An interest in culture and attention to the design of objects and environment are privileges and an expression of social and material security. Our publishing house’s focus is the overarching subjects and issues in our society; we seek to express these in the most effective way possible in words and images.

  1. Democracy: An Ongoing Challenge
    Democracy: An Ongoing Challenge

    Edited by NCCR Democracy, Hanspeter Kriesi, Lars Müller

    Is democracy the best form of government? What are the hallmarks of a good democracy? These questions were asked in ancient times and we are still trying to find the answers today. We have learned, at least, that there is no “perfect” democracy!
    Democratically-ruled nations try to strike a difficult balance between equality and liberty, as well as between majority and minorities. They try to maintain order in society while allowing for the greatest possible expressions of opinion. Democracy demands and democracy challenges—and as a system of government, democracy is itself challenged today by globalization and the development of digital media. Against this background, and in light of political and economic events in Asia or in the Arab world, there is another incessant question: is democracy still up-to-date? But of course! Democracies perform generally better and ensure peace more successfully than other forms of government.
    Democracy: An Ongoing Challenge illustrates why. This visual reader uses the power of images to complement text, resulting in a compendium of the history and development of democracy, and offering insight into  contemporary debates.

    With contributions by André Bächtiger, Thomas Bernauer, Daniel Bochsler, Florin Büchel, Francis Cheneval, Colin Crouch, Frank Esser, Flavia Fossati, Regula Hänggli, Jürg Helbling, Erik Jentges, Hanspeter Kriesi, Daniel Kübler, Andreas Ladner, Sandra Lavenex, Wolfgang Merkel, Frank Schimmelfennig, Marco Steenbergen, Manuel Vogt.

    Design: Integral Lars Müller

    16.5 x 24 cm, 6 ½ × 9 ½ in, 528 pages, 340 illustrations, hardcover (2013)

    ISBN 978-3-03778-396-2, English
    ISBN 978-3-03778-296-5, German



  2. The Colors of Growth
    Preisträger des Hans Erni-Preises 2013
    Andreas Seibert
    The Colors of Growth
    China's Huai River

    China’s spectacular growth has brought not just prosperity, but also serious damage to the environment. For photographer Andreas Seibert, the present state of the Huai River is a clear example of these problems. Several stretches of the river have been so seriously polluted by toxic waste that people are advised not to even touch the water. Seibert has traveled along the river from source to mouth in order to record how it changes from a stretch of water rising amidst unspoiled nature into a large and poisonous river. Pictures taken on his travels present the poor hinterlands which are generally forgotten in discussions on China, and show the people who live on and near the river—in a habitat on the brink of destruction.

    Website "The Colors of Growth" by Andreas Seibert

    Design: Integral Lars Müller

    26 x 19 cm, 10 ¼ x 7 ½ in, 272 pages, 191 illustrations, hardcover (2013)

    ISBN 978-3-03778-295-8, English

    €40.00 / $50.00 / £35.00
    Andreas Seibert

    Andreas Seibert, born 1970 in Wettingen, Aargau, Switzerland. He studied Photography at the Zurich University of the Arts as well as German Literature and Philosophy at the Zurich University. He has been living in Tokyo since 1997. His photographic works have been published in numerous international magazines and have been on show in exhibitions around the world. He has been member of the photographers agency “Lookat Photos”. Since 2002 he has been working on a long-term photographic study about the live and work of Chinese migrant workers.

  3. From Camp to City
    Manuel Herz
    From Camp to City
    Refugee Camps of the Western Sahara

    Edited by Manuel Herz

    In cooperation with ETH Studio Basel

    From Camp to City examines the theme of the refugee camp in the context of urbanism and architecture. Using the examples of the refugee camps in the Algerian desert in which Sahrawis originally from the Western Sahara have been living for 35 years, the book looks at the “urban” aspects of these settlements. In contrast to the standard way of seeing refugee camps as scenes of human misery and despair, the examination concentrates on how people live and dwell in refugee camps, on how they work, move around, and enjoy themselves, and looks at the spaces and structures that are created in the process. With numerous images and texts, individual aspects of urban life are presented and analyzed in the different chapters. As an examination of a “borderline case” of urbanity, the publication does not ignore the problematic aspects of this theme, but on the contrary: its potential explosiveness is further underscored by the focus on a “vocabulary of the urban.” It allows an understanding of the camps as a political project. The publication is based on research studies of the ETH Studio Basel, Institute of Contemporary Urbanism at the ETH Zürich.

    17.6 x 24 cm, 7 x 9 ½ in, 512 pages, 1172 illustrations, hardcover (2013)

    ISBN 978-3-03778-291-0, English

    €50.00 / $65.00 / £45.00
    Manuel Herz

    MANUEL HERZ is an architect, based in Basel, Switzerland. Amongst his recently constructed buildings are the Jewish Community Center and Synagogue of Mainz (Germany) and the mixed-use building Legal / Illegal in Cologne. He currently is the head of teaching and research at ETH Studio Basel—Institute of the Contemporary City. Besides his work as a practicing architect, he researches and works in the field of architecture of “humanitarian action.”

  4. For Climate's Sake!
    For Climate's Sake!
    A Visual Reader of Climate Change

    Edited by René Schwarzenbach, Christian Rentsch, Klaus Lanz, and Lars Müller, in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Sciences, ETH Zürich

    For Climate’s Sake! sets itself the goal of conveying the knowledge revealed by current climate research in a manner that is both concise and appealing. It differs from other books on climate change principally in the way it is conceived as a visual reader that deliberately uses the effectiveness and power of the image to present the theme in a graphic way. Extensive series of images with large photographs and informative diagrams accompany well-researched essays on and around the themes of climate history, research and policy and thus offer an in-depth examination.

    The book provides insights into the history of the earth’s climate and reveals the factors that are responsible for climate change. It poses questions and provides answers: why is the earth becoming warmer? What are the consequences we must reckon with? What can we do against this? Who determines the future? As both a volume of illustrations and a reader For Climate’s Sake! Is directed at all those who want to equip themselves with knowledge and understanding to confront what is probably our planet’s most pressing problem.

    Design: Integral Lars Müller

    16.5 x 24 cm, 6 ½ x 9 ½ in, 576 pages, 307 illustrations, hardcover (2012)

    ISBN 978-3-03778-245-3, English
    ISBN 978-3-03778-244-6, German

    €45.00 / $65.00 / £40.00

    €45.00 / $65.00 / £40.00

    Climate History: Between Fireball and Ice Desert
    Climate System: Why the World is Getting Warmer
    Climate Consequences: Risks and "Residual Risks"
    Pathways in to the Future: Reality and Vision
    Global Climate Politics: Between Power and Powerlessness
  5. Reset – Beyond Fukushima
    Obara Kazuma
    Reset – Beyond Fukushima
    Will the Nuclear Catastrophe Bring Humanity to Its Senses?

    Edited by Adriano A. Biondo and Lars Müller

    Photographies by Kazuma Obara

    Ever since the first days following the disastrous events that took place in Japan in March 2011, photojournalist Kazuma Obara has been visiting the sites and the people affected. He even visited the Fukushima power plant itself, where he talked to the workers involved. The series of portraits and interviews he produced is published for the first time in this publication.

    Obara’s photographs offer touching insights about the consequences of the events surrounding Fukushima. Recollected in this book, they offer a long-term perspective and pose the question of responsibility. They bring to mind just how far-reaching the consequences of this catastrophe are, for the people on site as well as worldwide. This book thus offers a view that goes beyond the pure facts on site—Beyond Fukushima.

    23 x 29,7 cm, 9 x 11 ¾ in, 216 pages, 130 illustrations, paperback (2012)

    ISBN 978-3-03778-292-7, English/Japanese

    €50.00 / $66.00 / £42.00
    Obara Kazuma

    Kazuma Obara, geboren 1985 in Iwate, Japan, ist Fotojournalist. Er studierte Sozialwissenschaften an der Universität Utsunomiya, danach Ausbildung an der Days Japan Schule für Fotojournalismus.

    Wenige Tage nach der Tsunami- und Nuklearkatastrophe in der Folge des Erdbebens im März 2011 begab sich Obara in die betroffenen Gebiete. Seine Fotografien des Kernkraftwerks Fukushima Daiichi wurden in zahlreichen bedeutenden Printmedien veröffentlicht.

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