A Photo Book Tracing Neo-Liberal Architectures

Arne Schmitt & Thorsten Krämer

Young German photographer Arne Schmitt’s (b. 1984) black-and-white depictions of Cologne’s urban architecture, old and new, harken back to the theme-oriented photo-books of the 1950s and ’60s, which functioned as both political and social critique. Schmitt focuses his camera on the urban fabric of Cologne created by neo-liberal policies after WWII, inspired by the physical collapse in 2009 of the Stadtarchiv, Europe’s largest and oldest historical city archive. Built in the 1970s, the Stadtarchiv’s structural failure could be seen as symbolic of the disastrous consequences of the neo-liberal economic policies in Germany, the U.S. and Britain that led to the 2008–9 global economic collapse. Critiques of neo-liberalism often run into difficulty because they lack a clearly defined object of focus. Faced with structural complexities, their analysis and criticism is often directed toward isolated instances. Schmitt confronts this political conversation with the resolutely straightforward approach of the documentary eye.

February 2016 / German w/limited English
Softcover / 9 x 8 ¼ inches / 88 pp / 66 b&w
ISBN: 978-3-95905-027-2 · Retail Price: $36.00

Nils Norman

The Contemporary Picturesque

Book Works, United kingdom
2000, Softcover, 61/2 x 9 inches
76 pp, 32 b&w and 32 color reproductions
ISBN: 1-870699-43-2 · Retail Price: $29.95


Spiritism, Modernism, Architecture

Jonah Staal

How does the ideology of modernism relate to other mystical paradigms? Dutch artist Jonas Staal’s newest book explores the relationship between Spiritism—a popular 19th-century religious doctrine involving séances and assorted paranormal phenomena—and modernism in Brazilian architecture. Central to this book is a systematic comparison between the fictive Spiritist city of Nosso Lar, as described by well-known medium Chico Xavier, and the country’s real-life capital Brasília, designed by Lúcio Costa and Oscar Niemeyer in 1956. Brazilian psychic Xavier receives his messages from the other side in the form of best-selling novels, one of which describes the spirit colony of Nosso Lar. Written in 1944, Xavier’s book Astral City includes detailed drawings and guides to the built environment of the city that artist Jonah Staal uses as his rubric to examine just how similar the idealized Nosso Lar and the utopian Brasília actually are.

Release Date: October 2014
English & Portuguese / Hardcover
5 x 7 1/2 inches / 160 pp / 49 b&w and 9 color
ISBN: 978-94-90322-45-8 · Retail Price: $25.00

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


Another Way of Building Architecture

Giovanna Borasi (Ed.)

For many, architecture is a service whose goal is building; but for others, it is a field of intellectual research and method of inquiry. Edited by CCA chief curator Giovanna Borasi for the eponymous exhibition, The Other Architect is a timely and beautifully designed source book/catalog. The handsome volume contains reproductions of ephemera from over 20 research organizations developed by architects between 1968 and 2011. A wealth of ideas and approaches to archi- tectural thinking are neatly explicated in captions accompanying each section and augmented in brief essays by international architects, theorists, teachers, writers and curators. Among the organizations featured are Rem Koolhaus’s AMO, Art Net, Global Tools, MIT’s Architecture Machine Group, Eyal Weizman’s Forensic Architecture, ARAU, Design-A-Thon, Delos Symposium, Anyone Corp and CIRCO. A must-have for anyone interested in the field of architecture, this publication describes the rich life of architecture beyond building—as thinking process, method and research tool.

February 2016 / Exhibition catalog
Softcover / 9 ½ x 12 inches
420 pp, 250 color
ISBN: 978-3-95905-040-1 · Retail Price: $49.95


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