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Critical Prison Design

Mas d’Enric Penitentiary by AiB arquitectes + Estudi PSP Arquitectura

Roger Paez

The newly built Mas d’Enric penitentiary sparks a series of reflections on architecture’s role in the problematic subject of prison design.

The prison is an uncomfortable institution and its architecture is often subjugated to technocratic criteria. This servility forces the prison out of the socio-cultural realm where it belongs, thus erasing it from public discourse. “Mas d’Enric” is a new penitentiary that overturns preconceptions and posits architecture as a medium to critically rethink contemporary prison buildings. The discussion is enriched by contributions from a number of influential architects and architectural theorists, and is complemented by original work in film, photography, literature, sculpture and visual arts.


Author: Roger Paez

Size: 16,5 x 21 cm / 6.5 x 8.3 in.
Pages: 240
Illustrations: Color and B&W
Cover: Soft
Publication date: April 2014
ISBN: English 978-0-989331-77-7
ISBN: Catalan 978-1-940291-37-6
Price: 28,80€ / $34.95 / £28.00


Eduardo Arroyo

This book shapes a thick network of experiences and crossed interests opened throughout last twenty-five years in the office NO.MAD and its founder Eduardo Arroyo. In its pages there are mixed reflections, anecdotes and creations that shape an exciting cocktail between living, thinking and creating.

In some time of our physiological life something inside each one gets lost and the mind fills with doubts. In spite of the inertia of the long crossed distance, to stop and to look behind with exploratory smell can help us to enter with courage in the unknown days. Topics like the origin and the memory, the soul and the precision, the random and the instability, the empathy, the instants and the choice, the hybridization and the blurry systems, the cloning, the invisible orders and the essential complexity turn out to be here interlaced. The trip across these invisible paths demonstrates a critical vision of the world and the voluntary obligation to try to transform it from the creative independence, the determination and the valor that they are the transparent message of this book.


Author: Eduardo Arroyo

Size: 13 x 18 cm / 6.5 x 9.3 in.
Pages: 350
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: March 2014
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-05-5
ISBN: Spanish 978-1-940291-14-7
Price: 27€ / $34.95 / £24,50

Chiharu Shiota

The Hand Lines

Chiharu Shiota

Casa Asia presents the contents of the first exhibition by Chiharu Shiota (Osaka, 1972) in Barcelona, showing installations integrated in a unique project at its headquarters.

Shiota’s installations produce their own spaces, where hundreds of invisible threads that bond us to things can be seen. In these domestic scenarios she proposes, threads become bridges between a bride’s dress and the absent subject, a piano, suitcases and a mirror. In her work, these threads are veins with tears, fear for abyss, life and death; threads that are plots of particular and universal stories, interweaving like the inverted roots of a tree, just like a rhizome through multiple branches that hold up the relationship between she and the world.


Author: Chiharu Shiota

Size: 16,5 x 23,5 cm / 6.6 x 9.45 in.
Pages: 440
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft
Publication date: February 2014
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-07-9
ISBN: Spanish 978-1-940291-36-9
Price: 45€ / $49.95 / £40

Domesticity at War


Author: Beatriz Colomina

Size: 11.8 x 5.9 in.
Pages: 320
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: July 2015
ISBN: English 978-8-496540-11-8
ISBN: Spanish 978-8-496540-10-1
Price: 22€  / £19

In the immediate postwar years, a new type of modern architecture emerges. Beatriz Colomina presents domesticity as a potent new weapon in a changed architectural battlefield. This architecture becomes the property of the middle-class consumer bombarded with images of domestic bliss, a lifestyle campaign launched through recycled military techniques. The significance of architects like Charles and Ray Eames lies in their sensitivity to buildings and images both defining space. Colomina is Director of Princeton University’s Architecture PhD program and acclaimed author of Privacy and Publicity and Sexuality and Space.

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Beyond Patronage

Reconsidering Models of Practice

Joyce Hwang, Martha Bohm,  Gabrielle  Printz

This book explores contemporary architectural practices and design agendas that are being shaped or enabled by news forms of “patronage”

Essays, projects, and interviews will examine emerging forms of sponsorship, new forms of connectivity – technological or social – that produce innovative modes of collaboration, and strategies for cultivating relationships that allow us to rethink typical hierarchies between those in power and those in service. One could argue that the profession of architecture has traditionally been characterized by patronage. Throughout the twentieth century, private clients have enabled architects to develop and realize their most significant work. Today, the landscape of patronage is shifting. While the role of private clients is still central to the survival of the profession, an increasing number of architects and design practitioners are actively cultivating partnerships with not-for-profits, granting agencies, educational institutions, and other public organizations. How are these broader relationships redefining the role of patronage in architecture? Have our current economic, ecological, and political climates provoked architecture to confront its own priorities and assumptions? How can the practice of architecture be shaped not only through relationships of power, but also through strategies of empowerment? How are emerging practitioners today grappling with issues of inclusion and exclusion in the field?


Author: Joyce Hwang, Martha Bohm,  Gabrielle  Printz,

Size: 23.4 x 16.5 cm
Pages: 208
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Flexibound
Publication date: April 2015
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-18-5
Price: 25€ / $29.95 / £23

Catalyst: Conditions

An interdisciplinary monograph, this volume examines the work of multiple disciplines, many peoples and a multitude of approaches, all operating under the umbrella of one institution.

Ghazal Abbasy-Asbagh

This volume examines one year of research and pedagogy at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, engaged in the conditions of the built environment, relative to 3 states of Flux, Stasis and Crisis. The questions asked are: What is the impact of design on the forces that shape our contemporary reality? To what extent do contingencies of time and place impact our practice, and in return how effective is our response in re-shaping the same contingencies?


Ghazal Abbasy-Asbagh (ed.)

Size: 14,5 x 21 cm
Pages: 256
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: November 2013
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-00-0
Price: 28€ / $29.95 / £24.50

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of Virginia School of Architecture

Constructing Europe

cover Constructing Europe

25 Years of Architecture

Diane Gray

European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award 25th Anniversary, a reflection about the past, present and future of European Architecture.

As a part of the activities that will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award, this catalogue explains the value of the Prize as a platform for discovery and debate about two main topics: the historical value of the Prize as a demonstration of the significance of European architecture, and the Award’s role as a mechanism for bringing up topics of concern in today’s European architecture, and as a process that contributes to building an architectural and urban discourse, both in Europe and throughout the world. The works of the last 25 years are essential tools for defining the future in the upcoming years.


Author: Diane Gray

Size: 9.4 x 6.6 in.
Pages: 308
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: August 2013
ISBN: English 978-8-493690-16-8
ISBN: Catalan 978-8-493690-17-5
Price: 35€ / $49.95 / £32.95

Barcelona Modern Architecture Guide

Manuel Gausa, Marta Cervelló, Maurici Pla, Ricardo Devesa

This guide brings together the most important and interesting examples of modern and contemporary architecture in Barcelona. It covers the emergence of Modernisme and Noucentisme, creative periods for which Barcelona is known the world over: the emblematic German Pavilion by Mies van der Rohe (1929), rationalist works conceived from the 40s and 50s, large housing projects of the 70s, the Olympic architecture of the late 80s, post-Olympic architecture, examples of the ongoing urban redefinition from the 90s, and the iconic architecture of the 21st century. Each entry has a brief description that includes planning and completion dates, a summary explanatory description, and subsequent restoration and alterations with a graphic coding system. This updated edition features the most recent architectural production (up until 2012), including landmarks such as Jean Nouvel’s Agbar tower, the 2004 Forum building by Herzog & de Meuron, the Media-ICT building by Enric Ruiz Geli, the Santa Caterina Market by EMBT and the Diagonal ZeroZero Telefonica Tower by EMBA.


Author: Manuel Gausa

Size: 17 x 14,5 cm
Pages: 600
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Flexibound
Publication date: August 2013
ISBN: English 978-84-96954-18-2
ISBN: Spanish 978-84-96954-17-5
ISBN: Catalan 978-84-98504-53-8
Price: 28€ / $34.95 / £26

Venezia, Venezia

Alfredo Jaar

Alfredo Jaar’s immersive site-specific installation in the Chilean pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, “Venezia Venezia” is a call to examine how today’s culture, composed of increasingly complex global networks, can be adequately represented on a world stage.This publication features essays by 18 prominent, international authors from different fields of work and thought, including political and philosophical thinkers, critics, theorists, art historians and curators. Their contributions consider Venezia Venezia in its critical context, as well d recent global developments and the volatile conditions of contemporary art practice.


Author: Alfredo Jaar

Size: 9.05 x 6.06 inches
Pages: 296
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft
Publication date: August 2013
ISBN: English 978-0-989331-73-9
ISBN: Italian 978-0-989331-72-2
Price: 35€ / $39.95 / £31.5


Menene Gras

From (Global) Modernity to (Local) Tradition / Entre la modernidad (global) y la tradicion (local)

MAD works in forward-looking environments developing futuristic architecture based on a contemporary interpretation of the eastern spirit of nature. All of MAD’s projects – from residential complexes or offices to cultural centres – desire to protect a sense of community and orientation toward nature, offering people the freedom to develop their own experience. Founded in 2004 by Ma Yansong, the office first earned worldwide attention in 2006 by winning an international competition to design a residential tower near Toronto, expected to be completed in the summer of 2012. MAD has been commissioned by clients of all backgrounds, leading to an intriguing combination of diverse project designs. MAD’s ongoing projects include two major cultural projects in Harbin: the China Wood Sculpture Museum and Harbin Culture Island, an opera house and cultural center that will retain the original wetlands as an urban park between the old and new city.
MAD is led by Ma Yansong, Dang Qun and Yosuke Hayano. They have been awarded the Young Architecture Award from the New York Institute of Architects in 2006 and the 2011 RIBA international fellowship.


Casa Asia, Fundación ICO (eds.)

Size: 16.5 x 24 cm.
Pages: 384
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: April 2013
ISBN: English 978-84-15391-36-4
Price: 25€ / $34.95 / £22