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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

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

Productive Universals - Specific Situations

Authors: Anne Kockelkorn, Nina Zschocke (eds.) 
Title: Productive Universals - Specific Situations. Critical Engagements in Art, Architecture, and Urbanism
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Essays & Non-fiction, Theory & Philosophy, Architecture

In today’s increasingly digitalized and neoliberal societies, debates on universals and specifics have gained new momentum. This volume situates the contemporary return to universal claims and concepts in the fields of art, architecture, and urbanism, and highlights the interrelation of the specific and the universal in diverse historical situations from the nineteenth century to the present. The collection’s essays thus venture an epistemic shift of the concept of universality: from essence to modality, from the abstract and static to the performative and productive.

'To counter the populist pull of a post-truth era this collection dares to return to a thought of universality—and successfully introduces the applicable concept of the productive universal. It must work! Planetary urbanism, the algorithmic management of a global population, and climate crises are all at stake. This thought-provoking book invites architects and urbanists to think through the friction of concrete occasions toward concerns that are universally shared.' Helene Frichot, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

CONTRIBUTIONS BY Ursula Biemann, Ariane Varela Braga, Gaia Caramellino, Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió, Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll, Johan F. Hartle, Samia Henni, Christa Kamleithner, Anne Kockelkorn, Filippo De Pieri, Katarzyna Ruchel-Stockmans, Emily E. Scott, Laila Seewang, Alla Vronskaya, Andrew Stefan Weiner, Nina Zschocke

25.00 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

Non-Conscious Architecture

Authors: Gianni Pettena, edited by Marco Scotini in collaboration with Gabriele Sassone
Title: Non-Conscious Architecture
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Galleria Giovanni Bonelli
Subject: Architecture, Monographs

This publication surveys the work of Italian critic, architect, and visual artist Gianni Pettena. Focusing on a rich ten-year period of production that began in the mid-sixties, it brings new attention to the artistic and intellectual practice of a figure known primarily as one of the main exponents of the Radical Architecture movement. International curators and writers consider a span of projects about landscape and the built form as well as objects and works documenting Pettena’s interests in labor, temporality, action, and the event. Published on the occasion of the exhibition 'About Non-Conscious Architecture' at Galleria Giovanni Bonelli, Milan, 2017, the book also contains a republished conversation between Pettena and artist Robert Smithson and an illustrated index detailing the trajectory of Pettena’s body of work and research.

22.00 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

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

When is the Digital in Architecture?

Author: Andrew Goodhouse (ed.)
Title: When is the Digital in Architecture?
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Canadian Centre for Architecture
Subject: Architecture, Essays & Non-fiction

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

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