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Planet Earth: 21st Century

Author: Daniela Comani
Title: Planet Earth: 21st Century
Publisher: Humboldt Books
Subject: Artists' Books, Architecture

Planet Earth: 21st Century stems from visual material sourced from Apple Maps Flyover and from Google Earth Virtual Reality, Apps that allow you to fly over cities and buildings in 3D. Between 2015 and 2019 Daniela Comani flew through virtual city views and made her own pictures, then she turned those screenshoots in black and white postcards. The book collects the spoils of her virtual trip: 360 postcards with streets, buildings, and monuments from all around the world. Re-enacting geography in the era called Anthropocene, the focal point of the project Planet Earth: 21st Century is the interaction between human perception of the planet, urban landscapes, and technology of the 21st Century.

26.00 EUR

Spalvink Vilnių. Miesto įkūrimas

Authors: Lina Steponavičiūtė, Dalia Sirgedaitė, Laima Bačkienė (eds.)
Title: Spalvink Vilnių. Miesto įkūrimas
Publisher: Lietuvos nacionalinis dailės muziejus / Lithuanian Art Museum
Subject: Art History, Kids, Architecture

SPOILER! The publication is in Lithuanian only

Ši spalvinimo knyga skirta pažinti Lietuvos sostinę Vilnių nauju būdu  – spalvinant nuostabius grafikos, tapybos darbus, kuriuos per šimtmečius kūrė Vilnių mylėję menininkai. Didžioji dalis atrinktų kūrinių yra saugomi Lietuvos nacionaliniame dailės muziejuje, kelių eksponatų skaitmeninius vaizdus leido naudoti Vytauto Didžiojo karo muziejus, Nacionalinis M. K. Čiurlionio dailės muziejus, Kernavės archeologinės vietovės muziejus. 

3.00 EUR

Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernization Effects

Author: Sylvia Lavin
Title: Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernization Effects
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Architecture, Exhibition Catalogue

Postmodern architecture was characterized by four dominant beliefs: that architecture was distinct from the materiality of things; that history had an operative role to play in the present; that the emergence of a culture dominated by images enabled architects to equate drawing with authorship; and that architecture could secure its status among the arts by staking a claim to the exhibition space. While each strand of this belief system had deep historical roots, the expanding reach of American corporations played a crucial role in transforming these ideas into what was then termed the first global style. Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernist Myths features a series of fragments salvaged from canonic buildings of the late twentieth century together with archival materials from the CCA and other museum collections.

30.00 EUR

Bauhaus #11

Author: (ed.) Claudia Perren (Bauhaus Dessau Foundation)
Title: Bauhaus 11. Centenary
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints, Architecture

The magazine Bauhaus No. 11 appears at the end of the major Bauhaus anniversary year. A review as preview. What was, what remains, and, most importantly, what is to come at the Bauhaus Dessau after '100 Years of Bauhaus'? The magazine looks back at an eventful jubilee and captures special moments, atmospheres, encounters, and insights. Bauhaus No. 11 presents the radical ideas that the Bauhaus has inspired in 100 young architecture students from all over the world and asks what a modern-day Bauhaus school might look like—it dances on the stage, browses in the building research archive, visits the new Bauhaus Museum Dessau, and experiences the Dessau Bauhaus buildings in a completely new way. In the process, it meets Bauhaus experts and newcomers, fans and sceptics, tourists and performance artists, historians and shapers of the future.

12.00 EUR

Pusiniai namai

Author: Inga Navickaitė
Title: Pusiniai namai / Half Houses
Publisher: Self-published
Subject: Artists' Books, Architecture

This project started as an aesthetic riddle: is this house not lacking its second half? So then we returned to Vilijampolė, Kaunas for a bunch more times, wandering through its streets and yards, seeking to re-think and re-imagine the stories behind these halves. Strange feeling of compositional lack comes to us every time when we look at these pictures. It is a forceful reflection of the loss here experienced: the missing half of the city's history. However neither the houses nor their inhabitants seem to forget that which has been lost, its legacy can be heard even in a brief chat that interrupts their daily toil. 

Photographs and interviews with the residents are tied together by a paperclip, like a cadastral file. Techniques used: ink, offset and silkscreen printing. Edition of 100! 

25.00 EUR

Žurnalas Kaunui ‘Į’ #4

Authors: Akvilė Anglickaitė,Viktoras Bahmetjevas, Miglė Ceinorytė, Gintaras Česonis, Gintarė Krasuckaitė, Viktorija Mašanauskaitė-Rinkšelė (eds.)
Title: Žurnalas Kaunui 'Į': įvairiatautis Kaunas
Publisher: Kaunas Photography Gallery
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints

Kaunas pastarąją pusę amžiaus gyvavo įsitikinimu, kad yra lietuviškiausias miestas pasaulyje. Tai buvo tiesa. Lyginant su Vilniumi, Klaipėda ar Panevėžiu, Kaune iš tiesų buvo didžiausias lietuvių nuošimtis. Tačiau tai ne visa tiesa. Iki pat Antrojo pasaulinio karo šis miestas buvo itin mišrios tautinės sudėties, tokiu jis po truputį virsta ir dabar.

Šiame numeryje bandome apžvelgti daugiakultūrį Kauną. Žydai, rusai, lenkai, vokiečiai, indai, totoriai, italai atsiskleidžia pačiais įvairiausiais rakursais ir pjūviais. Kaunas, pasirodo, nėra toks vienalytis, kokiu save laiko. Tai buvo vienas atradimas, nuspėjamas, tačiau vis tiek įdomus.

Tačiau rengiant šį numerį nutiko ir kitas dalykas. Bandydami atkapstyti kitas, nelietuviškas, kultūras Kaune, neišvengiamai turėjome priimti ir pamatyti tų kultūrų žvilgsnį į save. Tai, ką laikome duotybe, lietuviškumu, norma, čia mums grįžo tarsi veidrodžio atspindy – kitų kultūrų atstovai atvėrė Kauną, kuris mums gal šiek tiek neįprastas ir naujas, tačiau įdomus ir vis tiek savas. Čia aptikome ir indus, žaidžiančius kriketą, ir kenijietę, sudėjusią meilės dainą Kaunui, ir net indišką šventyklą Rotušės aikštėje.

15.00 EUR

The Language of Secret Proof. Indigenous Truth and Representation

Authors: Nina Valerie Kolowratnik; Nikolaus Hirsh, Markus Miessen (eds.)
Title: The Language of Secret Proof. Indigenous Truth and Representation
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Architecture, Theory & Philosophy

In The Language of Secret Proof, Nina Valerie Kolowratnik challenges the conditions under which Indigenous rights to protect and regain traditional lands are currently negotiated in United States legal frameworks. The tenth volume in the Critical Spatial Practice series responds to the urgent need for alternative modes of evidentiary production by introducing an innovative system of architectural drawing and notation.

Today, most Western legal forums utilized by Indigenous communities for recognition of their rights continue to employ evidentiary rules that do not allow for Native truths to be accepted as 'reliable' evidence. When tribes are asked to provide proof of their traditional connection to the land, what Western legal forums accept as documentation does not truly represent or respect tribal culture and traditional formats of knowledge transfer.

Kolowratnik’s research focuses on the double bind Pueblo communities in the American Southwest confronted with when they become involved in a legal effort to reclaim and protect ancestral lands, since the process of producing evidence runs counter to their structural organization around oral history and cultural secrecy. The spatial notational systems developed by Kolowratnik with the support of Hemish people, members of Jemez Pueblo in northern New Mexico, and presented in this volume are an attempt to produce evidentiary documentation that speaks Native truths while respecting demands on secrecy. These systems also attempt to instigate a dialogue where there currently is none, deconstructing the fixed opposition between secrecy and disclosure within Western legal systems.

15.00 EUR

Dust and Data. Traces of the Bauhaus across 100 Years

Authors: Ines Weizman (ed.)
Title: Dust & Data. Traces of the Bauhaus across 100 Years
Publisher: Spector Books
Subject: Art History, Architecture, Theory & Philosophy

This publication brings together case studies by scholars from around the world that engage with the history of the Bauhaus as an entangled problem—the multiple historiographies of the Bauhaus and the global history of modernist architecture within which it is located. The aim of this book is to read Bauhaus objects, documents, and buildings as molecular units of politics and history. Taking these objects as a starting point, it also sets out to plot their complex patterns of circulation and migration and trace forms of connection that are otherwise invisible to architectural history. Bauhaus history, as this book seeks to show, is indeed a history of migration: of its architects, artists, documents, objects, and, of course, its ideas, as they have scattered across a fragmented world, leading to disputes and sometimes to legal challenges concerning authenticity, physical and intellectual ownership, and copyright.

Contributions by Pep Aviles, Anya Bokov, Peter Bernhard, Nicholas de Moncheaux, MARIJA DRĖMAITĖ, Christopher T. Green, Hamed Khosravi, Norbert Korrek, Michael Kubo, Jorg Paulus, Alina Payne, Robin Schuldenfrei, Bernhard Siegert, Ines Sonder, Daniel Taliesnik, Georg Vrachliotis, Anselm Wagner

45.00 EUR

Insert Complicated Title Here

Author: Virgil Abloh
Title: Insert Complicated Title Here
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Subject: Architecture, Essays & Non-fiction

'What’s my DNA?' Virgil Abloh asks to an overflowing auditorium at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Abloh goes on to provide his audience with a 'cheat code'—advice he wishes he had received as a student. He then unpacks a series of 'shortcuts' for cultivating a 'personal design language.' Trained as an architect and engineer, Abloh has translated the tools and techniques of his student days into the world of fashion, product design, and music. His label, Off-White, works in seeming contradictions, marrying streetwear with couture, collaborating with brands like Nike, Ikea, and the Red Cross; musicians like Lil Uzi Vert and Rihanna; and 'mentors' like Rem Koolhaas. Impervious to hurdles ('They literally don’t exist.'), Abloh takes us behind the scenes of his design process, sharing the essentials of editing, problem-solving, and storytelling. He paints a picture of his DNA, and then flips the question: What’s your DNA?

Insert Complicated Title Here is the sixth title in the book series The Incidents based on uncommon events at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design from 1936 to tomorrow.

12.00 EUR

BRUT Boredom. High-rises, Emptiness and Play

Author: Marija Nemčenko, Ana Tudos
Title: BRUT Boredom. High-rises, Emptiness and Play / BRUT nuobodulys. Daugiabučiai, tuštuma ir žaidimai
Publisher: self-published
Subject: Artists' Books, Architecture

BRUT. High-rises, emptiness and play. is based on a conversation between architecture professor Edward Hollis, researcher Hussein Mitha, curator Anna Tudos and artist Marija Nemcenko. It delves into the complexities of brutalist architecture, housing solutions and public spaces as they exist in different cities across Europe. The four writers address the aspects of architectural heritage, preservation, progress, gentrification and exotification of the concrete colonies through their written works, which follow each other as a dialogue, each having a connecting link to the previous text.

Contributions by Marija Nemčenko, Edward Hollis, Hussein Mitha and Anna Tudos.

10.00 EUR

Žurnalas Kaunui "Į" #3 / Magazine for Kaunas "Į" #3

Publisher: Kaunas Photography Gallery
Subject: Periodicals & Reprints

In Kaunas it is still possible to find an aged, diminishing, species: giants of 20th century industry. Next to these fallen giants – i.e., the large Kaunas factories, that used to determine  urban development – have remained the communities that formed around them. Members of these communities, the loyal workers, keep a small part of the remaining industry’s mammoths alive. Old giants of industry are replaced by modern ones. A different kind of organism is born in the city and its surroundings. These new organisms are set in close proximity to residential buildings, which were themselves supposed to be in the refuge of nature, but as industry expands, it takes the place of this nature. 

Brackets are useful when talking about (post)industrial Kaunas, because the phenomena being signified is not complete. In other words, 'post' has not happened yet. There are manifold signs of industry’s prosperity in Kaunas; the diminishing of industry is an ongoing process, and the memory is still alive of those that were, or still are, affected by these changes. The magazine hence does not provide final answers about post-industrial reality, but is rather an attempt to search for starting points of a discussion by selecting the particular case of Kaunas and the dynamics of the ongoing processes of transformation inside of it – a process that encompasses the city’s past, present and future perspectives. 

15.00 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

Public Space? Lost and Found combines significant recent projects in art and architecture with writings by historians and theorists. Contributors investigate strategies for responding to underrepresented communities and areas of conflict through the work of Marjetica Potrč in Johannesburg and Teddy Cruz on the Mexico-U.S. border, among others. They explore our collective stakes in ecological catastrophe through artistic research such as atelier d'architecture autogeree's hubs for community action and recycling in Colombes, France, and Brian Holmes's theoretical investigation of new forms of aesthetic perception in the age of the Anthropocene. Inspired by artist and MIT professor Antoni Muntadas' early coining of the term “media landscape,” contributors also look ahead, casting a critical eye on the fraught impact of digital media and the internet on public space.

Contributors: atelier d'architecture autogre, 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

37.00 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

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