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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 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

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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.


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



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.


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

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.


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


Naïve Intention


Pezo von Ellrichshausen

This title is a resulting work of the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) emerge, given to the firm Pezo von Ellrichshausen for their Poli House.
Introduced by an essay about the vague contradiction between intentionality and chance, necessity and accident, reason and futility, authorship and anonymity, the book presents a selection of images that inform Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s cross production between art, architecture and academia. Each page contains a single picture and a brief caption describing it. Beyond a comprehensive depiction of the individual works, the monograph underlines transversal notions of inventory, format, scale, regulation and value within the pictorial representation. In the fashion of a personal album, each drawing, painting, photograph, model or building, evokes the mental world behind the couple’s production. This volume could be read both as a collection of ideas, one after another, or as the same one that persists over time.


Pezo von Ellrichshausen (ed.)

Size: 14 x 20 cm / 5,5 x 7,8 in.
Pages: 188
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hardcover
Publication date: January 2018
Published By: Actar Publishers
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-47-0
Price: 22 € / $24.95 / £18

The Berlage Affair

Vedran Mimica/Vladimir Mattioni

The Berlage Affair is an anthology of critical essays, reviews, and interviews cataloguing 20+ years of work and insight from architectural educator, Vedran
Kenneth Frampton once called Vedran Mimica, “the spiritual leader of the Berlage Institute.” The Berlage Affair is a book that investigates the educational legacy of that institution, and in the process, explores new ways to research and project new models of global urbanization. Through this multilayered book of diverse views, the essays, studies, reviews, and interviews within all share an intellectual origin from the Berlage, where Mimica worked for 22 years alongside contemporaries such as Herman Hertzberger, Wiel Arets, Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Kenneth Frampton, Rem Koolhaas, and Elia Zenghel, as well as many leading architects and students from all over the world. What sets The Berlage Affair apart from other architectural literature is its very subject. Rarely do we learn about innovative or alternative educational models that have produced and imparted applicable, real world knowledge in the field of architecture. This knowledge was produced in an experimental environment as a result of exchange between leading and emerging Dutch, North American, Japanese, and European architects and their students from around the globe. In the process of this exchange, the Berlage created a platform for the construction and consumption of an array of contemporary architectural pursuits. And here, Mimica records those efforts


Vedran Mimica/Vladimir Mattioni

Size: 16,5 x 23,0 cm / 6,29 x 9,05 in.
Pages: 386
Illustrations: Color
Cover: SoftHcover
Publication date: November 2017
Published By: Actar Publishers
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-61-6
Price: 30 € / $34.95 / £27