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Suburban Ark

Duzan Doepel, Ton Matton and Wim Timmermans
Episode Publishers, The Netherlands
2007, Softcover, 6 x 8 1/4 inches
80 pp, 100 color reproductions
ISBN: 90-5973-038-0 · Retail Price: $36.00

Tacit Urbanism

Hawkers and The Production of Space in Everyday Kolkata

Christopher Dell

A much-overlooked aspect of urbanism is the complex tapestry of how public spaces are appropriated by micro-businesses, and the ways this affects city life. In this engrossing little paperback, Hamburg-based architectural theorist Christopher Dell looks at the vibrant community of hawkers on the streets of Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta). “Modernism has passed the concept of determined planning, and postmodernism has passed the concept of chaotic fragmentation down to us,” writes Dell. “Can’t we try to learn from hawking how to enable the urban to perform better?” Charming color photos feature food vendors, open-air restaurants and enterprises like laundries and hairdressers, and the temporary and permanent sidewalk structures that house them.

Post Editions, The Netherlands
January 2010 / Softcover / 5.25 x 8.25 inches / 148 pp / 170 color
ISBN: 978-94-6083-006-8 · Retail Price: $29.95

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF VENHOEVEN CS ARCHITECTS

This is the first monograph of the Amsterdam architecture firm Venhoeven CS, an ambitious and innovative office for architecture and urbanism. Their remarkable designs propose different ways in which people, animals and things can live together within a limited space. VenhoevenCS has a desire to create sustainable solutions, not only in a ecological sense, but also in the sense that buildings are not emotionally disposable, and therefore have longevity. In the world of this cutting-edge firm, a building can look like a village, hangar, animal, machine, spaceship or cave; it can have a patterned or textured skin; contain homelike or adventurous spaces. Any reader interested in the future of architecture will find this book essential.

Episode Publishers, The Netherlands
2009 / Softcover / 6 1/2 x 9 inches / 296 pp / extensive color
ISBN: 978-90-5973-073-1 · Retail Price: $59.95

Universal Versus Individual

The Architecture of the 1960’s

Pekka Korvanmaa and Esa Laaksonen
Alvar Aalto Academy, Finland
2004, Softcover, 81/2 x 81/2 inches
147 pp, extensive b&w and color reproductions
ISBN: 978-952-5371-15-4 · Retail Price: $69.95

URBANIZED DELTAS IN TRANSLATION

Han Meyer & Steffen N ijhuis (Eds.)

Extremely vulnerable to flooding, erosion, and silting of ports, urbanized deltas must respond to the increasing imbalances caused by climate change. Part of the Delta Urbanism research program at Delft University of Technology, this important and informative publication addresses the many challenges facing the world’s coastal cities and deltaic regions. E ight international urban deltas—the Parana Delta in Argentina, Mekong Delta in Vietnam, the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt Delta in the N etherlands, Germany’s E lbe E stuary and Portugal’s Tagus E stuary, the Venetian Lagoon in Italy and Galveston Bay and the Mississippi River Delta in the USA—are compared using GIS (Geographic Information Systems) maps and discussed by an international group of urban researchers and designers. In this compendium, they examine the societal developments and climate issues that lead to conflicting land use claims and offer proposals for ways to enhance the adaptability of these vital regions towards their long-term survival.

JAP SAM BOOKS, THE NETHERLANDS
January 2015 / Softcover
9 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches
104 pp / 23 b&w and 164 color
ISBN: 978-90-8594-054-8 · Retail Price: $48.00
 

WAFU-RETREATS

The Modern Classics of Japanese Resort Architecture

Editions Treville, Japan
2000, English and Japanese text
Hardcover, 1012 x 10 inches
144 pp, 145 color reproductions
ISBN: 4-309-90367-3 · Retail Price: $67.00

MARTIN WAGNER

The Growing House

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

In 1931, in response to the Great Depression and subsequent collapse of the building industry, Martin Wagner (1885–1957), then head of planning for Berlin, formulated plans for an adaptable micro-house called “the growing house.” Working with Egon Eiermann, Walter Gropius, Ludwig Hilberseimer, Erich Mendelssohn, Hans Poelzig and Hans Scharoun, the growing house was designed to be modified with the changing socioeconomic circumstances of its inhabitants, providing only what was necessary and expedient. Wagner’s coruscating foreword outlining his proposals for a new social, technical and economic fabric shifting the dwelling to the center of the world is published here for the first time. Historical and contemporary black-and-white and color illustrations, drawings, plans and photographs of the prototype are accompanied by commentary from Franziska Bollerey, Ludovica Scarpa, Tom Avermaete and Tatjana Schneider, demonstrating that the growing house is as relevant today as it was 100 years ago.

SPECTOR BOOKS, LEIPZIG
HAUS DER KULTUREN DER WELT, BERLIN
February 2016 / English & German / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
8 ¼ x 11 ½ inches / 200 pp / Full b&w
ISBN: 978-3-944669-96-0 · Retail Price: $45.00

WALLS THAT TEACH

On the Architecture of Youth Centres

Susanne Pietsch & Andreas Müller (Eds.)

At the inaugural festivities of the Moscow Palace of Young Pioneers in 1962, a Soviet news agency enthusiastically reported, “In this house, the walls will teach!” Propagandistic, yes, but this prescriptive attitude about the potential of architecture to shape modern life was implicit in much of the architecture of the 20th century. This collection of 12 essays and 24 case studies from leading architects and academics examines the architecture and programming of mid-century youth centers across Europe, from Utrecht to Manchester. The organization of these centers around leisure activities partially concealed their educational (and ultimately political) goals: their pedagogical power could be found not only in their physical design, but also in the way they were used and inhabited by the children themselves. Contributors include Tom Avermaete, Peter Blundell Jones, Jennifer Mack, Susan Reid, Sue Robertson, Piet Vollaard and many others.

JAP SAM BOOKS, THE NETHERLANDS
DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, THE NETHERLANDS
October 2014 /Softcover
8 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches / 176 pp / 48 b&w and 32 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-42-7 · Retail Price: $55.00

Who’s Afraid of Niketown?

Nike-Urbanism, Branding and the City of Tomorrow

Friedrich von Borries
Episode Publishers, The Netherlands
2004, Softcover, 6 x 75/8 inches
104 pp, text with 6 color reproductions
ISBN: 90-5973-014-3 · Retail Price: $39.95

Without and Within

Mark Pimlott
Episode Publishers, The Netherlands
2007 / Hardcover / 6 7/8 x 9 1/2 inches
320 pp / 180 b&w
ISBN: 978-90-5973-034-2 · Retail Price: $69.95