biographical landscapes of new zagreb. Claudia Bosse (Ed.) Cheap Method Edition – Motto Books & theatercombinat.

Posted in architecture, books, distribution, Motto Books, photography on September 3rd, 2014
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biographical landscapes of new zagreb. Claudia Bosse (Ed.) Cheap Method Edition – Motto Books & theatercombinat.

New Zagreb. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MSU), its space, collection and environment, and the unique concept of its urbanism were the starting points of the artistic research project called Biographical Landscapes of New Zagreb by Claudia Bosse, and was conceived through field research, including the analysis of actual experiences of urbanism in New Zagreb based on the memories and lifestyles of its inhabitants.

Invited by EUROKAZ and MSU to develop a unique project for the museum and its surroundings, Claudia Bosse and Günther Auer collaborated on visiting living spaces (apartments) in different urban areas of New Zagreb in December 2011. In March 2012, they interviewed the inhabitants on issues such as democracy, capitalism and identity. These experiences resulted in the research project which became part of the museum’s live installation, and an art-transfer between the museum and private living spaces: Biographical landscapes of New Zagreb.

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Desierto #3. 28º Celsius. PAPER Architectural Histamine

Posted in architecture, design, distribution, magazines on August 27th, 2014
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Desierto #3

28º Celsius is the temperature at which protection becomes superfluous. It is also the temperature at which swimming pools are acclimatized. Within the limits of this hygrothermal comfort zone, we do not require the intervention of our body’s thermoregulatory mechanisms nor that of any external artificial thermal controls in order to feel pleasantly comfortable while carrying out a sedentary activity without clothing. 28º Celsius is thus the temperature at which clothing can disappear, just as architecture could.



Sean Lally
Philippe Rahm


Nerea Calvillo

Patrick Keller

Carlos Ramos


Helen Mallinson


Antonio Cobo

José Vela Castillo


Paula García-Masedo

Price: €14.00

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FLANEUR #3: RUE BERNARD, MONTREAL. Ricarda Messner, Fabian Saul (Eds). Summer 2014

Posted in architecture, distribution, graphic design, magazines on July 30th, 2014


FLANEUR #3: RUE BERNARD, MONTREAL. Ricarda Messner, Fabian Saul (Eds).  Summer 2014

“Flaneur presents one street per issue.  The magazine embraces the street’s complexity  its layers and fragmented nature with a literary approach. It creates a meaningful correlation between places, stories, people and objects that aren’t necessarily related.”


Editors: Ricarda Messner, Fabian Saul
Language: English
136 pages

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split/fountain. Book launch & presentation @ Motto Berlin. 28.06.2014.

Posted in architecture, design, events, graphic design, writing on June 24th, 2014
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split/fountain. Book launch and presentation @ Motto Berlin

Please join us in welcoming Layla Tweedie-Cullen (Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Werkplaats Typografie, Walker Art Center) who will be speaking about her Auckland based project split/fountain, her recent distracted-workshop project at Brno design biennial and also introduce the distracted-reader publication series.

distracted-reader is a new publication series that seeks readerly parkour through selected terrain of art and design. We see rhythmised literacies of image, text, and concept. distracted-reader does thinking as making, and print design as speculative thought. With general art monographs as coffee-table artefacts, and university presses not funding conjecture, distracted-reader notes accented sequencing. Less clarion call to a vanishing new, more through-lines with incidents and discernible increments; writing and thinking as marked-up copy; stuttered narration; material views.

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distracted-reader #1 Mixtures: Xin Cheng and Allan Smith. 156 pages with drawings, photographs and texts by Xin Cheng, and drawings, photographs and texts by Allan Smith. The title Mixtures comes from a 2011 Xin Cheng exhibition; in this publication Cheng mixes memories of a Chinese childhood with recipes for healthy eating, photographed pages of anthropology texts showing Mongolian Yurts, and knitted socks from Scandinavia, images of ingenious low-tech merchandising stands in Cambodia, drawings of stone walls, and a bread igloo. Smith writes about the copiousness and fabricational inventiveness of Cheng’s practice, and about the accumulative materiality in the collages and architectural practice of ex-pat architect M.K. Smith. Allan Smith’s ‘un-illustrations’ set old school ink drawing and comic-book sequencing to work on the textured ‘push and pressure’ of a densely textured world.

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distracted-reader #2 Michael Parr and Blaine Western. A ridge, a section, an existing boundary, additions, a removed partition. A floor; concrete (where possible). 160 pages; includes 10 tipped-in colour plates. With essays by Michelle Menzies, Lance Pearce, and Henry Babbage. Parr and Western segue a photographic essay on the ruinous state of Barton Gillespie’s modernist house in Westemere into photographs of mutely eloquent architectural and landscape fragments taken in Los Angeles and Mexico. Menzies’ essay reads the Barton Gillespie house as a figure of rapport between people, topography and climate. Pearce considers the itinerancy and conceptual mobility of Parr and Western’s practice. Babbage reflects on the different audiences that Parr and Western’s temporary, quasi-architectural spaces create, and the way the spaces operate as platforms for occupancy and performance.

Saturday 28th June, 19.00 start.

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Mono.Kultur #36: Ricardo Bofill

Posted in architecture, distribution, magazines on June 12th, 2014
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Mono.Kultur #36: Ricardo Bofill.

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“I’m interested in my own history of errors.”

‘It is enough to say that Ricardo Bofill is one of Europe’s most famous and prolific architects of the last century. To add any more is to inevitably leave out too much.’ With these words we begin the journey of our new issue mono.kultur #36 into the mind and work of Spanish architect and enfant terrible Ricardo Bofill.

And indeed, where to begin with an architect as over the top as Ricardo Bofill, notorious since the 1970s for his vast city-like housing estates that look like surreal experiments in crossbreeding desert caves with Star Wars; an architect who has designed over 1000 projects in the space of five decades, from perfume bottles to city plans, and pretty much everything in between; who has worked in a style – or a hundred styles – that is as unique as it is impossible to describe; who founded a leftist collective that would eventually end up building airport terminals; whose life reads somewhat like a fairytale itself, taking us from fascist Spain under Franco’s rule to the celebrity frenzy of our modern times, with the Bofill clan holding a somewhat unique position among Spanish tabloids? To add any more is to inevitably leave out too much.

In short, Ricardo Bofill is a gloriously fascinating character with a penchant for the extra-large, in life as well as in work, and we are terribly pleased to dedicate mono.kultur #36 to the Spanish master.

With mono.kultur, Ricardo Bofill talked about fifty years of architecture, the vagaries of ambition and how Modernism killed the city.

Visually, the issue offers a disorienting journey of architectural splendour with plenty of previously unpublished images from the archives of Ricardo Bofill (as well as the odd film still of naked bodies). Using partial high gloss varnish throughout, it is a pleasing juxtaposition of the natural and the artificial, the intellectual and the sexual, the rigorous and the decadent.

Spring 2014 / English / 15 x 20 cm / 48 Pages
Introduction & Interview by Carson Chan
Images courtesy of Taller de Arquitectura
Design by Vela Arbutina & John McCusker
Publisher: Kai von Rabenau

Price: € 5.00

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San Rocco #9: Monks and Monkeys. Matteo Ghidoni (Ed.).

Posted in architecture, art, distribution, magazines on June 5th, 2014


San Rocco #9: Monks and Monkeys. Matteo Ghidoni (Ed.).

Spring 2014

2A+P/A on grey furniture
Michael Abrahamson on sculpture
Andrea Balestrero on Francesco Lo Savio
Erin Besler and Ian Besler on scale models
Marco Biraghi on Mies van der Rohe’s recent fortunes
Lorenzo De Chiffre visits Herzog & de Meuron’s Stone House in Tavole
Kersten Geers on Stirling’s minimalism
Simon Walker on Sol LeWitt
With photos by Giulio Boem and video stills by Sophie Nys

and much more!

Language: English
Size: 23 × 17 cm
Binding: Softcover

Price: €15.00

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L’Année Dernière. baukuh, YellowOffice, Stefano Graziani. Motto Books.

Posted in architecture, distribution, Motto Books, newsprint on May 30th, 2014
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L’Année Dernière. baukuh, YellowOffice, Stefano Graziani. Motto Books.

This booklet describes our entry for the competition to design the public spaces surrounding the Humboldt-Forum in Berlin. The competition was launched by the Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt.

With a text by Ido Avissar.

The jury met on 14 and 15 January 2013 and selected the proposal by bbz landscape architects, Berlin. The results of the competition can be seen at:

A short film by Enrico Maisto documented the realization of our model at Palazzo Reale in Milan.

The film is available at:


Dieses Heftchen beschreibt den von uns zum Wettbewerb Freiraumgestaltung Umfeld des Humboldt-Forum Berlin eingereichten Beitrag. Der Wettbewerb wurde von der Senatsverwaltung für Stadtentwicklung und Umwelt ausgerufen.

Die Jury traf sich am 14. und 15. Januar 2013 und wählte den Entwurf von bbz landscape, Berlin. Alle Wettbewerbsbeiträge können unter folgender URL eingesehen werden:

Ein Kurzfilm von Enrico Maisto dokumentiert die Realisation unseres Modells im Palazzo Reale in Mailand.

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Language: English / German
Size: 24 x 32 cm
ISBN: 978-2-940524-19-8

Price: €5.00

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What is the future of architecture? Vol.2. Pieterjan Grandry (Ed.). Crap is Good Press

Posted in architecture, writing on March 14th, 2014
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What is the future of architecture? Vol.2

After a very successful first edition of the participatory book ‘What is the future of architecture?’ we are very happy to present – ‘What is the future of architecture? Vol. 2’!

Volume 2 continues the same path as last years edition and aims to capture an image. Going through the answers, we can say there are some recurring assumptions, a red line weaving its way through the book. The book, consisting of 53 very different takes on the same question – ‘What is the future of architecture?’ – takes us from essays to short stories, through series of images and photography, practical approaches and active engagement to urban change, to science-fiction and poetry. While leafing through, often a blurry image would come to mind, an imaginative glimpse of the future.

Contributions by:

Senad Alibegović, Michaël Oliveira, Pedro Manuel Araújo, Özgür Atlagan, Onur Gokmen, Ethel Baraona Pohl, Florian Berner, Erik Bernhardsson, Solveig Suess, Tom Baxter, Cécile Bouffard, Benjamin Busch, Ludmilla Cerveny, Nick Chadde, Dominik Mederer, Matthew Clubbs Coldron, Collectif ETC, Donghyun Kim, Michael Fesca, Foxtrot Collective, Orlando Franco, Cristobal Gonzalez, Olaf Grawert, Patrick Grime, Jia Gu, Jason Hilgefort, Stijn Jonckheere, Eli Kerr, Stavros Koumoutsos, Herman Lee, M. Markaki, N.Bathla, Luciana Martinez, Maria Martins, AHAM, AJ Artemel, Lauren McQuistion, Francesco Mele, Photini Mermyga, Maxim Nasab, Pez Estudio, Katerina Kritou, Nikolaos Platsas, Polyanina, Greg Ponchak, Joanne Pouzenc, ReFunk, Alan Powell, S / C, Lorenzo Sandoval, George Sinclair, Michalis Softas, Jaime Solares, Something Fantastic, Spectacularch!, Ida Tam, Kia Tasbihgou, Tiago Torres-Campos, Bart van Haren, Sophia Vysoviti, Tsang Aron Wai Chun

Publisher: Crap = Good
Language: English
Pages: 216
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 978-3-00-044564-4

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San Rocco 8: What’s wrong with the primitive hut?

Posted in architecture, distribution on February 20th, 2014


San Rocco #8: What’s wrong with the primitive hut?

SAN ROCCO • WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE PRIMITIVE HUT? 2A+P/A talks about Zeno * Pedro Ignacio Alonso on Charles Eisen * Tanguy Auffret-Postel and Tiago Borges on Jacques Hondelatte’s Artiguebieille House * Pep Avilés on the Caribbean hut * Ido Avissar’s degré zéro * Marc Brabant on individualism and architecture * Marc Britz on the Panthéon français * Ivica Brnic on huts and temples * Ludovico Centis on space oddities * Steven Chodoriwsky on the duck * Carly Dean explores the desert on Google Earth * gall on a November weekend in 2011 at Slievemore, Dooagh, Keel East, Achill Co., Mayo * Giovanni Galli on primaeval architecture in an edenic context * Giorgio Grassi refuses to answer baukuh’s questions * Stefano Graziani goes to Devils Tower * Nils Havelka and Sarah Nichols on the Malm whale * Wonne Ickx on the well-tempered hut * David Kohn on the return of the Roi des Belges * Anders Krüger and Regin Schwaen on leftovers * Eric Lapierre on primaeval building substance * Annamaaria Prandi and Andrea Vescovini tells a straight story * Isobel Lutz Smith on the demolition of Glasgow * Nikos Magouliotis on the Three Little Pigs * Daniel Martinez on wilderness * Gabriele Mastrigli on Delirious New York * Ariadna Perich Capdeferro on Toyo Ito’s Sendai Mediatheque * Philippe Rahm on the Olduvai Gorge * Pier Paolo Tamburelli reads the Entwurff einer historischen Architektur * Neyran Turan on primitive flatness * With photos by Stefano Graziani

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Shadow Architecture / Architektura Cienia. Aleksandra Wasilkowska (Ed.). The Other Space Foundation / Fundacja Inna Przestrzeń

Posted in architecture, distribution on January 27th, 2014

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Shadow Architecture / Architektura Cienia. Aleksandra Wasilkowska (Ed.)

The economy shapes both architecture and the ethics of its creators. A city focused only on profits may turn into nothing more than an Excel graph. However, the architects who design buildings without taking into account their future maintenance costs can create monsters that would pray on institutions’ budget and could slowly drive them into bankruptcy. The alternative economies which are being invented at times of crisis such as time banks, cashless exchange of goods and services, alternative currencies or expanding the informal economy, will surely influence both the architecture and organisation of the cities of tomorrow.

In many countries the shadow economy reaches up to 40% of the market share. The prognoses predict an ongoing increase in informal transfer of the capital. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development almost half of all the working people in the world, which is around 1.8 billion people, are involved in the shadow economy. It is estimated that by 2020 this number will rise to two-thirds of all working people. More and more customers decide to go shopping at the street markets. This phenomenon is so common that many big corporations decide to launch their products also onto the stalls.

The traditional economy still denies the existence of informal economy because it is hard to examine and the boundary between the formal and informal circulation is rather blurry. Most of the economists ignore the influence it has on the world economy and describe it as a marginal or pathological phenomenon. The whole notion of a term ‘informal shadow economy’ is stigmatising. The journalist Robert Neuwirth in his book ‘Stealth of Nations. The Global Rise of the Informal Economy’ calls for a change in the language and finding a new name for the phenomenon. Instead of ‘shadow l economy’ or ‘black market’ he proposes a different name, ‘System D’.

The spontaneously developing shadow economy, called also the grey economy or System D will become an important element of global economy as well as of the city landscape in the 21st century. The street markets and space occupied by street vendors very often create local informal centres and a real alternative at the times of crisis. Together with the advance of System D we can expect to see the development of architecture and infrastructure related with it. Street stalls, collapsible tables, carts and other architectural forms of System D will have a more important role in our everyday life. As we change the language and the name of the alternative economy we should also coin a term of Shadow Architecture.

Shadow Architecture consists of objects, which were created without participation of any architect, as a side effect of the processes driven by the shadow economy. The awareness of Shadow Architecture has been denied by urban planners and architects although this kind of architecture has its regular users: petty traders and serious street vendors. The Shadow Archetype in Carl Gustav Jung’s analytical psychology stands for an element which has been denied from the individual and collective consciousness. Shadow Architecture is a kind of spatial structure which eludes central planning, just like street stalls.

The space around street trade creates local informal city centres. Marketplaces or stalls are something more than just places of direct exchange of goods and services. They form local and open meeting places, community performances, incarnation of contacts where real money is being confronted with real merchandise. The energy of community which is created by market places can be compared to the energy of public gatherings such as holy masses, sports games, parades or general protests. The movement of buying and selling masses builds a certain kind of fervour, a social exchange. Street trade is always close to the human, the city dies without him.

Street vendors of System D should be treated as an important social group. The shadow architecture: stalls, carts and stands can complement the so-called ‘high’ architecture and should be considered in official projects regarding important intersections, bus stops, metro stations, railway stations entrances and in all places which generate traffic. Local plans should provide solid areas which would allow street trade because a city without a street trade looks like an unfinished model.

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