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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

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

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

Naïve Intention

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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.

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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

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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

New Geographies 09

Posthuman

Mariano Gomez-Luque and Ghazal Jafari

Posthuman signals a historical condition in which the coordinates of human existence on the planet are altered by profound technological, ecological, biopolitical, and spatial transformations. Engendering new ways of being in the world, this condition challenges long-established definitions of the ‘human’, and by extension, of the human environment. Interpreting design as a geographical agent deeply involved in the territorial engravings of contemporary urbanization, New Geographies 09 investigates the urban landscapes shaping the posthuman geographies of the early 21st century, fostering a wide-ranging debate about both the potentialities and challenges for design to engage with the complex spatialities, more-than-human ecologies, and diverse forms and habits of life of an increasingly post-anthropocentric world.

Mariano Gomez-Luque is a practicing architect and urban designer from Argentina, a Doctor of Design candidate at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and a research fellow at both the Urban Theory Lab and the Office for Urbanization. His work investigates the complex relations between architecture, planetary urbanization, and the production of space at multiple scales under contemporary capitalism. He holds an MArch with distinction from Harvard GSD.

Ghazal Jafari is a designer and land researcher. She is currently a Doctor of Design candidate at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and a research fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Her work is situated at the intersection of the ethnography of infrastructure, geography, and territorial studies. Her current work at Harvard examines the geopolitical and geological nature of global corporations and market-driven territories of (im)mobility. She holds an MDes from Harvard GSD.

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Mariano Gomez-Luque and Ghazal Jafari

Size: 20,3 x 25,4 cm / 8 x 10 in
Pages: 224
Illustrations: Color
Cover: SoftCover
Publication date: January 2018
Published by: Actar Publishers / Harvard University Graduate School of Design
ISBN: English 9781945150722
Price: 25€ / $29.95 / £23

Platform 10: Live Feed

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Jon Lott and John May

Platform 10: Live Feed is the latest installment of Platform, Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s annual compendium of select student work, events, lectures, and exhibitions.
Platform 10: Live Feed confronts a central paradox: the “live feeds” of our lives are exponentially more mediated than the analog forms of documentation they are so quickly replacing and erasing. This fact, in combination with the rapid manipulability endemic to all electronic media, now presents us, its users, with radically new conditions of knowledge and imagination. Under these conditions, real-time platforms for meaningful self-expression and fictionalization are inextricably tied to the novel consequences—
political, ethical, epistemological—of a world in which distortion, simulation, and manipulation are often indistinguishable from their opposite.
Platform 10: Live Feed is a document of images presented in reverse chronological order from July 2017 to August 2016. Pulled from a crowd-sourced database of 117,518 available files, this “live feed” of the institution samples images from students, faculty, and staff alike, revealing the fluidity between the place, production, and people of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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Jon Lott and John May

Size: 9.25 x 6 in. / 23.5 x 15.25 cm
Pages: 362
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft cover
Publication date: November 2017
Published By: Actar Publishers, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-60-9
Price: 30 € / $34.95 / £28

Imminent Commons: Commoning Cities

Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017

Hyungmin Pai, Helen Hejung Choi

The third book from the Seoul Biennale 2017 explores the value and meaning of cities as commons, which is embedded and operate in various governance mechanisms of cities in the world.
Imminent Commons: Commoning Cities presents questions and answers concerning the current state and near future of cities of the world through the lens of public initiatives, projects, and urban narratives. Cities are searching for new possibilities that will help them survive and thrive within new systems of municipal governance. The strategies of cities with regard to rapid urbanization, scarcity of public resources, and privatization of commons will be examined through the diverse spectrum of focused projects. It also discusses the present and future of cities as commons in the 21st century through examining various ways the cities use to deliberate, operate, imagine and execute their policies for the city.

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Hyungmin Pai, Helen Hejung Choi (eds.)

Size: 17 x24 cm/ 6.70 x 9.50 in.
Pages: 160
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft cover
Publication date: September 2017
Published By: Actar Publishers, Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-66-1
Price: 25 € / $29.95 / £23

Imminent Commons: The Expanded City

Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017

Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Jeffrey S. Anderson

As the second book of the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017, it presents contemporary urbanism thoughts on nine imminent commons, which engage collective ecological and technological resources relevant to all cities and even extra-urban territories.
Recent years have seen greatly increased political opposition between urban and rural areas, bordering on crisis. In order to avoid further aggravating this urban/rural polarization, we need to cultivate a discourse on urbanism that focuses on the interdependencies between cities and the greater ecologies of resources, technologies, and natural processes in which they are situated. The way we think about cities needs to expand significantly to incorporate their effects on global natural cycles, how they metabolize resources from rural areas, and their impact on both local and regional economies.

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Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Jeffrey S. Anderson (eds.)

Size: 17 x24 cm/ 6.70 x 9.50 in.
Pages: 416
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft cover
Publication date: September 2017
Published By: Actar Publishers, Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-64-7
Price: 40 € / $44.95 / £35

Crown Hall Dean’s Dialogues 2012-2017

Kazuyo Sejima, William Baker, Wiel Arets, Junya Ishiga- mi, Stefano Boeri, Peter Eisenman, Rafael Viñoly, Ben van Berkel, Pezo von Ellrichshausen, Phyllis Lambert, Riken Yamamoto, Herman Hertzberger, Armand Mevis, David Adjaye, Erwin Olaf, Dominique Perrault, Stan Allen, Ber- nard Khoury / Agata Siemionow

Crown Hall Dean’s Dialogues: 2012-2017 collects incisive, intimate thoughts from leading contemporary architects in dialogue with students from the Illinois Institute of Technology, College of Architecture.

This title collects the voices of 18 esteemed architects, designers, educators and theorists in dialogue with students from the Illinois Institute of Technology, College of Architecture. Voices ranging from Phyllis Lambert to David Adjaye to Rafael Vinoly expound and express their thoughts freely, digging deeply into essential themes that drive their work, study and process. This title provides intimate insight directly from leading architectural and design practitioners, who in the process of being interviewed, further the academic discourse conducted at IIT College of Architecture.

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Kazuyo Sejima, William Baker, Wiel Arets, Junya Ishiga- mi, Stefano Boeri, Peter Eisenman, Rafael Viñoly, Ben van Berkel, Pezo von Ellrichshausen, Phyllis Lambert, Riken Yamamoto, Herman Hertzberger, Armand Mevis, David Adjaye, Erwin Olaf, Dominique Perrault, Stan Allen, Ber- nard Khoury / Agata Siemionow

Size: 15 x 22 cm / 5.9 x 8.6 in.
Pages: 300
Illustrations: Black and White
Cover: Hardcover
Publication date: June 2017
ISBN: English978-1-945150-50-0
Price: 30€ /$34.95 / £26

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