Non-Referential Architecture: Ideated by Valerio Olgiati and Written by Markus Breitschmid

Non-referential Architecture is nothing less than a manifesto for a new architecture. Indispensable for understanding what the future might hold for architecture, Non-Referential Architecture will become a new classic. In a world that itself increasingly rejects ideologies of any kind, Olgiati and Breitschmid offer non-referential architecture as a radical, new approach free from rigid ideologies.

It brings together two leading thinkers, architect Valerio Olgiati and theorist Markus Breitschmid, who have grappled with this problem since meeting in 2005. For more than a decade, Olgiati and Breitschmid’s thinking has placed them at the forefront of architectural theory.  . More than ever, architecture is in need of provocation, a new path beyond the traditional notion that buildings must serve as vessels, or symbols of something outside themselves.

Non-referential buildings, they argue, are entities that are themselves meaningful outside a vocabulary of fixed symbols and images and their historical connotations.

Compression: Steven Holl Architects

All demonstrate holl's poetic attention to light, space, and water; a subtle and tactile employment of material and color; and an awareness of architecture's potential to connect people through inspiring public spaces. Holl applies concepts from neuroscience, literature, social science, and philosophy to develop the idea of compression: the condensation of material and social forces to create meaningful and sustainable architecture.

A diverse roster of international works includes an expansion of the museum of Fine Arts Houston ; academic facilities for Columbia University, Princeton University, and the Glasgow School of Art; urban plans; a harbor gateway for Copenhagen; and an extension of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Steven holl celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of his landmark book Anchoring with Compression, a collection of thirty-five major projects from the past decade.

Projects 2009-2017


Oma/Rem Koolhaas: A Critical Anthology

The book contains about 150 selected texts--interviews, lead articles, essays, appraisals, feature articles, letters, reviews, introductions, and competition reports that have been compiled for the first time. The activities of rem koolhaas and his staff were widely discussed even before the foundation of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in 1975.

Today, many contributions on the work of OMA can be found in the international architectural press, including Koolhaas' own writings. This compilation not only provides a fresh and critical view of the oeuvre of one the most important contemporary architects, but also represents an account of the debate on architectural and urban design in recent decades.


David Chipperfield Architects: James-Simon-Galerie Berlin: Photography by Thomas Struth

It forms, the centerpiece of the master plan developed in 1999, together with the Archaeological Promenade, which has since served as the starting point for all further planning on Berlin's Museum Island. This book, published on the occasion of the opening, documents the building and its cultural context.

Texts by prominent architects, historians and sociologists complement the artistic photographic documentation. A tribute to the final building in berlin's "museum island, the new entrance building between the Kupfergraben and the Neues Museum, marks the architectural conclusion of the Museum Island ensemble in Berlin, " designed by David Chipperfield and photographed by Thomas StruthBritish architect David Chipperfield's born 1953 James Simon Gallery, 180 years since the first building was erected.

In addition, this generous volume contains site plans, floor plans, preliminary drawings and images of architectural influences and contexts. Photographs by thomas Struth present the completed building both within its urban context as well as in intimate close-ups.

Rem Koolhaas. Elements of Architecture

Elements of architecture focuses on the fragments of the rich and complex architectural collage. Designed by irma boom and based on research from the harvard graduate school of design, the 2, 600-page monograph contains essays from Rem Koolhaas, Manfredo di Robilant, Stephan Trueby, and Jeffrey Inaba; interviews with Werner Sobek and Tony Fadell of Nest; and an exclusive photo essay by Wolfgang Tillmans.

In addition to comprehensively updated texts and new images, allowing for the ideal level of opacity needed to realize boom’s palimpsest-like designtranslucent overlays and personal annotations by Koolhaas and Boom are woven in each chapter to create an alternative, this edition is designed and produced to visually and physically embody the immense scope of its subject matter: Custom split-spine binding: our printer modified their industrial binding machine to allow for the flexible, table of contents, located in the middle of the book where it naturally opens due to its unique spinePrinted on 50g Opakal paper, eight-centimeter thick spineContains a new introductory chapter with forewords, and an index, faster route through the bookPrinted at the originally intended 100% size for full readability .

It’s a guide that is long overdue―in koolhaas’s own words, “Never was a book more relevant―at a moment where architecture as we know it is changing beyond recognition. Derived, updated, and expanded from koolhaas’s exhaustive and much-lauded exhibition at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, this is an essential toolkit to understanding the fundamentals that comprise structure around the globe.

Window, fireplace, escalator, corridor, balcony, façade, stair, elevator: the book seeks to excavate the micro-narratives of building detail. The result is no single history, similarities, contaminations, but rather the web of origins, political calculation, and differences in architectural evolution, climatic adaptation, including the influence of technological advances, economic contexts, regulatory requirements, and new digital opportunities.


John Pawson: Anatomy of Minimum

Throughout its pages, this book explores Pawson's unique approach to proportion and light and his precise language of windows, doors, and walls. It groups a selection of his recent works into domestic projects, including his own house in rural England; extended sacred spaces; and repurposed structures, such as London's Design Museum.

. A powerful new monograph showcasing the defining elements and architectural anatomy at the very heart of Pawson's work This monograph, the latest volume in Phaidon's documentation of John Pawson's stellar career, hones in on the essential details that mark his distinctive architectural and aesthetic style.


Besides, History: Go Hasegawa, Kersten Geers, David Van Severen

What role can history play in contemporary architecture practice? This volume shows how architects Go Hasegawa, Kersten Geers and David Van Severen appropriate from the past and from each other to construct relationships from a constellation of references.

Signal. Image. Architecture.

Signal. In a prodigious inversion of plato's allegory of the Cave, where we are occupied looking at screens, May brings us all back into the darkness, except now there is no way to go from the appearances to their hidden reality. The message from the Cloud is clear: 'Thou shall get only images. Bruno latour from the foreword  Architecture today is immersed in an immense cultural experiment called imaging.

. To patiently describe the world to oneself is to prepare the ground for a politics that does not yet exist. We can feel our images changing us. Image. Our relationship to our thoughts, to our sense of time, to the cadence of our attentiveness--all of this is now subject to rapid revision. What happens to the architectural mind when it finally realizes that images are not drawings? Or when it realizes that all politics are now first a politics of imaging? These are questions that the design fields have scarcely begun to pose, imagining that somehow their ideas and practices can resist the culture of imaging in which all of life now either swims or drowns.

Architecture. Is a pathographic manifesto: a philosophical diagnosis of architecture's technical consciousness before and after electronic images.

Not Interesting: On the Limits of Criticism in Architecture

This book explores a set of alternatives to the interesting and imagines how architecture might be positioned more broadly in the world using other terms: boring, confusing, and comforting. Not interesting proposes another set of terms and structures to talk about architecture, without requiring that it be interesting.

These are presented in parallel to the text and show what architecture may look like through the lens of these other terms. In addition to text, the book contains over 50 case studies using 100 drawings and images. Each chapter introduces its topic through an analysis of a different image, which serves to unpack the specific character of each term and its relationship to architecture.

Along with interesting, these three terms make up the four chapters of the book.

A Feeling of History

In meandering, nabokov, and drawing on their favorite writers, impressionistic style, Stendhal, such as Johann Peter Hebel, and T. While he was working to complete the allmannajuvet Zinc Mine Museum in southern Norway in 2016, Swiss architect Peter Zumthor asked Norwegian architectural historian Mari Lending to engage in a dialogue about the project.

This small, beautifully designed book records the conversation between Zumthor and Lending, accompanied by photographs taken by the renowned Swiss architectural photographer Hélène Binet. Eliot, their exchanges explore how history, time, and temporalities reverberate across Zumthor’s oeuvre. The resulting book is a surprisingly revelatory view of one of the most interesting and restlessly creative architects of our era.

S. Looking back, from architectural interventions in dramatic landscapes to his design for the redevelopment of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Zumthor ponders on how a feeling of history has informed his attempts at emotional reconstruction by means of building, which conceived the building on a suitably grand urban scale.