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From June 2016
The official Manifesta 11 catalogue
Manifesta 11: What People Do for Money
Edited by Stichting Foundation Manifesta 11, designed by Intégral Ruedi Baur. Contributing authors: Franco Berardi, Harald Falckenberg, Hedwig Fijen, Sarah Schilliger, Michail Schischkin, Jakob Tanner and many others.What People Do for Money is published on the occasion of the 11th edition of Manifesta, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art. Curated by artist Christian Jankowski, the biennial permeates the social fabric of Zurich by initiating collaborative projects between artists and citizens from different worlds of work. The catalogue features over thirty of these joint ventures—along with illustrations of the thematic exhibition, documentation of the Pavillon of Reflections on Lake Zurich, and coverage of the participatory artists’ guild at Cabaret Voltaire. Including commentaries from the artists’ collaborators, stills from the film programme, sociological research, and new literary texts, it presents a multifaceted portrait of Zurich—one which by generating and gauging discussions serves to contextualise the Swiss capital within Europe today.
8 ¼ x 10 ¼ in, 21 x 26 cm, 336 pages, numerous illustrations, softcover
ISBN 978-3-03778-488-4, german/english€45.00 / $60.00 / £35.00
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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
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
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