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Architecture and Waste

Architecture of Waste

A (re)planned Obsolescence

Hanif Kara, Leire Asensio Villoria, Andreas Georgoulias

This book presents a refreshed, design-led approach to waste-to-energy (WTE) plants, reflecting work done at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design over a period of three years. Architecture and design currently play a minor role in the design and construction of industrial building types, especially waste-to-energy facilities. As densities increase and consumption patterns change, the need for more waste-to-energy facilities is only going to increase. Through comparing the well-established waste-to-energy industries in Sweden with less established engagements in the northeast of the United States, opportunities and lessons are revealed. Architects have a role to play in integrating waste-to-energy plants physically and programmatically within their urban or suburban contexts, as well as potentially lessening the generally negative perception of energy recovery plants. These hybrid WTE building typologies have the potential not only re-connect and communicate to the public, but also weave new public or institutional programs with energy production in a mutually beneficial way.

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Editors: Hanif Kara, Leire Asensio Villoria, Andreas Georgoulias

Size: 21 cm x 29.7cm 
Pages: 400
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hardcover
Publication date: June 2017
ISBN: English 9781945150050
Price: 42€ /$44.95 / £34
Language: English

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

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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

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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.

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

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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

Fundamental Particles

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EA774 at Cern

Francesco Soppelsa, Octavi Mestre

This book is centered on the design and construction of the most important building – in both architectural and representational terms – built at CERN in recent years.

This book describes the construction of building 774 at CERN. The building is unique in terms of its architectural value and its location. Located next to the CCC (CERN Control Center), it is the gateway to CERN for the more than 100,000 visitors it receives each year.

The building houses the offices and laboratories where the computer programs for the Control Center are created, the management headquarters for the French side, in addition to a public-access area equipped with a conference hall, a cafeteria, and a VIP restaurant, to support the frequent visits by heads of state and Nobel prize winning scientists who tour the CERN facilities.

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Authors: Francesco Soppelsa, Octavi Mestre

Size: 22.0 x 24.0 cm.
Pages: 132
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft Cover
Publication date: December 2016
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-85-7
Price: 20€ / $25 / £16

GSD Platform 9

Still Life

Jennifer Bonner, Michelle Benoit and Patrick Herron

Platform is the Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s annual compendium of select student work, events, lectures, and exhibitions.

Taking the artistic still life as its departure point, the ninth edition of Platform chronicles the 2015–2016 academic year at the GSD. Models and student projects, including dissertations and drawings, are skillfully arranged and presented to reference the still life as expressed in 18th- and 19th- century European painting, popular advertising, contemporary art, and other contexts.

These images not only present the broad range of work produced by GSD students but also challenge conventional modes of architectural documentation through multiple readings, lists, and novel interpretations of form.

Designed by Neil Donnelly.

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Edited by: Jennifer Bonner, Michelle Benoit and Patrick Herron

Size: 9 x 6.25 in.
Pages: 376
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft
Publication date: November 2016
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-17-3
Price: 30€ / $34.95 / £28