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Cerdà. 150 years of modernity

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Francesc Magrinyà,  Fernando Marzá

This book is a tribute to the first modern urban planner and his product: the Eixample, which is today the thriving and undisputed centre of the Barcelona metropolitan area.

The city of Barcelona as constructed over the last 150 years on the strength of Ildefons Cerdà’s 1859 ‘Project for the Reform and Expansion’ bears living witness to the modernity of a way of thinking and making the city.
An appreciation of the values of the Eixample that has taken shape in this century and a half affords illuminating insights into what it means to plan, design and build a city.
The chapter structure is devoted to an orderly analysis in the first instance of the elements that articulate the construction of the Eixample — the residential fabric, the grid, the street, the chamfered corner and the sewers — and then of the city blocks and the various configurations associated with housing, industry, amenities and open spaces.
The book intentionally focuses on the Eixample as a whole — what we know as the Cerdà Eixample — instead of confining itself to the more central Eixample traditionally associated with Modernista architecture.

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Francesc Magrinyà, Fernando Marzá

Size: 17.5 x 24.5 cm. / 6.9 x 9.6 in.
Pages: 320
Illustrations: Color
Cover: HardCover
Publication date: July 2017
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-35-7
ISBN: Español 978-1-945150-34-0
Price: 30€ / $35/ £28

Imminent Commons

Urban Questions for the Near Future

Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Hyungmin Pai, urbanNext

Imminent Commons, first book from the Seoul Biennale 2017, will present an imminent urban cosmology that is crucially mediated by the technologies and institutions that feed us, move us, condition our environments, recycle our refuse, make our clothes, and connect us into communities.
The cities of the world stand at a crossroads. Amidst radical social, economic, and technological transformations, will the city become a driving force of creativity, diversity, and sustainability, or will it be a mechanism of inequality, despair, and environmental decay? At this critical moment, where do the stakes lie and what are the agents of change? From the time of its birth, the city has been held together by the commons.
The first publication of the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017, proposes a framework where set basic commons —an evolving network of agencies, resources and technologies— as the critical issue in the move towards a sustainable and just urbanism. It shows an exploration not of distant utopias, but of the very near future, because the emerging commons is changing the way we connect, make, move, recycle, sense, and share, and the way we manage air, water, energy and the earth. Whether met with fear or hope, they will very soon change the way we live in the city.

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Authors: Alejandro Zaera, Hyungmin Pai, Maider Llaguno, Nerea Calvillo, Hyewon Lee, Lindsay Bremner, Alex Ivancic, Iñaki Abalos, Charles Waldheim, David Gissen, Carlo Ratti, Daniele Belleri, Saskia Saseen, Adam Greenfield, Jesse LeCavalier, Philip Rode, Duncan McLaren,, Jennifer Gabrys, Julian Agyeman, Gunter Pauli, Gramazio and Kohler, Mario Carpo, Dirk E. Hebel, Marta H. Wisniewska, Felix Heisel, Mitchell Joachim, and Christian Hubert.

Edited by: Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Hyungmin Pai, urbanNext

Size: 17 x24 cm/ 6.70 x 9.50 in.
Pages: 440
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hardcover
Publication date: July 2017
Published By: Actar Publishers, Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017
ISBN: English 978-1- 945150-51- 7
Price: 40 € / $44.95 / £35

Third Coast Atlas

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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

Measuring over 10,000 miles, the Great Lakes coastline, known as the “third coast,” is longer than the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines of the United States combined. The Great Lakes Basin holds over 20 percent of the world’s total surface fresh water, and is home to twenty-six million people in the United States and nine million in Canada. It is difficult to overstate the history and future of the region as both a contested and opportunistic site for urbanism. Envisaged as a comprehensive “atlas,” this publication comprises in-depth analysis of the landscapes, hydrology, infrastructure, urban form, and ecologies of the region, delivered through a series of analytical cartographies supported by scholarly and design research from internationally renowned scholars, photographers, and practitioners from the disciplines of architecture, landscape, geography, planning, and ecology. The publication captures the unique identity of the area and serves as a reference for design and planning in this distinct mega-region.

This publication was awarded with a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the 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: 48€ / $54.95 / £40

The Total Designer

Authorship in the Architecture of the Postdigital Age

Lluís Ortega

This book develops an alternative and inclusive approach –based on the hypothesis that the impact of digitalization on architectural culture is similar to the effects of the linguistic turn in philosophy– and steers clear of exclusive dichotomous approaches, without the foundational reconsideration of the discipline or its ontological conservation.

The project is open and broad, which was a necessary condition for demonstrating the power of the turn brought about by digitalization. Most studies on the digital phenomenon carried out in the context of the discipline are focused on the more technical aspects, with expert discourses based on the standpoint of the optimization of existing processes. This text was inspired by a concern and a certain discomfort with respect to those positions, which are often underwritten by a positivist vision of reality. This concern gave way to the idea for a study rooted in a cultural approach to the phenomenon. Given the general tendency toward creating experts –a phenomenon that, on the other hand, is not exclusive to the field of architecture– and encapsulating knowledge, this text is meant to be based on a transversal vision, which can help non-specialist readers to understand certain complex phenomena.

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Autor: Lluís Ortega
Editor: Moisés Puente

Size: 12 cm x 18cm / 4.7 in. x 7 in.
Pages: 80
Illustrations: One color
Cover: Softcover
Publication date: May 2017
ISBN: English 9781945150456
Price: 15€ /$14.95 / £13
Language: English

Passages

Transitional Spaces for the 21st-Century City
Espaces de Transition pour la Ville du 21e Siècle

Institut pour la Ville en Mouvement / VEDECOM

Tunnels, footbridges, escalators, urban cable cars, pathways – passages are essential links, with the potential to generate distinctive urban environments. They require little investment and should be an integral part of all big urban projects, helping to repair the fractures produced by fast transit infrastructures and the urban zoning practices of the recent past. Designing and building passages is a way to act quickly and to lay the foundations for larger scale transformations: international analyses and examples.

The product of a joint program with an international network of cities, universities, and experts from different disciplines, as well as the catalog of a touring exhibition, the book analyzes more than 150 completed passage projects and describes methods for action. It is addressed to researchers, designers, politicians and technicians, transit firms and operators, citizen groups and anyone interested in the right to the city and concerned with the quality of these small spaces of movement.

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Autors: Institut pour la Ville en Mouvement / VEDECOM
Editor:  Mireille Apel-Muller (dir)

Size: 18.5cm x 25.5cm / 7.3 in. x 10 in.
Pages: 256
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Softcover with flaps
Publication date: May 2017
ISBN: English 9781945150463
Price: 27€ /$29.95 / £24
Languages: Bilingual: English, French

[UN]Precedented Pyongyang

Dongwoo Yim

“[UN]Precedented Pyongyang” is an urban research on how Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, was reconstructed from the Korean War based on the idea of socialist urbanism and how those socialist urban spaces will transform when it adopts the new market-economy system.

Despite the notorious fact of it being one of the most veiled countries in modern history, North Korea recently has started to get engaged with the rest of the world, and now we can easily witness various socio-economic changes of the nation which was seen in the 1990s in other post-socialist countries. And as the capital of the nation, Pyongyang has already entered into fast transformation stage with numbers of developments both in public and private sectors since the new regime of Kim Jung Un.

However, we sometimes overlook the fact that the city was built based on the goal to be an ideal socialist city. After the three years of Korean War in the 1950s, Pyongyang was completely demolished and had a unique chance to build a new city based on the socialist ideology. Although the current morphology may not be exactly same as the original master plan, many urban spaces and infrastructures remain as evidences of socialist urban planning. And interestingly enough, these are urban elements that have major conflict with the idea of market-oriented economy, and at the moment, the morphology of the city is already changing. Then, the question is, will Pyongyang become one of post-socialist cities, having them as precedents to the city, or will it have its own development path that is unprecedented?

Author: Dongwoo Yim
Editors: Jelena Prokopljevic, Rafael Luna

Published by: Actar Publishers
Size: 16.5 cm x 23.5 cm
Pages: 364
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Softcover
Publication date: April 2017
ISBN: English 9781940291352
Price: 35€ /$39.95 / £31

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€ / $24,95 / £19