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The Generic Sublime

The Generic Sublime

Organizational Models for Global Architecture Ciro Najle Skyscraper collectives, tower agglomerations, high-rise housing, mixed-use developments, luxury condominiums, airport hubs, suburban office enclaves, industrial and technology parks, hotel complexes and resorts, conference and financial centers, entertainment venues, gated communities, theme parks, branded cities, new central districts, and satellite cities: extra-large architectural typologies dominate the contemporary built environment worldwide. Despite the ubiquity of these building forms, their development has been largely restricted by a reliance on outmoded traditions of urbanism and the strict separation of disciplinary domains within current architectural practice. The Generic Sublime investigates how the modern concept of the generic––once assumed to achieve universality by means of organizational homogeneity, formal neutrality, programmatic blankness, lack of identity, and insipidness of character––holds the potential to become its very opposite: the singular, the irreducible, and the extraordinary. Directing the work of students of the departments of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Ciro Najle examines the organizational protocols of building collectives and develops architectural models for encompassing the unprecedented potential of the extra-extra-large. The book includes essays by Ciro Najle, Mohsen Mostafavi, Iñaki Abalos, Charles Waldheim, George L. Legendre, David Salomon, Paul Andersen, Lluís Ortega, Leire Asensio Villoria, David Mah, Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa, Alberto Delorenzini, Marcia Krygier, Julián Varas, Erika Naginski, Hiromi Hosoya, Farshid Moussavi, and Anna Font. EBOOK EDITION
Houses In The Forest Clearing

Houses in the Forest Clearing

LCLA office. Photographed by Luis Callejas Luis Callejas One hundred photographs of houses in clearings by Luis Callejas. These photos are accompanied by drawings and three parallel conversations between Luis Callejas and Matteo Ghidoni, Elisa Cattaneo, and Jørgen Tandberg. The photographs were taken during three trips between Norway and Colombia. Most photos were done using the same 35 mm lens, avoiding wide angles encompassing each small space's totality. The conversations were triggered later by the photographs as opposed to direct experience; these images and conversations address the parallels between the construction of a house, a clearing, and the construction of an image. The houses were designed by LCLA office in found, edited, and constructed forest clearings. Luis Callejas in conversation with: Matteo Ghidoni. On rituals, geometry, and the night Jørgen Tandberg. On form, structure, and construction Elissa Cataneo. On archetypes, clearings, and grammar  
A Village And Its Double (ENG ED.)

A Village and its Double (ENG ED.)

Dominique Perrault This book is perfectly anchored in French and international current affairs. The book explores the vision of renowned French architect Dominique Perrault, who designed an Olympic and Paralympic village at the crossroads of concerns such as legacy, site reversibility and the relationship with the existing territory. He discusses the history of Olympic villages in recent decades, explains the choice of the Paris site, its past, the process of Paris' bid for the 2024 Games, Dominique Perrault's guiding concept for the design of the village, and the project's 12 ambitions. It is a window through which Greater Paris takes shape... Richly illustrated with photographs, graphics and plans, this book is aimed at designers and the general public alike. Its publication, a few months before the start of the Games, amplifies its impact by exploiting current events. With Contributions of Frédéric Prot Buy French Edition
Un Village Et Son Double (FR ED.)

Un Village et son Double (FR ED.)

Dominique Perrault This book is perfectly anchored in French and international current affairs. The book explores the vision of renowned French architect Dominique Perrault, who designed an Olympic and Paralympic village at the crossroads of concerns such as legacy, site reversibility and the relationship with the existing territory. He discusses the history of Olympic villages in recent decades, explains the choice of the Paris site, its past, the process of Paris' bid for the 2024 Games, Dominique Perrault's guiding concept for the design of the village, and the project's 12 ambitions. It is a window through which Greater Paris takes shape... Richly illustrated with photographs, graphics and plans, this book is aimed at designers and the general public alike. Its publication, a few months before the start of the Games, amplifies its impact by exploiting current events. With Contributions of Frédéric Prot Buy English Edition
MOS Laboratory

MOS Laboratory

Housing Laboratory / Laboratorio de Vivienda

Apan, Hidalgo, Méjico Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, MOS In 2017, Mexico’s Institute for the National Fund for Workers’ (INFONAVIT) Center for Research for Sustainable Development launched a program to solicit new approaches to affordable housing. To better understand the possibilities, and to better educate developers, workers, and students about the research, INFONAVIT engaged with MOS to develop a master plan for a campus of 32 built prototypes and design an education center to promote awareness and study of workers’ housing typologies. The selection process revealed various categories and themes for which the projects could be classified. Some projects rethink the fundamentals of low-income housing’s spatial organization (corridors, courtyards, roofs), some rework labor and construction, and some recast structure or material. The forms of these works are generally economical but, unlike early-modernist projects at the Weissenhof Estate, their attitude is not one of a radical break. If anything, these works relate to the vast, varied world of contemporary vernacular construction – the majority of the built world that Architecture glosses over. Each house responds to different climates, each house maintains their designed solar orientation, each house exhibits potential for growth by aggregation, repetition, or various strategies of extension, infill, and addition. All of the houses retain their individual identities within the larger campus. Presenting the 32 projects selected and built, including research, drawings, and descriptions by the architects, and an essay by Canadian Centre for Architecture Director Giovanna Borasi titled “A Large Urban Garden Where You Can Learn About Architecture,” Laboratorio de Vivienda considers the problem of low-income housing by bringing thoughtful attention and expertise of architects, considering how these proposals, assembled into a collective, would work together toward creating not an estate but a community for Apan. For, given the limited resources of such works, each decision gains greater significance and has greater impact on the design and on the life of its inhabitants. With Contributions of Carlos Zedillo Velasco, Giovanna Borasi, DVCH DeVillarChacon Arquitectos, Frida Escobedo, Dellekamp Arquitectos Derek Dellekamp & Jachen Schleich, Rozana Montiel Estudio de Arquitectura, Ambrosi | Etchegaray, Zooburbia, Zago Architecture, Taller | Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo, Taller de Arquitectura X, Griffin Enright Architects, Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO, Francisco Pardo Arquitecto, Enrique Norten | TEN Arquitectos, Pita & Bloom, BGP Arquitectura, Zeller & Moye, Accidental Estudio de Arquitectura, Nuño – Mac Gregor – De Buen Arquitectos SC, SAYA+ Arquitectos, Cano|Vera Arquitectura, Fernanda Canales, RNThomsen ARCHITECTURE, PRODUCTORA, Agraz Arquitectos SC, Rojkind Arquitectos, Tactic-A, GAETA-SPRINGALL Arquitectos, TALLER ADG, Taller 4:00 A.M., CRO Studio, JC Arquitectura, DCPP

A Book on Making a Petite École

Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, MOS As part of the 2019 Biennale d'architecture et de paysage in Versailles, France, MOS constructed Petite École, a small, open-air pavilion to house educational workshops for children. It is a place for looking and making, and for making and looking, constructed with 688 aluminum pieces modeled, flattened, cut, folded, prefabricated, shipped, and then assembled onsite. It is made to be taken down and reassembled elsewhere. It is designed to be easily understood, made of simple building elements: a long, low roof with columns and stacked beams holding it up. Undertaken during various design workshops, single page design exercises written by architects were assembled into a large book and given to children. A Book on Making a Petite École features an expanded collection of these exercises. Each exercise includes playful illustrations of its steps, starting a conversation about how designers look at, think about, teach, and imagine the foundations of design. Alongside these, the design process of the pavilion is included, as its own design exercise, from colorful illustrations of each step of the pavilion’s construction, to actual construction photographs and photographs of the completed pavilion being occupied. A Book on Making a Petite École considers basic questions of design pedagogy, abstraction, accessibility, experimentation, and equity, while considering and reconsidering architecture. With Contributions of: Djamel Klouche, Jean-Christophe Quinton, Sebastián Adamo & Marcelo Faiden, Yussef Agbo-Ola, Sir David Adjaye, Xavi Laida Aguirre, Stan Allen, Benjamin Aranda, Assemble, Tatiana Bilbao, Bureau Spectacular, Marlon Blackwell, Galo Canizares & Stephanie Sang Delgado, Sean Canty, Jan De Vylder, Ambra Fabi & Kersten Geers, fala, First Office, Antón García-Abril & Débora Mesa, Go Hasegawa, Steven Holl & Dimitra Tsachrelia, Wonne Ickx/PRODUCTORA, Florian Idenburg & Jing Liu, Sam Jacob, Andrés Jaque, Johnston Marklee, Ladi’Sasha Jones, l’AUC, LEFT Architects, Toshiko Mori, Catherine Mosbach, Umberto Napolitano, Daniel Norell & Einar Rodhe, Lütjens Padmanabhan, Pezo von Ellrichshausen, Mónica Ponce de León, Pier Paolo Tamburelli, Bolle Tham & Martin Videgård, UrbanLab, Welcome Projects, WORKac with Ayah Wood
Japan Story Pack

Japan Story Pack

Sharing Tokyo

Artifice and the Social World Mohsen Mostafavi and Kayoko Ota (eds.) The book questions how “artifice” and the “social world” can be mutually and constructively integrated so that the contemporary urban space can be shared by all. Taking the example of Tokyo, it takes up the two major traits in urban transformation – the large-scale development model on the one hand, and the small-scale model of neighborhood development or preservation on the other – and instead seeks alternative ideas and new strategies. A variety of innovative practices are presented by a diverse group of contributors including renowned scholars, architects, urbanists, and photographers from Japan and the US, and the research team at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. While the discourses and architectural works presented deal with the specificity of Tokyo, they were carefully selected to formulate together a collection of insights, new perspectives, and speculative experiments in urbanism and architecture that can also be used in other contexts. With Contributions of: Mustafa K. Abadan, Shin Aiba, Homi K. Bhabha, Kenta Hasegawa, Kozo Kadowaki, Hiroto Kobayashi, Masami Kobayashi, Japan Research Initiative Team at Harvard GSD, Jouji Kurumado, Seiji M. Lippit, Mitsuyoshi Miyazaki, Mayumi Mori, Mohsen Mostafavi, Jo Nagasaka, Erika Nakagawa, Don O’keefe, Yoshihiko Oshima, Kayoko Ota, Jordan Sand, Yoshihiko Sone, Tsubame Architects, Riken Yamamoto, Shun Yoshie

Revitalizing Japan

Architecture, Urbanization, and Degrowth Mohsen Mostafavi and Kayoko Ota (eds.) The shrinking and aging of the population is exacerbating the social decline in the regional cities of Japan. While excluded from the market-driven metropolitan areas, architects of the young generation are beginning to build ways of revitalizing regional cities through innovative design or new ways of practicing. This book features works by seven named or unnamed younger architects in Japan that preempt architectural responses to the post-growth condition, a gripping essay by community designer Ryo Yamazaki, and a captivating photo documentation by Kenta Hasegawa. Keynote essay by Toyo Ito. With Contributions of Toyo Ito, Kumiko Inui, Jun Aoki, Schemata Architects, Matthew Gandy, Kenta Hasegawa (photography), Ryo Yamazaki, and architects of the younger generation 
Revitalizing Japan

Revitalizing Japan

Architecture, Urbanization, and Degrowth Mohsen Mostafavi and Kayoko Ota (eds.) The shrinking and aging of the population is exacerbating the social decline in the regional cities of Japan. While excluded from the market-driven metropolitan areas, architects of the young generation are beginning to build ways of revitalizing regional cities through innovative design or new ways of practicing. This book features works by seven named or unnamed younger architects in Japan that preempt architectural responses to the post-growth condition, a gripping essay by community designer Ryo Yamazaki, and a captivating photo documentation by Kenta Hasegawa. Keynote essay by Toyo Ito. With Contributions of Toyo Ito, Kumiko Inui, Jun Aoki, Schemata Architects, Matthew Gandy, Kenta Hasegawa (photography), Ryo Yamazaki, and architects of the younger generation.

Tectonics For Non-Extractive Architecture

Tectonics for Non-Extractive Architecture

Architectural Logics for Emergent Contexts Josep Ferrando, Jordi Mansilla, Ricardo Devesa, Francisco Cifuentes, Marta Bugés (eds.) This publication is a summary of the content, ideas and thoughts that were discussed in the seminar on the current situation of the Mediterranean forest, systems of timber construction, stakeholders, designers, and industries that are shaping the non-extractive architectural principles it fosters. With the seminar The Tectonics of Non-extractive Architecture, compiled here, ETSALS introduced ALEC, a new research line in the framework of La Salle R+D, aimed at making our society, industry and designers ready for a post-carbon future based on new strategies for architectural design and construction. With Contributions of Steve Webb, Margarita Jover, Paco Lloret, Peris+Toral Arquitectes, Sebastián Martorell, Dima Fadel, Gloria Schönburg, Martina Blázquez, Pau Garrofé, Lisa Marie Guerrero.   EBOOK VERSION  
Casa Gilardi (SP ED.)

Casa Gilardi (SP ED.)

El último testigo de Barragán José Luis Alvarez Tinajero, Martín Luque Pérez Casa Gilardi was the last built project of Pritzker Prize winner Luis Barragan´s prolific career. In 1976, 10 years after his retirement from the practice of architecture, Barragan accepted the commission of two young publicists passionate about his architecture. Our editorial project aims to disseminate the complete story of this masterpiece from its initial sketches to the completion of its construction and provide a critical reading of it today. We will publish the existing archive of Barragan’s documents for the house: drawings, sketches, technical details, and correspondences as well as historic and contemporary photographs. Furthermore, we will include critical reflections by contemporary architects and critics who have visited this private house. With Contributions of  Charles Renfro / Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Daniel Libeskind, Paul Lewis / LTL, Snøhetta, Ricardo Devesa, Julio Jiménez Sarabia, Jorge Vázquez del Mercado, Martín Luque, among many others… Buy English Edition
Gilardi House (ENG ED.)

Gilardi House (ENG ED.)

Barragan´s Last Witness José Luis Alvarez Tinajero, Martín Luque Pérez Casa Gilardi was the last built project of Pritzker Prize winner Luis Barragan´s prolific career. In 1976, 10 years after his retirement from the practice of architecture, Barragan accepted the commission of two young publicists passionate about his architecture. Our editorial project aims to disseminate the complete story of this masterpiece from its initial sketches to the completion of its construction and provide a critical reading of it today. We will publish the existing archive of Barragan’s documents for the house: drawings, sketches, technical details, and correspondences as well as historic and contemporary photographs. Furthermore, we will include critical reflections by contemporary architects and critics who have visited this private house. With Contributions of  Charles Renfro / Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Daniel Libeskind, Paul Lewis / LTL, Snøhetta, Ricardo Devesa, Julio Jiménez Sarabia, Jorge Vázquez del Mercado, Martín Luque, among many others… Buy Spanish Edition
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