Kim Förster & Common Room (Eds.)

Arts for Living offers an alternative, multifaceted history of an iconic cultural institution, The Abrons Arts Center. Located in New York City’s Lower East Side, the center was designed by Prentice and Chan, Ohlhausen, and built during the crisis-ridden 1970s as a community art center with educational facilities for a local low-income population. A rare interview with architect Lo-Yi Chan that elucidates the design process as well as essays by Alan Moore on the East Village art scene that arose out of the 1970s fiscal crisis and Kim Förster on pedagogical programs in architecture for youth in New York are accompanied by a color-photo essay by Jason Fulford depicting the current social life of the arts center. Designed by Geoff Han, and including original archival documentation, Arts for Livingis an important architectural case study of a public space designed to foster commu- nity life in a multiethnic, changing neighborhood.

July 2015 / Softcover
8 x 8 inches / 128 pp / 15 color
ISBN: 978-0-9882906-0-0 · Retail Price: $29.95


Bauhaus paperback N° 5

Christin Irrgang & Ingolf Kern

With its factory-like façade and rounded, vertical lettering spelling “B-A-U-H-A-U-S” – the Bauhaus Dessau building, designed and built by Walter Gropius in 1926, is the built manifestation of a revolution in design and education. In 2012, Germany publisher Spector Books began an extraordinary collaboration with the current Foundation Bauhaus Dessau to produce several new guide books on the rich history of the school. Designed by Berlin-based graphic designer Eike Konig, and available in English, volume 5 documents the history of the design and influence of the Bauhaus buildings. The pocket guides are printed in period black-and-white on a satisfying pulpy paper stock and accompanyies an exhibition on the same topic at the Foundation center. A must-have for all Bauhaus aficionados.

July 2014 / Softcover
4 1/4 x 5 3/4 inches / 176 pp / 35 b&w and 22 color plus floor plans
ISBN: 978-3-944669-26-7 · Retail Price: $19.95


A Contrived Past

Episode Publishers, The Netherlands
2009 / Softcover / 81/ 2 x 131/ 4 inches
140 pp / 32 color
ISBN: 978-90-5973-104-2 · Retail Price: $65.00


Mobile Nature Reserve

Tom Matton, Vincent Kuypers and Wim Timmermans
Episode Publishers, The Netherlands
2004, Softcover, 67/8 x 91/4 inches
64 pp, 100 color reproductions
ISBN: 90-5973-009-7 · Retail Price: $36.00


Art, Architecture and the Politics of Public Health

Markus Miessen and Andrea Phillips

In an intensive series of texts from a symposium called Speculations on the Cultural Organization of Civility, this book examines changing political uses of the concept of care in democracies. Includes case studies of artistic and design interventions within health and social care institutions and broader essays and interviews from curators, artists, politicians, architects, and healthcare professionals. The first volume in the Actors, Agents and Attendants series.

2012 / Softcover / 6.25 x 9.25 inches/
336 pp / 60 b&w and color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-71-9 · Retail Price: $29.95


Interventions in Public Space – Drill Hall, Johannesburg, South Africa

Episode Publishers, The Netherlands
2008 / Softcover / 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches
160 pp / 170 color
ISBN: 978-90-5973-077-9 · Retail Price: $46.00


Katharina Stadler & Data Chigholashvili (Eds.)

How do personal archives link public and private space, the individual and the collective? Do they contribute to a critical discussion of the future? city [un]archived is a project book of photographs, maps and writings assembled by artist collective Tibilisi InSights. Using the disputed borders and fractured identity and people of Tibilisi, Georgia, as their laboratory, the collective opens up the larger global discussion on the role of geography and systematization in shaping present-day city living. Each chapter is devoted to a project and essay by one of the members of Tibilisi InSights including artist/activist Tamuna Chabashvili, social anthropologist/artist Data Chigholashvili, architect Gvantsa Nikolaishvili, conceptual artist Katharina Stadler, media artist Lado Darakhvelidze, Nini Palavandishvili, Amsterdam-based artist Giorgi Tabatadze and Berlin-based artist Sophia Tabatadze. Photographs and texts running throughout the book are intended to be cross-referenced.

February 2016 / Softcover
5 ½ x 7 ¾ inches / 128 pp / 94 b&w
ISBN: 978-94-91677-49-6 · Retail Price: $22.00


With an ever-increasing number of people migrating to metropolises worldwide, urban environments are the only known world for many. But as anyone who has ever watched a hawk nest on a New York City window ledge, or a coyote saunter down the streets of Beverly Hills would know, humans share a fair amount of urban space with the inhabitants—both flora and fauna—of the untamed natural world. Note: Please use ISSN:1879-7466-8 to order. Such is the idea behind Club Donny, a whimsical, thought-provoking bi-annual magazine functioning as “a strictly unedited journal on the personal experience of nature in the urban environment.” A full-color, unbound portfolio of photographs on folded pages (essentially a stack of double-sided A-3 posters), the format allows readers to flip through in self-determined sequences. Each issue also includes several texts relating to the Club’s romantic theme; the whole effect has the documentary weightlessness of one of Ed Ruscha’s early books. But more than just a magazine, Club Donny is also a website ( that invites readers to engage by submitting their own work online and participating in a conversation about life, nature and the urbanized backdrop. The site’s best feature is a page of worldwide projects—gardens, green roofs, nurseries, museums, agricultural festivals and other websites—that involve people and nature.

Unbound signatures/ 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches/14 color
No ISBN · Retail Price: $15.00


Samira Ben Laloua, Frank Bruggeman & Ernst van der Hoeven (Eds.)

Club Donny is a biannual magazine on the personal experience of nature in the urban environment. Contributors share views on common use and contact with the city and the associated perception of nature, offering a podium for observations, coincidences, stories and encounters to bring forward the incongruous meaning of nature. Club Donny# 9 launched as a part of the “Mapping Fleuvoland” project, which documents the re-wilding of a nature preserve in The Netherlands—from the Museum De Paviljoens, Almere. Includes 14 photographs in poster format, articles, and contributions from Annick Kleizen, Jan van Adrichem, Maarten Feenstra, Marcel van der Meijs, Petrovsky and Ramone, Wilfried Nijhof, Wouter Sibum, Yasuyuki Takagi and Yeb Wiersma, among others.

January 2013/ Unbound signatures/ 8 x 11 3/4 inches/ 36 pp/ 14 color
No ISBN · Retail Price: $15.00


Hannes Meyer and the Concept of Collective Design

Werner Möller, Raquel Franklin & Tim Leik (Eds.)

Cooperatives, sharing communities, co-housing—in the late 1920s the Bauhaus took a keen interest in the relationship between society and design, the individual and collaborative creation and production. A key figure in this development was architect Hannes Meyer (1889–1954), the second Bauhaus director, whose revolutionary collaborative design process is documented here for the first time. With his appointment in 1928, Meyer brought a change in thinking: from author-architect to collective, from the need for luxury to the needs of the people, playing a key role radically orienting the school’s teaching, workshops, its planning and architecture around the idea and needs of the collective until his politically motivated dismissal in 1930. Informative texts by researchers Werner Moller and Astrid Volpert, with introduction by director Claudia Perren, are illustrated with a wonderful array of archival photos of students, performances, furniture and building projects that convey the energy and optimism of the time.

February 2016 / 3rd Edition
Exhibition catalog / Softcover
5 ¾ x 8 ¼ inches / 96 pp, Extensive b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95905-010-4 · Retail Price: $25.00