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Catalog Fall 2018

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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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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

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

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

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

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.

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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

Unboxing New York

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ODA New York

In a city like New York, dominated by regulations and defined by a strong post-recession development boom, the architect is bound by conventions and prescribed parameters. Code, market, and time are words as common in the architect’s vocabulary as context, proportion and light. Consequently, the architect’s power has been pushed away from fundamental qualities of living. Unboxing New York investigates these architecture topics to recover the power to design with quality of life as the number one objective.

Unboxing New York is a behind-the-scenes examination of the changing shape of New York City since 2010 -revealing the forces, theories, and histories that have transformed the city, studying the common conventions that architects deal with as a result. In a bind-up of five smaller books with a wide variety of short articles, research pieces, diagrams, and an analysis of key facets of projects, the book presents the realities of the profession and lays out an accessible and engaging roadmap to working within a large, highly regulated metropolis like New York to create valuable additions to urban life.

With prolific experience designing and building in New York -with over 50 designs within an area of 50 square miles- ODA is uniquely positioned to lead this exploration. The firm witnessed the city’s rapid development firsthand, and under a soaring volume of work and no time to waste, it has developed an intuitive formula of decision making to design alternative as-of-right buildings that rearrange priorities and transgress molds.

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ODA New York, (ed.)

Size: 8 x 10 in. / 20,3 x 25,4 cm.
Pages: 276
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard cover
Publication date: November 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-77-7
Price: 35€ / $39.95 / £32

Dirk Denison 10 Houses

Dirk Denison and Fred A. Bernstein / Denise Bratton

Architect and educator Dirk Denison reflects on the diverse influences that have shaped his practice over 30 years in a volume featuring 10 remarkable houses designed in a broad range of modernist vocabularies – each finely tuned to its site and occupants.

Taking the form of an in-depth conversation between architect and educator Dirk Denison and journalist Fred A. Bernstein, this volume chronicles Denison’s childhood in Detroit, travels and early encounters with the arts and architecture, and his education at Cranbrook, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. A perceptive interlocutor, Bernstein deftly draws upon Denison’s own insights into how these experiences have influenced his aesthetic sensibilities, design philosophy, and working processes over 30 years of collaborative practice.

For design professionals and students of architecture, Dirk Denison 10 Houses draws attention to the manifold ways in which life experiences at all scales nurture and shape a career in the field, but the book is an engaging read for anyone interested in the gratifying process of building one’s own home.

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Dirk Denison and Fred A. Bernstein / Denise Bratton

Size: 8.5 x 12 in. / 21,59 x 30,48 cm.
Pages: 272
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard cover
Publication date: November 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-75-3
Price: 39€ / $44.95 / £33

General Theory of Urbanization 1867

Ildefons Cerdà

First translation into English on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the publication of the General Theory of Urbanization by Ildefons Cerdà, an essential work on urban development.

In 1867 Ildefons Cerdà published his “Teoria general de la urbanització.” In this text, the “science of building cities”, understood as a phenomenon, became a new discipline with a broad economic, social and cultural impact on the life of the people of the city. Coinciding with 150 years since its publication, its first translation into English is being presented along with the publishing online urbanization.org with the statistics transformed into interactive graphics and open data, with the aim of expanding the knowledge of Cerdà’s work and encouraging debate on the process of “urbanization” in the future.

Co-published with the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in collaboration with the Diputació de Barcelona, the Generalitat de Catalunya through Incasòl. Bloomberg Philanthropies contributed as a collaborator for the international diffusion of the project.

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Vicente Guallart, (ed.)

Size: 7.87 x 10.62 in. / 20 x 27 cm.
Pages: 720
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard cover
Publication date: March 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-90-6
Price: 45€ / $49.95 / £40