iA #3 (Interactive Architecture)

Kas Oosterhuis and Xin Xia

The newest release in the cutting edge iA-bookazine series, volume #3 explores the theme of Emotive Styling. Series-editor Kas Oosterhuis emphasizes the urgency of developing a style for a non-standard architecture based on complex geometry and interaction design. Featured are papers, educational reports, workshops, dialogues and related information on this new subject along with an engaging interview by Gijs Joosen with BMW design director Chris Bangle. This noted journal brings together interdisciplinary writings on the topic of Interactive Architecture from researchers, students, guest lecturers from Hyperbody, in the Faculty of Architecture at the Delft University of Technology, along with experts from various other organizations.

Jap Sam Books, The Netherlands
May 2010 / Volume 3 / Softcover
4.75 x 8.25 inches / 128 pp / 14 b&w and 120 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-08-3 · Retail Price: $25.00


Kas Oosterhuis, Han Feng, Xin Xia

The fourth publication of iA bookazine series from the Delft Institute presents the abstract issues of quantum physics to the description and explanation of our physical world. The Delft Institute is also the first university to create a digital gaming software curriculum, and this book opens the door to understanding how new advances in digital software are changing the practice of architecture and re-defining urban space. Finally, a true interaction can be envisioned between users and their constructed environments, and between designers and their computational tools. The book, rich with graphics, illustrations and intertwined photos, is divided into four research projects and the workshop approach to each. Quantum physicists, architects, sociologists, researchers and students come together in this issue of the iA bookazine to challenge the new territory of quantum architecture.

Jap Sam Books, The Netherlands
August 2011 / Softcover / 4 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches / 124 pp / 55 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-27-4 · Retail Price: $19.95

iA #5

Robotics in Architecture

Kas Oosterhuis and Henriëtte Bier

The fifth issue of this ever-engrossing bookazine series on Interactive Architecture, from researchers, students and guest lecturers from Hyperbody at the Delft University of Technology and other invited contributors. The topic here is understanding buildings from a life-cycle perspective with respect to their economic and ecological impact on society at large. This development requires practical applications for interactive, robotic architecture, leading to the emergence of active and pro-active building components, which act and interact in ever-changing environments.

2012 / Softcover / 5 x 8.25 inches/
124 pp / extensive color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-31-1 · Retail Price: $19.95


Trendy Pragmatism in a Climate of Change

Christopher Dell and Ton Matton

What we have here is a hybrid of philosophy and urbanism, asking questions about the nature of autonomy and freedom in the modern world. Ever since Kant, the question of autonomy – the ability of the individual to act on his own – is one of utmost importance to democracy. Yet in today’s consumer culture, we are dependent on the urban infrastructure and supply chain, which makes true autonomy difficult. The authors consider what Beuys meant when he said that everyone is an artist: that everyone is trying to live in tune with our social space. Which brings us to the tuneful cooperation of jazz improvisation where one finds harmony within disorder. Authors Ton Matton, an urbanist and Christopher Dell, a philosopher and jazz musician, join minds to create this deeply thought-provoking book.

Post Editions, The Netherlands
2010 / Softcover / 9.5 x 13.375 inches
96 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-94-6083-001-3 · Retail Price: $49.95

Inside the Villa Mairea

Art, Design and Interior Architecture

Kirsi Gullichsen and Ulla Kinnunen

In the autumn of 1936, Finnish art patrons and industrialists Maire and Harry Gullichsen asked their friends, Alvar and Aino Aalto, to design a home for them. The design process turned into a vivid interaction between architects and clients, and the resulting residence, Villa Mairea, became one of the masterpieces of 20th-century Modernist architecture and design. It also became a lifelong project for Maire Gullichsen, the house’s namesake. This book documents the interiors of Villa Mairea, built in 1938-39. This volume focuses on the rich world of works of art, design objects, furniture, light fittings and textiles inside the walls of the house. With outstanding essays by architect Kristian Gullichsen, artist Carolus Enckell, interior designer Ben af Schultén and art historian Renja Suominen-Kokkonen.

Alvar Aalto Museum, Finland
Mairea Foundation, Finland
2010 / Hardcover / 9.25 x 11.25 inches
316 pp / 150 b&w and 160 color
ISBN: 978-952-5371-57-4 · Retail Price: $195.00


A Counter-History of the Modern Canadian Environment

Mirko Zardini & Lev Bratishenko (Eds.)

In an age of unprecedented human impact on the planet, certain countries stand out for their privileged positions and the complexity of their relationships with the land. Canada’s environmental record is among the poorest when compared to other wealthy nations, a fact that suggests ambivalence and the actions of competing interests, most often exposed in moments of disorder and disregard for the unexpected consequences of managing the country’s seemingly endless bounty. This companion to the exhibition at Canadian Centre for Architecture (November 2016–April 2017) assembles 15 case studies that reframe Canada since 1945. Grounding them are conversations about cultural myths and the legal environment, changing ideas of natural resources and environmental risk, indigenous engagement with environmentalism and development, and the impacts of the environmentalist movement. Featured are 26 contributions and texts by Taiaiake Alfred, Elisa Birnbaum, David R. Boyd, Douglas Coupland, Bill Darnell, Margo Pfeiff, John Ralston Saul, David Suzuki, Charles Wilkins and Mirko Zardini, among others.

February 2017 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 6 ¾ x 9 ½ in.
366 pp / 66 b&w and 96 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-78-6 · Retail Price: $45.00


Dwelling Houses

Werner Blaser
Verlag Niggili, Switzerland
2005 / English and German / Hardcover / 7 5/8 x 7 7/8 inches
84 pp / extensive b&w plus floorplans
ISBN: 3-72120556-1 · Retail Price: $42.00


Edzard Mik

In this fifth entry in the influential essay series sponsored by the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, Dutch novelist and critic Edzard Mik visits Rem Koolhaas’s CCTV building in Bejing and writes a lyrical ‘road essay’ about Koolhaas, Beijing and on being an artist in the twenty-first century. No building in the world possesses more “Wow Factor” than the monumental, imaginative tower in Bejing’s central business district. Opened in 2009, the glittering archway – refered to as the “twisted doughnut” by local wags – serves as headquarters for Central China television. Each of these beautifully designed pocket-sized books is a small window on a very large idea or project.

2011 / Flexicover / 5 x 7.25 inches / 128 pp / 30 b&w
ISBN: 978-90-76936-27-7 · Retail Price: $25.00


Chandigarh was one of Le Corbusier’s most important commissions and a rare opportunity to create “a total work of art” from master plan to furnishings with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret, who oversaw design and construction. As we’ve come to expect from Wright’s past publications, the furnishings on auction are beautifully presented and thoughtfully contextualized within a description of this project— Prime Minister Nehru’s first Indian dream city—amply illustrated with personal and construction photographs, drawings and brief historical notes. Illustrated are chairs, desks, bookcases, sofas, shelving from the court and administrative buildings by both men that capture the influence of Le Corbusier’s design principles and the qualities of proportion, form, modernity and resourcefulness that Le Corbusier and Jeanneret applied to every aspect of Chandigarh from city plan to interiors. The commissioned pieces offered come out of noted private collections based in Chandigarh as well as Europe.

February 2016 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 8 ¼ x 10 ¾ inches
127 pp / 17 b&w and 90 color
ISBN: 978-0-9963713-3-9 · Retail Price: $29.95


Improvisation as Teaching Model, Tools for Identity

Ton Matton and Harmen van de Wal

In an imaginatively designed, large-format book, architect Harmen van de Wal and artist Ton Matton report on three-year “summer school” project, 2008 – 2010, in a large park under construction in Holland. The directors brought together students from many disciplines to look at expressing the essence of the park in terms of housing, agriculture, urban planning and recreation, among other uses. Inspired by guest lecturers in philosophy, art history, biology and geography, the students developed plans that related to the layout of the park and the interaction between different groups of users.

April 2012 / Softcover / 9.5 x 13.5 inches
96 pp / extensive color
ISBN: 978-94-6083-051-8 · Retail Price: $32.00