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Real Estates: Life Without Debt explores the moral, political and economic ramifications of property and ownership in neoliberal debt economies, and asks what role the architect might play in addressing widening social and spatial inequality in the built environment.

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    ISBN 978-1-907414-39-8

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In this collection of meditations on what Baudelaire championed (and Michael Fried chastised) as presentness, Lavin investigates the convergence of notions such as liveness, the provisional and the obsolete in revealing qualities of the contemporary. Three sets of essays explore different forms of architectural time, particularly as they shape the differences between history, theory and criticism as genres of writing.

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    ISBN 978-1-907896-57-6

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Supercritical is based on an evening of conversation between Peter Eisenman and Rem Koolhaas at the AA in 2006. Each architect states his views about the terms of architecture, including its theories and relationship to the city and other forms of critical and cultural practice. Responses from the audience follow, filtered through a debate moderated by Brett Steele.

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    ISBN 978-1-907896-33-0

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An 'object' is a work of architecture that is expressly cut off from its environment. Objects are not exclusive to any particular architectural style, but objectification has long been central to western architecture. Indeed, it might even be said to be the very strategy by which modernism succeeded in conquering the world. It is all-pervasive because it is consistent with the aim of the prevailing economic system: to transform virtually everything into a commodity.

In Anti-Object, Kengo Kuma argues that this mindset prevents us from establishing a healthy relationship with the external world and suggests that an alternative form of architecture is not only desirable but possible as well.His approach is illustrated with a discussion of works by his office in which he has sought, by various tactics, to avoid objectification. The ideas embodied in these diverse projects have much in common with the Japanese tradition, not of 'monuments', but of 'weaker' buildings characterised by their use of natural light and natural materials.

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    ISBN 978-1-907896-34-7

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Originally published in German in 1985 as Die Poetik eines Mauervorsprung, Jan Turnovský’s The Poetics of a Wall Projection is ostensibly a description of a corner within the breakfast room of the Villa Stonborough in Vienna, designed by Ludwig Wittgenstein and Paul Engelmann.

But it is also much more. Working from within an established Viennese tradition (practised most famously by Krauss, Freud, Loos and Wittgenstein himself), Turnovský’s study elucidates a complex set of ideas from something seemingly trivial – in this case, an analysis of the villa's corner detail expands into a wider exploration of the logics of architectural syntax and his belief that good and poetic architecture is always also practical.

Jan Turnovský (1941–1995) at various times worked as a carpenter, graphic designer, tenor saxophonist, poet and architectural researcher at the Architectural Association and the Technical University in Vienna.

The Poetics of a Wall Projection is translated, and introduced, by Kent Kleinman, Dean of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University.

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    ISBN 978-1-907896-35-4

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Having Words collects together for the first time ten essays by the pioneering architect and urban planner Denise Scott Brown. Educated in the 1940s and 1950s at Witwatersrand University, the AA and the University of Pennsylvania, Scott Brown has, since the 1960s, taught and led her Philadelphia firm, Venturi Scott Brown and Associates, in collaboration with Robert Venturi. 

The essays in this collection extend from her 1969 text, 'On Pop Art, Permissiveness and Planning' (written three years before the publication of Venturi, Scott Brown and Izenour's seminal book Learning From Las Vegas) to 'Towards an Active Socioplastics' from 2007, which offers an overview of Scott Brown's education and the gestation of her key architectural and urban ideas. In between, eight other essays from the 1970s, 80s and 90s, offer insights not only into Scott Brown's evolving architectural imagination but touch upon the changing collective ideas and aspirations of design education and practice. 

The collection is bookended by two additional texts by Scott Brown, a foreword and an afterword, addressing specifically the act of writing about architecture.



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Margit Mayer looks at contemporary social movements that contest neoliberal urban development by invoking the Right to the City, a motto originally coined by Henri Lefèbvre in the 1960s. Mayer contrasts these new movements to those of previous phases in postwar, political-economic development, and thus establishes a set of correspondences between consecutive urban regimes and shifting forms of contestation.

The Civic City Cahier series intends to provide material for a critical discussion about the role of design for a new social city. It publishes short monographic texts by authors who specialise in urban and design theory and practice. The series is edited by Jesko Fezer and Matthias Görlich.



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Rejecting the economically narrowed neoliberal definition of democracy, Gui Bonsiepe claims for the potential of design to promote democracy. Design and Democracy introduces a concept of design activities that aim to interpret the needs of social groups and to develop viable emancipative proposals in the form of material and semiotic artifacts. This short text is accompanied by an interview with the author and a reprint of early 1970s material from Chile.

 
The Civic City Cahier series intends to provide material for a critical discussion about the role of design for a new social city. It publishes short monographic texts by authors who specialise in urban and design theory and practice. The series is edited by Jesko Fezer and Matthias Görlich.



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Tim Holert intends to reframe and re-imagine design in post-capitalist terms. By tracing the appearance of the term ‘design’ in contemporary critical theory he develops an optimistic micro-political approach, which tries to go beyond well-rehearsed figures of critique, namely, those accusing design of being complicit with capitalist commodification and, ultimately, exploitation. With the help of a 'weak theory' built upon small-scale endeavours of networked solidarity, this text argues for design's microprocessual capacity to engage with the local and the particular.

The Civic City Cahier series intends to provide material for a critical discussion about the role of design for a new social city. It publishes short monographic texts by authors who specialise in urban and design theory and practice. The series is edited by Jesko Fezer and Matthias Görlich.



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The global financial collapse of 2008 was widely interpreted as discrediting the neoliberal project and its false utopia of market rule, though it remains to be seen whether the death of neoliberalism has been greatly exaggerated. Will late-neo-liberal reforms and modes of crisis management usher in a truly post-neo-liberal political settlement? How can a rejuvenated ‘civic city’ emerge from within the interstices of the fractured, polarised urban spaces of late neo-liberalism?

The Civic City Cahier series intends to provide material for a critical discussion about the role of design for a new social city. It publishes short monographic texts by authors who specialise in urban and design theory and practice. The series is edited by Jesko Fezer and Matthias Görlich.



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