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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

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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

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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

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Yamuna River Project

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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.

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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

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Geostories

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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.

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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

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Superhumanity

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.

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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

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Díaz Llanos, Saavedra

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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Unfinished

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Ideas, Images, and Projects from the Spanish Pavilion at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale

Iñaqui Carnicero, Carlos Quintáns, Santiago de Molina, Jacobo García-Germán, Alfonso Batalla, Amale Andraos, et alt.

The book displays the work of seven photographers and fifty five projects of architecture, presenting the problem through the unfinished constructions strewn across different points of Spain ́s geography, as well as five critic essays and eleven interviews with prestigious professors from the international academia.
The dictionary definition of “unfinished” presents the following synonyms: unadorned, crude, formless, imperfect, raw, rough, under construction, unfashioned, unperfected, unpolished, unrefined. All of these adjectives conjure in the imagination of designers a new type of architectural intervention that perceives the existing built environment as a constraint upon which we can leave an important but impermanent mark. In this way, architects become a link in the chain of a structure’s life. Through the concept of the “unfinished,” we may understand the desirability of a perpetual state of evolution of the architectures that define our societies. The architecture of the unfinished leaves open a door to the unexpected, and to ideas and interventions of the future – many of which we may not yet be aware.

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Autors: Iñaqui Carnicero, Carlos Quintáns, Santiago de Molina, Jacobo García-Germán, Alfonso Batalla, Amale Andraos, et alt.

Iñaqui Carnicero, Carlos Quintáns, Ángel García Posada (eds.)

Size: 16.5 x 23.5 cm/ 6.4 x 9.2 in.
Pages: 440
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft cover
Publication date: July 2018
Published By: Actar Publishers
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-68-5
Price: 35 € / $39.95 / £32

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Possible Mediums

Kelly Bair, Kristy Balliet, Adam Fure and Kyle Miller

Possible Mediums presents a collection of sixteen speculative design mediums by emerging architects. Each chapter defines an active medium in contemporary architecture through descriptions, drawings, and objects. Possible Mediums arranges projects according to shared technical and aesthetic traits, creating a vibrant taxonomy of design. Descriptive texts explain the working principles behind each medium and introduce design concepts intended to inspire students and professionals alike. Through its many contributors, Possible Mediums establishes design as a collective endeavor propelled by the open exchange of ideas and techniques. Possible Mediums is not a systematic theory, a manifesto, or a banal survey; it is a projection of architecture and knowledge to come.

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Kelly Bair, Kristy Balliet, Adam Fure and Kyle Miller (eds.)

Size: 17 x 23 cm/ 7 x 9 in.
Pages: 200
Illustrations: Color & Black/White
Cover: Softcover
Publication date: November 2018
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-96-3
Price: 30,00 € / $34.95 / £28

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