Proletarian Building Exhibition, 1931

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

In an empty factory unit tucked away in Berlin’s Köpenicker Strasse, The Proletarian Building Exhibition was mounted with the humblest of resources in 1931. It marked the first action by a group of revolutionary architects, builders, and students forming the Kollektiv für sozialistisches Bauen under the architect Arthur Korn. Taking aim at modernist architects participating in the German Building Exhibition and CIAM, they cast architecture as an instrument of power, questioned capitalist solutions to the housing question, and unveiled planning approaches imported from the then-Soviet Union. A full facsimile of the exhibition manifesto/catalog and exhibition panels is featured in addition to contributing essays by contemporary architects, writers and educators, and the Collectives’ Annual Report including a proposed work program and statement of intent. Historical photos are interspersed throughout providing a full reconstruction of this significant architectural and sociopolitical event.

February 2016 / English & German / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
8 ½ x 11 ¾ inches / 176 pp / Extensive b&w
ISBN: 978-3-959050-47-0 · Retail Price: $35.00

HKW Wohnungsfrage Project / The Housing Question

The Complete Edition

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

How do we create affordable housing today? Who are today’s new clients? What new answers can be found to the age-old housing questions? Housing constitutes the rooms, neighborhoods and streets of our daily lives, but a growing number of people are fi nding it increasingly diffi cult to access affordable housing on their own terms. Increasingly reduced to a real estate problem, housing issues have been dissociated from architecture, and a notable absence of alternative social actors is painfully apparent. Part of the HKW project Wohnungsfrage (The Housing Question), this investigates the fraught relationship between housing, architecture, and social reality, extending and documenting the exhibition of 1:1 experimental housing models, case studies and artistic works.

Consisting of 11 books examining options for self-determined, social and affordable housing, the series presents key historical works with new commentaries, contemporary case studies from around the world, and proposals by an international group of participating activists, architects and artists concerned with urban policy issues.

February 2016 / 11-volume set
Exhibition catalogs / Softcovers
ISBN: 978-3-95905-056-2 · Retail Price: $198.00


Mark von Schlegell: Ickles, Etc.

Nikolaus Hirsch & Markus Miessen (Eds.)

In this novel, noted contemporary science fiction writer Mark von Schlegell imagines architecture in the year 2090 through the character Henries Ickles, Los Angeles’s most misunderstood info-architect. Technological, environmental and social catastrophes have changed the meanings of culture, nature, and landscape forever. But in what remains of the international urban scene, architecture still refuses to admit it hasn’t been modern since the early 20th century. In the fifth book from the Critical Practice series, von Schlegell puts the scifi back in notions of “speculative aesthetics.” A collection of interconnected comical stories set in New Los Angeles, Danish Expansion, Nieuw Nieuw Amsterdam and 1970s St. Louis, Ickles, Etc. explores the future of architectural practice in light of developments in climatology, quasicrystalography, hyper-contemporary art, time travel, and the EGONET. With artwork by Louise Lawler. Following New Distopia, this is von Shlegell’s second novel to be published by Sternberg.

January 2015 /Softcover
4 1/4 x 6 inches / 172 pp, 9 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-073-7 · Retail Price: $22.00


Beatriz Colomina

Nikolaus Hirsch & Markus Miessen (Eds.)

The third title in the celebrated Critical Spatial Practice series, Manifesto Architecture argues that the history of the avant-garde (in architecture and other disciplines) can’t be separated from the history of its engagement with media. It is not just that the avant-garde used media to publicize its work; the work did not exist before its publication. In her succinct text, architectural historian Beatriz Colomina, director of the Media and Modernity program at Princeton University, traces the history of the modern architecture manifesto, from Le Corbusier’s Towards a New Architecture to Robert Venturi’s Complexity and Contradiction. With a particular focus on Mies van der Rohe and the play between his written and built work, this essay propels the manifesto form into the future, suggesting that we are now in the age of the “soft manifesto.”

2014 / Softcover / 4 x 6 inches
89 pp / 79 b&w and 36 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-000-3 · Retail Price: $22.00


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.

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


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.

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


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


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


New Means of Architecture Presentation through Exhibitions

Roberto Gigliotti (ed.)

Curators of architecture exhibitions are often concerned with the problem of how to present objects that ultimately cannot be brought into the exhibition space. Such shows are often difficult for lay audiences to interpret—little focus is placed on communication. However, there are also architecture exhibits that concentrate on communicating an experience, making it possible to build an intense relationship between the audience and the content on display. The result of a research project organized in 2013 by the faculty of Design and Art of the Free University of Bozen Bolzano, Displayed Spaces focuses on the question of how spaces might communicate architectural ideas in a redevelopment project and its accompanying exhibition proposed for the city of Bolzano, Italy. The book is organized into two sections—the first introduces project criteria and the curatorial considerations on content and its presentation; the second begins with an analysis of the public, with particular attention to the different types of visitors—and demonstrates how spatial engagement can generate a personal relationship between visitor and exhibition. Bringing together essays by theoreticians, curators and practitioners involved in exhibition production, this analysis of contemporary architecture exhibitions concludes by asking what is more important: the experience of the exhibition or its effect on the debate on architecture and its history. Essays by Giovanna Borasi, Anne Holtrop, Wilfried Kühn, Emanuela De Cecco, Something Fantastic, Ilka & Andreas Ruby, Andres Lepik and Tina di Carlo and two interviews with Kersten Geers (OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen) and Maarten Gielen (ROTOR).

July 2015 / Softcover
6 1/2 x 9 inches / 216 pp / 22 b&w and 70 color
ISBN: 978-3-944669-69-4 · Retail Price: $32.00


Communal Villa: Production and Reproduction in Artists’ Housing

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

How can housing be reformulated in an age when the live/work distinction is increasingly blurred? Artists’ collective Realism Working Group and Brussels-based architecture firm Dogma in consultation with Florian Schmidt, studio commissioner of the Kulturwerk bbk berlin, propose new models for live/work housing in this publication challenging traditional designs and transforming underlying economic frameworks. In their housing prototype they articulate relations between solitude and communal interaction and develop alternative socioeconomic structures. Florian Schmidt sheds light on data and statistics of artists’ studio space, and architect Robert Burghardt provides insight into the mechanisms of alternative juridical and financial models for housing. Berlin has served as a laboratory for artists, as did New York’s Chelsea and London’s Shoreditch, since the 1990s when thousands of artists and cultural workers moved to the capital, turning it into a global cultural hotspot and booming housing market.

February 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
6 ½ x 9 inches / 96 pp / 27 b&w and 27 color
ISBN: 978-3-95905-053-1 · Retail Price: $23.00