berlin-based architect Lena Wimmer presents her utmost experimental projects.

Next, NESS headed to Detroit and dedicates a 38-page survey to draw a portrait of the city through their own curious and questioning lenses. The editors went to the Planning and Development Department and talked to authorities, designers, architects, community representatives, and developers shaping the former Motor-City.

In the Dossier section, “Between Cozy History and Homey Technics”, architects, critics, and thinkers were asked to provocatively discuss the intellectual and pragmatic set of tools at hand: Stan Allen and Jesus Vassallo talk about photography and the built environment as a filter of abstraction; Enrique Ramirez and Mimi Zeiger reflect on the aesthetics—or lack thereof—in contemporary representation technics; Emanuel Christ and Camilo Restrepo imagine the type as a vehicle for ideas to travel through building cultures; and Sharon Johnston and Florencia Rodriguez exchange views on curating in architecture. Lastly, NESS crew flew to Chicago, Vienna, Seoul, and Valparaiso to review the latest events and reflect upon the biennial phenomenon.

And, finally in Documents, NESS sat down with two acclaimed architecture offices: French Bruther and New York-based SO – IL to get to know each of their practice, processes, and projects in a comprehensive interview, detailed drawings and photographs.


Author: Florencia Rodriguez, Pablo Gerson. Stan Allen, Emanuel Christ, Daniela Freiberg, Anna W. von Huber, Sharon Johnston, Isabella Moretti, Lisa Naudin, Enrique Ramirez, Camilo Restrepo, Javier Agustín Rojas, Mariam Samur, Lisa Ubelaker Andrade, Jesus Vassallo, Lena Wimmer, Mimi Zeiger.

Editor: Florencia Rodriguez & Pablo Gerson

Size: 21 x 29,7 cm / 8.5 x 11 in.
Illustrations: Color
Cover: SoftCover
Pages: 224
Publication date: July 2018
Published by: Lots of Architecture publishers
Languages: English
ISBN: 978-1-732010-60-4
Price: 18€ / $20 / £16

Álvaro Siza Vieira: A Pool in the Sea.

In conversation with Kenneth Frampton. Photographs by Vincent Mentzel.

Kenneth Frampton, Vincent Mentzel

This book documents a unique experience of a journey by Alvaro Siza Vieira, Vincent Mentzel and Kenneth Frampton to the early work of Siza in Porto. The book includes a conversation between Kenneth Frampton and Alvaro Siza and photos by Vincent Mentzel.


Authors: Kenneth Frampton, Vincent Mentzel

Editors: Wiel Arets, Vedran Mimica, Lluís Ortega

Size: 17 x 24 cm / 6.7 x 9.5 in
Illustrations: Color
Cover: HardCover
Pages: 92
Publication date: July 2018
Published by: Actar Publishers
Languages: English
ISBN: 978-1-948765-03-9
Price: 22€ / $24.95 / £18


Australian Pavilion, 16th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia 2018

Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright

Repair aims to expand the point of view from the object of architecture, to the way it operates in its context, advocating a role for architecture that catalyses or actively engages with the environmental, social and cultural repair of the places it is a part of.
Repair as an approach to architectural thinking is set to become a critical strategy of architectural culture. It is particularly relevant to Australian architects who work in one of the most diverse and ecologically sensitive landscapes in the world. Uniquely, our cities are interspersed and bordered by remnant vegetation and often connected to large natural systems as well as built over the traditional cultural landscapes of our First Nations peoples. They are also scenes of developing ecosystems at which humans are at the centre of.

This book unpacks the theme, documents the exhibition and catalogues Australian architectural projects that are conceived through acts of repair exhibited at the Australian pavilion.


Author: Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright

Size: 21,5 x 27 cm / 8.5 x 10.6 in.
Illustrations: Color
Cover: HardCover
Pages: 272
Publication date: May 2018
Published by: Actar Publishers
Languages: English
ISBN: 978-1-948765-00-8
Price: 35€ / $39.95 / £30 / $55.00 AUD

RCR. Dream and Nature

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.


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: June 2018
Published by: Actar Publishers, Institut Ramon Llull
Languages: English, Spanish, Catalan
ISBN: 978-1-948765-02-2
Price: 27€ / $34.95 / £25