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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.

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
Radical Matter

Radical Matter

Rethinking Materials for a Sustainable Future
Radical Matter is an essential introduction for professionals and students to the latest cutting-edge design ideas which are on their way to shape not just the future of design, but the entire ‘design-make-consume’ chain. Unlike similar publications which would either focus on the materials themselves, their properties and potential use, or on the entrepreneurial initiatives to exploit them, this book is devoted to both aspects. It calls attention to ten ‘big ideas’ coping with materials including extreme waste material like shit and dust, through fully illustrated case studies and testimonies from global industry experts. Enticing and provocative at times, Radical Matter looks beyond the culture of material consumerism onto a future where design and ecology are integrated. Buy