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Naïve Intention

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Pezo von Ellrichshausen

This title is a resulting work of the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) emerge, given to the firm Pezo von Ellrichshausen for their Poli House.
Introduced by an essay about the vague contradiction between intentionality and chance, necessity and accident, reason and futility, authorship and anonymity, the book presents a selection of images that inform Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s cross production between art, architecture and academia. Each page contains a single picture and a brief caption describing it. Beyond a comprehensive depiction of the individual works, the monograph underlines transversal notions of inventory, format, scale, regulation and value within the pictorial representation. In the fashion of a personal album, each drawing, painting, photograph, model or building, evokes the mental world behind the couple’s production. This volume could be read both as a collection of ideas, one after another, or as the same one that persists over time.

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Pezo von Ellrichshausen (ed.)

Size: 14 x 20 cm / 5,5 x 7,8 in.
Pages: 188
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hardcover
Publication date: January 2018
Published By: Actar Publishers
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-47-0
Price: 22 € / $24.95 / £18

The Berlage Affair

Vedran Mimica/Vladimir Mattioni

The Berlage Affair is an anthology of critical essays, reviews, and interviews cataloguing 20+ years of work and insight from architectural educator, Vedran
Kenneth Frampton once called Vedran Mimica, “the spiritual leader of the Berlage Institute.” The Berlage Affair is a book that investigates the educational legacy of that institution, and in the process, explores new ways to research and project new models of global urbanization. Through this multilayered book of diverse views, the essays, studies, reviews, and interviews within all share an intellectual origin from the Berlage, where Mimica worked for 22 years alongside contemporaries such as Herman Hertzberger, Wiel Arets, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Kenneth Frampton, Rem Koolhaas, and Elia Zenghel, as well as many leading architects and students from all over the world. What sets The Berlage Affair apart from other architectural literature is its very subject. Rarely do we learn about innovative or alternative educational models that have produced and imparted applicable, real world knowledge in the field of architecture. This knowledge was produced in an experimental environment as a result of exchange between leading and emerging Dutch, North American, Japanese, and European architects and their students from around the globe. In the process of this exchange, the Berlage created a platform for the construction and consumption of an array of contemporary architectural pursuits. And here, Mimica records those efforts

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Vedran Mimica/Vladimir Mattioni

Size: 16,5 x 23,0 cm / 6,29 x 9,05 in.
Pages: 386
Illustrations: Color
Cover: SoftHcover
Publication date: November 2017
Published By: Actar Publishers
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-61-6
Price: 30 € / $34.95 / £27

Platform 10: Live Feed

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Jon Lott and John May

Platform 10: Live Feed is the latest installment of Platform, Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s annual compendium of select student work, events, lectures, and exhibitions.
Platform 10: Live Feed confronts a central paradox: the “live feeds” of our lives are exponentially more mediated than the analog forms of documentation they are so quickly replacing and erasing. This fact, in combination with the rapid manipulability endemic to all electronic media, now presents us, its users, with radically new conditions of knowledge and imagination. Under these conditions, real-time platforms for meaningful self-expression and fictionalization are inextricably tied to the novel consequences—
political, ethical, epistemological—of a world in which distortion, simulation, and manipulation are often indistinguishable from their opposite.
Platform 10: Live Feed is a document of images presented in reverse chronological order from July 2017 to August 2016. Pulled from a crowd-sourced database of 117,518 available files, this “live feed” of the institution samples images from students, faculty, and staff alike, revealing the fluidity between the place, production, and people of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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Jon Lott and John May

Size: 9.25 x 6 in. / 23.5 x 15.25 cm
Pages: 362
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft cover
Publication date: November 2017
Published By: Actar Publishers, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-60-9
Price: 30 € / $34.95 / £28

Imminent Commons: Commoning Cities

Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017

Hyungmin Pai, Helen Hejung Choi

The third book from the Seoul Biennale 2017 explores the value and meaning of cities as commons, which is embedded and operate in various governance mechanisms of cities in the world.
Imminent Commons: Commoning Cities presents questions and answers concerning the current state and near future of cities of the world through the lens of public initiatives, projects, and urban narratives. Cities are searching for new possibilities that will help them survive and thrive within new systems of municipal governance. The strategies of cities with regard to rapid urbanization, scarcity of public resources, and privatization of commons will be examined through the diverse spectrum of focused projects. It also discusses the present and future of cities as commons in the 21st century through examining various ways the cities use to deliberate, operate, imagine and execute their policies for the city.

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Hyungmin Pai, Helen Hejung Choi (eds.)

Size: 17 x24 cm/ 6.70 x 9.50 in.
Pages: 160
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft cover
Publication date: September 2017
Published By: Actar Publishers, Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-66-1
Price: 25 € / $29.95 / £23

Imminent Commons: The Expanded City

Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017

Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Jeffrey S. Anderson

As the second book of the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017, it presents contemporary urbanism thoughts on nine imminent commons, which engage collective ecological and technological resources relevant to all cities and even extra-urban territories.
Recent years have seen greatly increased political opposition between urban and rural areas, bordering on crisis. In order to avoid further aggravating this urban/rural polarization, we need to cultivate a discourse on urbanism that focuses on the interdependencies between cities and the greater ecologies of resources, technologies, and natural processes in which they are situated. The way we think about cities needs to expand significantly to incorporate their effects on global natural cycles, how they metabolize resources from rural areas, and their impact on both local and regional economies.

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Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Jeffrey S. Anderson (eds.)

Size: 17 x24 cm/ 6.70 x 9.50 in.
Pages: 416
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft cover
Publication date: September 2017
Published By: Actar Publishers, Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-64-7
Price: 40 € / $44.95 / £35

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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Empire, State & Building

Kiel Moe

Whence the accumulation of raw matter and energy of building in New York City?

This book considers the material basis of building as a key impetus of both urbanization and the energetics of urban life. The otherwise externalized material geographies and thermodynamics of building’s material basis reveal much about the dynamics and efficacy of how we build. This book plots the material history and geography for one plot of land in Manhattan—the parcel of land under the Empire State Building—over the past two hundred years. Through rich illustrations, it tracks all the building material that have passed through this parcel or remain it in geographic and ecological dynamics: spatially (in terms of their geographic material footprints and industrial processes) and quantitatively (in terms of embodied energy, embodied carbon, and emergy flow). In successive chapters, the book articulates the empire and states that are inherent to building, but remain unconsidered—abstract and unknown—by architects.

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Kiel Moe

Size: 15 x 22 cm. / 6 x 9 in.
Pages: 233
Illustrations: Color
Cover: HardCover
Publication date: July 2017
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-84-0
Price: 30€ / $34.95 / £26

Clinical

An Architecture of Variation with Repetition

María Hurtado de Mendoza, estudio.entresitio

Clinical means “relating to a clinic”, but also “based on observation of an individual”. It also means “analytical”. This book is a clinical study of a trilogy of health-care centers built by estudio.entresitio in Madrid, Spain. A trilogy of three individuals, three case studies that share the same formal configuration and yet are perceived as different.

Books, as projects, have an initial stage of explosion in which many directions and possibilities are opened at once. Then comes a quieter stage, in which ideas are reorganized, distilled and rounded out. For this book, the detonator is drawing. A collection of analytical representations of the clinics are the foundation for an exploration of a number of questions in the project, in the search for their best translation. It is an iterative process in which words are a second step: they emphasize what the drawings may be already explaining and also provide an additional layer of information, structure and even room for debate.

Ideas regarding difference and repetition, ordering systems, materiality, program strategies and formal structure are unfolded in a sequential collection that talks about entresitio’s strategies in the conception of architectural space – the transfer from the world of ideas to physical realization.

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María Hurtado de Mendoza, estudio.entresitio

Size: 17 x 24 cm. / 6.7 x 9.5 in.
Pages: 256
Illustrations: Color
Cover: HardCover
Publication date: July 2017
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-48-7
Price: 32€ / $34.95 / £27

Imminent Commons: Urban Questions for the Near Future

Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017

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

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