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.
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
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, EnglishEnglish,
ISBN 978-3-03778-244-6, German€45.00 / $65.00 / £40.00
German,€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
Reset – Beyond FukushimaWill 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