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


A Fine Dutch Tradition

Fransje Hooimeijer

Published with the support of Delft University of Technology and others, this voluminously illustrated publication addresses the critical topic of how to approach Dutch urban water systems in light of the increasing flooding caused by climate change. Though the Dutch have a long tradition of building in wet and soft soil conditions, there has been little systematic research on building-site preparation and its relation to urban development and design. In her text, Fransje Hooimeijer, an independent research and professor of urbanism at Delft University, investigates through text and images the relation between available technology and urban design, and considers how the connection with the natural landscape systems has been lost. Through an understanding of hydrological systems and appropriate methods of building-site preparation, Hooimeijer considers how to reconnect urban and natural systems essential to the survival of our low-lying cities.

January 2015 / Softcover
10 x 11 inches / 264 pp
95 b&w and 133 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-50-2 · Retail Price: $55.00


Where the Map is the Territory

Robin Peckham

The old saying used to warn that the map is not the territory. But the guerrilla architectartist-urbanists at Hong Kong-based MAP Office (Gutierrez + Portefaix) insist that the map (or the MAP)most definitely is the territory. A 360-page book, jam-packed with essays, interviews and over 500color illustrations, photos, drawings, collages and more, summarizes two decades in MAP Office’s evolution from architectural research to artistic intervention and cinematic theorization. It’s a work of genius from working geniuses, mixing politics, installation art, humor, science fiction, multi-cultural initiatives and just plain visionary thinking. The group has rejected everything about Modernist ideology, from the idea of the pristine space or the iconic shape to the quaint thought that form might follow function.

The text of this book, structured around six clusters of work, shows off a repertoire of tactics, notions, strategies, installations, sculpture and provocations accumulated through exhibitions, competitions, and festivals (including the Venice Biennale).

Office for Discourse Engineering, Beijing
October 2011 / Softcover / 8 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches
360 pp / 50 b&w and 500 color
ISBN: 978-988-17367-8-9 · Retail Price: $59.95


The 7th International Alvar Aalto Symposium

Pirkko Tuukkanen
Alvar Aalto Museum, Finland
2000 / Hardcover with audio CD-ROM
9 x 9 7/8 inches / 148 pp / 50 b&w and 38 color
ISBN: 978-951-682-607-6 · Retail Price: $49.95

Meet the Nelsons

Wes Jones

Meet the Nelsons, the sixth volume of the Forum Pamphlet Series, documents Wes Jones’ notorious comic strip that appeared in ANY Magazine (Architecture New York) from 1994 to 2001. At once a critical send-up of 1990s architectural discourse and a masterfully executed homage to the traditions and techniques of comic book art, “The Nelsons” addresses themes ranging from the legacy of the machine aesthetic to the challenges of virtuality to key disciplinary personalities such as Buckminster Fuller and Manfredo Tafuri. Each strip combines insider knowledge and healthy skepticism with a sly wit rarely encountered in serious architectural discourse. This book brings together every frame of “The Nelsons” in a single volume and features bonus texts by Jones himself, ANY editor Cynthia Davidson and LA Forum president Mohamed Sharif.

L.A. Forum for Architecture and Urban Design
January 2010 / Forum 6 / Softcover
7 x 8.5 inches / 96 pp / extensive b&w and 4 color
ISBN: 978-0-9763166-8-8 · Retail Price: $19.95

Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Annette Spiro
Verlag Niggili, Switzerland
2002 / English and German / Hardcover with dust jacket / 11 x 9 inches / 272 pp / extensive color reproductions and plans
ISBN: 3-7212-0413-1 · Retail Price: $98.00


Co-op Interieur

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

In his Co-op Interieur (1926)—a simple corner of a room known only in a photograph— Swiss architect Hannes Meyer (1889–1954) gave expression to a radical, antibourgeois style of interior. Comprised only of a bed, a lamp, two chairs and a gramophone on a table, he imagined this room for the nomadic urban worker. Through the absence of people, objects and spatial features as much as by the distinctiveness of its design, Meyer was proclaiming an alternative principle for housing, proposing that architecture and design were intended not to fulfill historically determined needs but to overcome their constraints. Historical photographs of the interior and three provocative essays on ownership, minimalism and the “unhomely,” by Brussels-based architecy Pier Vittrio, Mexican architect Raquel Franklin, and Gree architect Aristide Antonas, respectively, explore the layers of meaning within Meyer’s mise-en-scène manifesto on collectivity and utility as a counterpoint to ownership and private property.

February 2016 / English & German / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
7 ¼ x 10 ¼ inches / 52 pp / 13 b&w and 1 color
ISBN: 978-3-95905-045-6 · Retail Price: $29.95


Showtime Wilhelmsburg
A Randonnée of Possibilities

In this artist’s book—wrapped in a map and designed as a kind of catalog of richly illustrated experiences—Basel- and Berlin-based landscape architect Tabea Michaelis (b. 1976) engages in an imaginary dialogue with French sociologist Bruno Latour and philosopher Michel Serres while on a randonnée around the island of Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg. In texts, photographs, open-ended stories and drawings, Michaelis documents everyday interactions of human and nonhuman actors from the perspective of Actor-Network Theory (ANTS), recording hundreds of moments, from “tattooed” sports cars to discarded empty YumYum bags to DIY balconies in large housing estates. Using the iterative coding method of Grounded Theory, she ultimately devises 32 conceptual terms that form an analytical and poetic reflection of the program of a space of possibilities. This dense and engaging publication brings the myriad episodes of Michaelis’s self-guided tour into book form, its methodology affording us new perspectives of urban experience.

February 2016 / Softcover
6 ¼ x 8 ¼ inches / 424 pp
Extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 978-3-95905-060-9 · Retail Price: $35.00


A Guide to the Performative Architecture of Tbilisi

Joanna Warsza (Ed.)

Once described as “Italy gone Marxist,” Georgia, located on the Black Sea, enjoys a sun-soaked Mediterranean climate in combination with a community-oriented and self-determined spirit. Its recent architectural history—both informal and vernacular but also sanguinely futurist— reveals the uncanny progressive potential of a place where the past is neither monumentalized nor destroyed, but built upon. This palimpsestic legacy—embodied in the stunning Ministry of Highways (1975) government complex in Tbilisi—is explored in this whimsical guidebook to the hilly Georgian capital. With contributions from Ruben Arevshatyan, Didier Faustino, Yona Friedman, Lali Pertenava, Marjetica Potrcˇ, Richard Reynolds, Slavs and Tatars, Jan Verwoert and others.

September 2013 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches / 218 pp / 84 b&w and 127 color
ISBN: 978-3-943365-72-6 · Retail Price: $22.00