A crazy world.
While Christmas shopping is at a record high in our climes and relief organizations are being inundated with donations, elsewhere the world has been turned upside down. Conflicts are raging and people are facing constant threats and corruption, exploitation and oppression.
It’s good that we’re doing so well. But our prosperity comes at a price. An inclusive society calls for solidarity and tolerance among its citizens. Both of those values are in danger.
From time to time, I therefore venture to take a step out of the niche of beauty, out of the world of art and architecture, our comfortable and intact world. The result are books on topics of great importance. Books on democracy, power relations and human rights, on the urban society and its ethical standards, on climate and the environment, water and food.
I would like to take this opportunity to draw your attention to this aspect of our publishing program. The festive mood of the season can inspire us to pause and think for a moment, for example about people in places where there is nothing to celebrate.
We recommend the titles below for thought-provoking reading. They also make ideal gifts.
Handbook of Tyranny portrays the routine cruelties of the 21st century through a series of graphic illustrations. These cruelties reflect day-to-day implementation of laws and regulations around the globe. The book questions our current world of walls and fences, police tactics and prison cells, crowd control and refugee camps.
What are the central issues humanity is facing today? How dire is the future really going to be? Our World to Change! not only explains figures related to ecology, immigration and economics but also presents alternatives and suggestions from specialists in these fields.
In times where global matters such as the climate, currencies and places of residence become increasingly volatile, the urban public spaces we live in is an area where power, identity and belonging are negotiated; they become spaces of the political. Ethics of the Urban discusses these urban spaces of the political.
Can we count on the sausage to provide a solution, in order to reduce the consumption of meat? Can the sausage make a considerable contribution to a sustainable food culture? To answer these questions, a chef, a butcher and a designer have teamed up to look into reinventing the sausage of the future.
Our visual readers use the power of images to discuss topics of immense importance to our society today; the ownership of water, the importance of democracy, the influence of climate change and the necessity of human rights.