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New Titles in Architecture & Landscape 21 November 2016
Obra Architects Logic, Selected Projects 2003-2016

Isbn 9788792700162
Publisher Arkitektur B
Idea code 16539
€ 50.00

Based in New York City, OBRA is led by Pablo Castro and Jennifer Lee. In this monograph, which covers over a decade of work by the office, logic traces the trajectories of nine selected international projects. Among the diverse assortment are Casa Osa (Costa Rica), Freedom Park (Pretoria, South Africa), Beatfuse! (New York), Casa en la Finca (San Juan, Argentina), Oxymoron Pavilion (Shenzhen), SanHe Kindergarten (Beijing), Ascoli Nuovissimo (Ascoli Pisceno, Italy), and Urbia, the furniture system they developed for small apartments. The book also includes critical essays by Jean Louis Cohen, Peter Lynch, Nader Tehrani, Zhou Yi, and Pablo Castro.

416 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 24 cm, hb, English

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Atelier Bow-wow - Commonalities Of Architecture

Isbn 9789461866769
Publisher Tu Delft
Idea code 16646
€ 15.00

Each year the Wouter Mikmak Foundation invites a designer to lecture for the series ‘Designers of the Future’. This publication presents that of the Tokyo-based office Atelier Bow-Wow, founded in 1992 by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima. Their vision calls for a shift in architectural design from individuality based to commonality based, through the notion of architectural ‘behaviorology’. Behaviour in this sense is an inclusive term that not only denotes human practice, but also a building’s behaviour as material typology, as well as phenomena produced by natural elements like light, air, heat, and water. An architecture based on commonalities is key to their discussion.

24 p, ills colour & bw, 21 x 21 cm, pb, English

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Perrault: Groundscapes- Other Topographies

Isbn 9782910385989
Publisher Hyx
Idea code 16604
€ 30.10

In this richly illustrated book, French architect Dominique Perrault offers his thoughts on the architecture of the “Groundscape”, a subterranean form of architecture. Although the concept does not entail actually living underground, it does suggest an approach to revealing and marking places for the activities of daily life in the earth itself. Based on exchanges and interviews between Perrault and Frédéric Migayrou, the publication offers an engaging overview of the architect’s aesthetic vision, its acknowledgement of (and place within) this threshold between earth and sky, and his most emblematic buildings, including Bibliothèque Nationale de France and Ewha Womans University.

208 p, ills colour & bw, 16 x 24 cm, pb, English

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What Africa Can Do For Europe - 31 Brilliant Ideas To Inspire The World

Isbn 9789082388619
Publisher Lecturis
Idea code 16602
€ 19.95

Published to coincide with the What Design Can Do Live Amsterdam 2016 conference, this book presents a selection of 31 design projects that have the potential to change Africa and inspire the world. Right now many African nations are experiencing an economic upturn, which itself has triggered a surge in cultural production. The evolving identity of the continent can thus provide a mirror for us to view the identity issues facing Europe in new ways. The selected projects of varying scales come from fifteen different countries, from Morocco to South Africa, and from Uganda to Ghana, and represent the entire design spectrum, offering fresh perspectives on topical discussions.

104 p, ills colour, 18 x 24 cm, hb, English

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Moduli 225 A Gem Of Modern Architecture

Isbn 9789526068770
Publisher Aalto University
Idea code 16632
€ 40.25

Moduli 225 is a modular timber frame system for holiday homes developed from 1968 to 1974 by the Finnish architects Kristian Gullichsen and Juhani Pallasmaa. Through the use of prefabricated standard elements, the system allowed anyone to construct a building of high aesthetic quality in a flexible and modifiable way by combining components according to their personal preferences. Through the Moduli system, the industrial serial production of components was successfully combined with freedom of choice, individuality, proportional harmony, and modernist expression. The simple standard shape and geometry and the humane scale and harmony of proportion of Moduli all represent universal aesthetics.

272 p, ills colour & bw, 21 x 21 cm, hb, English

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Maison D'artiste. An Unfinished De Stijl Icon

Isbn 9789462083042
Publisher Nai010 Publishers
Idea code 16605
€ 34.95

The design for the legendary artist's house Maison d' Artiste is one of the key works of Dutch avant-garde movement De Stijl. Created in 1923 by painter Theo van Doesburg and architect Cornelis van Eesteren, the design shows what De Stijl aspired to a new everyday environment through the harmonious fusion of painting and architecture. This book explores the revolutionary cultural importance of the design and its significance for the history of De Stijl.

132 p, ills colour & bw, 23 x 23 cm, hb, English

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Recreating Amsterdam

Isbn 9789461400581
Publisher Architectura & Natura
Idea code 16634
€ 34.50

Thanks to the activity of Stadsherstel Amsterdam, founded in 1956, the post-war wave of renovation not only preserved the historic center of Amsterdam, it became in the meantime a current vibrant metropolis, in cultural and social sense. A city whose rich history still can be seen and which is attractive in this way for living, working, studying, business, and cultural recreation. Meanwhile Stadsherstel increased their working area and advises also abroad. The Stadsherstel formula is successful and an example for many other heritage rescuers elsewhere in the world. That was one of the reasons to create a book which combines graphic design and Amsterdam architecture in detail.

608 p, ills colour & bw, 11 x 17 cm, pb, English

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When B-side Becomes A-side - Jo Nagasaka

Isbn 9784306046429
Publisher Kajima Institute
Idea code 16530
€ 32.10

Jo Nagasaka of Tokyo-based Schemata Architects works on various projects, from furniture to architecture, and is intent on narrowing the gap between the two aspects of academic and “living” architecture. All of the works presented in this book are categorised as “B-side” projects of Schemata Architects, a term that plays on the standard reference to the reverse side of a record. While the “A-side” features a hit track, the B-side often features a less commercial but more “real” song. Especially in Japan, according to Nagasaka, people tend to be more interested in these B-side projects, which all have the potential to become A-side, given that the projects’ values are understood.

192 p, ills colour, 15 x 21 cm, pb, Japanese/English

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Maurice Nio - Suprasensitivity In Architecture

Isbn 9789071346453
Publisher Duizend & Een
Idea code 16565
€ 39.50

Beyond the vagaries of taste and subjectivity, the pure and primary awareness of the space itself, lies the notion of the supra-sensitive. This is the realm where designers must strike a chord by evoking a chain reaction of animated materials. Becoming conscious of the supra-sensitive world is one thing; being willing to work with and influence it is another. Rotterdam-based architect Maurice Nio explores supra-sensitivity in architecture in this book, describing how animating matter means manipulating its frequency – a vibration that triggers another vibration. The result is an experience that will inevitably evoke an emotional response in any who are subjected to it.

256 p, ills colour, 16 x 24 cm, pb, Dutch/Chinese/Italian/English

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Who's Afraid Of Architecture ? Take One Venezia

Isbn 9788874628674
Publisher Quodlibet
Idea code 16631
€ 19.35

In 2014, as part of the Venice Architecture Biennale, Florencia Costa carried out a project that involved repurposing Palazzo Mora, one of the city’s historic buildings. She conceived a methodology of action – “Who’s Afraid of Architecture” – and, reminiscent of Le Corbusier’s final project (the Civil Hospital in Venice), created a series of artists’ residences in the attic along with a new exhibition walkway. The architect transformed what already existed, dismantling it, reassembling it, revealing the primary and secondary wooden structure typically used to build Venetian palazzi, and eliminating the traces of bourgeois life that over time had become stratified in the areas originally destined for the service staff.

126 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 24 cm, pb, Italian/English

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Recycled Theory Illustrated Dictionary

Isbn 9788874628940
Publisher Quodlibet
Idea code 16630
€ 26.90

Recycled Theory is a multidisciplinary dictionary made of entries in form of texts, drawings and quotes, which explore the concept of “recycling” in design cultures and in the theories that nurture them. Usually we recycle things, objects, spaces but more often we return on principles and approaches to rearrange them, put them back into circulation, and override them. The practice of recycling is therefore placed in an area of negotiation between memory and amnesia, it brings out the unexpected self-regeneration potential of what exists. The words here collected (from “amnesia” to “zone”) identify materials, procedures, ambiguities, deviations, and potential nexus of recycling.

658 p, ills bw, 12 x 19 cm, pb, Italian/English

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Oase 97: Action And Reaction - Oppositions In Architecture

Isbn 9789462083103
Publisher Nai010 Publishers
Idea code 16606
€ 19.95

Creating and thinking about architecture has always been defined by the mechanism of action and reaction. One way of making architecture is criticized or rejected and immediately used as a starting point for another, opposing and better method, practice, or theory. Architects and critics react on each other's views using drawings, texts, models, and buildings. A good architecture culture thrives on such a basis: the exciting battle between views, opinions, and beliefs.

128 p, ills colour & bw, 17 x 24 cm, pb, Dutch/English

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Monu 25: Independent Urbanism

Isbn 18603211
Publisher Board Publishers
Idea code 16592
€ 15.00

The various phenomena impacting cities of countries that have become newly independent is the focus of this issue. It examines, for instance, the remodelling of Skopje, Macedonia, according to an image of the city that never existed as such, as well as the major struggles cities face in finding their new identity, as seen in Prishtina, Kosovo. In an interview with Bart Lootsma, Dijana Vučinić describes how preserving identity within cultures that desire to join the EU, such as Montenegro, is one of their biggest challenges. A photo essay by Arnis Balcus expands on how public monuments and spaces stoke controversial issues and collective traumas, and yet the dreams of a more hopeful younger generation persist in the series by Julia Autz.

128 p, ills colour & bw, 20 x 27 cm, pb, English

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Dd 43 Bud Cud - More Than This

Isbn 9788968010514
Publisher Damdi
Idea code 16615
€ 50.15

Based in Kraków, BudCud operates within the fields of architecture and urbanism. Currently led by Mateusz Adamczyk and Agata Wozniczka, the office produces work that is contextually conscious and heavily influenced by the project environment, both physical and cultural, yet also has a playful, experimental approach rooted in an understanding of social interactions and habitable landscapes. This monograph presents more than 20 projects developed since BudCud’s inception in 2007, together with comic diagrams and an essay by Łukasz Wojciechowski. From urban districts and parks to interiors and street furniture, the penchant for a strong narrative persists.

256 p, ills colour & bw, 24 x 30 cm, hb, Korean/English

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C3 386 Public Buildings In A Private Time

Isbn 20925190
Publisher C3
Idea code 16619
€ 27.25

The first of two features examines how the progressive privatisation of our lives in common impacts how we experience public space, wherein the need to escape politically or socially charged spaces causes us to seek refuge in our smartphones. Reflecting on the design of such buildings as museums, libraries, and operas helps to understand this trend. By contrast, the second feature declares that, despite the current crisis concerning the value of public space, shared and common space is actually expanding. Eleven examples of new hybrids of shared space outside the realm of traditional public space are highlighted, including works by Menis Arquitectos, Studio Gang, and VAUMM.

208 p, ills colour & bw, 23 x 30 cm, pb, Korean/English

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Ga Document 139: Taiwan

Isbn 9784871402996
Publisher Ada Edita Global Architecture
Idea code 16599
€ 31.90

GA Document presents the finest in international design, focusing on architecture that expresses our time and striving to record the history of contemporary architecture. International scholars and critics provide insightful texts to further inform the reader of the most up-to-date ideas and events in the profession. In this issue the special focus is on 23 projects realised in Taiwan by different architects, among others, Toyo Ito, SANAA, Kengo Kuma, Steven Holl, Norman Foster, MVRDV, and Mecanoo.

156 p, ills colour & bw, 26 x 30 cm, pb, Japanese/English

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Vormgevingserfgoed In Vlaanderen Na 1945 (dutch Only)

Isbn 9789490800482
Publisher Art Paper Editions
Idea code
€ 25.00

Met dit boek biedt het Centrum Vlaamse Architectuurarchieven van het Vlaams Architectuurinstituut voor het eerst een overzicht van archieven en collecties over vormgeving die publiek toegankelijk zijn. Zo’n tweehonderd archieven van ontwerpers, producenten, overheden, opleidingen en winkels, worden voorafgegaan door vijf essays van Fredie Floré, Ko Goubert, Irène Lund, Katarina Serulus en Eva Van Regenmortel. De gids is een instrument voor onderzoekers, erfgoedmedewerkers en liefhebbers en verschijnt als zesde nummer in de reeks Focus Architectuurarchieven.

262 p, ills colour, 16 x 23 cm, pb, Dutch


Species Of Spaces 1974 - An Accommodation Of Retained And Forgotten Locations

Isbn 9789187543920
Publisher Arvinius + Orfeus Publishing
Idea code 16571
€ 28.60

Georges Perec was a French novelist, film-maker, documentalist, and essayist, and also a member of the Oulipo group. Perec’s ‘Species of Space’ is a constellation of texts published in 1974 that investigates different spaces. Its primary focus is the order and system in which the texts are organised. This inventory is the theme of this book, which consists of essay contributions by nine artists, including Mohamed Camara and Kristina Jansson. Initiated by artists Cecilia Darle and Kristina Bength, the project also manifests in an exhibition. Their point of departure is Perec’s writings, in which limitations and rules become a working method that hints at an autobiographical latency.

148 p, ills colour & bw, 15 x 25 cm, pb, Swedish/English

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