SIX CHAIRS BOOKS – art & theory bookstore

Forensic Architecture. Violence at the Threshold of Detectability

Author: Eyal Weizman
Title: Forensic Architecture.  Violence at the Threshold of Detectability
Publisher: The MIT Press
Subject: Architecture, Theory & Philosophy
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In recent years, the group Forensic Architecture began using novel research methods to undertake a series of investigations into human rights abuses. Today, the group provides crucial evidence for international courts and works with a wide range of activist groups, NGOs, Amnesty International, and the UN. Forensic Architecture has not only shed new light on human rights violations and state crimes across the globe, but has also created a new form of investigative practice that bears its name. The group uses architecture as an optical device to investigate armed conflicts and environmental destruction, as well as to cross-reference a variety of evidence sources, such as new media, remote sensing, material analysis, witness testimony, and crowd-sourcing.

In Forensic Architecture, Eyal Weizman, the group's founder, provides, for the first time, an in-depth introduction to the history, practice, assumptions, potentials, and double binds of this practice. The book includes an extensive array of images, maps, and detailed documentation that records the intricate work the group has performed. Traversing multiple scales and durations, the case studies in this volume include the analysis of the shrapnel fragments in a room struck by drones in Pakistan, the reconstruction of a contested shooting in the West Bank, the architectural recreation of a secret Syrian detention center from the memory of its survivors, a blow-by-blow account of a day-long battle in Gaza, and an investigation of environmental violence and climate change in the Guatemalan highlands and elsewhere.

35.00 EUR

The Baltic Atlas

Authors: Kārlis Bērziņš, Jurga Daubaraitė, Petras Išora, Ona Lozuraitytė, Niklāvs Paegle, Dagnija Smilga, Johan Tali, Laila Zariņa, Jonas Žukauskas  (eds.)
Title: The Baltic Atlas
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Architecture, Essays & Non-fiction
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This atlas is a gradient between two questions. The first: 'what is possible to imagine?' focuses on interpretations, fictional stories, analyses, and reflections on the ongoing processes, and proposes future projections. The second: 'what is possible?' is an inquiry into the methods, resources, and parameters that define space.

All texts have been specially written for this publication. Parallel discourses are positioned next to each other—overlaid in an atlas that works in range of different modes. An atlas is a medium that unravels multiple ways of seeing the region of the Baltic States as an intensification of networks, agendas, and ideas that are relevant on a global scale. Along with the Baltic Pavilion exhibition, this publication offers a sense of an open-ended ecology of practices—a forum on what is to come.

Contributions by Åbäke, Indrek Allmann, Reinis Āzis, Viesturs Celmiņš, Nancy Couling, Tom Crosshill, Muriz Djurdjevic, Leonidas Donskis, Jānis Dripe, Keller Easterling, David Grandorge, Felix Hummel, Gustav Kalm, Karolis Kaupinis, Maroš Krivý, Jonathan Lovekin, Carl-Dag Lige, Laura Linsi, Agata Marzecova, Timothy Morton, Kaja Pae, Thomas Paturet, Ljeta Putāne, Eglė Rindzevičiūtė, Markus Schaefer, Jack Self, Nasrine Seraji, Tuomas Toivonen, Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas, Jānis Ušča, Aro Velmet, Ines Weizman.

30.00 EUR

Design Thinking in the Digital Age

Author: Peter G. Rowe
Title: Design Thinking in the Digital Age
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Subject: Architecture
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In 1987, Peter G. Rowe published his pioneering book Design Thinking. In it, he interrogated conceptual approaches to design in terms of both process and form. Thirty years later, in a lecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Rowe offered a reappraisal of his earlier work, describing ways in which the capacities of the digital age have changed the way we perceive and understand creative problem-solving in architectural design. In this new account of 'design thinking' based on that memorable talk, Rowe charges that ideas about the 'precision' and 'incompleteness' of information have become exaggerated and made more manifest. He dives into the crucial role of schema theory and the heuristics that flow from it, but concedes that the 'ineffable characteristics of design problems and of design thinking also appear to have remained.'

12.00 EUR

EP Vol. 2. Design Fiction

Author: Alex Coles (ed.)
Title: EP Vol. 2. Design Fiction
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Graphic Design, Essays & Non-fiction
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After the first EP volume on the activities of the early Italian avant-garde, the second volume in the series identifies the current fascination with fiction across art, design, and architecture. Practitioners and theorists explore this strategy by pushing the debate into both speculative and real-fictitious terrains. Newly commissioned interviews, artist projects, and essays shed light on topics such as parafiction and algorithmic ambiguity. Included in the volume is one of the final interviews to be published with novelist and semiotician Umberto Eco; a conversation with Bruce Sterling, in which the science-fiction author responds to designers who reference his writings; and design theorist Vilem Flusser’s 1966 essay 'On Fiction,' in its first English translation.    

Contributions by Paola Antonelli, The Atlas Group (1989–2004), Alex Coles, Anthony Dunne, James Dyer, Umberto Eco, Experimental Jetset, Vilem Flusser, Verina Gfader, Huib Haye van der Werf, Will Holder, Sophie Krier, Carrie Lambert-Beatty, Lucas Maassen, Valle Medina, Philippe Morel, Rick Poynor, Fiona Raby, Benjamin Reynolds, Hiroko Shiratori, Bruce Sterling

22.00 EUR

Sundry Modernism

Author: Oraib Toukan
Title: Sundry Modernism. Materials for a Study of Palestinian Modernism
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Architecture

With Sundry Modernism, Oraib Toukan presents an informal register of modernist Palestinian architecture—an assemblage of images and stories collected from 2013 to 2015 in the cities of Nablus, Ramallah, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Jericho. Using her photographs as conversation prompts with various residents, historians, and architects, Toukan places the anecdotes collected thereby into political and historical context, weaving together narrative and critique. Sundry Modernism sets out to be a gesture, a nod, a salutation to, and a critique of, the lines and angles of Palestinian modernism. It is a provocation on the act of looking, and, in particular, it is a proposal for reading apolitical forms in politicized contexts.


Oraib Toukan is an artist and Clarendon Scholar at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford. This bilingual English and Arabic publication follows Toukan’s participation in the 5th Riwaq Biennale (2014–16), and has been produced with support from Mophradat.

15.00 EUR

When is the Digital in Architecture?

Authors: Andrew Goodhouse (ed.)
Title: When is the Digital in Architecture?
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Canadian Centre for Architecture
Subject: Architecture, Essays & Non-fiction
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When is the digital in architecture? What are the conditions that led architects to integrate digital tools into their practices? Over the course of its research program Archaeology of the Digital, the CCA has collected the archival records of twenty-five projects realized between the late 1980s and the early 2000s in order to understand this period as a point of origin for the digital. But if we take care to identify the digital as a condition that is made possible by the conceptual foundations of digital media and not necessarily by digital media itself, the boundaries of the digital moment—when it began and under what circumstances—become less clear. 

There are eight million stories of the origins of the digital in architecture, and this book brings together fourteen of them. The arguments address specific changes in ways of thinking about architecture, building, and cities, as well as the shifts in technology that resulted from these changes, marking both a capstone of Archaeology of the Digital and the start of an investigation into other beginnings of the digital in architecture.

Contributions by Stan Allen, Phil Bernstein, Nathalie Bredella, Mario Carpo, Wolfgang Ernst, Marco Frascari, Peter Galison, Orit Halpern, Greg Lynn, Antoine Picon, Molly Wright Steenson, Bernard Tschumi, Mark Wigley, Andrew Witt

29.00 EUR

Atelier Bow-Wow with K. Michael Hays: Architectural Ethnography

Author: Yoshi Tsukamoto, Momoyo Kaijima, K. Michaael Hays
Title: Atelier Bow-Wow with K. Michael Hays: Architectural Ethnography
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Subject: Architecture, Essays & Non-fiction
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When Yoshi Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima of the Tokyo-based firm Atelier Bow-Wow arrived at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design as guest professors, in the winter of 2016, they challenged students to deeply consider their surroundings and record their reactions as a large pencil drawing. In this 'public drawing' time is suspended and expanded; futures, presents, and pasts converge; and the act of drawing becomes an instrument of dialogue and engagement.

Tsukamoto and Kaijima later spoke about the project with K. Michael Hays, Eliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Theory at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and reflected on representation, occupation, and the democracy of architecture. They unfolded their concept of an 'ecology of livelihood' 
wherein shadowless figures, objects, and spaces coexist with construction details. Explaining their belief in the 'behavioral capacities' of humans, architecture, and nature, Tsukamoto and Kaijima revealed the generosity of spirit in their work, and the importance of pushing such capacities to their most yielding limits.

12.00 EUR

Public Space? Lost and Found

Authors: Gediminas Urbonas, Ann Lui, Lucas Freeman  (eds.)
Title: Public Space? Lost and Found
Publisher: The MIT Press
Subject: Architecture, Theory & Philosophy
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atelier d'architecture autogeree * Dennis Adams * Bik Van Der Pol * Adrian Blackwell, Ina Blom * Christoph Brunner with Gerald Raunig * Nestor Garcia Canclini * Colby Chamberlain * Beatriz Colomina * Teddy Cruz with Fonna Forman * Jodi Dean * Juan Herreros * Brian Holmes * Andres Jaque * Caroline Jones * Coryn Kempster with Julia Jamrozik * Gyorgy Kepes * Rikke Luther * Matthew Mazzotta * Metahaven * Timothy Morton * Antoni Muntadas * Otto Piene* Marjetica Potrč * Nader Tehrani * Troy Therrien * Gedminas and Nomeda Urbonas * Angela Vettese * Mariel Villere * Mark Wigley * Krzysztof Wodiczko * Ana María León * T. J. Demos * Doris Sommer and Catherine D'Ignazio

37.00 EUR

Critical Spatial Practice 7

Author:  Felicity D. Scott
Title:  Disorientation: Bernard Rudofsky in the Empire of Signs
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Architecture
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Edited by Nikolaus Hirsch, Markus Miessen; featuring artwork by Martin Beck

Viennese emigre architect Bernard Rudofsky (1905–1988) is most frequently recalled for curating 'Architecture without Architects,' the famous 1964 photography exhibition of vernacular, preindustrial structures at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Far from simply a romantic or nostalgic invocation of cultures lost to industrial modernity, Rudofsky’s exhibition drew on decades of speculations about modern architecture and urbanism, particularly their semantic, technological, institutional, commercial, and geopolitical influences.

Focusing on Rudofsky’s encounters with Japan in the 1950s—he described postwar Japan as a 'rear-view mirror' of the American way of life—architectural historian Felicity D. Scott revisits the architect’s readings of the vernacular both in the United States and Japan, which resonate with his attempts to imagine architecture and cities that refused to communicate in a normative sense. In a contemporary world saturated with visual information, Rudofsky’s unconventional musings take on a heightened resonance.

15.00 EUR

Abstract from the Concrete

Author:  David Harvey
Title:  Abstract from the Concrete
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Architecture
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Featuring an interview with David Harvey by Mariano Gomez Luque and Daniel Ibanez

Marxist geographer David Harvey opened his lecture with a fact: between 2011 and 2013 China consumed 50 percent more cement than the United States had in the entire twentieth century. In Abstract from the Concrete, he asks why. Spiraling outward—geographically and materially—Harvey travels from the building industry in China to the foreclosed housing market in the United States to the automobile industry in São Paolo and back again. The why emerges as a direct result of 'anti-value,' of capital in crisis—intrinsic, he contends, to capital and capital cities today. 

12.00 EUR

Critical Spatial Practice 9

Author:  Andrew Herscher
Title:  Displacements. Architecture and Refugee
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Architecture
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In architectural history, just as in global politics, refugees have tended to exist as mere human surplus; histories of architecture, then, have usually reproduced the nation-state’s exclusion of refugees as people out of place. Andrew Herscher’s Displacements: Architecture and Refugee, the ninth book in the Critical Spatial Practice series, examines some of the usually disavowed but arguably decisive intersections of mass-population displacement and architecture—an art and technology of population placement—through the twentieth century and into the present. Posing the refugee as the preeminent collective political subject of our time, Displacements attempts to open up an architectural history of the refugee that could refract on the history of architecture and the history of the refugee alike.

15.00 EUR

San Rocco #13. Pure Beauty

Author: Matteo Ghidoni (ed.)
Title: San Rocco 13. Pure Beauty
Publisher: San Rocco
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints, Architecture
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18.00 EUR

San Rocco #11. Bramante

Author: Matteo Ghidoni (ed.)
Title: San Rocco 11. Bramante
Publisher: San Rocco
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints, Architecture
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12.00 EUR

San Rocco #10. Ecology

Author: Matteo Ghidoni (ed.)
Title: San Rocco 10. Ecology
Publisher: San Rocco
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints, Architecture
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SAN ROCCO • ECOLOGY Rui Aristides and Campomarzio on the Saline Royale at Arc-et-Senans * Ido Avissar on tranquillity in disorder * Francesca Benedetto on the island of the lakes * Caitlin Blanchfield on landscape and the New Deal * Dominic Broadhurst on Mad Max * Paolo Carpi digs into compost * Ludovico Centis at Niagara Falls * Rania Ghosn and El Hadi Jazairy on Beijing’s air * Fabien Giraud and Max Turnheim on ecology and emancipation * Robert Alexander Gorny introduces Gestaltungsgesellschaften * Stefano Graziani in conversation with Rene Gabri * Harry Gugger and Barbara Macaes Costa on urban nature * Wonne Ickx on the stump of a Sequoia * Emma Letizia Jones on Berlin’s parkway * Ali Karimi tells a fable about Bahrain * MAP Office envisions multiple Hong Kongs * Maria Chiara Pastore on sewers * Giovanni Piovene offers some notes on territory * Bas Princen finds oil * Davide Rapp explores ventilation ducts * Irenee Scalbert on apples * Sabine Schulz Blank on wilderness * Tuomas Toivonen heats the sauna * With photos by Stefano Graziani and Bas Princen

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12.00 EUR