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iA #2 (INTERACTIVE ARCHITECTURE)

Kas Oosterhuis, Xin Xia

This is the second issue of this innovative bookzine, an inter-disciplinary look at interactive architecture from researchers, students and guest lectures in Kas Oosterhuis’s Hyperbody at the Delft Institute of Technology, along with experts from other organizations. This issue brings the reader deeper into the interactive relationships between built components and people, using parametric Design, Powerlines and multiplayer design games. It also offers an overview on the iWEB pavilion, a vehicle for trans-disciplinary research, education and design developed by Hyperbody, from the software it applies to the building process and to its opening event. A publication fulfilling its destiny as an essential component in this groundbreaking architectural movement.

Episode Publishers, The Netherlands
April 2009 / Softcover / 4 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches
96 pp / 40 color
ISBN: 978-90-5973-062-5 · Retail Price: $25.00

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

IA #4 QUANTUM ARCHITECTURE

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.

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

IMPROVISATIONS ON URBANITY

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

Japan

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

KOOLHAAS IN BEIJING

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.

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

KOOPERATIVES LABOR STUDIERENDER + ATELIER BOW-WOW

Urban Forest

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

Urban Forest explores the behavioral “architecture” of communal spaces as both metaphor and spatial model. The publication opens with photographs and plans of the life-size model for student housing by Tokyo architects Atelier Bow-Wow in response to a briefing by Berlin-based students’ initiative Kolabs, which through sleeping modules and open public space interweaves dwellers and architecture. A discussion of Atelier Bow-Wow’s methodology and an in-depth conversation between Atelier Bow-Wow co-founder Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Japanese artist Koki Tanaka on shared behaviors follow. Particularly fascinating are the illustrated case studies of spontaneous communal behavior in public spaces including the disposition of chairs in Luxembourg Gardens; Karaoke in Mauerpark, Berlin; Mornings at the Temple of Heaven, Beijing; Cherry Blossom Viewing in Tokyo; swimming in the Rhine in Basel; and fishing at the Galata Bridge in Istanbul.

SPECTOR BOOKS, LEIPZIG
HAUS DER KULTUREN DER WELT, BERLIN
February 2016 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
6 ½ x 8 ¼ inches / 112 pp / 13 b&w and 40 color
ISBN: 978-3-95905-052-4 · Retail Price: $23.00

KOTTI & CO + ESTUDIO TEDDY CRUZ + FORMAN

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

The first of a two-volume set, und deswegen sind wir hier documents in text (German only) and photographs the history of the social protest launched by Kotti & Co tenants’ initiative to protest high rents in Berlin. Occupying the public square in the Kreuzberg district since 2012, the initiative has now grown into an influential player in campaigning for changes in local rent and urban development policies. One instrument of their protest was the construction of a Gecekondu, an informal dwelling built overnight. Accompanying this publication is a booklet on their collaboration with architect Teddy Cruz who, inspired by the Kotti & Co’s Gecekondu, designed temporary shelter using retrofitted factor-produced shelving systems for Tijuana. Accompanying the manual is an in-depth discussion between Cruz and political scientist Fonna Forman on housing issues and informal design practices found in the Mexican border town, and extending the conversation on housing to issues of immigration and marginalization.

SPECTOR BOOKS, LEIPZIG
HAUS DER KULTUREN DER WELT, BERLIN
February 2016 / 2-volume set / English, German, Spanish & Turkish
Exhibition catalog / Softcover / 6 ½ x 9 ¼ inches
288 pp / Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-95905-050-0 · Retail Price: $29.95