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.
How are changing conditions in society likely to affect Germany’s built environment? What are the catalysts for transformation in its cities and regions? Speculation Transformation is devoted to the social and spatial transformations that Germany will face in the future, speculating on their architectural consequences: What is it like to live in a city where the currency is watts instead of euros? What would happen if Hamburg’s harbor were to be filled in as reclaimed land? Who is living in the Maintropolis? What would be the spatial consequences if Germany were to measure its economic strength based on the well-being of its citizens?
This publication combines different approaches to a future-oriented, interdisciplinary interpretation of Germany as a human habitat, which help to open up new directions in the design of cities and landscapes. An atlas of architectural culture with contributions by Thomas Auer, Armen Avanessian, Stefan Bergheim, Matthjs Bouw, Armin Linke, Erik Swyngedouw, as well as numerous interviews and memos. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the German Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR).
21 x 29,7 cm, ca. 264 Seiten, ca. 100 Bilder, Hardcover (2016)
ISBN 978-3-03778-478-5, eEnglish,
€39.00 / $45.00 / £25.00
German,€39.00 / $45.00 / £29.00
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Das Andere (The Other)Ein Blatt zur Einführung abendländischer Kultur in Österreich
Edited by Beatriz ColominaIn 1903, Adolf Loos, one the sharpest and most influential architects and critics of the 20th century, edited the astonishing journal "Das Andere" (The Other), subtitled "A Journal for the introduction of Western Culture into Austria". The journal was entirely written by Loos who also did the graphic design and even the advertisements. Nothing was off limits, from fashion to masturbation. It is a kind of manual to modern life. Only two issues were published and it was never translated into English, yet it takes us directly to the heart of Loos’s polemical position. It is one of the most important documents of modernity, a radical and sometimes shocking statement. The publication was born out of Loos’s aversion to the hypocrisy and superficial aestheticization of life in Austria, which he saw embodied by the “Secession” movement and the “Wiener Werkstätte.” As a counterbalance, "Das Andere" showed Loos’s admiration for the fashion and culture of England and America. He scrutinizes every element of contemporary life with an acerbic wit. This facsimile edition allows today’s readers to discover Loos’s little magazine anew. Beatriz Colomina supplements the facsimile with an extensive critical introduction.
8 ¼ x 9 ½ in, 21 x 24 cm
softcover (facsimile) 2 x 16 pages, with commentary and transparent slipcase. 2016
ISBN 978-3-03778-481-5 Deutsch/English€35.00 / $28.00 / £25.00
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, EnglishEnglish,
ISBN 978-3-03778-296-5, German€45.00
Preisträger des Hans Erni-Preises 2013
The Colors of GrowthChina'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.
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
From Camp to CityRefugee 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