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CRITICAL SPATIAL PRACTICE 6

Eyal Weizman
The Roundabout Revolutions

Nikolaus Hirsch & Markus Miessen (Eds.)

The sixth volume in the politically charged, idea-packed Critical Spatial Practice series, The Roundabout Revolutions stems from Israeli scholar and architect Eyal Weizman’s observation that the circle or roundabout has been the site of multiple revolutionary protests against authoritarianism, most recently in South Korea, Tunisia, Egypt, Oman, Bahrain, Yemen, Libya and Syria. The book follows its development in 20th-century Europe and North America and its subsequent export to the colonial world as a means of policing “chaotic” non-Western cities. Weizman asks, how did an urban apparatus put in the service of authoritarian power become the locus of its undoing? Countering this counterrevolution, he proposes protestors must find its corollary in sustained work at round tables to be able to enact political change. Princeton global scholar, Goldsmiths College teacher and co-editor of Forensis (Sternberg, 2014), Wiezman focuses on how consciousness affects and is affected by our environment.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
2015 / Softcover
4 x 6 inches/ 120 pp / 55 b&w and 11 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-098-0 · Retail Price: $22.00

CRITICAL SPATIAL PRACTICE 7

Felicity D. Scotty D. Scott
Disorientation: Bernard Rudofsky in the Empire of Signs

Nikolaus Hirsch & Markus Miessen (Eds.)

The seventh publication from the ongoing CSP series focuses on postwar Japan through the eyes of Viennese émigré architect and social historian Bernard Rudofsky (1905–1988), who famously described it as a “rearview mirror” of the American way of life. In this volume, illustrated by noted contemporary painter Martin Beck, architectural historian Felicity D. Scott revisits the architect’s readings of the vernacular in the United States and Japan, which resonate with his attempts to imagine architecture and cities that refused to communicate in a normative sense. Best known for curating Architecture without Architects, the famous 1964 photography exhibition of vernacular, preindustrial structures at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Rudofsky drew on decades of speculation about modern architecture and urbanism, particularly their semantic, technological, institutional, commercial and geopolitical influences. In a contemporary world saturated with visual information, Rudofsky’s unconventional musings take on a heightened resonance.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
May 2016 / Softcover / 4 x 6 inches
144 pp / 18 b&w and 7 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-187-1 · Retail Price: $22.00

CROSSBENCHING

Toward a Participation as Critical Spatial Practice

Markus Miessen

Following the publication of architect/theorist Markus Miessen’s hugely successful The Nightmare of Participation, on the politics of participatory practices in architecture, spatial practices and art, and the initiation of the popular pocket series Critical Spatial Practice, comes his timely new book engaging the ethics and politics of practice, Crossbenching. Following over a decade of theoretical research, the small softcover publication focuses on Miessen’s own architecture “platform,” Studio Miessen, in which he reapproaches the question of authorship in the context of a studio practice. Proposing a more discursive approach, he acknowledges the need for “an independent actor with a conscience” to navigate the conflicts, negotiation and maneuvers among the multiplicity of agents, both human (architects, clients, financiers and builders) and nonhuman (silicon, plastic, concrete and so on), that is architecture. Instead of using project-teams or working within the typical structure of an architecture office, however, Miessen assembled working groups incorporating “outsiders” on the theory that architecture and space-making is a collective set of interrelations crystalizing a form of civitas. Using the analogy of the crossbencher—the independent politician in the über-conservative British House of Lords—he proposes a reframing of architecture practice as one which operates on the basis of alternative and self-governing political parameters, hoping to open up a fresh debate on ways of acting politically. Preface by Austrian philosopher and political theorist Armen Avanessian, introduction by Swiss journalist and author Hannes Grassegger and Miessen, and postscript by Canadian artist, writer and designer Patricia Reed. Miessen is currently Distinguished Professor in Practice at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
October 2016 / Softcover
4 ½ x 7 ½ in. / 112 pp
ISBN: 978-3-95679-220-5 · Retail Price: $19.00

CYBERMOHALLA HUB

Nikolaus Hirsch and Shveta Sarda

When a slum in Delhi was torn down in the name of “urban renewal” – and nothing was planned to replace it – a group of architects, artists and urbanists from the Architectural Association in London stepped into the vacuum. Led by Frankfurtbased architects Nikolaus Hirsch and Michel Müller, a high-powered group including Raqs Media Collective, Superflex and Hu Fang started designing a prototype for a hybrid community center, school, studio and gallery. This compelling book documents the prototype structure for the “mohalla” (Hindi for neighborhood) that has been shown in Vienna and at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, among other venues. Many voices, from the community residents to international artists, were engaged to redefine and reinvigorate this urban space.

STERNBERG PRESS, BERLIN
April 2012 / Softcover / 6 x 9 inches / 204 pp/
60 b&w and 30 color
ISBN: 978-1-934105-80-1 · Retail Price: $32.00

HUNCH 11

Rethinking Representation

Penelope Dean
Episode Publishers, The Netherlands
2007 / Softcover / 6.5 x 11.75 inches
176 pp / extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-90-78525-02-08 · Retail Price: $36.00

Dispersion

A Study of Global Mobility and the Dynamics of a Fictional Urbanism

Diego Barajas
Episode Publishers, The Netherlands
2003, Hardcover, 6 x 81/2 inches
160 pp, 140 color reproductions
ISBN: 90-5973-002-X · Retail Price: $42.00

DOUALA IN TRANSLATION

A View of the City and its Creative and its Creative Transformative Potentials

Lucia Babina and Marilyn Douala Bell
Episode Publishers, The Netherlands
2008 / Softcover / 5 x 7 1/2 inches
256 pp / 138 color
ISBN: 978-90-5973-071-7 · Retail Price: $55.00

Drawn in Sand

Unrealised Visions by Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto Academy/Museum, Finland
Museum of Finnish Architecture, Finland
2002, English and Finnish text
Exhibition catalog, Softcover, 11 x 11 inches
114 pp, extensive b&w and color reproductions
ISBN: 978-952-5371-06-2 · Retail Price: $120.00

Max Dudler

Architecture For The City

Verlag Niggili, Switzerland
2003, English and German text
Hardcover, 9 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches
280 pp, numerous b&w and color reproductions
ISBN: 3-7212-0451-4 · Retail Price: $116.00

Enterprising Architecture

Business Park Nieuw-Vennep Zuid

Johanna Gunther

This book focuses on the Netherlands’s Business Park Nieuw-Vennep Zuid Nieuw-Vennep Zuid, a landmark project designed by the Podium for Architecture Haarlemmermeer en Schipol. This is a business park with a vision: an elaborate urban development plan, an ambitious landscape design and a first-rate architectural execution. Substantive articles throw light on the relations between local and national interests and the influence of these interests on the evolution of the working landscape. The conclusion – that architecture and entrepreneurship in no way have to rule each other out – is relevant in any setting where a business park might be built, in any part of the world. Complete with drawings, schematics, plans, renderings and many photographs of the finished project.

Jap Sam Books, The Netherlands
July 2010 / English & Dutch / Hardcover
9.5 x 9 inches / 330 pp / Extensive color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-10-6 · Retail Price: $65.00