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Candide 4

Axel Sowa

Journal for Architectural Knowledge

Candide is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to exploring the culture of knowledge specific to architecture. It is released twice a year in English and German. Each issue of Candide is made up of five distinct sections. This frame- work responds to the diversity of architectural knowledge being produced, while challenging authors from all disciplines to test a variety of genres in order to write about and represent architecture. “Essay” provides a forum for discussion of architectural knowledge, including both fundamental research into and speculative arguments on its nature.
“Analysis” allows for in-depth examination of built form: how can the knowledge embodied in buildings be retrospectively extracted and creatively re-used? “Project” is directed at architects who see design as a theoretical tool: how can a specific design proposal become a model of thought? “Encounters” gives access to the personal knowledge of renowned, unjustly forgotten, or entirely unknown protagonists of architecture. “Fiction” reflects the editors’ conviction that sometimes the imaginary may reveal more about architectural knowledge than science.


Author: Axel Sowa

Size:  9.4 x 6.6 in.
Pages: 144
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Flexibound
Publication date: Octuber 2011
ISBN: English 978-84-92861-83-5
Price: 17€ / $24.95 / £15



How Travelling Fruit, Ideas and Buildings Rearrange Our Environment

Giovanna Borasi

Journeys: How travelling fruit, ideas and buildings rearrange our environment explores the subject of migrations and their impact on the built environment. The publication includes 16 stories written in a narrative form similar to historical fiction. The stories featured highlight key concepts critical to understanding the movement of people, animals, objects and ideas and explore the physical impact of this movement on the built environment. The book brings together different authors, subjects and historical periods in a cohesive way, allowing it to maintain a consistent narrative feel throughout. The authors, experts within their research field, come from various disciplines. Their different backgrounds contribute to the book’s diverse and sometimes even witty content. Each story is accompanied by a specially commissioned illustration. A section in the book is also dedicated to photographs and images that visually represent the themes explored in the stories.


Author: Giovanna Borasi

Size: 9.5 x 6.5 in.
Pages: 320
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: February 2011
ISBN: English 978-84-92861-54-5
Price: 30€ / $36 / £27

A Peripheral Moment

Experiments in Architectural Agency: Croatia 1990-2010

Ivan Rupnik

A comprehensive account of the recent architectural scene in Croatia, this book is an account of the highly productive decade of architectural experimentation in Croatia lodged between the violent break-up of Yugoslavia and their slow integration into the EU. Ivan Rupnik guides the reader through the emergence of this bizarre and fascinating architectural scene on the very edge of united Europe, utilizing Ljubo Karaman’s theory of the periphery as a distinct space of artistic production from that of the center or province, Manfredo Tafuri’s concept of architectural experimentation, as well contemporary notions of agency. The account is framed using a variety of different lenses, including the observations of this moment by renowned writers, through the atmosphere of the period as defined by Croatia’s complex post-socialist/postwar identity and the subsequent positioning of the architectural profession vis-a-vis that context, the practices that emerged, and through a series of discussions with some of the peripheral moment’s primary agent provocateurs: 3LHD, njiric +, Randic – Turato, and STUDIO UP.


Author: Ivan Rupnik

Size: 9,50 x 6,50 inches
Pages: 320
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft
Publication date: February 2011
ISBN: English 978-84-92861-57-6
Price: 30€ / $36 / £27

Agenda: JDS Architects

Can We Sustain Our Ability to Crisis?

Julien De Smedt, Jesse Seegers

AGENDA is a catalog of 365 days, like a diary or journal: a collective narrative, personal and subjective. It documents the work and thinking of JDS Architects over a specific year marked by crisis, beginning on September 15th, 2008, the day that Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. The form of the book exploits the double meaning of its title, presenting the absurdities of day-to-day architectural practice while also staking our intent. Rather than a definitive direction, our agenda is a definitive attitude – of eagerness, enthusiasm, and optimism, of criticality and concern, of fun and inquiry. It is a directive, a motivation to act, at times without clear knowledge of where our agenda will lead. “Change,” the buzzword of the last U.S. presidential campaign, is the order of the day, and the task of AGENDA is to explore what kind of change will be needed if architects are to assume a political and social agency in this new landscape. Bringing together diverse forms of content, AGENDA is a product of vigilant observation, introspection, and engagement with outside thinkers and collaborators – artists, curators, politicians, authors, economists, journalists, developers, educators, and architects.


Author: Julien De Smedt, Jesse Seegers

Size: 10.05 x 8.05 inches
Pages: 544
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft
Publication date: January 2011
ISBN: English 978-84-92861-62-0
Price: 35€ / $42 / £32



Tomoko Sakamoto

The follow-up to international bestseller Japan Graphics, JPG2 examines changes in Japanese graphic design. Instead of ‘more copies, higher resolution, to a wider audience’, there is a greater focus on individual and original works. JPG 2 brings together over 20 design teams, showcasing the evolution of teams from the first JPG as well as new projects, new teams, and the best contemporary design talents. Works by Amane Murakami, Buddha Productions, Dainippon Type Organization, Enlightenment, Hideki Inaba, Higraph, keitarrow, Loworks, Keigo Mohri, Namaiki, Shinji Shimada, Ryuh Tomoaki, Sunday-Vision, Power Graphixx, Takora, Taku Anekawa, TGB design, Tsuyoshi Kusano, Tsuyoshi Hirooka, wabisabi, iseneehihinee.


Author: Tomoko Sakamoto

Size: 24 x 17 cm.
Pages: 420
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: October 2010
ISBN: English 978-84-96540-14-9
Price: 8€ / $9.95 / £6


cover Geologics

Author: Vicente Guallart

Size: 7.5 x 4.9 in.
Pages: 384
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: February 2009
ISBN:  English 978-84-95951-61-8
ISBN:  Spanish 978-84-96954-13-7
Price: 36€ / $47 / £28.95

Vicente Guallart, pioneer of new media in architecture, examines the technological, social and cultural changes inherent in our information society for fresh ways of building in the city. Presenting the last 15 years of his work, this book investigates architecture s ability to construct systems for habitable environments in diverse environmental, social and economic conditions. His collaborations with specialists in geology, anthropology, sociology, engineering, economy, software and interface design have blurred traditional boundaries. The projects follow a “natural” logic, referring to components originating in nature, as well as to environmental systems. A logic that connects nature with the transformations of urban spaces, social organizations, and the digital world.

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Tomoko Sakamoto

Parametric and algorithmic design are two of the fastest emerging, most radical technologies reshaping architecture today. This book presents six independent practices that explore current applications of parametric and algorithmic design techniques in architectural production. If the first generation of digital modeling programs allowed designers to conceive new forms and processes, a new breed of digital techniques is being discussed to control and realize these forms. How are these techniques affecting architectural practice and what potentials do they offer ? This is a compilation of projects from leading practitioners across the fields of parametric and algorithmic design. A compelling, multi-perspective debate on the future of design. Featuring: Mutsuro Sasaki, AGU (Arup), Aranda-Lasch, Michael Meredith (mos), (AKT), Designtoproduction, with a conversation between Sanford Kwinter and Jason Payne.


Tomoko Sakamoto

Size: 7 x 9.8 in.
Pages: 280
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: September 2008
ISBN: English 978-84-96540-79-8
Price: 30€ / $39.95 / £24




Felicity D Scott

Felicity D. Scott revisits the architectural, art, video, and intermedia practices of the experimental collective Ant Farm, self-described ¨super-radical activist environmentalists.¨ Drawing together archival material on their extended fields of practice, Ant Farm features the first full-color publication of the complete Ant Farm Timeline, as well as Allegorical Time Warp: The Media Fallout (1969) and an archival dossier on Ant Farm’s Truckstop Network (1970-1972). The Ant Farm architects produced experimental works on the “fringe of architecture” (1968-1978) and were influential video artists. Felicity D. Scott is Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia University and a founding editor of Grey Room.


Author: Felicity D Scott

Size: 8.02 x 6,05 inches
Pages: 320
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft
Publication date: April 2008
ISBN: English 978-84-96954-24-3
Price: 39€ / $39.95 / £31.95



Ricardo Daza

A historical photograph shows a room in a steel and glass building and a man which is evidently the architect Mies van der Rohe. Only the name of the photographer is known. In a manner more usually found in detective novels, the author has painstakingly researched the events surrounding its taking making deductions and gradually revealing in which room the architect is standing, in which building it is to be found, what the architect is looking at, what his stance and his gaze tell us about his person, his work. Step by step, the author systematically investigates the photograph, drawing fascinating conclusions and making astonishing revelations about the architecture, the man and his character from this one photograph. His hypothesis is illustrated by a short and compelling text and supported by further visual material.


Author: Ricardo Daza

Size: 16 x 17 cm.
Pages: 200
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: April 2008
ISBN: English 978-84-96954-37-3
ISBN: Spanish 978-84-96954-36-6
Price: 16€ / $17.95 / £13.50

Blue Monday


Author: Kazys; Sumrell, Robert Varnelis

Pages: 176
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Paperback
Publication date: 2007
ISBN: English 978-84-96540-53-8
Price: 22€ / $27 / £17.95

Blue Monday features three moments in modern culture that offer glimpses into our increasingly perverse relationship to architecture, cities, and objects through a lively mix of philosophy, photography, architectural drawings and models, as well as new media. The first section, Ether, explores a Los Angeles telecom hotel, One Wilshire, a 39 story building of utter banality and complete mystery. The second, the Stimulus Progression, looks at the strange story of the Muzak Corporation and the invention of a culture of horizontality. The third, Quartzsite, Arizona, visits a desert town of some 3,000 people in the summer that swells to over a million residents every year as a horde of modern nomads descends upon it in their Recreational Vehicles. This is the first book by the Architecture Urban Design Collaborative, AUDC founded by Robert Sumrell and Kazys Varnelis of Columbia University.

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