A+U 544: Sigurd Lewerentz Drawing Collection I

08:00 - 9 January, 2016

From the publisher: January 2016 issue of a+u is a special issue focused on the drawing collection of Swedish architect Sigurd Lewerentz (1885–1975).

Working with the guest editor Wilfried Wang, Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, who conducted an extensive research at the Lewerentz archive of the Swedish Center for Architecture and Design, this 200-page special issue gives a comprehensive view on two of the architect's earlier works: Malmö Eastern Cemetery (1916–1969) and Social Security Institute (1928–1932).

February 2016 issue will feature Lewerentz's later works: Villa Edstrand and St. Petri Church. We hope our readers will enjoy the rich collection of rare drawings by one of the most important architects of 20th century.

Ian Martin is Crowdfunding for 'Epic Space', a Compendium of his Satirical Columns

04:00 - 7 January, 2016
Ian Martin and London's 'Shard'. Image via Unbound
Ian Martin and London's 'Shard'. Image via Unbound

Ian Martin is an Emmy award-winning comedy writer who has been part of the architectural writing establishment since, it feels, time immemorial (which, in this case, is 1990). His satirical column in the British weekly Architects' Journal provides a spread that every reader looks forward to and now, after accumulating over a quarter of a century's writing, is crowdfunding to compile a compendium entitled Epic Space

ArchDaily Architect’s Holiday Gift Guide 2015 (Part II)

12:00 - 18 December, 2015

It's no secret that architects have an affinity for books. Architects' libraries are often filled with a rich collection of architecture classics and inspiration that has been accumulated over the years, starting with their first year of architecture school. Thus, we have decided to expand our yearly gift guide selections to include some of the most impressive, newly published books that any architect could appreciate. 

Dear Architecture: Letters on Love, Apologies and Gratuitous Selfies

04:00 - 10 December, 2015
Courtesy of Blank Space
Courtesy of Blank Space

"Dear Architecture," writes Craig L. Wilkins, "I’ve been wondering why you don’t speak to me. Is it because you don’t see me? Are you ignoring me? Maybe it’s because you really don’t care for me; but whatever it is, you sure don’t. Speak, that is. At least, not to me." In his winning entry to 'Dear Architecture', a competition initiated by Blank Space (of Fairytale fame), Wilkins describes misgivings through the lens of a disenfranchised city dweller, illustrating a missed connection felt by one resident towards his surroundings.

Kickstarter Campaign to Fund the Forthcoming 'Real Review' Nears End

04:15 - 19 November, 2015

Tomorrow the Kickstarter campaign launched by the Real Estate Architecture Laboratory (REAL), which surpassed its funding target earlier this month, will come to an end. The Real Review, an independent bi-monthly magazine led by Jack Self and Shumi Bose which intends to "revive the review as a writing form" to a general readership within the architectural sphere, is slated for launch in early 2016. In an interview with ArchDaily, the editors stated that "the original crowdfunding target of $24,994 (or £15,990) was set at the [basic] cost of print." Having since surpassed their first goal by almost £10,000 to date, every new donation or subscription adds to the financial feasibility and longevity of the project. Following the announcement that Self, Bose and Finn Williams will be curating the British Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, a new reward was added to their campaign.

AV Monographs Looks at 15 Years of Rem Koolhaas and OMA

06:00 - 16 October, 2015
Courtesy of Arquitectura Viva
Courtesy of Arquitectura Viva

"From his first conceptual, colorful phase, Koolhaas has traveled through dirty realism, enlightened deconstructivism and commercial pragmatism, grafting Leonidov on Le Corbusier, hybridizing mambo fifties with dry sixties, and joining programmatic diagrams with sculptural volumes to end in the realm of heritage and history, ecology and sustainability, elements and the discipline."  - Luis Fernández-Galiano

The first monograph that AV has dedicated entirely to the Dutch architect covers his work at OMA starting in 2000, the year in which Koolhaas was awarded the Pritzker Prize. Accompanied by an essay and 12 critical texts by Luis Fernández-Galiano, the publication covers the work built by the studio during the last 15 years. 

Performing Arts Center, 2008-, Taipei  (China). Image Courtesy of Arquitectura Viva De Rotterdam Building, 1997-2013, Rotterdam (Netherlands) © Ossip van Duivenbode. Image Courtesy of Arquitectura Viva Brand Europe. Image Courtesy of Arquitectura Viva Axel Springer Campus, 2014-, Berlin (Germany). Image Courtesy of Arquitectura Viva +13

Kickstarter Campaign Launches to Fund the Forthcoming 'Real Review'

11:25 - 29 September, 2015

The Real Estate Architecture Laboratory (REAL) have today announced a Kickstarter campaign in preparation for the launch of their flagship publication, the Real Review. Produced by an independent team of editors and designers, this bi-monthly magazine intends to "revive the review as a writing form" to a general readership within the architectural sphere and its orbital subjects.

The Real Review will be "a printed object of exceptional quality, featuring engaging texts by leading international commentators," alongside providing "a highly visible platform for emerging writers." Confirmed authors at this time include, among others, Assemble, Pier Vittorio Aureli (Dogma, AA), Reinier de Graaf (OMA), Sam Jacob (Sam Jacob Studio), and a rostra of journalists including the Financial Times' architecture critic Edwin Heathcote.

DETAIL Green Books: Sustainable Construction Techniques

12:00 - 15 August, 2015
Courtesy of DETAIL
Courtesy of DETAIL

From the publisher. From structural design to interior fit-out: Assessing and improving the environmental impact of buildings

What makes building materials sustainable? How to reduce the amount of embodied energy in building constructions? And how does a Life Cycle Analysis work? These are questions which are becoming increasingly more common in the context of sustainable construction.

DETAIL Practice: Colour

14:00 - 8 August, 2015
Courtesy of DETAIL
Courtesy of DETAIL

From the publisher. Visual spatial effects and communication

Colour in the past, present and future

Colours affect people, induce emotions and often evoke memories, which is why not only artists but also scientists, psychologists, planners, and writers are all preoccupied with colour. Choosing colour is a very demanding task for architects, one that can have an enormous impact if it is carried out professionally.  

The Architectural Monograph is Here to Stay

04:00 - 16 June, 2015
© Ana Santl
© Ana Santl

The monograph is a popular platform for dissemination and debate in the art and design world, yet architectural monographs are often treated with suspicion – viewed more as a self-serving PR exercise. But do monographs actually have a more substantive role within the practice of architecture? This was the backdrop for a discussion entitled ‘Why a Monograph?’ held at Waterstones Piccadilly as part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture. The participants included Jay Merrick, architecture correspondent of The Independent; Simon Henley of Henley Halebrown Rorrison (HHbR); David Grandorge, architectural photographer and Senior Lecturer at London’s CASS; and Ros Diamond of Diamond Architects. The session was chaired by ArchDaily Editor James Taylor-Foster.

How Has The Monograph Become A Default In Architectural Publishing?

05:00 - 18 May, 2015
The bookshop of the Netherlands Architecture Institute, with a space dedicated to the architectural monograph. Image via Nieuwe Instituut
The bookshop of the Netherlands Architecture Institute, with a space dedicated to the architectural monograph. Image via Nieuwe Instituut

It's common to find an architectural monograph (or three) on an architect's bookshelf. Within the pages of these large, heavy, often expensive tomes lie a formalised portfolio of a studio's professional output, interspersed by essays penned by influential writers, thinkers or practitioners. They are sources of both information and inspiration, bringing architecture from around the world into your personal field of vision.

Recent years have seen a vast number of these types of books published on architects and their practices, begging the question: Why a Monograph? Are they simply part and parcel of a studio's creative process, or necessary tools for communication with the wider world? Perhaps more interestingly, what role does the recording of work in this way have for architects in enabling them to take stock and move forward? It will seek to examine how the print monograph has become a staple tool for self-promotion, reflection, and criticism in a world which is leaning towards a gradual digitisation of the discourse.

Society of Architectural Historians Announces 2015 Publication Award Recipients

19:00 - 23 April, 2015
Courtesy of Society of Architectural Historians
Courtesy of Society of Architectural Historians

The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) have announced the winners of the 2015 Publication Awards in Chicago, as part of their 68th Annual International Conference Awards ceremony. David Brownlee, Keith Morgan, Pauline Saliga, and Stanley Tigerman were also inducted as Fellows of the Society of Architectural Historians for their "lifelong contributions to the field of architectural history."

Awarded annually, the SAH Publication awards honor excellence in "architectural history, landscape history, and historic preservation scholarship," alongside outstanding architectural exhibition catalogs. Eligible publications must have been published in the two years immediately preceding the award, with nominations for the 2016 Publication Awards opening on June 1.

Learn more about the winning publications after the break.

GIVEAWAY: Moleskine's Inspiration and Process in Architecture / Studio MK 27

19:00 - 22 April, 2015
Moleskine®-Inspiration and Process in Architecture
Moleskine®-Inspiration and Process in Architecture

Moleskine, the go-to brand of sketchbooks beloved by creatives around the world, recently released another title in its Inspiration and Process in Architecture series: Studio MK27, led by architect Marcio Kogan

The series already features monographs dedicated to Studio Mumbai, Wiel AretsDominique Perrault, Zaha Hadid, and others. Studio MK27 joins this prestigious list along with Kengo Kuma, Grafton Architects, Frits Palmboom and Michael Graves, whose monographs were also recently announced by Moleskine. 

Read on to find out how you can win a copy of Inspiration and Process in Architecture - Marcio Kogan Studio MK27!

Head in the Clouds with SOILED's 5th Issue

06:00 - 14 March, 2015
Courtesy of SOILED
Courtesy of SOILED

Self-described as "a periodical of architectural stories that [makes] a mess of the built environment and the politics of space," SOILED zine's 5th issue has been released, abounding with tales of the aerial. Entitled Cloudscrapers, the issue is the second in a series of limited-edition, locally produced publications by CARTOGRAM Architecture.

The Avery Review: Insightful Critical Writing Online

00:00 - 29 September, 2014
Courtesy of The Avery Review
Courtesy of The Avery Review

The Avery Review (AR), a new online journal dedicated to thinking about books, buildings and other architectural media, seeks to utilise the potential in the critical essay and repackage it for the digital realm. A project of the Office of Publications at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, the AR's responsive website (designed by Nothing in Common) perfectly matches the exceptional quality of the content. Featuring essays from Owen Hatherley and Amale Andraos, among others, the overarching aim of the review is to "explore the broader implications of a given object of discourse" whether that be "text, film, exhibition, building, project, or urban environment."

Find out more from editors Caitlin Blanchfield and James Graham after the break.

Reinstating the Relevance of Academic Journals: trans magazin

00:00 - 17 June, 2014
Courtesy of trans magazine
Courtesy of trans magazine

trans magazin, a semi-annual journal published by the Department of Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETHZ, seeks to address "issues in architecture and urban development from a variety of perspectives." Managed by an independent student editorial team since 1997, the publication studies and discusses humanities, politics, philosophy and the arts. It is "a platform for interdisciplinary discourse" packaged in a beautifully printed, weighty periodical.

The Draftery: Dispelling the Belief That Architectural Drawing is Dead

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
Fig. 03. Image Courtesy of The Draftery
Fig. 03. Image Courtesy of The Draftery

Fig. 01/02. Image Courtesy of The Draftery Fig. 01/02. Image Courtesy of The Draftery Fig. 01/02. Image Courtesy of The Draftery Fig. 01/02. Image Courtesy of The Draftery +22

The Draftery, a printed platform to "discuss the role of architectural drawing today", brings together a fascinating collection of images and words in a publication on three distinct platforms. Figures, Captions and Archive facilitate a multi-disciplinary conversation about how drawings are made and their role in the built environment. Now approaching their third anniversary, how far have they come and where is the project headed?

January 2013 saw the re-launch of The Draftery and the total reconstruction of the project. Their crisp publications now have a strong editorial thread which compliments the carefully curated collections of architectural drawings. Seeking to "demonstrate that drawing, more than mere representation, is a method of acting in the world", good drawings provide a moment of visual solice in a fast paced profession. 

BI's First Print Edition Released - FREE: Architecture on the Loose

00:00 - 1 June, 2014
Courtesy of BI Publications
Courtesy of BI Publications

BI is a publication focused on the exchanges between architecture and its wider cultural context; it consists of short extemporaneous texts with longer studied pieces from a multitude of perspectives. The following is an excerpt from its latest (and first print) edition, FREE, written by the editors-in-chief E. Sean Bailey and Erandi de Silva.

There is implicit conflict in the word ‘free’. While culturally we celebrate the infinite opportunities afforded by the ‘freedom to’, the term also alludes to emancipation, a break from a captive state, or a ‘freedom from’. ‘Free’ is, at its core, an architectural concept. Architecture is a discipline directly engaged with shaping enclosure, of erecting and toppling barriers or—more explicitly—of extending and limiting ‘freedoms’.