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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.

East German Modern - Hans Engels

East German Modern

Hans Engels
The latest book East German Modern of photographer Hans Engels takes us on a visual tour through the Neue Bundesländer. And yes, we admit most of it is grey, but that is only because concrete was one of the main building materials. It was thought to be economic and innovative. The architecture pictured tells the story of a time when a young nation dreamt of modern living for everyone. The buildings were created with an eye towards modernity, formalism, and efficiency. Prefabricated systems were invented, instead of ornament the buildings are rhythmic through metal cladding, tiles or windows. Flipping through this book you can not stop wondering why you have never heard these architects names, while all the modern western architects that had similar styles and approaches are so famous. And while we are very happy that Prenzlauer Berg did not get teared down to build then modern Plattenbau blocks as was the plan (while we are equally happy the city center of Paris was not teared down to the ground for Le Corbusier to built enormes high-rise buildings to house all the Parisians), we admit that the architecture shown in this book, does not just has historic but also cultural value.⁠ Buy
Trans Magazin #35

trans #35

Since the late 90ties the magazine trans lives up to its name. Holding the current brainchild of ETH Zürich's architecture students in your hand it becomes clear that 'trans' is, in fact, an understatement. The bi-annual, tri-lingual and mono-thematic magazine has a lot to offer - and this not only for people who are coming from within the field. ‚Bruch‘ is the name of their current issue and can be translated as many things: as fracture, rupture, break - or simply crack. For those who can't resist the seducing yellow glow behind the crack which runs through the cover: The contributions are dizzying and mind-blowing, or at the least mind-changing, as your notion of ‚Bruch‘ will be surely a different, more transversal one. We’re not sure what this means exactly but we trust the wise words of Leonard Cohen: "There is a crack in everything, that's how the lights get in.“ Buy
Carrousel Confessions Confusion 1 Set 1 - Jan De Vylder

Confessions Set 1

Jan De Vylder, Peter Swinnen, Arno Brandlhuber
"I still remember that day I took the bike and headed down to the house that René Heyvaert built for his brother Gilbert. It was a grey day and it must have been somewhere early spring. It was some half an hour's drive. Though grey weather it was not cold anymore." tells Jan De Vylder in "Carrousel Confessions Confusion". The publication reveals in three booklets the architectural confessions of three architects - Jan De Vylder, Arno Brandlhuber, and Peter Swinnen.⁠⁣ ⁣Jan De Vylder's confession is deeply personal and tells the story of an admiration for the architect René Heyvaert that urged him to visit that one house year after year. He stared at it from the distance, imagining how it might feel to live inside. While Arno Brandlhuber takes the word confession at its root and looks closely at the Peter and Paul church in Dettingen, just ten minutes away from where he grew up. As a young boy he had to make a presentation on Dettingen. And even though he does not state it himself, when you see the pictures of the interior of the church you can not help but feel the influence this unusual building had on Brandlhuber's architectural vision - raw concrete, high reaching columns still showing the traces of the formwork, unadorned surfaces meet zigzag relief and milky light.⁠⁣ ⁣⁠⁣ ⁣"Carousel Confessions Confusion" unfolds the way of seeing of these three architects and ultimately lets you understand their mind and workings. And that probably more than if you would look at their own works. ⁠⁣ Buy
San Rocco #15 Spring 2019

San Rocco

Last Issue
‚This is not a call for papers!‘ Saying goodbye by dedicating its (literal) latest issue to the meaning of death in architecture and beyond can hardly be done more gracefully. Alas, after almost one decade working in print business and 15 released issues, San Rocco’s brilliant architectural endeavor comes to an end. We are not only going to miss its elegant, monochromatic cover design on our shelves but also its crisscrossing, interdisciplinary approach to lampoon architectural matters in - an ever delighting intellectual way! Not to mention San Rocco's dazzling titles as ‚Fuck Concepts! Contexts!’, ‚Monks and Monkeys!‘ or simply ‚Pure Beauty‘. R.I.P. and Buon viaggio! P.S.: As the dead don’t 'really' die, you can always browse our last paper back-issues of San Rocco or buy already sold out issues online as digital reincarnations here.
Salento Moderno

Salento Moderno

An Inventory of Private Houses in Southern Puglia
The eccentric and singular dwellings of Salento, a little piece of suburban earth in Southern Puglia, form an unique architectural panorama. While one could categorize these post-WWII family houses as kitsch or ‘horror shows’, the three photographers and two historians behind Salento Moderno decided to look upon this non-conform suburban terrain with a rather different perspective: as a many-sided architectural phenomenon mirroring the innermost dreams of their inhabitants, expressing their desires to leave their archaic life in poverty behind for a better life etched in concrete. Thus, the photographs of Salento’s private houses come with a great attention to the details, tucked away corners, swinging lines, floating forms, wild converging shapes and colors while exploring an architectural clutter which is as diverse as Southern Italy’s history. Buy


A Paradigm Shift in Art and Architecture - Franco Berardi
Humans have an astounding vivid imagination when it comes to picturing a better life within an imaginary society. And yet, the utopian visions set in parallel time-space zones are not the only ones on our minds. The indispensable other part, the darker, gloomy side described in the shadow worlds of dystopian fantasies written by Aldous Huxley and Co. are as present in the collective consciousness as their utopian visionary twins. Despite all disparities they do have one thing in common: both concepts are changing over time. Following the manifesto-exhibition displayed at Lisbon’s MAAT Museum in 2016/ 2017 the book 'Utopia/ Dystopia - A paradigm shift in Architecture and Art' is a finest collection of hitherto unpublished essays accompanying the show. The more-than-a-catalogue explores the thin line between the binomial utopia/dystopia division, critically questions the various notions of both concepts and orbits their subtle interrelations. As it can be read in Pedro Gadanho’s essay „Utopia/Dystopia. A brief History of an uncomfortable Duality“ this publication focuses on a significant landmark, a time when both concepts started to shift massively in 1968. At the latest after WWII, the global genocide and after dropping an atomic bomb for the first time, it became obvious that mass-driven hopes and ideas to built a different, new organized society from scratch often and rapidly turn into societal nightmares like fascism, communism, modernism. This paradigm shift is still echoing in the ideas about where the world will/could lead in the not-so-far future. By going beyond a mere static perspective on this dichotomy, turning and stretching the dualism to its limits the authors offer novel and different stances about a future yet to come. And perhaps, this book can do one’s bit to shift the ways we address society in its ideal self-representations by making us question again the role of cultural producers in face of a broader, unescapable political situation, as it is written in the foreword - or „Hope is the last to die“ to sneak in an everlasting utopian overtone. Buy
Pisé - Rammed Earth Tradition and Potential - Roger Boltshauser (EN)

Pisé – Rammed Earth

Tradition and Potential - Roger Boltshauser
In times when resources are scarce we turn back to old often forgotten methods and materials. Rammed Earth or Pisé, as they call it in French, is one of these. Pisé has a long history in Europe, especially in Switzerland, Germany, and France as an architectural material. In the 18th century architect François Cointeraux was already imagining a building method of prefabricated rammed earth blocks. He emphasised the favorable properties in terms of indoor climate, excellent fireproofing and local availability. The goal was to enable people to build their own homes with simple and very cheap means. But then the industrial revolution happened, steel and concrete replaced traditional materials and unfortunately with that a lot of knowledge got lost. Ever since architects like Herzog & de Meuron, Wang Shu and other Pritzker Prize winners have started in recent years to use Pisé for prestigious buildings, it lost its stench of being a poor material and got back in focus. Architect Roger Boltshauser aims with the publication „Pisé - Rammed Earth Tradition and Potential“ to record the state of knowledge, make it accessible, and expand the research. From historical rammed earth structures to possibilities and potentials of the material to contemporary constructions he collected essays by historians, architects, construction engineers, and material experts as well as research projects by students of the EPFL - Lausanne. Buy
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
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