circularity in construction

Posted on: 02-03-2023

Two new titles tell the story of two very different projects – in scale, context, ownership, and prerequisites – that are both dedicated to circularity:
"How to not Demolish a Building" is about the adaptive reuse of the World Trade Center in Brussels, two big office towers from the 1970s, that stood empty and were to be demolished.
"Besser als neu" (Better than new) explains how a fassade of a fully occupied office building from the 1960s in Basel was refurbished by reusing as much materials as possible and what impact this had on the carbon footprint.

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Es wird weihnachtlich:
der Plätzchenatlas

Posted on: 29-11-2022

Was macht einen Platz aus? Sind Plätze Flächen einer überschaubaren Größe, die von baulichen Platzkanten gefasst werden? Oder entstehen sie durch soziale Interaktionen? Kann die reine Präsenz von Akteuren einen (Platz)raum jenseits baulicher Fassung bilden? Am Beispiel von 25 Orten weltweit analysiert der Plätzchenatlas einen erweiterten Platzbegriff und fasst die Erkenntnisse in Form eines Katalogs zusammen.
Und zu jedem Platz gibt es das passende Plätzchen. Zum Nachbacken gibt es zu jedem Buch zwei Ausstechformen aus Metall dazu. Und über einen Download-Link lassen sich...

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Best German Book Design 2022
Award Ceremony in Frankfurt

Posted on: 18-09-2022

We celebrated the award for the Best German Book Design 2022 given to the "Chapters" series for its first two issues "Skanderbeg Square Tirana" and "Design in Dialogue". Congratulations to editors Freek Persyn, Charlotte Lao Schmidt, Seppe De Blust, Charlotte Schaeben, all the contributors, and of course to designer Manuela Dechamp /Studio Otamendi.

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Farewell Edward Schwarz

Posted on: 05-08-2022

We are unspeakably sad about the untimely passing of Edward Schwarz. Edi, as he was mostly called, was a marvel of a human being, passionate about his work, extremely generous to others and disarmingly humble about himself, even though he was one of the most hard-working and prolific people we have ever worked with. We were introduced to him by Marc Angélil in 2003 and saw him do his amazing logistical magic at the first Holcim Forum of Sustainable Construction “Basic Needs” in Zurich in 2004, ...

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Most beautiful books from Germany 2022:
Chapter series awarded

Posted on: 29-06-2022

We are honoured that the Chapter series launched by 51N4E with its first two issues Skanderbeg Square Tirana and Design in Dialogue is among the most beautiful books from Germany.
Every year, the Stiftung Buchkunst awards a total of 25 books, five each in the categories literature, scientific books, guidebooks, art books, and children's books. Congratulations to all the creators of these beautiful books.

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Meet us at MISS READ

Posted on: 22-04-2022

We are happy to be part of MISS READ 2022: The Berlin Art Book Fair will take place on April 29th to May 1st at HKW and will present a wide selection of more than 300 publishers, art periodicals, artists and authors. The fair is accompanied by a series of lectures, discussions, book launches and workshops.
Visit us for a chat and flip through our books. Entry is free.

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New releases: ‘Everyday Matters’ and ‘Seven Questions’

Posted on: 01-04-2022

Check out our lates releases: "Everyday Matters" by Vanessa Grossman and Ciro Miguel and "Seven Questions" by Jan De Vylder, Annamaria Prandi /Studio Jan de Vylder.
The first describes how the everyday has influenced contemporary approaches to architecture and urbanism. The latter is the result of a series of online lunch lectures at ETH Zurich organized by Atelier Jan de Vylder.

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“Never Demolish” at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion

Posted on: 03-12-2021

The exhibition "Never Demolish", curated by Ilka Ruby and Andreas Ruby is presented in the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona from Nov 26th to Dec 16th 2021. The installation features the spectacular transformation of 530 dwellings across three high-rise buildings of the Cité du Grand Parc in Bordeaux, for which the architects Lacaton & Vassal, Frédéric Druot, and Christophe Hutin received the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award in 2019.

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RUBY PRESS at the Architecture Book Fair

Posted on: 06-10-2021

From Oct 5th to 9th the first transnational virtual book fair takes place. Chiara Dorbolò curated a selection of books dedicated to architecture publishing and its intersection with politics, technology, economy and social issues.
Ruby Press is represented with three titles: "Design in Dialogue. 51N4E, Endeavour, Denkstatt" edited by ETH Newrope, "The Materials Book" edited by Ilka Ruby and Andreas Ruby, and "Addis Ababa. A Manifesto on African Progress" edited by Dirk E. Hebel, Felix Heisel, Marta H. Wisniewska, Sophie Nash.

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Award for “Migrant Marseille”

Posted on: 15-06-2021

"Migrant Marseille. Architectures of Social Segregation and Urban Inclusivity" by Marc Angélil, Charlotte Malterre-Bartes, and Something Fantastic was selected as one of the most beautiful books in Germany.
In the competition launched each year by the Stiftung Buchkunst (Foundation for Book Art) there were 632 titles, out of which a jury of experts awarded 25 books. Migrant Marseille was one of the five books chosen in the category „academic books“. Other categories were “literature,” “art books,” „guidebooks,“ and “children’s books.”

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Two of our titles are on the long list for
Gemany’s most beautiful books 2021

Posted on: 16-05-2021

"Berlin Maps" by Sebastian Felix Ernst and Jonas Tratz/FAKT and "Migrant Marseille" by Marc Angélil, Charlotte Malterre-Bartes, and Something Fantastic are on the longlist for Germany's most beautiful books. Out of 632 books submitted, the jury selected 182. From the longlist, 5 titles will be selected for each of the categories general literature, scientific books, non-fiction and guidebooks, art books, and children's books to be Germany's most beautiful books. The official release of the award winners...

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What’s next?
A preview of our spring titles

Posted on: 10-02-2021

We will release four new titles this spring: Berlin Maps is an atlas of the special, strange, or undiscovered phenomena of the German capital: artificial mountains, escape tunnels, enclaves, moors, and much more. Everyday Matters chronicles how the everyday has influenced both the practical and theoretical domains of architecture and urbanism. In Design in Dialogue 51N4E, Denkstatt, and endeavour advocate openness and dialogue in the design process. And finally It is nice today by Lacaton & Vassal on the thermal performance of winter gardens in architecture

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Migrant Marseille
Architectures of Social Segregation and Urban Inclusivity

Posted on: 07-10-2020

When we think of Marseille and Architecture, we inevitably think of Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation, the famous and prototypical case study project for modernist housing of the 20th century. This book focuses on the much less known Grands Ensembles that were built in Marseille in the aftermath of the Unité. Larger in scale but arguably less ambitious in their design and program, these housing precincts were meant to supply the demand for new affordable homes.

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Finally available again:
The City as a Project

Posted on: 18-05-2020

The first edition of this book, edited by Pier Vittorio Aureli was published 7 years ago in 2013. Already in 2014 we had to print a second edition, and two years later in 2016 a third, which was sold out for quite some time now.  As many people still were asking for a reprint, we decided to go for it. So this is now the fourth edition – this time with a new cover color and on a different paper. 
The City as a Project is presents the results of the PhD program of the same name, that Pier Vittorio conducted at the Berlage institute and TU Delft from 2009 to 2013.

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Check out The Materials Book

Posted on: 26-01-2020

For decades, we’ve been told that climate-friendly architecture means reducing the energy used to run buildings. But in reality, that problem can be solved by switching to renewable power. The materials used in construction, by contrast, are a bigger challenge as manufacturing them typically creates emissions, and they are often made from raw materials that are finite. Truly climate-friendly architecture, then, means shifting to materials that produce zero emissions, use no fossil fuels, and create no waste. This book tells you how to start.

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Terrestrial Tales: 100+ Takes on Earth

Posted on: 20-01-2020

Last October Marc Angélil, with whom we had the pleasure to work together on over a dozen books, gave his farewell lecture at ETH Zurich together with the opening of his impressive exhibition „Terrestrial Tales: 100+ Takes on Earth“. We are happy that the accompanying publication by Marc Angélil and Cary Siress is now available in our webshop.

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays

Posted on: 24-12-2019

Dear friends, architecture and book lovers, an eventful year draws to a close and we close the office until Jan 6th. Emails and orders will only processed sporadically.

2020 we are entering a crucial decade for our planet, let’s stay engaged, let’s stay together.

We wish you lovely holidays and a great start into the twenties!

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Time to celebrate: Book Award Ceremony in Frankfurt

Posted on: 12-09-2019

Together with 24 other books Atlas of the Copenhagens by Deane Simpson, Kathrin Susanna Gimmel, Anders Lonka, Marc Jay, Joost Grootenswas awarded one of the most beautiful German books by the Stiftung Buchkunst.

The jury report reads as follows: "Copenhagen is considered one of the most sustainable, livable and bicycle-friendly cities in the world. In critical essays, quotations and more than 400 maps, graphics, diagrams and photos, this volume searches for the basis for the repeatedly positive ranking.

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Award for “Atlas of the Copenhagens”

Posted on: 20-06-2019

Happy to announce that „Atlas of the Copenhagens“ edited by Deane Simpson, Kathrin Susanna Gimmel, Anders Lonka, Marc Jay, and Joost Grootens, Berlin, Ruby Press, was awarded one of the most beautiful books of Germany 2019.

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Congrats to Lacaton& Vassal, Frederic Druot and Christophe Hutin

Posted on: 08-05-2019

I still remember the moment I first discovered Lacaton & Vassal’s work. I was flipping through a Spanish architecture magazine, when a photo of their first first project, Maison Latapie, made me gasp. Wow, I thought, this is a house? This can be architecture!? I was shocked, and fascinated. Never before I had seen anything like it: A volume totally enclosed in corrugated fiber cement panels, behind a squiggly filigreed-metal fence. The refusal of any formal expression, a cheap material from a DIY store. And then this ornamental fence, which had obviously been there before! Was this meant as...

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Three new releases

Posted on: 18-12-2018

Just in time for Christmas we are happy to announce three new releases: Mirroring Effects. Tales of Territory by Marc Angélil and Cary Siress, Ländliche Verheissung by Mathias Burke, Eleonore Harmel, Leon Jank, and Sabeth Kerkhoff, and Addis Ababa. A Manifesto on African Progress by Dirk E. Hebel, Felix Heisel, Marta H. Wisniewska, Sophie Nash.

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“Together!” opens at the Grassi Museum in Leipzig

Posted on: 27-11-2018

The exhibition was curated by Ilka & andreas Ruby and swiss architects EM2N. It was shown at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein and the CID Grand Hornu in Belgium before. For the Grassi Museum also 10 housing projects from Leipzig were included.

Opening: Wednesday November 28th, 7 pm
Exhibition: 29 Nov 2018 – 17 March 2019
Grassi Museum of Applied Art, Johannisplatz 5-11, 04103 Leipzig

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DAM Architecture Book Award for Ruby Press

Posted on: 05-10-2018

Our publication 51N4E Skanderbeg Square Tirana won the International DAM Architecture Book Award 2018 and The Atlas of the Copenhagens got shortlisted.

The prize, that was awarded the 10th time, honors the best architectural books in a year based on criteria such as design, content, quality of material and finishing, innovation, and topicality. This year there were 238 entries from 96 architectural and art book publishers from all over the world out of which ten books got awarded and another ten got shortlisted.

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A conversation between Anri Sala and 51N4E

Posted on: 27-06-2018

Ruby Press, Esther Schipper Gallery, and Vice Versa Artbooks invite you to the launch of SKANDERBEG SQUARE. The transformation of the square in Tirana is the result of a collaboration between Belgian architecture office 51N4E, Albanian artist Anri Sala, Belgian environmental designers Plant en Houtgoed, and Albanian company for project implementation iRI.

Join the conversation between Anri Sala and Freek Persyn from 51N4E: Thursday, June 28th, 6-8 pm at gallery Esther Schipper, Potsdamer Str. 81E, Berlin.

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Cairo Desert Cities

Posted on: 02-03-2018

We are happy to publish the second book on housing in and around Africa's biggest cities Cairo. With Cairo Desert Cities the editors of the award winning publication Housing CairoMarc Angélil and Charlotte Malterre Barthes, in collaboration with Something Fantastic and Cluster, this time focus on the new towns, that were developed in the desert around Cairo since the 1950s, many of them never completed.

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Together! Opens at the Vitra Design Museum

Posted on: 06-07-2017

We’re happy to announce the opening of the exhibition Together! The New Architecture of the Collective at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein! A major project nearly two years in the making, this ambitious exhibition curated by Ilka & Andreas Ruby together with EM2N aims to provide a comprehensive cross-section of a silent revolution in architecture: the return of the collective.

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Never Demolish in Copenhagen and Aarhus

Posted on: 16-05-2017

As part of the Copenhagen Architecture Festival 2017, the exhibition Never Demolish presented the spectacular transformation of 530 dwellings across three high-rise buildings of the Cité du Grand Parc in Bordeaux, France designed by the architectural offices of Lacaton & Vassal, Frédéric Druot and Christophe Hutin. The exhibition was staged at two different sites, the gallery SPACE10 in Copenhagen and the Gellerup Museum in Aarhus.

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Giraffes, Telegraphs, and Hero of Alexandria – Urban Design by Narration

Posted on: 20-12-2016

Another big box arrived at our office, inside: Giraffes, Telegraphs, and Hero of Alexandria – Urban Design by Narration , edited by Sabine Müller and Andreas Quednau from Berlin office SMAQ. With a poster showing a selection of the beautiful playful pneumatic inventions of Hero of Alexandria, Greek mathematician and engineer born in 10AD.

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Fresh off the press: Berlin Transfer – Open Living Structures

Posted on: 14-12-2016

The third volume of the series revisits the ideas of the Polish architect Oskar Hansen (1922-2005) on “open forms,” or architectural forms that allow for completion through the user. Editors Rainer Hehl and Ludwig Engel this time look at Japan and ask what lessons the performative dimension of architecture prevalent in traditional and contemporary japanese architecture have for the modern Western architect?
Check out Open Living Structures at our web shop.

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Housing Cairo awarded DAM Architectural Book Award 2016

Posted on: 19-10-2016

This year is a good one for Ruby Press. First our Architecture Reading Aid Ahmedabad was awarded one of the most beautiful books in Germany by the Stiftung Buchkunst, and now Housing Cairo: The Informal Response, has been selected as one of ten books to receive the Architectural Book Award 2016.

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Housing Cairo review on

Posted on: 13-10-2016

Early this year Ruby Press published Housing Cairo: The Informal Response by Marc Angélil and Charlotte Malterre- Barthes in collaboration with Something Fantastic and CLUSTER, which explores the architecture of informality in the Egyptian capital. Since it was published, research from the book has been shown at Arc En Rêve-Centre d’Architecture in Bordeaux and the Venice Architecture Biennale. Now seems a fitting time then to reflect upon Housing Cairo and its investigations and have just published a review of the book.

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Award ceremony “Most Beautiful German Books”

Posted on: 22-09-2016

Sep 8th 2016, Frankfurt Main. RUBY PRESS were at Die Schönesten Deutschen Bücher (Most Beautiful German Book) awards 2016, having been nominated for our Architecture Reading Aid Ahmedabad.
The jury, which included publishers, production experts, designers and academics from the likes of Hatje Cantz, Gestalten, and Kohlibri, said of the book in their report, “This small, soft cover, perfect for your back pocket, has no fear of crumpled corners […] Masterpieces of modern architecture by Corbusier or Doshi are on an equal footing with temporary installations such as street temples and

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Ruby Press Authors featured in MODULØR magazine

Posted on: 18-08-2016

Has watching the Olympics made you curious about Brazil and its architecture? Then be sure to check out the interview with longtime Ruby Press collaborators Marc Angélil and Rainer Hehl in the newest issue of the Swiss architecture magazine MODULØR.

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Posted on: 27-04-2016

Communal living isn’t just something for punks and hippies anymore. That's the idea behind an upcoming exhibition, that we are curating together with EM2N at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, due to open in June 2017. We'd like your suggestions about exciting collective housing projects from the last few (and coming) years! With the chance to win a free copy of the exhibition catalog, too.

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New Year – New Website – New Challenge

Posted on: 25-01-2016

Dear friends, happy new year! And welcome to our new Ruby Press website, which brings together the publications and other Ruby–activities like curating exhibitions, writing, giving lectures etc. – basically the stuff you would have found on our website, if we would have updated it more often. In addition to the projects and webshop section you now also find a blog where we will post all the things we find interesting. Please subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated with what we are doing.

Since January 2016 Andreas Ruby is director of the Swiss Architecture Museum S AM...

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