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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

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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

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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

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GSD 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

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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

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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

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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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Empire, State & Building

Kiel Moe

Whence the accumulation of raw matter and energy of building in New York City?

This book considers the material basis of building as a key impetus of both urbanization and the energetics of urban life. The otherwise externalized material geographies and thermodynamics of building’s material basis reveal much about the dynamics and efficacy of how we build. This book plots the material history and geography for one plot of land in Manhattan—the parcel of land under the Empire State Building—over the past two hundred years. Through rich illustrations, it tracks all the building material that have passed through this parcel or remain it in geographic and ecological dynamics: spatially (in terms of their geographic material footprints and industrial processes) and quantitatively (in terms of embodied energy, embodied carbon, and emergy flow). In successive chapters, the book articulates the empire and states that are inherent to building, but remain unconsidered—abstract and unknown—by architects.

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Kiel Moe

Size: 15 x 22 cm. / 6 x 9 in.
Pages: 233
Illustrations: Color
Cover: HardCover
Publication date: July 2017
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-84-0
Price: 30€ / $34.95 / £26

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Clinical

An Architecture of Variation with Repetition

María Hurtado de Mendoza, estudio.entresitio

Clinical means “relating to a clinic”, but also “based on observation of an individual”. It also means “analytical”. This book is a clinical study of a trilogy of health-care centers built by estudio.entresitio in Madrid, Spain. A trilogy of three individuals, three case studies that share the same formal configuration and yet are perceived as different.

Books, as projects, have an initial stage of explosion in which many directions and possibilities are opened at once. Then comes a quieter stage, in which ideas are reorganized, distilled and rounded out. For this book, the detonator is drawing. A collection of analytical representations of the clinics are the foundation for an exploration of a number of questions in the project, in the search for their best translation. It is an iterative process in which words are a second step: they emphasize what the drawings may be already explaining and also provide an additional layer of information, structure and even room for debate.

Ideas regarding difference and repetition, ordering systems, materiality, program strategies and formal structure are unfolded in a sequential collection that talks about entresitio’s strategies in the conception of architectural space – the transfer from the world of ideas to physical realization.

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María Hurtado de Mendoza, estudio.entresitio

Size: 17 x 24 cm. / 6.7 x 9.5 in.
Pages: 256
Illustrations: Color
Cover: HardCover
Publication date: July 2017
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-48-7
Price: 32€ / $34.95 / £27

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Cerdà. 150 years of modernity

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Francesc Magrinyà,  Fernando Marzá

This book is a tribute to the first modern urban planner and his product: the Eixample, which is today the thriving and undisputed centre of the Barcelona metropolitan area.

The city of Barcelona as constructed over the last 150 years on the strength of Ildefons Cerdà’s 1859 ‘Project for the Reform and Expansion’ bears living witness to the modernity of a way of thinking and making the city.
An appreciation of the values of the Eixample that has taken shape in this century and a half affords illuminating insights into what it means to plan, design and build a city.
The chapter structure is devoted to an orderly analysis in the first instance of the elements that articulate the construction of the Eixample — the residential fabric, the grid, the street, the chamfered corner and the sewers — and then of the city blocks and the various configurations associated with housing, industry, amenities and open spaces.
The book intentionally focuses on the Eixample as a whole — what we know as the Cerdà Eixample — instead of confining itself to the more central Eixample traditionally associated with Modernista architecture.

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Francesc Magrinyà, Fernando Marzá

Size: 17.5 x 24.5 cm. / 6.9 x 9.6 in.
Pages: 320
Illustrations: Color
Cover: HardCover
Publication date: July 2017
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-35-7
ISBN: Español 978-1-945150-34-0
Price: 30€ / $35/ £28

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