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In the past 10 years we had the pleasure to get to know a lot of the amazing people behind the magazines and publications we try to gather in our store for you, we have seen countless covers on our shelves and browsed myriads of pages. In News & Novelties we want to share some of our latest finds and conversations. Find inspiration in our reviews, enjoy some interviews with amazing people and get to know about our latest activities in Berlin and around the globe.

A Pool in the Sea

Álavaro Siza Vieira: A Pool in the Sea

In conversation with Kenneth Frampton. Photographs by Vincent Mentzel.
At first glance the small volume A Pool in the Sea comes along rather unpretentious and modest. But there is something about it, some kind of roughness as you touch the surface or even the dark and moody cover of the sea which draws you in. Well, what you see is what you get. This beautiful arranged sequence offers an intimate glimpse of the early work of Portugal's renowned architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. At the age of only 26 Álvaro started his first solo project: the Leça Swimming Pool, built from 1961 to 1966. The complex which runs along the rocky coast of Portugals seaside, Matosinhos, is famously known for Álvaro’s virtuous play with its elements, the sublime synthesis of organic stones contrasted with the sharp geometry of his architecture. He is confronting and confronted by nature and his architectural work interferes and modifies the savagery of natural conditions. The interviews between the leaned back architect and Kenneth Frampton are touching upon his method, his passion and what makes it so compelling for him to work with nature’s given resources. Accompanied with Vincent Mentzel's photographs you get immediately a sense of what Álvaro considers to be the essence of being and working as an architect: "Architects don't invent anything, they change reality.“ Buy
Comme-ci comme-ça

Comme-Ci Comme-Ça – The Auroville Project

Christoph Draeger & Heidrun Holzfeind
Founded in 1968 in South East India by Mirra Alfassa, Auroville was perceived as the city of the future - a new society thriving on new, spiritually guided principles. Christoph Draeger & Heidrun Holzfeind revisit the community to investigate the origins of the project and whether the people currently involved in it share the enthusiasm of its early days. With archival research observations and interviews with some of the 2000 people currently living in Auroville, they examine whether the standards of the the city of the future have been met, whether common ownership, life-long learning and research into the spiritual are still the basic principles guiding the community. But foremost there’s a clear focus on the architectural aspect in Draeger and Holzfeind’s book, which they display with photographs, archival blueprints and documents about the original city plans. Buy
Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever traces the course of the cabin in North America—from the simple architecture of colonial settlements to contemporary interpretations feverishly circulated across the Internet—showing how this humble architectural form has been appropriated for its symbolic value and helped shape a larger cultural identity. The publication follows a tripartite structure—Shelter, Utopia and Porn—that maps the formal evolution of the cabin typology within a changing set of social and cultural desires.
Cabin fever sketches a beautiful narrative about the history of cabin culture and the passions underlying its evolution in North America. Printed on smooth uncoated paper and a hard medium size cover, the book presents the cabin as an architectural and cultural constitution in view of three notions: shelter, which explores the cabin’s practical details accompanying the historical Westward land explorations, utopia, which represents an outlook on the cabin being an excellent site for distancing and contemplation, and porn, which positions it in popular culture. This brings to light the great purposes behind having a cabin, having in mind the works of the likes of Henry David Thoreau, Edward Abbey and Gary Snyder, but at the same time serves as a symbol of colonization and displacement of indigenous people. Cabin Fever is produced along the Cabin Fever exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Buy
Architecture and Human Rights

Architecture and Human Rights

A Book on Urban Thinking - Tiziana Panizza Kassahun
“In a just world this book would not be written…” True, calling for a new approach to urbanization and design, Architecture and Human Rights by Tiziana Panizza Kassahun urges architects and city developers to take a more socially responsible positions in the making of cities. In order to face the challenges of a future where cities and populations are phenomenally expanding, the need to invest in equal opportunities for decent living conditions has never been more pressing. This book includes critical conversations with people whose lives are dramatically influenced by inequitable urbanization and whose visions about a better living place should matter no less than that of the logic of the market. Buy
Roberto Burle Marx Lectures

Roberto Burle Marx Lectures

Landscape as Art and Urbanism
Being one of the most important figures to shape landscape architecture, the work of Roberto Burle Marx has featured across a variety of formats and outlets. With the exception of his writings which largely remained inaccessible, until today. This book fills the gap by offering the translated lectures of the architect on such topics like the Concepts in Landscape Composition, Gardens and Ecology, and the Problem of Garden lightening, Landscapes of Brazil, and, a tribute essay to plants. Also includes a series of green landscape photos by Brazilian photographer Leonardo Finotti, showing the merging sceneries between natural landscapes and human-made beton constructions. Buy
Building Material #20

Building Material #20

Building Material 20 is the journal of the Architectural Association of Ireland, a unique peer-reviewed publication on the scholarship and practice of architecture in Ireland. Being the first edition to employ a process of double-blind peer reviewing for the submitted essays, the journal’s editorial board led by Michael K. Hayes, used this volume as an opportunity to reassess the publication’s overall intentions, its process and format of making and the possible directions it can lead in the future. From the physical matter used for building to the knowledge informing decision-making and the traditional means we rely upon to visualise architecture, this volume is centered around the ‘stuff’ of the architectural discipline. Buy
Responding to Particular Needs at a Precise Moment

Responding to Particular Needs at a Precise Moment

Jonas von Lenthe
Responding to Particular Needs at a Precise Moment is the visual interpretation of a research by Jonas von Lenthe into the architectural landscape of Tirana. With rudimentary photos which Lenthe personally took, archive material and interviews with local architects this book shows how architecture developed in the outskirts of Tirana to reflect people’s own ways in adapting to particular moments. Moments such as when the government"s housing support shrunk, which led to the appearance of features like integrating balconies into the internal space of houses, or making “unplanned” additions of entire floors! These represent spontaneous individual building extensions, open-ended projects, in divergence from the systematic urban planning of the socialist state. Buy
Brutalism - Now and Then

Brutalism – Now and Then

Massive Expressive Sculptural - Chris van Uffelen
Massive, Expressive, Sculptural - Brutalism: Now and Then, is a conveniently thick volume, wrapped in a clear-cut hard-back cover, in accordance with what we’re going to be dealing with inside. The rise and quick fall of brutalist architecture within the span of two decades (1960s - 1970s) was thought of as the end of it. But apparently, the powerful impressions left thereafter by the raw-looking variations and imposing greatness of béton brut have triggered a new surge of interest. In 300 pages, Brutalism: Now and Then offers a comparative outlook on the differences and similarities between some of the undervalued brutalist buildings of the past and some of the most successful brutalist architecture and design of the moment. Buy
Architecture Monogram #1

Architecture Monogram #1

Cross Section - Gijs van Vaerenbergh
Architecture Monogram is the first in a series of books about the new creatives in Belgium and in the Netherlands in the fields of architecture, landscape design, photography and writing. This edition showcases the work of Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, a collaborative practice founded in 2008 by the Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh. It doesn’t only reveal the works of the artists in question but also their personal experiences, their endorsement of the ambiguities between art and architecture, their obsessions and emotional drives that influence the process of creation. In 157 pages the book gives an overview about the projects they developed, in distinct chapters focusing on drawing, cutting, bending, assembling and mirroring. Buy
House Tour

House Tour

Views of the Unfinished Interior
Internal shots of empty new apartments taken at the level of the eye are becoming a way on its own in architectural representation. Published along the 2018 exhibition titled “House Tour” which takes place from May 26 to November 24 at La Biennale di Venezia, “House Tour, Views of the Unfurnished Interior” offers a taste of the exhibition’s visual journey through the interiors of contemporary Swiss housing architecture. A first 48 pages section is complemented by a second section of essays through which the various norms, logics and secrets of the displayed models are revealed. It helps us understand the landscape of the contemporary interiors and develop new perspectives on its topology, its past and its present. Buy
el croquis #194

el croquis #194

Brandlhuber+ 1996-2018
El Croquis issue 194 is in circulation! One of the top architecture magazines, this edition covers selected works by German architect Arno Brandlhuber and his Berlin based office Brandlhuber +. Featuring an essay by Bart Lootsma where he presents the architect’s fundamental operational concepts, and another by Moritz Künz who runs a review about the most interesting publications of Brandlhuber + (in which Brandlhuber is particularly invested). This edition sheds light on the idea of collaboration with other practices, disciplines and individuals, such as artists, writers, filmmakers and musicians reflecting the discursive nature of Brandlhuber’s work, his activism, and how his creative interpretation of the law rendered the pursuit of some far-fetched projects possible. Buy