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Total Housing

Alternatives to urban sprawl

Total Housing was designed to be a demonstration of the virtues of high and medium density multi-family homes, and an antidote to urban sprawl. The selection of works in Total Housing (in hard copy and on its supplementary website: www.actar.com/totalhousing/) spans a period coinciding with the height of the housing boom, and consequent bust, experienced in most “developed” economies. From among the huge amount of projects developed in this period, Total Housing selects 61 of them from 22 countries which exemplify outstanding innovations in construction systems, layout of residential space, systems of unit aggregation, integration of the residential program into the other functions that make up our cities, and repercussions in the formation of the urban fabric. These innovations are summarised in a series of concepts or keywords that identify their “virtues” as a residential model on the first page of each project. This book is a design manual as much as a reference for future good practices. Its structure follows a simple sequential order of the number of homes included in each project (from 4 to 750), regardless of the other complementary programs they may respond to. This sequence aims to facilitate the identification of possible examples and case studies, and show that interesting design solutions are found in big and small projects alike. The final section consists of detailed plans of 17 of the works in the book.

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Size: 9.4 x 6.7 in./ 24.3 17.0 cm
Pages: 396
Illustrations: Color
Cover:Soft
Publication date: July 2010
ISBN: English 978-84-96540-88-0 (Out of print)
ISBN: Spanish 978-84-96954-05-2 (Available)
Price: 36€ / $49.95 / £34.95

Verb Matters (French)

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Albert Ferré

Verb Matters revisa las posibilidades formales y materiales de la construcción actual. De nuevo, nuestro punto de partida es el ámbito de la era informática, caracterizado por una infinidad de datos procesados, la conexión global en red y la separación cada vez más difusa entre la materia natural y la tecnología artificial. Verb Matters refleja primero los resultados tangibles de las ideas más sofisticadas, aplicadas a la edificación.  Aún más, plantea las posibilidades crecientes de la tecnología actual: una materia viva artificial, que procesa información e interactúa con el entorno orgánico. Habiendo llegado al límite de lo predecible, volvemos a la actualidad con una recarga de posibilidades. ¿Qué es lo que realmente podemos construir? Esa es la pregunta que guía este recorrido. La que potencia del ingenio, la capacidad de respuesta y la economía de la acción para materializar arquitecturas. Obras publicadas de Diller-Scofidio, Jürgen Mayer H., OMA, Toyo Ito, Media Lab, MIT y Metapolis.

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Author: Albert Ferré

Size: 9.6 x 6.9 in.
Pages: 280
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: April 2011
ISBN: French  978-84-95951-21-2
English and Spanish: out of print
Price: 19€ / $24.95 / £16.50

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VERB CONNECTION

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Albert Ferré

The third issue of Verb boogazine is about the changing status of the city in the electronic era. Connection looks at the impact of electronic technology on new forms of urban reality, which are generated by new phenomena that affect all aspects of space and the experience of living in these new urbanisms. Faced with an increased blurring of the distinctions between the physical and the informational dimension of cities, we explore the relation between virtual connections – the effect of digital networks on the spaces and uses of the city – and the persistent role of architecture in creating physical connections between people, programs and uses. Featured works and texts: OMA, Atelier Bow-Wow, AUDC, PLOT. Featuring the Palast der Republik story in Berlin, Chip City by Shinobu Hashimoto and Rients Dijkstra, and Sim City, which contrasts the real city (the product of virtual processes) with virtual cities (created by real people, via computer-based simulations).

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Author: Albert Ferré

Size: 24 x 17 cm.
Pages: 260
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: April 2004
ISBN: English 978-84-95951-06-9
ISBN: Spanish 978-84-95951-78-6
Price: 19€ / $24.95 / £16.50

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VERB CONDITIONING

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Albert Ferré

The fourth issue of Verb looks at two related processes: the conditioning of architectural environments and the conditioning of behaviors. On the one hand, studies of luminosity, sound, atmosphere and temperature expand the range of techniques available to the discipline, allowing the production of ever more extensive effects with increasingly minimal means. On the other, the rise of commerce, theming and the manufacturing of identity produce a different set of effects, directing users and their emotions for maximum financial success. What are the real potentials of conditioning? Do these new environments merely replicate the existing with increasing accuracy and sophistication, or can they generate qualitatively new atmospheres capable of stimulating not just new effects but also new forms of living? Featured works: The Venetian in Las Vegas, Spanish Pavilion in Aichi by FOA, New Milan Trade Fair by Fuksas, Arup SoundLab, Décosterd & Rahm, Arakawa + Gins, Enric Ruiz, Tomihiro Museum by Makoto Yokomizo, and texts by Norman Klein and AUDC.

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Author: Albert Ferré

Size: 17 x 24 cm.
Pages: 280
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: April 2005
ISBN: English 978-84-95951-86-1
ISBN: Spanish 978-84-96540-04-0
Price: 19€ / $24.95 / £16.50

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Total Housing Updated

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Author: Ferré, Albert Salij, Tihamer

Size: 25.4 x 18 cm.
Pages: 369
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: October 2015
ISBN: English 978-1-940291-49-9
Price: 38€ / $49.95 / £32

Total Housing is a demonstration of the virtues of high and medium density multi-family homes, and an antidote to urban sprawl. The new and updated selection of works in Total Housing spans a period coinciding with the height of the housing boom to the crisis period in most “developed” economies in the 21st century.

From among the vast built production of this period, Total Housing- Updated increase the selection with 16 news projects that exemplify outstanding innovations in construction systems, spatial organization, models of unit aggregation, and integration of the residential program into the complex of functions that make up our cities.

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