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Imminent Commons Compendium (4 vol)

Imminent Common Pack

Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017

Alejandro Zaera- Polo,  Hyungmin Pai, Others

 This compendium assembles 4 volumes that explore city commons through the works presented at the Seoul Biennale 2017. The first book 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. The second book presents contemporary urbanism thoughts on nine imminent commons, which engage collective ecological and technological resources relevant to all cities and even extra-urban territories. The third book sets up a dialogue on the current state and near future of cities of the world through the lens of public initiatives, projects, and urban narratives. The fourth book highlights Seoul’s complex urban fabric as a theatre on which the Seoul Biennale was played out.

4 Vol. inlcluded
9781945150517 IMMINENT COMMONS: URBAN QUESTIONS FOR THE NEAR FUTURE 
9781945150647 IMMINENT COMMONS : THE EXPANDED CITY
9781945150661 IMMINENT COMMONS: COMMONING CITIES
9781945150920 IMMINENT COMMONS: LIVE FROM SEOUL

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Alejandro Zaera- Polo,  Hyungmin Pai, Others (ed.)

Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard cover
Publication date: May 2019
ISBN: English 978 -1-948765-28-2
Price: 115€  (140€)/ $130 (160$)  / £101 (£124)

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Global Housing Projects

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25 buildings since 1980

Josep Lluis Mateo

The world is merging into one global system of goods, people and information. This book explores the social, cultural, and economic phenomena of globalization through housing. The Chair of Architecture and Design at the ETH in Zurich examines the last 25 years of housing development. This book is a historical criticism with the built projects as protagonists. Housing typologies have been chosen as contemporary architectural prototypes. The selection of housing projects reflects the most innovative and influential built housing projects to propose new important guidelines in housing.

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Author: Josep Lluis Mateo

Publisher: ACTAR, ETH Zürich
Size: 6.6 x 8.9 in. / 16,70 x 22,60 cm
Pages: 258
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hardcover
Publication date: July 2008
ISBN: 978-8496954472
Price: 7,50 € / £ 22,95

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Un-Conscious-City

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Wiel Arets

No one demands that people move to cities; people tend to do so, on their own. People choose to move to cities for opportunity. Such choices are often made unconsciously, as they are based on rules, traditions, and local communities–or a combination of all three. Un-Conscious-City explores and unravels Dutch architect Wiel Arets’ kaleidoscopic viewpoints on the ways the collective, unconscious decisions taken by the world’s citizens throughout time–a process that remains invisible to the naked eye–are now working to transform and shift the physical, sensory, and emotional experiences of human beings, as they navigate and live in today’s metropolises as well as the countryside. People tend to only belong to one religion, one society, or one club–which completely defines their existence. One day most human beings will live in a global­nomadic-urban-condition; this will soon be amplified to unknown heights. Un-Conscious-City raises questions, predicaments, and ideals regarding the future of our cities, while recognizing their limitations. Wiel Arets–renowned architect, writer, and thinker–identifies this condition as the Un-Conscious-City.

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Author: Wiel Arets

Editor: John Bezold

Size: 16.5 x 24 cm. / 6.5 x 9.5 in.
Pages: 278
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Softcover
Publication date: March 2019
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-65-4
Price: 32 € / $34.95 / £30

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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.

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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

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Catalog 2018-2019

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Books on Architecture and Design

Actar Publishers is committed to investigating the culture of the architectural, urbanism and landscape disciplines through innovative design, theory, criticism and pedagogy. Actar is focused on the works and research of established and emerging practitioners, professors, and thinkers such as Charles Waldheim, Neil Brenner, Kiel Moe, Abalos+Sentkiewicz, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, AKTII, Farshid Moussavi, Lateral Office, Pezo von Ellrichshausen, ODA, nArchitects, LAN, Rania Ghosn & El Hadi Jazairy, Daniel Ibàñez, Mimi Zeiger, among others.
Actar also participates in publishing the periodicals Bracket, New Geographies, and Kerb, documenting issues overlooked yet central to our cultural milieu. These publications have evolved out of the new disciplinary territory at the intersection of architecture, landscape, environment, and digital culture.
Since 2015, Actar’s new digital platform urbanNext has shaped and expanded architecture and design practices to rethink cities. Through urbanNext, Actar is producing new tools for its global dissemination with new impulses, new proposals, and new goals to expand architecture publishing. As an example of this very successful symbiosis between printed and digital contents, we have partnered with the First Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017 “Imminent Commons,” which has resulted in the publication of four books as well as a vast amount of videos, essays and projects at www.urbanNext.net.
In addition to its own publications, Actar Distribution, “Actar D” represents these premier architecture publishers to the book trade in the Americas: Applied Research + Design, Birkhäuser, Detail Books, DOM Publishers, and ORO Editions. Actar D also co-publishes and distributes books internationally from eVolo and from renowned schools of architecture including Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Yale School of Architecture; Columbia Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation; University of Virginia School of Architecture; and Cornell University.

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GSD Platform 11: Setting the Table

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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.

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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

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Echos

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.

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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

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Collective Housing: A Manual

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Jose Maria de Lapuerta

Juan Herreros (Abalos & Herreros), Dietmar Eberle (Baumschlager & Eberle), Wiel Arets, Frits van Dongen (Architecten Cie), Felix Claus (Claus en Kaan), Jacob van Rijs (MVRDV), and Jose Morales were among ten tutors that taught a series of intensive housing workshops that included a group of 34 international architects and students during the Collective Housing Master Course of 2006. The book is divided according to professor and features professional work from the master architects, as well as dozens of student projects.

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Author: Jose Maria de Lapuerta.

Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft Cover
Pages: 300
Publication date: September 2007
Published by: Actar Publishers
Languages: English
ISBN: 978-8-496954-15-1
Price: 25€

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.

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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

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Repair

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.

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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

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