Urban Moods

The notion of "urban" is arguably one of the hot keys of contemporary culture. It’s become the synonym of cool and serves as Zeitgeist indicator of lifestyle, music, food, fashion and design. Yet precisely what urban means with regard to urbanism and the city has become increasingly vague. Depending on specific geographic, climatic, economic and cultural conditions, there are many, and often radically conflicting, implications of "urban" developments...

R&Sie…architects. Spoiled Climate

Designed by French graphic artists M/M and edited by Andreas Ruby and Benoît Durandin, this book offers an unusal introduction to the work of French Architects François Roche and Stéphanie Lavaux and their office R&Sie...Unlike normal architectural monographs it foregrounds the conceptual resources of the architects. It stands out by a disciplined use of mostly small-size images and almost completely renounces on descriptive project texts. The reader of the book cannot readily consume the work in a merely visual way, but has to work his or her way through its manifold layers to understand it..

The Challenge of Suburbia

In this issue of AD, guest-editors Ilka & Andreas are scanning the latent potential of Suburbia for radical architectural and urbanist proposals. Featuring case-studies and project prototypes from ten different countries, the issue manifests the universal status of suburbia as a global condition while giving emphasis to local specificities...

Hans Scharoun Haus Möller

The reconstruction work completed in 1999 on the Haus Möller by Hans Scharoun, a listed building in Zermützel near Neuruppin in Brandenburg, has given a second life to a rare example of organic architecture in Germany. This book is the first extensive study of this summer house built in 1937/1938 and places it in the context of 20th century architecture and Scharoun's own œvre...

Images. A Picture Book Of Architecture

Today architecture is not only primarily perceived as image, many buildings also look like images themselves. In this large-format volume, hundreds of photographs and illustrations document this major shift from the building as structure to the building as image. This exploration of the use and significance of two-dimensional images in contemporary architecture looks at the works of major designers, showing how certain architectural principles such as color and ornament are becoming again crucial concepts in the contemporary practice of architecture...

Cross-Atmosphering

"Cross-Atmosphering" presents a selection of works realized by the Slovenian architecture office Sadar Vuga Arhitekti. The title highlights a particular aspect of their work which opens up a new conceptual space for architecture beyond the established positions of the 1990s. Briefly, atmosphering means that a project’s atmosphere cannot be directly deducted from its program (a library with a librarykind-of-atmosphere). It comes into play rather from aside, subliminally manipulating the project just like the soundtrack of a movie completely conditions our perception of the image...

Minimal Architecture

What is minimalism in architecture? This trenchant re-examination traces the unfolding of minimalism as one of the dominant design trends today. In a fascinating aesthetic voyage, this book offers perspectives on the directions the movement is taking as it morphs toward the future...

DAIDALOS

In 1999 the Gordon + Breach Publishing Group took over the renowned architectural magazine DAIDALOS and wanted to rejuvenate its agenda and looks. Together with then editor-in-chief Gerrit Confurius, editor Andreas Ruby conceived the programmatic relaunch of the magazine. So far a historically and academically oriented periodical of almost bibliophile reputation, DAIDALOS proceeded to cover the contemporary condition of architecture and its emerging paradigms...