Our publishing house focuses on the integration of architectural themes into contexts of future-oriented discussion. Planning, process, method, and examples are the keywords of our current publications; rather than monographs or ephemeral whims of the Zeitgeist. We cooperate with the Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal, The New Museum, New York, the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Princeton University School of Design.
From January 2016
Cutting Matta-ClarkThe Anarchitecture Project
Edited by James Graham
In Collaboration with Columbia GSAPP Books
Of the many shows at the fabled 112 Greene Street gallery—an artistic epicenter of New York’s downtown scene in the 1970s—the Anarchitecture group show of March 1974 has been the subject of the most enduring discussion, despite a complete lack of documentation about it. Anarchitecture has become a foundational myth, but one that remains to be properly understood. Stemming from a series of meetings organized by Gordon Matta-Clark and refl ecting his long-standing interest in architecture, the Anarchitecture exhibition was conceived as an anonymous group statement in photographs about the intersection of art and building. But did it actually happen? It exists only through oblique archival traces and the memories of the participants. Cutting Matta-Clark investigates the Anarchitecture group as a kind of collective research seminar, through extensive interviews with the protagonists and a dossier of all the available evidence. The dossier includes a collection of Matta-Clark’s aphoristic “art cards,” the 96 photographs that were produced by the various participants for possible inclusion in the exhibition, and images from a recently unearthed video of Matta-Clark’s now famous bus trip to see Splitting in Englewood, New Jersey.
Interviews with: Laurie Anderson, Liza Béar, Jane Crawford, Susan Ensley, Tina Girouard, Dan Graham, Jene Highstein Bernard and Susan Kirschenbaum, Jeffrey Lew, Richard Nonas.
16,5 x 24 cm, 6 ½ x 9 ½ in, 400 pages, approx. 150 illustrations, paperback (2014)
ISBN 978-3-03778-427-3, English€33.00 / $45.00 / £28.00
From November 2015
Ethics of the UrbanThe City and the Spaces of the Political
Edited by Mohsen Mostafavi
In collaboration with Harvard Graduate School of Design
Is democracy spatial? How are the physical aspects of our cities, houses, streets, and public spaces—the borders, the neighborhoods, the monuments—bearers of our values? In a world of intensifying geo-economic integration, extreme financial and geopolitical volatility, deepening environmental crises, and a dramatic new wave of popular protest against both authoritarian government and capitalist speculation, cities have become leading sites for new claims on state power and new formations of political subjectivity. This volume brings together perspectives from history, sociology, art, political theory, planning, law, and design practice to explore the urban spaces of the political. A selection of contemporary photography from around the world offers a visual refl ection of this timely investigation.
Contributors include: Michael Arad, Diane Davis, Keller Easterling, Gerald Frug, Mohsen Mostafavi, Chantal Mouffe, Erika Naginski, Saskia Sassen, Richard Sennett, Loïc Wacquant, Krzysztof Wodiczko.
MOHSEN MOSTAFAVI, an architect and educator, is the Dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design.
Design: Integral Lars Müller
16.5 x 24 cm, 6 ½ × 9 ½ in, 368 pages, approx. 200 illustrations, hardcover (2013)
ISBN 978-3-03778-381-8, English€50.00 / $60.00 / £40.00
From October 2015
Bucky Inc.Architecture in the Age of Radio
Bucky Inc. offers a deep exploration of Richard Buckminster Fuller’s work and thought to shed new light on the questions raised by our increasingly electronic world. It shows that Fuller’s entire career was a multi-dimensional refl ection on the architecture of radio. He always insisted that the real site of architecture is the electromagnetic spectrum. His buildings were delicate mobile instruments for accessing the invisible universe of overlapping signals. Every detail was understood as a way of tuning into hidden waves. Architecture was built in, with, for and as radio. Bucky Inc. rethinks the legacy of one of the key protagonists of the twentieth-century. It draws extensively on Fuller’s archive to follow his radical thinking from toilets to telepathy, plastic to prosthetics, and data to deep-space. It shows how the critical arguments and material techniques of arguably the single most exposed designer of the last century were overlooked at the time but have become urgently relevant today.
16,5 x 24 cm, 6 ½ x 9 ½ in, 320 pages, approx. 150 illustrations, paperback (2014)
ISBN 978-3-03778-428-0, English€30.00 / $40.00 / £25.00
The State of the Art of Architecture
Edited by Joseph Grima, Sarah Herda, Andrea Bagnato, Irene Sunwoo
The inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial is the largest exhibition of its kind in North America, and a new global platform for architecture. It rallies over one hundred participants from more than thirty countries, whose work tests the limits of architectural thinking and production. The majority of them have established their practice after 2000, reflecting the Biennial’s aim to support and disseminate the work and ideas of a new generation of designers.
The State of the Art of Architecture is a project that parallels and complements the ambitions of the 2015 Biennial exhibition. The curatorial team has invited practicing architects to converse and debate with leading theorists, artists, and curators, resulting in a set of ninety original texts. These dialogues chart mutual influences, alternative histories, past and future speculations. Varying formats and a lack of hierarchy permit the readers to draw their own connections and interpretations. A cross-section of concerns and positions from around the world, this book offers a penetrating survey of the state of architecture today.
20 x 27 cm, 7.9 x 10.6 in, 512 pages, 300 illustrations, hardcover
ISBN 978-3-03778-475-4, e€55.00 / $55.00 / £39.00
A Genealogy of Modern ArchitectureComparative Critical Analysis of Built Form
Edited by Ashley Simone
Genealogy of Modern Architecture is a reference work on modern architecture by Kenneth Frampton, one of today’s leading architectural theorists. Conceived as a genealogy of twentieth century architecture from 1924 to 2000, it compiles some sixteen comparative analyses of canonical modern buildings ranging from exhibition pavilions and private houses to office buildings and various kinds of public institutions. The buildings are compared in terms of their hierarchical spatial order, circulation structure and referential details. The analyses are organized so as to show what is similar and different between two paired types, thus revealing how modern tradition has been diversely inflected. Richly illustrated, Genealogy of Modern Architecture is a new standard work in architectural education.
KENNETH FRAMPTON, born 1930, is one of the world’s most renowned architectural theorists, the author of the world best seller Modern Architecture: A Critical History, and a professor at Columbia University, New York.
16.5 × 24 cm, 6 ½ × 9 ½ in, 304 pages, 692 illustrations, hardcover (2015)
ISBN 978-3-03778-369-6, English€40.00 / $40.00 / £29.00