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. Manifesta 11: What People Do for Money
    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
  2. Das Andere (The Other)
    New
    Shippable in May 2016
    Das Andere (The Other)
    Ein Blatt zur Einführung abendländischer Kultur in Österreich

    Edited by Beatriz Colomina
    In 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
  3. Ecological Urbanism
    New
    Available now
    Ecological Urbanism

    Published by Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Lars Müller Publishers
    While climate change, sustainable architecture, and green technologies have become increasingly topical, issues surrounding the sustainability of the city are much less developed. The premise of the book is that an ecological approach is urgently needed both as a remedial device for the contemporary city and an organizing principle for new cities. Ecological Urbanism, now in an updated second edition with 40 new projects, considers the city with multiple instruments and with a worldview that is fl uid in scale and disciplinary focus. Design provides the synthetic key to connect ecology with an urbanism that is not in contradiction with its environment. The book brings together practitioners, theorists, economists, engineers, artists, policymakers, scientists, and public health specialists, with the goal of providing a multilayered, diverse, and nuanced understanding of ecological urbanism and what it might be in the future. The promise is nothing short of a new ethics and aesthetics of the urban. This book is also part of an ongoing series of research projects at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design that explore alternative and radical approaches between ecology and architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and urbanism.

    16.5x24 cm, 6.5x9.5 in, 656 pages, 1410 illustrations, hardcover

    ISBN 978-3-03778-467-9, e

    €50.00 / $50.00 / £37.00
  4. Speculations Transformations
    New
    Speculations Transformations

    Edited by Matthias Böttger, Stefan Carsten, Ludwig Engel

    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, e

    English,
    €39.00 / $45.00 / £29.00

    German,
    €39.00 / $45.00 / £29.00

  5. Democracy: An Ongoing Challenge
    Democracy: An Ongoing Challenge

    Edited by NCCR Democracy, Hanspeter Kriesi, Lars Müller

    democracythebook.com

    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

    English,
    €45.00

    German,
    €45.00

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