Press services - archive 2019
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Carsten Wiewiorra ∕ Anna Tscherch
Materials and Finishings
Apart from the shape and construction, it is materials that play a crucial role in the experience of an interior space. Surfaces and combinations of materials evoke specific emotions and reactions in people. The new textbook Materials and Finishings provides an overview and basic knowledge of materials and their applications. Everything that can be used for interior spaces is presented in regard to its suitability and properties.
SSA Architekten, Basel, Switzerland
Weltpostpark Bern: a residential building with a sustainable effect
Currently the new urban quarter Weltpostpark is being developed on the Murifeld in the Swiss city of Bern. Among the projects are three residential buildings by SSA Architekten. The first of these will be ready for occupation in December. SSA Architekten are not only increasing the density on the site, but are also at the same time creating high-quality, yet affordable housing. And all of the energy that is required for the residential buildings will come from renewable sources.
Architectural Guide Norway
Buildings and Projects from 2000 to 2020
Norway is the 2019 Frankfurt Book Fair's Guest of Honour. To mark the occasion, DOM publishers is releasing their Architectural Guide Norway. It showcases 150 buildings and other architectural objects from the period between 2000 and 2020 that have been either realised or are currently under construction.
Gilles Retsin, Manuel Jimenez, Mollie Claypool, Vicente Soler (eds.)
Architecture in the Age of Automation
The use of robotics in architecture is already commonplace, ranging from computers in the design and planning process to intricately programmed machines. Complex shapes are created with the help of 3D printing robots while autonomous swarms of robots working together are constructing ever bigger structures. And the potential for artificial intelligence in architecture, construction and structural engineering is only beginning to be applied.
Pedro Ignacio Alonso / Hugo Palmarola (eds.)
How Concrete Panels Changed the World
During the second half of the twentieth century countless concrete panels sailed through the skies: not only physically from factory to construction site, or from country to country, but also figuratively. The flying concrete panel could be found all over the world in countless pictures, on posters, in cartoons and movies and even as toys or theatre and opera sets. Their symbolism made them an emblem for the promise of a modern, better world.
Barbara Engel (Hg.)
Mass Housing in the Socialist City. Heritage, Values, and Perspectives
Case Studies in Germany, Russia, and Ukrain
Prefabricated mass housing in cities from formerly socialist countries represents an enormous volume of residential housing today and is therefore an important tool for the future urban development within these cities. But transformation of these districts is needed due to the functional, societal, and technical challenges that they face. How can these - sometimes gigantic - structures from the 1960s and 70s be adapted to today's needs? How can a sustainable, socially compatible, ecologically responsible, and economically efficient development be ensured?
Sharon Golan Yaron
Architectural Guide Tel Aviv
The White City and its Modernist Buildings
The Architectural Guide Tel Aviv presents the 100 most important buildings from the White City. Sharon Golan Yaron takes the readers along with her on four tours with 25 building each, right through the heart of the city to the central Bialik Square, across the Rothschild Boulevard to some Modernist show houses, and on to the outskirts that lie beyond the World Heritage zone. Anyone wishing to find out more about the idiosyncrasies of the White City and its history will discover a treasure trove of first-hand information in this guidebook.
Architect behind the Palace of the Soviets
Boris Iofan (1891-1976) was one of the most significant architects from the Stalin era and is best known for his connection with the monumental Palace of the Soviets - his ambitioned masterpiece which was never completed, initially on account of the Second World War, and then because of shortages in the supply of building material. But the style of the architect, whose main oeuvre was realised in the 1930s, was not limited to the Socialist Classicism that flourished under Stalin.
Annette Hillebrandt / Petra Riegler-Floors / Anja Rosen /
Manual of Recycling
Buildings as Sources of Materials
Central Europe is richer in raw materials than commonly thought - but they are not found in the ground. Never before have there been more metals, plastics, oil-based composites or minerals in the industrialised nations. One only has to bring them back into circulation. The same goes for buildings and cities. Realising them as gigantic raw material deposits is a new approach taken by the Manual of Recycling.
Izabela Cichońska / Karolina Popera / Kuba Snopek
A Catalogue of Polish Churches post 1945
Over 3,000 churches were built in Poland between 1945 and 1989 – more than in any other European country – despite the rejection that the communist state showed towards religion. The majority of these often quite unconventional buildings were constructed together with architects and craftsmen by the parish communities themselves. The authors have named this unique heritage "Day-VII Architecture ", as most of the building was done on the weekends. Neither legal nor prohibited, many of these places of worship became crucial sites for Poland's democratisation process.
Where artists are happy to work and live
Live-in studio house on Erlenmatt-Ost is ready for occupation.
Most of the 36 residents of the live-in studio house on Basel's Erlenmatt-Ost site are artists. For them a dream has come true in the shape of this sustainable new-build: to be able to work and live in one place. And Degelo Architekten want to take this affordable project even further.
Sandra Hofmeister (Ed.)
Leisure and Movement in Urban Space
Gone are the days in which the typically multi-purpose school gyms located somewhere on the outskirts of town are the first thing to come to mind when one mentions sports facilities. The publication Sports Facilities. Leisure and Movement in Urban Space, from the Edition DETAIL series, introduces fifteen current projects that are distinguished by the quality of their construction, integration in the urban context and objectives.
Helmut Bott, Gregor C. Grassl, Stephan Anders (Eds.)
Sustainable Urban Planning
Vibrant Neighbourhoods - Smart Cities - Resilience
Architecture never stands by itself: it must always be seen within its context. The surrounding environment, infrastructure and networks are just as relevant to the design as the intended use. And if we ask about a "building of the future", we must also see it in combination with the requirements set for the "cities of tomorrow".
Architectural Guide Moon
The moon has always been a place of longing for earth's inhabitants but the first landing in 1969 really set things in motion. Luna, Ranger and Apollo - these and all of the other missions that followed contributed to the fact that we can now seriously consider settling on the moon. The Architectural Guide Moon manages to show us that all of the planned and realised artefacts not only allow us to recognise a specific lunar architecture, but that one can even set it into its own typology.
Georgi Stanishev (ed.)
Architectural Guide Sofia
Sofia is one of the oldest cities in Europe, but it remains a relatively undiscovered destination for tourism. Its urban fabric comprises a vast range of architectures, with structures by the ancient Thracians, Romans, Byzantines, as well as works from the Bulgarian medieval era, the Ottoman Empire, and the modern day, including the peculiar period of communist historicism and modernism.
Ilinca Paun Constantinescu (ed.)
Shrinking Cities in Romania (2 volumes)
Shrinking cities are a worldwide phenomenon. While megacities keep on growing, the mid-sized and smaller cities are often left to deal with dwindling population numbers. These shrinking processes can also trigger uncontrollable dynamics. They are often looked upon by governments and administrations with a degree of trepidation, sometimes even becoming a taboo issue. Ignoring the phenomenon has become quite common in a country that is especially impacted by it due to the large scale of emigration: Romania.
Zoological gardens and animal parks are among the most popular cultural and leisure facilities when it comes to visitor numbers: in Germany alone the ratio to museum visits is almost forty to one. Yet while cultural buildings such as theatres and museums manage to make headlines, architecture for animals often only merits a marginal note.
Alex Bykov / Ievgeniia Gubkina
Soviet Modernism Brutalism Post-modernism
Buildings and Projects in Ukraine 1955-1991
The publication Soviet Modernism Brutalism Post-modernism is a comprehensive study of brutalist architecture from Soviet-era Ukraine. For several years the architects Alex Bykov and Ievgeniia Gubkina set their sights on the modern architecture that can be found within their home country. In this title they examine the unique expressions of post-war Soviet architecture from 1955 to 1991 in all its shapes: from interior design to urban planning and throughout all parts of Ukraine.
Paul Andreas / Karen Jung / Peter Cachola Schmal (Eds.)
Housing for All
Catalogue of Buildings
Affordable housing is an ongoing political issue. Local authorities have repeatedly been striving to set international standards for these important construction projects since the 1920s. In the tradition of a socially oriented housing development today's focus is on not only on setting out political, but also architectural standards.
Wolfgang Voigt / Dorothea Deschermeier / Peter Cachola Schmal (Eds.)
New Human, New Housing
The Architecture of the New Frankfurt 1925–1933
In the 1920s, an unprecedented programme of architectural and cultural renewal was established in the German city of Frankfurt am Main. This scheme became inscribed in cultural history under the name the New Frankfurt.
Yorck Förster, Christina Gräwe, Peter Cachola Schmal (Eds.)
German Architecture Annual 2019
The DAM Preis for Architecture in Germany 2019 has been awarded to gmp – Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner for their reconstruction and renovation of the Kulturpalast Dresden. The German Architecture Annual 2019 presents the award-winning project, the finalists, the shortlisted entries as well as international buildings.
Architectural Guide New York
A Critic's Guide to 100 Iconic Buildings in New York from 1999 to 2020
The Architectural Guide New York is the unusual and personal approach of an architecture critic to one of the perhaps most fascinating and best-known cities in the world. The author and curator Vladimir Belogolovsky wants to celebrate the city's transformative energy. In order to achieve this he brings together 100 of the most original structures built in New York City since 1999.
Ulf Meyer / Henning Nieslen
While most are drawn to Norway's spectacular landscape and the mountains, its capital has developed into a centre of attraction for young architects and design and architecture aficionados - especially since it has rediscovered its waterfront location and changed into an attractive, lively and growing city.
Architectural Guide Rome
Buildings and Projects after 1945
The Architectural Guide Rome is dedicated to Roman architecture dating from after 1945 which so far has only been occasionally published. It encourages readers to venture off the beaten track and to explore Rome’s hidden younger architectural gems.