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Retrospecta 39

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Dimitri Brand, James Coleman, Amanda Iglesias, Jeongyoon Song

Retrospecta is the annual journal of student work at the Yale School of Architecture. Part historical record, part monograph, Retrospecta seeks to capture and record the current life of the school.  Documenting one academic year, each issue contains exemplary work from both the design studios and support courses. The daily activities of the school, including lectures, symposia, exhibitions, and studio reviews, are also highlighted through numerous candid photographs and quotations.  The journal is edited by students and published by the school.

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Dimitri Brand, James Coleman, Amanda Iglesias, Jeongyoon Song (eds.)

Publisher: Yale School of Architecture
Size: 9 x 12.7 in. / 23 x 32 cm.
Pages:192
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hardcover
Publication date: December 2016
ISBN: English 978-1945150104
Price: 27€ / $35 / £ 24.50

Empire, State & Building

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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

Imminent Commons: Urban Questions for the Near Future

Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017

Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Hyungmin Pai, urbanNext

Imminent Commons, first book from the Seoul Biennale 2017, will present an imminent urban cosmology that is crucially mediated by the technologies and institutions that feed us, move us, condition our environments, recycle our refuse, make our clothes, and connect us into communities.
The cities of the world stand at a crossroads. Amidst radical social, economic, and technological transformations, will the city become a driving force of creativity, diversity, and sustainability, or will it be a mechanism of inequality, despair, and environmental decay? At this critical moment, where do the stakes lie and what are the agents of change? From the time of its birth, the city has been held together by the commons.
The first publication of the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017, proposes a framework where set basic commons —an evolving network of agencies, resources and technologies— as the critical issue in the move towards a sustainable and just urbanism. It shows an exploration not of distant utopias, but of the very near future, because the emerging commons is changing the way we connect, make, move, recycle, sense, and share, and the way we manage air, water, energy and the earth. Whether met with fear or hope, they will very soon change the way we live in the city.

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Authors: Alejandro Zaera, Hyungmin Pai, Maider Llaguno, Nerea Calvillo, Hyewon Lee, Lindsay Bremner, Alex Ivancic, Iñaki Abalos, Charles Waldheim, David Gissen, Carlo Ratti, Daniele Belleri, Saskia Saseen, Adam Greenfield, Jesse LeCavalier, Philip Rode, Duncan McLaren,, Jennifer Gabrys, Julian Agyeman, Gunter Pauli, Gramazio and Kohler, Mario Carpo, Dirk E. Hebel, Marta H. Wisniewska, Felix Heisel, Mitchell Joachim, and Christian Hubert.

Edited by: Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Hyungmin Pai, urbanNext

Size: 17 x24 cm/ 6.70 x 9.50 in.
Pages: 440
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hardcover
Publication date: July 2017
Published By: Actar Publishers, Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017
ISBN: English 978-1- 945150-51- 7
Price: 40 € / $44.95 / £35

The Total Designer

Authorship in the Architecture of the Postdigital Age

Lluís Ortega

This book develops an alternative and inclusive approach –based on the hypothesis that the impact of digitalization on architectural culture is similar to the effects of the linguistic turn in philosophy– and steers clear of exclusive dichotomous approaches, without the foundational reconsideration of the discipline or its ontological conservation.

The project is open and broad, which was a necessary condition for demonstrating the power of the turn brought about by digitalization. Most studies on the digital phenomenon carried out in the context of the discipline are focused on the more technical aspects, with expert discourses based on the standpoint of the optimization of existing processes. This text was inspired by a concern and a certain discomfort with respect to those positions, which are often underwritten by a positivist vision of reality. This concern gave way to the idea for a study rooted in a cultural approach to the phenomenon. Given the general tendency toward creating experts –a phenomenon that, on the other hand, is not exclusive to the field of architecture– and encapsulating knowledge, this text is meant to be based on a transversal vision, which can help non-specialist readers to understand certain complex phenomena.

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Autor: Lluís Ortega
Editor: Moisés Puente

Size: 12 cm x 18cm / 4.7 in. x 7 in.
Pages: 80
Illustrations: One color
Cover: Softcover
Publication date: May 2017
ISBN: English 9781945150456
Price: 15€ /$14.95 / £13
Language: English

Passages

Transitional Spaces for the 21st-Century City
Espaces de Transition pour la Ville du 21e Siècle

Institut pour la Ville en Mouvement / VEDECOM

Tunnels, footbridges, escalators, urban cable cars, pathways – passages are essential links, with the potential to generate distinctive urban environments. They require little investment and should be an integral part of all big urban projects, helping to repair the fractures produced by fast transit infrastructures and the urban zoning practices of the recent past. Designing and building passages is a way to act quickly and to lay the foundations for larger scale transformations: international analyses and examples.

The product of a joint program with an international network of cities, universities, and experts from different disciplines, as well as the catalog of a touring exhibition, the book analyzes more than 150 completed passage projects and describes methods for action. It is addressed to researchers, designers, politicians and technicians, transit firms and operators, citizen groups and anyone interested in the right to the city and concerned with the quality of these small spaces of movement.

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Autors: Institut pour la Ville en Mouvement / VEDECOM
Editor:  Mireille Apel-Muller (dir)

Size: 18.5cm x 25.5cm / 7.3 in. x 10 in.
Pages: 256
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Softcover with flaps
Publication date: May 2017
ISBN: English 9781945150463
Price: 27€ /$29.95 / £24
Languages: Bilingual: English, French

[UN]Precedented Pyongyang

Dongwoo Yim

“[UN]Precedented Pyongyang” is an urban research on how Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, was reconstructed from the Korean War based on the idea of socialist urbanism and how those socialist urban spaces will transform when it adopts the new market-economy system.

Despite the notorious fact of it being one of the most veiled countries in modern history, North Korea recently has started to get engaged with the rest of the world, and now we can easily witness various socio-economic changes of the nation which was seen in the 1990s in other post-socialist countries. And as the capital of the nation, Pyongyang has already entered into fast transformation stage with numbers of developments both in public and private sectors since the new regime of Kim Jung Un.

However, we sometimes overlook the fact that the city was built based on the goal to be an ideal socialist city. After the three years of Korean War in the 1950s, Pyongyang was completely demolished and had a unique chance to build a new city based on the socialist ideology. Although the current morphology may not be exactly same as the original master plan, many urban spaces and infrastructures remain as evidences of socialist urban planning. And interestingly enough, these are urban elements that have major conflict with the idea of market-oriented economy, and at the moment, the morphology of the city is already changing. Then, the question is, will Pyongyang become one of post-socialist cities, having them as precedents to the city, or will it have its own development path that is unprecedented?

Author: Dongwoo Yim
Editors: Jelena Prokopljevic, Rafael Luna

Published by: Actar Publishers
Size: 16.5 cm x 23.5 cm
Pages: 364
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Softcover
Publication date: April 2017
ISBN: English 9781940291352
Price: 35€ /$39.95 / £31

Territories of Disobedience

Linna Choi, Tarik Oualalou

This compendium of essays and projects presents a confrontation of radically dissimilar projects which underscores the exploration of architectural empowerment at the core of the office’s work.  Four themes are presented in four volumes: Cultural Resistance, Occupying Earth, Public Prerogatives, and Territory and Transgressions.

Architects build in and for a system that is not only pathological, but toxic.  It is ruining the only planet we have, and we are clearly at the end of what is still possible within this ecology.

The architecture presented in this book is a form of resistance – one which actively engages in the societies and territories it is inscribed in and which presents an antidote to the accelerating banalization of our everyday environments.  The search for singularity is not a search for formal distinction or a fetishism of the architectural object, but instead the desire to inscribe oneself into a unique territory and moment in time.

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Authors: Linna Choi, Tarik Oualalou

Size: 17 x 24 cm / 7 x 9.5 in.
Pages: 416
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hardcover
Publication date: March 2017
ISBN: English 978-1-945150-20-3
ISBN: French 978-1-945150-21-0
Price: 29€ /$34.95 / £28

Abstract 2016

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Amale Andraos, Jesse Seegers

Abstract is the yearly publication of work and research from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). Produced through the Office of the Dean Amale Andraos, the archive of student work contains documentation of exceptional projects, selected by faculty at the conclusion of each semester.

The 2016 edition includes the applied research of the school’s laboratories and projects from design studios taught by Kunlé Adeyemi, Benjamin Aranda, Gro Bonesmo, Eric Bunge and Mimi Hoang, Frida Escobedo, Jeanne Gang, Juan Herreros, Andrés Jaque, Laura Kurgan, Jing Liu, LOT-EK, Kate Orff, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Thomas Phifer, Hilary Sample, Bernard Tschumi, and others. This encyclopedic volume is conceived as both an organizational model for the school and a testament to the global distribution of the work included within.

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Edited by: Amale Andraos and Jesse Seegers

Publisher: Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Size: 19.5cm x 27cm / 7.6 in. x 10.6 in.
Pages: 464
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Paperback
Publication date: December 2016
ISBN: English 9781941332320
Price: 30€ /$35 / £28

eVolo Skyscrapers 3

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Visionary Architecture and Urban Design

Edited by: Carlo Aiello

The future of architecture and urban design unveiled by 150 innovative projects submitted to the world-renowned eVolo Skyscraper Competition.

The third book in the Skyscraper Competition series showcases visionary designs that utilize the latest technological advances, offer sustainable architectural solutions, explore new territories, propose social change, and examine radical urban strategies.

Since 2006 the annual Skyscraper Competition receives thousands of entries from more than 80 different countries. The projects presented in this edition represent the top entries selected by an expert international jury.

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Edited by: Carlo Aiello

Publisher: eVolo
Size: 30.9 x 23,6 cm / 12.2 x 9.3 in.
Pages: 650
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: November 2016
ISBN: English 978-1-938740-22-0
Price: $95 / 75 € / £60

Vertical Urban Factory

Nina Rappaport

This publication focuses on the spaces of production in cities—both the modernist period and today—and the technologies that have contributed to shifts in factory architecture, manu- facturing, and urban design. It tracks the evolution of the vertical urban factory from the first industrial revolution to the present and provides an analysis of the political, social, and econo- mic factors that have shaped today’s global industrial landscape. Ultimately, it provokes new concepts for the future of urban manufacturing, and the necessity of creating new paradigms for sustainable, self-sufficient urban industry.
The book demonstrates how entrepreneurial, hybrid spaces and cleaner and greener factories can reintegrate manufacturing into city life as new paradigms for urban industry that will prove more sustainable, self-sufficient, and socially equitable workplaces. Vertical Urban Factory includes a timeline of significant developments in technology, architecture, and manufacturing and is illustrated by over four hundred black and white and color photographs of historic and contemporary factories, architectural renderings, and process diagrams.

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Author: Nina Rappaport

Size: 7.5 x 10 in.
Pages: 480
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Softcover
Publication date: 2016
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-63-5
Price: 59€ / $64.95 / £45.50