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.
The Anatomy of the Architectural Book
Edited by Canadian Centre for Architecture CCA
Architectural bookmaking has been exposed to disciplinary debates, just as building construction has been exposed to the charms of book culture. Examining the crossovers between book culture and building culture makes visible the axes along which architectural knowledge circulates through books into buildings and back, from the celebration of specific architectural practices to the production of unique books, using pages and print to convey architectural ideas. Dissecting a wealth of books trough five conceptual tools—texture, surface, rhythm, structure and scale—André Tavares analyzes the material qualities of books in order to assess their crossovers with architectural knowledge. The detailed history of Sigfried Giedion’s Befreites Wohnen and the two incarnations of the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park and Sydenham provide a background that confront us not only with the rise of the industrialized book, but also with the configuration of the book as a unique visual device.
Richly illustrated with samples from the library of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the volume discusses a wide range of authors, including Vitruvius, William Morris, Gottfried Semper, El Lissitzky, Le Corbusier, Jacques-Ignace Hittorff, Owen Jones, A. W. N. Pugin, Humphrey Repton, Sebastiano Serlio, Andrea Palladio, John Tallis, Raphael, Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, Jean-Rodolphe Perronet, Jean-Nicolas-Louis Durand, and Frank Lloyd Wright.
16,5 x 24 cm, 6 ½ x 9 ½ in, ca. 384 pages, ca 120 pictures, Hardcover (2016)
ISBN 978-3-03778-473-0, English€40.00 / $49.00 / £29.00
achtung: die Landschaft
ETH Studio Basel (Martino Tattara, Charlotte von Moos)In 1955 Max Frisch, Lucius Burckhardt, and Markus Kutter published achtung: die Schweiz, a warning about the increasing level of sprawl throughout the Swiss landscape and a plea for a new and better controlled urbanity in the form of high-density settlements. Sixty years later, the level of alarm against the increasing levels of urban sprawl has not diminished and yet single-family houses and low-density settlements still unabatedly continue to threaten the Swiss landscape. Openly alluding to the book of 1955, achtung: die Landschaft suggests a different yet radical point of view. Reclaiming a central role of Landschaft–land, landscape, and the entire un-built territory–as a remedy to current urban conditions, the understanding of the Swiss Un-built territory becomes the lens through which alternative strategies and visions for the future can now advance. The book features a collaborative text by Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Lisa Euler, Metaxia Markaki, Martino Tattara, Charlotte von Moos, an interview with Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Philip Ursprung, and Günther Vogt and a selection of recent student works from ETH Studio Basel.
achtung: die Landschaft
ETH Studio Basel (Martino Tattara, Charlotte von Moos)
In 1955 Max Frisch, Lucius Burckhardt, and Markus Kutter published achtung: die Schweiz, a warning about the increasing level of sprawl throughout the Swiss landscape and a plea for a new and better controlled urbanity in the form of high-density settlements. Sixty years later, the level of alarm against the increasing levels of urban sprawl has not diminished and yet single-family houses and low-density settlements still unabatedly continue to threaten the Swiss landscape. Openly alluding to the book of 1955, achtung: die Landschaft suggests a different yet radical point of view. Reclaiming a central role of Landschaft–land, landscape, and the entire un-built territory–as a remedy to current urban conditions, the understanding of the Swiss Un-built territory becomes the lens through which alternative strategies and visions for the future can now advance.
The book features a collaborative text by Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Lisa Euler, Metaxia Markaki, Martino Tattara, Charlotte von Moos, an interview with Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Philip Ursprung, and Günther Vogt and a selection of recent student works from ETH Studio Basel.
23 x 23 cm, 9 x 9 in, ca. 112 pages, ca. 100 pictures, Softcover (2015)
ISBN 978-3-03778-483-9, German€30.00 / $35.00 / £22.00
Pre-order now (shippable March 2016)
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
Reading Structures: 39 Projects and Built Works
This monograph presents 39 complex structures by the Princeton University professor and structural engineer Guy Nordenson. The body of work, developed with architects and artists including Raimund Abraham, Henry N. Cobb, Steven Holl, Michael Maltzan, Richard Meier, SANAA, and many others, reveals Nordenson’s unique contributions to a progressive collaborative design process as both engineer and designer. The structures in this volume span twenty-eight years, from his early work with Paul Weidlinger, to his formation of the New York office of Ove Arup & Partners, through the first 13 years since the 1998 establishment of his current independent practice, Guy Nordenson and Associates.
The volume is organized around three thematic sections: Engineering Ephemera, Simply Supported, and Building History. It includes Nordenson’s essays on these themes, as well as his individual project descriptions chronicling the vision and challenges of each. Barry Bergdoll, architectural historian, curator, and critic, provides an introduction.
11.8 x 9.5 inches, 376 pages
840 images, hardback cover, 2016
ISBN 978-3-03778-472-3€50.00 / $60.00 / £37.00
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, 4 ¾ x 6 ¼ in, ca. 480 pages, ca. 500 pictures, Softcover (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
Pre-order now (shippable June 2016)
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