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.
Coinciding with the new edition of the bestseller Designing Design, Kenya Hara’s latest book, Exformation, searches for the beginning of design in the unknown.
For Kenya Hara, design begins with comprehension of the unknown. The concept of “exformation,” to which a chapter was already devoted in Designing Design, continues to preoccupy the Japanese designer. In contrast to “information,” “exformation” describes how little we really know and thus becomes the starting point for any type of design. Based on a range of projects stemming from Kenya Hara’s teaching at the Musashino Art University, the book describes what “exformation” can look like in design practice and how this concept alters our classic understanding of information design. Following the path embarked on in Designing Design (2007) and its successor, White (2010), Ex-formation continues to explore the void, absence, and indeterminacy in contemporary design
11,8 x 16 cm, ca. 480 Seiten, ca. 500 Abbildungen, Hardcover (2015)
ISBN 978-3-03778-466-2, Englisch€30.00 / $35.00 / £22.00
Kiyonori Kikutake – Between Land and Sea
Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Edited by Ken Tadashi OshimaFor more than half a century, visionary architect Kiyonori Kikutake (1928–2011) pursued Metabolic architecture, embracing forces of renewal, recycling, and transformation. This volume, the first comprehensive assessment of Kikutake in the English language, highlights his lifelong creation of a constantly evolving platform for living, floating above land and sea through pivotal works including the Sky House, Hotel Tōkōen, the Izumo Administration Building, and the urban scale of his ongoing Marine/Ocean City project, spanning from the late 1950s to today. Abundantly illustrated with archival drawings, period and contemporary photographs, this volume provides compelling perspectives on the practices, discourses, and production contexts of Kikutake’s work as well as the architecture and urbanism of postwar Japan. Critical essays and analysis feature Kikutake’s own writings, perspectives of disciples including Toyō Itō and new scholarship that situates Kikutake within an international context and as a vital inspiration for Japanese architectural practice today.
9.8 x 8.1 inches, 208 pages
ca. 200 images, hardcover
ISBN 978-3-03778-432-7€50.00 / $50.00 / £37.00
Some Pigeons are More Equal than Others
Pigeon languages our cities. When a speckled grey pigeon is trapped by artists and spray-painted in a miniature car wash, and released as an ultramarine green pigeon streaking through a public space, what happens to the "flying rat"? How do we really know we have seen what we think we have seen? How is our perception always trapped and released?
Some Pigeons Are More Equal Than Others began as an artwork by Julius von Bismarck and Julian Charrière and is now a book which treats the on-going art work as a breeding ground for more wild zones of contact with poets, philosophers, historians, architects, and other species. It is a poetry and prose anthology featuring creative writing made in dialogue with individual painted pigeons; a theoretical and critical space designed by philosophers and historians of science redefining our relationship to the world and history in a non-human-centered way; an urban manifesto evolving ideas on the role of public domains and the encounter with contemporary art today.
With contributions by Ben Marcus, CA Conrad, Craig Dworkin, Lyn Hejinian, Marjorie Welish, Juliana Spahr, Ian Bogost, David Graham Burnett, Claudia Roden, Olafur Eliasson, and many others.
21 x 24,7 cm, 8 ¼ x 9 ¾ in, 192 pages, 78 images, Hardcover (2015)
ISBN 978-3-03778-465-5, e€50.00 / $50.00 / £37.00
A New Nature
A New Nature is a book about architecture as the organization of material. It unfolds an idea of working with architecture and urbanity as conditions rather than form. By experiencing cities and cultural landscapes as states of change, the author investigates their degree of organization between order and chaos: “When we design and build buildings, naturally, we need to enter into an already existing context. Even so, many houses simply stand alone side by side, rather than identifying themselves with and becoming a part of the urbanity that connects and creates cohesion in the culturally created – the new nature.”
The first part of the book develops an architectural language that connects material and meaning through nine states between liquid and solid, in order to achieve a qualified and sustainable approach to understanding the modern city in its continuous transformation. The book’s second part documents a number of project proposals and realized works that illustrate the usage of this architectural idiom. Including precise drawings and models, A New Nature introduces a new kind of spatial investigation.
23 x 28 cm, 9 x 11 in, 600 pages, 574 images, Softcover (2015)
ISBN 978-3-03778-482-2, e€65.00 / $70.00 / £50.00
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Cutting Matta-ClarkThe Anarchitecture Project
Edited by James Graham
In Collaboration with Columbia GSAPP Books
Of the many shows at the fabled 112 Greene Street gallery—an artistic epicenter of New York’s downtown scene in the 1970s—the Anarchitecture group show of March 1974 has been the subject of the most enduring discussion, despite a complete lack of documentation about it. Anarchitecture has become a foundational myth, but one that remains to be properly understood. Stemming from a series of meetings organized by Gordon Matta-Clark and refl ecting his long-standing interest in architecture, the Anarchitecture exhibition was conceived as an anonymous group statement in photographs about the intersection of art and building. But did it actually happen? It exists only through oblique archival traces and the memories of the participants. Cutting Matta-Clark investigates the Anarchitecture group as a kind of collective research seminar, through extensive interviews with the protagonists and a dossier of all the available evidence. The dossier includes a collection of Matta-Clark’s aphoristic “art cards,” the 96 photographs that were produced by the various participants for possible inclusion in the exhibition, and images from a recently unearthed video of Matta-Clark’s now famous bus trip to see Splitting in Englewood, New Jersey.
Interviews with: Laurie Anderson, Liza Béar, Jane Crawford, Susan Ensley, Tina Girouard, Dan Graham, Jene Highstein Bernard and Susan Kirschenbaum, Jeffrey Lew, Richard Nonas.
16,5 x 24 cm, 6 ½ x 9 ½ in, 400 pages, approx. 150 illustrations, paperback (2014)
ISBN 978-3-03778-427-3, English€33.00 / $45.00 / £28.00
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Ethics of the UrbanThe 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
Europe CityLessons from the European Prize for Urban Public Space
Edited by Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona CCCB and Diane Gray
Europe City: Lessons from the European Prize for Urban Public Space presents a multifaceted and diverse platform of ideas about European public space and its social, cultural and economic significance. Based on seven themes—or lessons to be learned—, this discussion is approached from different disciplines, resulting in a wide-ranging reflection on public space as the intrinsic element that binds the European urban experience together.
These themes are Memory, Mobility, Mixture, Margins, Waterfronts, Marketplaces and Democracy, illustrated by a selection of about fifty projects of diverse scales and programs. The book also features a historic overview of European public space as well as impressions from international professionals. With a foreword by Kenneth Frampton and an epilogue by Zygmunt Bauman. The European Prize for Urban Public Space is an initiative of the Centre de Cultura Contemporània, Barcelona (CCCB), and is co-organized with AzW Vienna; AF, London; DAM Frankfurt; Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, Paris; MAO Ljubljana, and MFA Helsinki.
16,5 x 24 cm, 6 ½ x 9 ½ in, 208 pages, 100 images, softcover (2015)
ISBN 978-3-03778-474-7, e€29.00 / $29.00 / £20.00
Ladislav SutnarVisual 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. Many thanks to all participants!
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
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, eEnglish,
ISBN 978-3-03778-459-4, f€25.00 / $25.00 / £18.00
French,€25.00 / $25.00 / £18.00
Poster Collection 27
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