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Collective Housing: A Manual


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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

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 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.


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

Yamuna River Project


Iñaki Alday, Pankaj Vir Gupta

This publication presents the results of more than five consecutive years of focused research initiatives and designs from The University of Virginia School of Architecture towards the revitalization of New Delhi, India’s water bodies.

In collaboration with the Delhi Jal Board, The University of Virginia’s Yamuna River Project is an inter-disciplinary research program, proposing to revitalize the ecology of the Yamuna River in Delhi and creating vital urban links with the Yamuna River as it flows through India’s capital city. Through the research, methodologies, and designs contained within this publication, this project aims to serve as a catalyst for the urgent recovery of the Yamuna River and its tributaries, building a publically accessible body of information and expertise resulting in visions of what an alternative future would be. Only by addressing human equality and the complexity of Delhi’s urban phenomenon can the social and ecological crises manifested through these neglected water bodies be solved.


Joseph Brookover, (ed.)

Size: 9 x 12 in. / 22,8 x 30,5 cm.
Pages: 392
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard cover
Publication date: July 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-67-8
Price: 45€ / $49.95 / £40



Another Architecture for the Environment

DESIGN EARTH (Rania Ghosn and El Hadi Jazairy)

How do we make sense of the Earth at a moment in which it is presented in crisis? Geostories is a manifesto on the environmental imagination that renders sensible the issues of climate change and through geographic fiction invites readers to relate to the complexity of Earth systems in their vast scales of time and space. The book is organized into three sections–terrarium, aquarium, planetarium, each of which revisits such devices of wonder that assemble publics around representations of the Earth. The series of architectural projects becomes a medium to synthesize different forms and scales of knowledge on technological externalities, such as oil extraction, deep-sea mining, ocean acidification, water shortage, air pollution, trash, space debris, and a host of other social-ecological issues. Through design research, Geostories brings together spatial history, geographic representation, projective design, and material public assemblies to speculate on ways of living with such legacy technologies on the planet.


DESIGN EARTH (Rania Ghosn and El Hadi Jazairy)

Size: 6.6 x 9.44 in. / 17 x 24 cm.
Pages: 232
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft cover
Publication date: May 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-79-1
Price: 25 € / $29.95 / £24


Post-Labor, Psychopathology, Plasticity

Chin Jungkown, Common Accounts (Igor Bragado & Miles Gertler), Arisa Ema, Hong Sungook, Yuk Hui, Kim Jaehee, Catherine Malabou, Hannah Proctor, Erik Rietveld, Mark Wasiuta

Focused on post-labor, psychopathology, and plasticity of human mind and body, this book introduces insight, critiques, and propositions in the area of “self-design,” ranging from design and architecture to science, media, history, philosophy, and contemporary art.

The field of design has radically expanded. As a practice, design is no longer limited to the world of material objects, but rather extends from carefully crafted individual looks and online identities, to the surrounding galaxies of personal devices, new materials, interfaces, networks, systems, infrastructures, data, chemicals, organisms, and genetic codes.

Faced with the fourth industrial revolution, this book shed light on the necessity to recognize that manmade, artificial objects are continuously reshaping our daily lives, and thus to rethink the intimate and fundamental relationship between design and what it means to be human.

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea, MMCA, organized the Superhumanity Symposium in Korea, consisting of lectures and panel discussions by experts from diverse disciplines.


Authors: Chin Jungkown, Common Accounts (Igor Bragado & Miles Gertler), Arisa Ema, Hong Sungook, Yuk Hui, Kim Jaehee, Catherine Malabou, Hannah Proctor, Erik Rietveld, Mark Wasiuta

Editors: Nick Axel, Beatriz Colomina, Nikolaus Hirsch, Jihoi Lee, Anton Vidokle, Mark Wigley

Size: 6 x 8.85 in. / 15,2 x 22,5 cm.
Pages: 150
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft cover
Publication date: March 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-96-8
Price: 27 € / $29.95 / £20

Díaz Llanos, Saavedra

coberta D-LLanosSaavf

Juan Antonio González Pérez

Los arquitectos Saavedra y Díaz -Llanos han producido una adaptación fantástica del estilo de la arquitectura y del medio ambiente sin comprometerse a su esencia.
La crónica del acontecer de la arquitectura de nuestro tiempo, incluso su historia, suele estasr escrita desde el presente, manifestando así nuestras preocupaciones actules hacia el pasado, de manera que, según el sentir de algunos historiadores, el comienzo del relato de las obras iniciales se presenta como una representación final.
Esta publicación es una síntesis de tantos años de trabajo como arquitecgtos de Javier Díaz-Llanos y Vicente Saavedra, no es su historia, y menos aún la crónica de su trabajo profesional. Esta historia prevalecerá el setnir de estos trabajos de arquitectura y urbanismo invadidos por el buen hacer en el oficio de arquitecto y, sobret todo, deberían inscfribirse en el capítulo del racionalismo de las relaciones humanas.


Juan Antonio González Pérez (ed)

Size: 31 x 16,5 cm / 12.2 x 6.4 in.
Pages: 192
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Flexibound cover
Publication date: September 2016
ISBN: English 9781940291901
Price: 25€ / $29.95 / £23

MCM – Milan, Capital of the Modern

Lorenzo Degli Esposti

Modern architecture articulated itself in specific centers of propulsion, revision and critique during the 20th century. The case of Milan is exemplary: Terragni and Razionalismo, the reconstruction (Ponti, Rogers, Moretti, Viganò, etc.), the Tendenza of Rossi, product design, up to the current research. MCM traces this history from several contributors’ points of view.
MCM – Milano Capital of the Modern, edited by Lorenzo Degli Esposti, is made up of texts and images from over 300 contributors from Europe and the US, across three generations, involved in the activities of the Padiglione Architettura in EXPO Belle Arti of Vittorio Sgarbi, a programme by the Regione Lombardia hosted in the Grattacielo Pirelli during the EXPO 2015. They investigate the relationships between modern architecture, the city of Milan (Razionalismo, reconstruction, Tendenza, Radical Design, up to current research) and the city in general, between single and specific works and the large scale of the urban territory, in the contradictions between architecture autonomy and its dependence on specific place and historical time.
The idea of MCM is that each capital of the Modern brings an original version of modernity in architecture: in the specific Milanese case, this kind of Modern is characterized by the simultaneous presence of abstract, systematic and syntactic features and an ontological conception of both buildings and architectural and urban voids.


Lorenzo Degli Esposti

Size: 8.2 x 11.7 in. / 20,9 x 29,7 cm.
Pages: 608
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hardcover
Publication date: February 2018
Published By: Actar Publishers
ISBN: English 978-1- 945150-70- 8
ISBN: Italian 978-1- 945150-71- 5
Price: 45 € / $49.95 / £34