SIX CHAIRS BOOKS – art & theory bookstore

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
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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

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

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

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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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
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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

Bauhaus World Heritage Site

Author: Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau (ed.)
Title: Bauhaus World Heritage Site (Bauhaus Paperback 21)
Publisher: Spector Books 
Subject: Architecture
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Between 1919 and 1933 the Bauhaus revolutionized the notions of architecture and design and construction methods that had hitherto prevailed. The buildings conceived by Walter Gropius and Hannes Meyer had a lasting influence on the architecture of the twentieth century. Accordingly, the Bauhaus buildings in Weimar and Dessau were added to the list of World Heritage Sites in 1996. This soft-cover book is published to mark UNESCO’s inclusion of a number of other buildings, among them the houses with balcony access in Dessau, the ADGB Trades Union School in Bernau, the Haus am Horn, and the old Art School and the old School of Arts and Crafts in Weimar.

10.00 EUR

Sundry Modernism

Author: Oraib Toukan
Title: Sundry Modernism. Materials for Study of Palestinian Modernism
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Subject: Architecture, Artists' Books

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

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

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

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

Authors: 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

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

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