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THE PUBLIC INTERIOR AS IDEA AND PROJECT

Mark Pimlott

In his third publication, The Public Interior as Idea and Project, noted author, artist and architectural designer Mark Pimlott demonstrates how public interior environments are inscribed with cultural ideas across time. Assembled from his lecture series The Architecture of the Interior, at the Delft University of Technology, Holland, Pimlott presents over 200 illustrations organized according to six themes: Palace, Garden, Ruin, Shed, Network and Machine. He explores through the examples included in this volume the canon of the ideas consciously or unconsciously embedded in them. Mark Pimlott’s practice encompasses installation, photography, film, art for public spaces and architecture, with a focus on interiors. He has taught architecture and visual arts since 1986 and is now based out of TU Delft.

JAP SAM BOOKS, THE NETHERLANDS
DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, THE NETHERLANDS
January 2016 / Softcover
6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 176 pp / 150 b&w and 30 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-52-6 · Retail Price: $39.95

THE PUBLIC SCHOOL FOR ARCHITECTURE BRUSSELS

The Public School for Architecture Brussels seeks to establish an educational framework for public engagement within the realm of architecture. The school, which has branches worldwide, was initiated in Brussels in 2014 by common room in collaboration, dating back to 2007, with telic arts exchange (LA) and recyclart (NY). With support from the KU Leuven faculty of architecture, the self-organiz- ing educational program in which curriculum and schedule are proposed by the general public via the school’s website offers the general public the opportunity to negotiate public space and access architectural culture. Conceived following the first eight weeks of the program, this publication reflects on what an alterna- tive education in architecture is and why it is necessary. Documents of activities that took place during the initial period and contributions from people outside the program provide a broad perspective on pedagogy and contextualize the public school in a larger discussion about architecture in the city.

COMMON BOOKS, BRUSSELS
February 2016 / Softcover
5 ¼ x 7 ½ inches / 152 pp / 9 b&w
ISBN: 978-0-9882906-1-7 · Retail Price: $12.00

Revelatory Landscapes

Aaron Betsky, Leah Levy and Dean McConnell
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
2001 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
10 x 9 3/4 inches / 104 pp / 80 color
ISBN: 0-918471-64-8 · Retail Price: $26.00

Row

Trajectories through the Shotgun House

David Brown and William Williams
Rice University School of Architecture, Texas
2004 / Softcover / 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches
212 pp / extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 1-885232-08-X · Retail Price: $29.95

Ruins in the Netherlands XIX–XXI

Lara Almarcegui
Episode Publishers, The Netherlands
2008 / English & Dutch / Softcover
5 x 7 inches / 208 pp / 154 b&w
ISBN: 978-90-5973-092-2 · Retail Price: $46.00

A Schelde Riverscape

Vlassenbroek _________ Broekkant

Due to rising sea levels, the landscape between Vlassenbroek and Broekkant in Belgium is fast returning to its original ecology as a riverbed. Inspired by this elusive landscape, Tekenen in Vlassenbroek—a new artist’s project from Wapke Feenstra, co-founder of Myvillages—documents its shifting panorama in a collection of drawings by local workers, fishermen, engineers, architects, artists and visitors to the site. These varied and personal sketches, following in the plein air tradition of the area, render the fleeting landscape much as painters and sketch artists did in the last century. As this part of Belgium once again becomes mud flats and marshes, Feenstra gently records the process in this unique publication. Myvillages is an active international artist collective addressing the evolving relationship between rural and urban in a variety of forms of production.

JAP SAM BOOKS, THE NETHERLANDS
October 2015 / Softcover
8 ¾ x 10 ½ inches / 208 pp
Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-55-7 · Retail Price: $35.00

Seoulscape

Towards a New Urbanity in Korea

Episode Publishers, The Netherlands
2008 / Softcover / 6 x 6 inches / 80 pp / 15 b&w and 45 color
ISBN: 978-90-5973-089-2 · Retail Price: $24.00

AMIE SIEGEL

Love Letters

Jesko Fezer, Christian Hiller, Nikolaus Hirsch, Wilfried Kuehn & Hila Peleg (Eds.)

New York artist Amie Siegel’s latest art project in book form starkly portrays the rapid social transformations caused by New York’s frenetic real estate market. Juxtaposing the photographic and the epistolary, race and class, displacement and gentrification, Love Letters presents scanned letters written by families, couples, Realtors and developers to mainly African-American owners of brownstones in Bedford-Stuyvesant, a Brooklyn neighborhood experiencing rapid gentrification. The letters are portraits in persuasion, enumerating reasons why the owner should sell his or her home, and attempting to distinguish the author in the event of a bidding war. Corresponding pages show family photographs of the original owners in their homes. Through juxtaposition, Amie Siegel’s collecting and arranging of two bodies of material—presented without editorial comment—creates a double portrait revelatory of a particular economic, racial-political moment. Amie Siegel’s works in photography, film, video and performance trace the undercurrents of economic and political pressures facing urban communities today.

SPECTOR BOOKS, LEIPZIG
HAUS DER KULTUREN DER WELT, BERLIN
February 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
8 ½ x 11 inches / 32 pp / 64 color
ISBN: 978-3-95905-049-4 · Retail Price: $23.00

STILLE STRAßE 10 + ASSEMBLE

Jesko Fezer, Christian Hiller, Nikolaus Hirsch, Wilfried Kuehn & Hila Peleg (Eds.)

In 2012, when local government of the Pankow district in Berlin decided to sell its senior center, a group of pensioners formed a collective and occupied the property. After 112 days, the district relented and the self-organized Stille Strasse continues to run the house while struggling to avoid eviction. Wohnungsfrage teamed the senior collective with British architectural firm Assemble to discuss problems senior citizens face in today’s rapidly gentrifying cities. This publication documents Assemble’s conversation with Stille Strasse—the limitations inherent in conventional senior housing exacerbated with escalating property values and public spending cuts; members’ desire for autonomy and integration into their local community; access to both private and communal space; and Assemble’s response: an apartment complex model offering communal, self-determined housing across age groups. Images from the protest, plans and drawings of the new center designed with Assemble, and other historical documents are interleaved with text in this important case study on alternatives to segregated senior housing.

SPECTOR BOOKS, LEIPZIG
HAUS DER KULTUREN DER WELT, BERLIN
February 2016 / English & German / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
8 ¼ x 11 ½ inches / 104 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-959050-51-7 · Retail Price: $23.00

CRITICAL SPATIAL PRACTICE 4

Subtraction

Keller Easterling

Edited by Nikolaus Hirsch, Markus Miessen.

Featuring artwork by Metahaven.

Unbuilding is the other half of building. Buildings, treated as currency, rapidly inflate and deflate in volatile financial markets. Cities expand and shrink; whether through the violence of planning utopias or war, they are also targets of urbicide. Repeatable spatial products quickly make new construction obsolete; the powerful bulldoze the disenfranchised; buildings can radiate negative real estate values and cause their surroundings to topple to the ground. Demolition has even become a spectacular entertainment.

Keller Easterling’s volume in the Critical Spatial Practice series analyzes the urgency of building subtraction. Often treated as failure or loss, subtraction—when accepted as part of an exchange—can be growth. All over the world, sprawl and overdevelopment have attracted distended or failed markets and exhausted special landscapes. However, in failure, buildings can create their own alternative markets of durable spatial variables that can be managed and traded by citizens and cities rather than the global financial industry.

These ebbs and flows—the appearance and disappearance of building—can be designed. Architects—trained to make the building machine lurch forward—may know something about how to put it into reverse.

Design by Zak Group

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
May 2014, Softcover
4 1/4 x 6 inches, 112 pages, 9 color and 6 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95679-046-1 · Retail Price: $22.00