Jim Olson: Art in Architecture

Jim Olson (author)

For over five decades, Seattle architect Jim Olson has cultivated an international following through his exploration of the relationships between art, architecture, and nature. Best-known for his residences for art collectors, Olson’s attention to craft and the experience of space have led to this global appeal. Drawing upon Olson’s years of practice, Jim Olson: Art in Architecture reveals his many sources of inspiration and how the power of material and sensorial exploration have shaped his approach to design. Through journal sketches, personal observations, and images of built projects ranging from his own intimate cabin in Washington State to grand residences around the world, the reader gains deep insight into Olson’s architecture and its artistry.

August Editions/ The Whatcom Museum
March 2013/ Hardcover/8x10 inches, 176 pages/
200 color & b/w images
ISBN: 978-0-9859958-1-2 · Retail Price: $35.00

Optrek In Transvaal.

On the Role of Public Art in Urban Development. Interventions and Research

Veronica Hekking, Sabrina Lindemann and Annechien Meier

This lively book documents a huge public art project using as its “gallery” the redevelopment of the rundown, multi-ethnic Transvaal district in The Hague. Hundreds of artist interventions have taken place in the district as 3000 outmoded rental units are being replaced with 1,600 new owner-occupied dwellings, transforming the neighborhood from downscale to mixed-income. The artists collective’s goal was to “make visible the transformation process” and involve the residents through a variety of mostly temporary projects, including the Restaurant Gratis (Free Restaurant), the Hotel Transvaal (creating hotel rooms in soon-to-be-demolished buildings), and video and television work.

Jap Sam Books, The Netherlands
2010 / English & Dutch / Softcover
8.5 x 13.25 inches / 400 pp / extensive color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-06-9 · Retail Price: $55.00

Oscar 102 / Brasilia 50

Eight Cases in Brazil’s Architectural Modernity

Farès el-Dahdah

This glossy, impeccably produced book begins as a celebration of the work of Modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer, best known as the guiding genius behind Brasilia’s spectacular architecture, and a leading designer of the United Nations headquarters. Niemeyer turned 102 in December 2009, and the intersection of that event with the 50th anniversary of Brasilia, in 2010, was reason enough to conduct a studio at Rice University’s School of Architecture on the Modernist master. Each of the book’s eight components is absorbing: from reconstructions of some furniture pieces by Niemeyer and his daughter Ana Maria; to a look at the typically “Brazilian” elements of Niemeyer’s architecture; to proposals for as-yet-undeveloped quadrants of Brasilia. Includes photos, schematics, drawings, renderings, reconstuctions and plans.

Rice University School of Architecture, Texas
July 2010 / Hardcover / 8 x 10 inches / 151 pp / 115 b&w and 122 color
ISBN: 978-1-885232-13-7 · Retail Price: $40.00


Oyler Wu Collaborative

Todd Gannon
L.A. Forum for Architecture and Urban Design
2009 / Forum 05 / Softcover
7 x 8 1/2 inches / 96 pp / 60 color
ISBN: 978-0-9763166-5-7 · Retail Price: $19.95

Polar Inertia

Migrating Urban Systems

Ted Kane
L.A. Forum for Architecture and Urban Design
2008 / Forum 03 / Softcover
71/2 x 81/2 inches / 94 pp / 64 color
ISBN: 978-0-9763166-3-3 · Retail Price: $19.95


(Öffentliche Gestaltungsberatung)

Jesko Fezer & Studio Experimentelles Design (Eds.)

Public Design Support—a joint venture between Goethe Institute’s Urban Incubator and Hamburg University of Fine Arts (HfbK)—was established to offer free practical support to urban residents to help them reshape their environment through new and progressive ideas in design and construction. This substantial illustrated reader assembles the history of the collaboration initiated by Jezco Fazer in HfbK’s Experi- mental Design Studio department, and documents students work with residents of Savamala, Belgrade, in Serbia where the students renovated a space for local residents to meet with the students to discuss and find solutions to design and construction problems. Included are key project materials, scholarly essays and significant historical texts chronicling the aspirations, methods and projects of the first four years of Public Design Support. With contributions by Julia Albani, Baltic Raw, Martina Fineder and Friedrich von Borries (HfbK, Hamburg), among many others.

May 2016 / English & German
Softcover / 5 ¾ x 8 ¼ inches
400 pp / 60 b&w and 140 color
ISBN: 978-3-95679-183-3 · Retail Price: $26.00


Mark Pimlott

In his third publication, The Public Interior as Idea and Project, noted author, artist and architectural designer Mark Pimlott demonstrates how public interior environments are inscribed with cultural ideas across time. Assembled from his lecture series The Architecture of the Interior, at the Delft University of Technology, Holland, Pimlott presents over 200 illustrations organized according to six themes: Palace, Garden, Ruin, Shed, Network and Machine. He explores through the examples included in this volume the canon of the ideas consciously or unconsciously embedded in them. Mark Pimlott’s practice encompasses installation, photography, film, art for public spaces and architecture, with a focus on interiors. He has taught architecture and visual arts since 1986 and is now based out of TU Delft.

January 2016 / Softcover
6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches / 176 pp / 150 b&w and 30 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-52-6 · Retail Price: $39.95


The Public School for Architecture Brussels seeks to establish an educational framework for public engagement within the realm of architecture. The school, which has branches worldwide, was initiated in Brussels in 2014 by common room in collaboration, dating back to 2007, with telic arts exchange (LA) and recyclart (NY). With support from the KU Leuven faculty of architecture, the self-organiz- ing educational program in which curriculum and schedule are proposed by the general public via the school’s website offers the general public the opportunity to negotiate public space and access architectural culture. Conceived following the first eight weeks of the program, this publication reflects on what an alterna- tive education in architecture is and why it is necessary. Documents of activities that took place during the initial period and contributions from people outside the program provide a broad perspective on pedagogy and contextualize the public school in a larger discussion about architecture in the city.

February 2016 / Softcover
5 ¼ x 7 ½ inches / 152 pp / 9 b&w
ISBN: 978-0-9882906-1-7 · Retail Price: $12.00

Revelatory Landscapes

Aaron Betsky, Leah Levy and Dean McConnell
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
2001 / Exhibition catalog / Softcover
10 x 9 3/4 inches / 104 pp / 80 color
ISBN: 0-918471-64-8 · Retail Price: $26.00


Trajectories through the Shotgun House

David Brown and William Williams
Rice University School of Architecture, Texas
2004 / Softcover / 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches
212 pp / extensive b&w and color
ISBN: 1-885232-08-X · Retail Price: $29.95