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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Dérive #54 – Zeitschrift für Stadtforschung. Christoph Laimer, Elke Rauth (Eds.)

Posted in architecture, distribution, magazines on January 20th, 2014
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Christoph Laimer, Elke Rauth
- Public Spaces. Resilience & Rhythm:
Resilience, rhythm, and public space. Shaping robust environments
Aglaée Degros, Sabine Knierbein, Ali Madanipour
The role of users in processes of urban resilience : the career of Manhattan’s Pier 84
Stéphane Tonnelat
The Polykatoikia – Resilience and variability in space and time
Richard Woditsch
Im Reich der Wunder. Tempelhofer Feld, Berlin
Nikolai Roskamm
And the Street Goes on: Everyday Acts of Resilience in Budapest
Ian Cook
Istanbul – City of Risk. Public space planning for risk mitigation
Susanne Prehl, Senem Zeybekoglu Sadri
Prishtina: shifting experiences of places in a ‘post-conflict’ city
Karin Norman
- Kunstinserts:
World´s End
Martin Krenn, Barbara Holub, Paul Rajakovics
- Magazin:
Lob der Brandstifterin
Thomas Ballhausen
Physical Disorder oder Urban Culture? Ein ethnographischer Essay über Architektur, Graffiti und Überwachung
Robert Rothmann
Straßenbeobachtungen: Das Smartphone im Stadtalltag
Peter Neitzke
- Serie: Geschichte der Urbanität:
Die Stadt als Archipel der Kapseln (Teil 2)
Manfred Russo
- dérive – Radio für Stadtforschung:
S.O.S ST. PAULI – Die Essohäuser und das Recht auf Stadt

- Besprechungen:
… „hinter dem nylonvorhang“? Architektur und Urbanismus Südosteuropas
Iris Meder
Der Raubzug in Berlins Mitte
Claudia Krieg
Los Angeles oder das Ende der Vergangenheit
Nicole Theresa Raab
Haltung und Handlung zugleich
Elisabeth Haid

Language: English-Deutsch
Pages: 68
Size: 28 x 21 cm
Binding: Softcover

Price: €8.00

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Flaneur #2: Georg-Schwarz Strasse, Leipzig

Posted in architecture, distribution, magazines on January 6th, 2014
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Flaneur #2: Georg-Schwarz Strasse, Leipzig
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A sequence or phrase. Jean-Pascal Flavien. Spector Books.

Posted in architecture, art, books, distribution, drawing, sculpture on December 31st, 2013
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A sequence or phrase. Jean-Pascal Flavien. Spector Books.

“A sequence or phrase” is a monographic catalogue on Jean-Pascal Flavien’s work, published following his two exhibitions at the Parc Saint Léger, Centre d’Art Contemporain (FR) and the Kunstverein Langenhagen (DE), both in 2012. It includes contributions by Vanessa Desclaux, Vanessa Joan Müller, and Olivier Michelon. It is published by Spector Books, and designed by Pascal Storz with Jean-Pascal Flavien.

Flavien’s work combines architectural experiments, book publishing, and performance with other media such as video, drawing, installation, and sculpture.

His recent solo exhibitions include breathing house at Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux; ‘Jean-Pascal Flavien’ at Kunstverein Langenhagen; Cinonema, no drama cinema at South London Gallery (both 2012). and two persons house at Capacete, São Paulo (2010). Flavien has participated in numerous group exhibitions at various institutions including Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster (2013); Les Abbatoirs, Toulouse (2012); Musac, Leon; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Kunsthaus Bregenz (all 2011) and Tate Modern, London (2008).

Upcoming solo exhibitions will take place at Catherine Bastide, Brussels, and Galerie Esther Schipper, Berlin.

Language: English/French/German
Pages: 112
Size: 23 x 30 cm
Binding: Softcover
ISBN: 97839449052

28 €

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Pages #9: Seep. Nasrin Tabatabai, Babak Afrassiabi (Eds.). Pages Magazine.

Posted in architecture, art, magazines, writing on November 13th, 2013


Pages #9: Sleep. Nasrin Tabatabai, Babak Afrassiabi (Eds.). Pages Magazine.

Editorial Note:

This issue of Pages assumes seep as a post archival mode: in the Merriam-Webster dictionary the verb ‘seep’ is translated as follows: to flow or pass slowly through fine pores or small openings, to enter or penetrate slowly, to become diffused or spread.

The biology or politics of seeping is like that of raw petroleum oozing at natural oil seeps. Unlike refined oil which has sponsored modernization and its aligned archives, crude oil pours beyond historical purpose and defies structural elevations. It instead disfigures the ground through which it dubiously spreads.

Seeping is a posthumous affair. It is the gradual leaking of a long withdrawn interior. Like the bleeding of a punctured corpse, when the pumping of the heart has stopped, when the body is lifeless and apathetic to any ‘hail’, yet continuing to bleed. Seep as archive is an eternally post-apocalyptic expansion, retraction, deviation, subtraction, or simply the arrival of (non-)things.

Mariam Motamedi Fraser
Contemporary Hole
Editorial Note
Wounds of Archive
Saleh Najafi
The Artist Abstract #6
Nima Parzham
Vanished Theories
Adam Kleinman
Editorial Note
Suzanne Treister
The Dissolute Subject
Alexi Kukuljevic
Andy Warhol, Suicide (Purple Jumping Man), 1963
Matts Leiderstam
Black Infinity; or, Oil Discovers Humans
Eugene Thacker
Infrastructural Suspensions: Global Spanning, Atmospheric Seepage, and Measures of the Undecidable
Natasha Ginwala & Vivian Ziherl

English / Farsi
128 pages

Price: €10.00

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FÁBRICA. Daniel Blaufuks. Pierre von Kleist Editions.

Posted in architecture, books, film, photography on November 9th, 2013
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FÁBRICA. Daniel Blaufuks. Pierre von Kleist Editions.

“One cannot walk through an assembly factory
and not feel that one is in Hell.” – W.H. Auden

‘Fábrica’, a new book and film by photographer Daniel Blaufuks, is a collection of images composed into an expanded scenery of memory, a walk through the abandoned spaces of one of the largest factories in Europe in an once flourishing industrial region, that never recovered from the loss of the textile market to the Chinese exports.

Blaufuks worked the book and the film (which comes with this edition) as a documental piece, collecting different kinds of memories, crossing old photographs, manuscripts and objects with images of the present state of the building interiors and surroundings.

The result is a reflection not only on the idea of a ‘factory’ in itself, most generic and abstract, but also about forgetting and abandonment, thus creating a significant memento about labor and the disappearance of the working class in Europe in the last century, which is one of the reasons for the present crisis in the region.

* This title was co-published with Guimarães 2012.

More about the artist: www.danielblaufuks.com

Color, B&W, 172 pages, 2013
DVD + Postcard included.
Language: Portuguese and English.

Price: €28.00

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Silver Tower. Matthias Hoch. Spector Books

Posted in architecture, photography on October 26th, 2013
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Silver Tower. Matthias Hoch. With texts by Harald Kunde, Andreas Maier, Markus Weisbeck. Spector Books

The old Federal Republic of Germany is history — a fact made especially poignant by these photos of the abandoned Dresdner Bank building. The tower — the most beautiful high-rise in Frankfurt on Main — was opened in 1978 as the bank’s head office. The construction was planned by ABB Scheid und Partner architects office, the corporate design was developed by Otl Aicher. Following the bank’s acquisition by Commerzbank in 2009 the head office of Dresdner Bank was vacated. In “Silver Tower”, a series of pictures taken between 2009 and 2011, photographer Matthias Hoch explores the deserted building. He looks for signs and remnants of an era, for the biography of the place. Meticulously structured surfaces, signs of wear and the interplay of light and shade are probed to reveal their traces to the camera: scratches, marks, layers.

124 pp., 45 colour illustrations and 30 pictures from the archives of Dresdner Bank.
Leipzig 2013.

Price: €34

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dérive #53: Citopia Now. Christoph Laimer, Elke Rauth (Eds.). dérive – Zeitschrift für Stadtforschung.

Posted in architecture, distribution, magazines on October 13th, 2013


dérive #53: Citopia Now. Christoph Laimer, Elke Rauth (Eds.). dérive – Zeitschrift für Stadtforschung.

Erscheinungsdatum: October 2013
Schwerpunkt: Citopia Now

Christoph Laimer, Elke Rauth
- Citopia Now:
Das urbane Leben hat noch gar nicht begonnen
Christoph Laimer
Re-imagining the City critically
Peter Marcuse
Nachhaltig, beschleunigt oderabgehängt?
Katharina Manderscheid
Architektur als Diagramm sozialer Rollen
Christian Teckert
The Curse of Oil
John Urry
Now Urbanism
Jeffrey Hou
Die eindeutige Stadt
Peer Pasternack
- Kunstinserts:
Eine Stadt muss wie ein Lebewesen betrachtet werden
Anita Witek, Barbara Holub, Paul Rajakovics
- Serie: Geschichte der Urbanität:
Die Stadt als Archipel der Kapseln (Teil 1)
Manfred Russo
- Besprechungen:
Lo Urbano übersetzen. Lernen von der lateinamerikanischen Stadtforschung
Monika Streule
Torre David: Informelle vertikale Siedlung im Zentrum Caracas’
Elisabeth Haid
Im Süden von Ost-West
Michael Klein
Die Welt als Bürolandschaft
André Krammer
Arbeit & Migration – Lebenswege und Geschichte im Grazer Annenviertel
Mirjam Pot
Architektur als soziale Praxis. Das »Vorarlberger Architekturwunder« soziologisch erklärt
Anita Aigner
Die Commonisten aus Bullerbü
Bernd Hüttner
Wohnungen für die Bedürfnisse der BewohnerInnen
Christoph Laimer

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