Our aim is that, taken together, the new publications of any one year should give a more or less clear picture of the spectrum of our program. This year the picture is crystal clear: In all subject areas we have achieved a selection that does full justice to our guiding principle of pinning down facets of cultural debates and revealing social contexts. The new titles provide insights into seminal themes of our times, discuss design processes, social questions, cultural phenomena, and they document outstanding positions in design and art. These are specialties that are not only for experts, but for an interested audience that shares our fascination with multifaceted and quality debate.

  1. Ladislav Sutnar
    Reto Caduff, Steven Heller
    Ladislav Sutnar
    Visual Design in Action

    Edited by Reto Caduff and Steven Heller
    Facsimile Reprint of the original book with the same title published in 1961

    This project was based on Crowdfunding. With your help, we're going to create a perfect reprint of this iconic book and make it available again to the creative community. Thank you very much:


    Sutnar’s brilliant structural systems for clarifying otherwise dense industrial data placed him in the pantheon of Modernist pioneers and made him one of the visionaries of what is today called “information design”. Visual Design in Action is a snapshot of Sutnar’s American period (1939–1976), and includes graphics for Carr’s Department Store, advertisements for the Vera Neumann Company, identity for Addo-X, and other stunningly contemporary works. He is best known for his total design concept for the Sweets Catalog Service and lesser known for introducing the parenthesis as a way to typographically distinguish the area code from the rest of a phone number.
    Visual Design in Action is a testament to the historical relevance of Modernism and the philosophical resonance of Sutnar’s focus on the functional beauty of total clarity. This reprint of Visual Design in Action (originally published in limited quantities in 1961) is as spot-on about the power of design and “design thinking” as it ever was.

    21,5 x 31,5 cm, 8 ½ x 12 ½ in, 188 pages, 378 illustrations, hardcover (2015)

    ISBN 978-3-03778-424-2, English

    €75.00 / $79.00 / £50.00
    Reto Caduff

    RETO CADUFF studied typography in Switzerland. Currently he works as a photographer and director for film and television. He is the director of an award-winning documentary, The Visual Language of Herbert Matter.

    Steven Heller

    STEVEN HELLER was an art director at the New York Times for thirty-three years. Currently, he is co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author Department, Special Consultant to the President of SVA for New Programs, and writes the “Visuals” column for the New York Times Book Review.

  2. The State of the Art of Architecture
    The State of the Art of Architecture

    Edited by Joseph Grima, Sarah Herda, Andrea Bagnato, Irene Sunwoo

    The inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial is the largest exhibition of its kind in North America, and a new global platform for architecture. It rallies over one hundred participants from more than thirty countries, whose work tests the limits of architectural thinking and production. The majority of them have established their practice after 2000, reflecting the Biennial’s aim to support and disseminate the work and ideas of a new generation of designers.
    The State of the Art of Architecture is a project that parallels and complements the ambitions of the 2015 Biennial exhibition. The curatorial team has invited practicing architects to converse and debate with leading theorists, artists, and curators, resulting in a set of ninety original texts. These dialogues chart mutual influences, alternative histories, past and future speculations. Varying formats and a lack of hierarchy permit the readers to draw their own connections and interpretations. A cross-section of concerns and positions from around the world, this book offers a penetrating survey of the state of architecture today.

    20 x 27 cm, 7.9 x 10.6 in, 512 pages, 300 illustrations, hardcover

    ISBN 978-3-03778-475-4, e

    €55.00 / $55.00 / £39.00
  3. Rooms You May Have Missed: Umberto Riva, Bijoy Jain
    Rooms You May Have Missed: Umberto Riva, Bijoy Jain

    Rooms You May Have Missed: Umberto Riva, Bijoy Jain is an unexpected story of architectural attitudes that starts unfolding from the interior. The book pairs two architects operating in distinctive contexts, Mumbai and Milan, in order to uncover new possibilities for ways of conceiving and producing space. Through a personal narrative that pulls from building visits and ongoing conversations, Mirko Zardini—curator of an accompanying exhibition at the Canadian Centre for Architecture—interprets each architect’s motivations and preoccupations and finds unlikely resonance in their complementary approaches.
    The two architects are brought together at the book’s centre in photographs of the exhibition, for which they were each asked to create an exhibition design evoking the atmosphere of their domestic projects. The book also contains extensive visual material, including rich, rarely published drawings by Riva and in-progress documentation of Jain’s most recent projects and research.

    15 x 21 cm, 6 x 8¼ in, 240 pages, approx. 430 illustrations, paperback (2015)

    ISBN 978-3-03778-458-7, e
    ISBN 978-3-03778-459-4, f

    €25.00 / $25.00 / £18.00

    €25.00 / $25.00 / £18.00

  4. Ethics of the Urban
    From November 2015
    Ethics of the Urban
    The City and the Spaces of the Political

    Edited by Mohsen Mostafavi

    In collaboration with Harvard Graduate School of Design

    Is democracy spatial? How are the physical aspects of our cities, houses, streets, and public spaces—the borders, the neighborhoods, the monuments—bearers of our values? In a world of intensifying geo-economic integration, extreme financial and geopolitical volatility, deepening environmental crises, and a dramatic new wave of popular protest against both authoritarian government and capitalist speculation, cities have become leading sites for new claims on state power and new formations of political subjectivity. This volume brings together perspectives from history, sociology, art, political theory, planning, law, and design practice to explore the urban spaces of the political. A selection of contemporary photography from around the world offers a visual refl ection of this timely investigation.

    Contributors include: Michael Arad, Diane Davis, Keller Easterling, Gerald Frug, Mohsen Mostafavi, Chantal Mouffe, Erika Naginski, Saskia Sassen, Richard Sennett, Loïc Wacquant, Krzysztof Wodiczko.

    MOHSEN MOSTAFAVI, an architect and educator, is the Dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design.

    Design: Integral Lars Müller

    16.5 x 24 cm, 6 ½ × 9 ½ in, 368 pages, approx. 200 illustrations, hardcover (2013)

    ISBN 978-3-03778-381-8, English

    €50.00 / $60.00 / £40.00
  5. The Hand
    Poster Collection 27
    The Hand

    Edited by the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich

    Gestures and facial expressions are our foremost non-linguistic means of interpersonal communication. It is thus no coincidence that the face and hand are also popular motifs in visual communication. The history of posters is particularly rich in variations on the hand. In consumer posters and billboards, a hand presents desirable products or demonstrates how certain items are used. But the hand can also take the form of a symbolically charged gesture in the political poster: as fist held high, admonishing pointer finger, or violent paw. In cultural posters, the hand then becomes the emblem of the creative and artistic individual. Just as versatile as the rhetoric of the hand are its diverse uses as a design element. Photographic, illustrative and abstract graphic images add up to a small cultural history of the hand as an eloquent conveyor of messages.

    16.5 x 24 cm, 6 ½ x 9 ½ in, 98 pages, 120 illustrations, paperback (2015)

    ISBN 978-3-03778-477-8, d/e

    €25.00 / $25.00 / £19.00
  6. Shanshui City
    Ma Yansong
    Shanshui City

    Design: Kenya Hara

    Shanshui City, the latest book from MAD Architects’ founder and principal partner, Ma Yansong, received an international release in October 2014. The publishing of the book coincides with the 10th anniversary of the founding of MAD Architects. Ma’s poetic, yet precise language details the development and practice of design philosophy “Shanshui City”, at the core of which is the idea that, “architects should delineate a new ideal for the city of the future, to gradually construct an urban environment that embodies both the convenience of the modern city and the ancient Eastern affinity for the natural world.” “Shanshui” is an idealized worldview developed by Chinese through extended contact with the natural world, a worldview that integrates the everyday life of humanity with the impulse to seek spiritual refuge in nature. This “Shanshui City” is not simply an eco-city, or a garden-city, nor does it imply modeling the city’s architecture on natural forms such as mountains. It represents humanity’s affinity for the natural world, and our quest for inner fulfillment, as expressed in philosophies of the East.

    17,8 x 31 cm, 7 x 12 ¼ in, 228 pages, 103 illustrations, hardcover (2015)

    ISBN 978-3-03778-457-0

    €49.00 / $50.00 / £39.00
    Ma Yansong

    MAD Architects’ founder and principal partner.

  7. The Walking Society
    The Walking Society

    Edited by Anniina Koivu

    What is a “walking society”? A society that is in motion, that is setting out for somewhere. And what connects the individuals in this society with the ground they stand on? It’s their shoes of course. 

    The focus here is on a very special shoe: the Camper shoe. It has gone through considerable changes since its early days, when it was cobbled together by Mallorcan peasants from a piece of car tire and a scrap of fabric. What remains is the philosophy embraced by the Spanish family business, that innovative shoes produced according to the highest standards should not only be comfortable but should also offer their wearers the greatest possible freedom of movement.

    The book tells the story of the Camper brand while at the same time unfurling a range of related themes, from the anatomy of the foot to the cultural history of the shoe. All of which leads to a visual exploration of our “walking society.”

    16,5 x 24 cm, 6 ½ x 9 ½ in, 408 pages, approx. 500 images, hardback (2015)

    ISBN 978-3-03778-462-4, e

    €49.00 / $49.00 / £35.00
  8. Kolkata – Calcutta
    Kolkata – Calcutta

    Like his previous publications, photographer Patrick Faigenbaum’s new book is dedicated to a specific terrain: the Bengali metropolis of Kolkata, which bore the name of Calcutta during its time as a British colony. Winning the prestigious Henri Cartier-Bresson Award in 2013, made possible with the support of Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, allowed the artist ( b. 1954 in Paris ) to pursue the project Kolkata – Calcutta, in collaboration with the art historian and critic Jean-François Chevrier. The photographs, which Faigenbaum began taking in the spring of 2011, make tangible how a visitor can’t help but be taken in completely by this overwhelming city. Detailed captions accompany the photographic sequences, while an interview with France Bhattacharya embeds the images in the Bengali culture. The historical profile of the chaotic metropolis and its close connection with the surrounding countryside are shown through the prism of figures from public life, rituals, and intimate landscapes.

    ISBN 978-3-03778-464-8, e
    ISBN 978-3-03778-469-3, f

    €45.00 / $49.00 / £35.00

    €45.00 / $49.00 / £35.00

  9. A Genealogy of Modern Architecture
    Kenneth Frampton
    A Genealogy of Modern Architecture
    Comparative Critical Analysis of Built Form

    Edited by Ashley Simone

    Genealogy of Modern Architecture is a reference work on modern architecture by Kenneth Frampton, one of today’s leading architectural theorists. Conceived as a genealogy of twentieth century architecture from 1924 to 2000, it compiles some sixteen comparative analyses of canonical modern buildings ranging from exhibition pavilions and private houses to office buildings and various kinds of public institutions. The buildings are compared in terms of their hierarchical spatial order, circulation structure and referential details. The analyses are organized so as to show what is similar and different between two paired types, thus revealing how modern tradition has been diversely inflected. Richly illustrated, Genealogy of Modern Architecture is a new standard work in architectural education.

    KENNETH FRAMPTON, born 1930, is one of the world’s most renowned architectural theorists, the author of the world best seller Modern Architecture: A Critical History, and a professor at Columbia University, New York.

    16.5 × 24 cm, 6 ½ × 9 ½ in, 304 pages, 692 illustrations, hardcover (2015)

    ISBN 978-3-03778-369-6, English

    €40.00 / $40.00 / £29.00
    Kenneth Frampton

    KENNETH FRAMPTON, born 1930, is one of the world’s most renowned architectural theorists, the author of the world best seller Modern Architecture: A Critical History, and a professor at Columbia University, New York.

  10. Gull Juju
    Lukas Felzmann
    Gull Juju

    The Farallon Islands in the Pacific Ocean are often called “California’s Galapagos” and are home to one of the world’s largest colonies of nesting seabirds. It’s hard to imagine a better setting for Lukas Felzmann’s latest book. But the photographer is not interested here (only) in migratory birds, as in his previous book, Swarm (2011). He also looks at what the birds bring here from afar: swallowed objects the gulls carry in their stomachs from the coast to the island, only to then finally gather these treasures together in their nests on the Farallon Islands. Images of these magical objects, the “gull juju,” are joined by finely observed photographs of the research work carried out by scientists on the islands. Felzmann discovered during his stay that scientific work is imbued with its own kind of magic: in addition to uncovering similarities and differences between photographic and scientific documentation, he happened upon the scientists’ dream diaries. The book thus presents an archive of both visual and linguistic findings, in the process grappling with questions of transience, sustainability, and the co-existence of human and animal.

    16,7 x 25,4 cm, 6 ½ x 10 in, 168 pages, 137 illustrations, hardback (2015)

    ISBN 978-3-03778-449-5, e

    €39.00 / $39.00 / £29.00
    Lukas Felzmann

    Lukas Felzmann, born in Zurich 1959, is an artist who lives and works in San Francisco. 
    His work has recently been shown in Switzerland, Germany, the United States and Egypt.
    He teaches photography at Stanford University.