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Polychromie Architecturale: Le Corbusier’s Color Keyboard

The wallpaper company ‘Salubra’ has repeatedly asked famous artists to compose color scales for practical use in the wallpaper industry. Le Corbusier designed two collections for Salubra in 1931 (43 shades) and 1959 (20 colors).

For the 1930/31 designs, Le Corbusier did not simply confine himself to the 43 color tones on which he relied as an architect and painter. Rather he organized the different light ones on 12 sample cards in a way that three to five colors could be isolated or combined by using a slide band. In 1957/59, the second collection was designed as the mark of Le Corbusier’s changing ideas about architecture and painting. The colors were joined on a single color card as a ‘clavier,’ providing not only a useful tool, but also a kind of legacy of purist color theory. In the first part of the book, Professor Arthur Ruegg (ETH Zurich) examines the meaning of the Salubra collection for the history of modem architecture.

This part of the collection also includes two previously unpublished original texts from Le Corbusier. The second and third volumes feature Le Corbusier’s Salubra colors themselves – making them available to the public for the first time.

Edited by Arthur Ruegg, 3 volumes in slipcase 11×9, English/German/ French, pre-publication (till 31 Jan, 98) $180.00 after 31 January 98 $225.00

 

Sverre Fehn: Warhs and Projects, Writings 1949-1996

Awarded the highest honor bestowed upon an architect, the Pritzer Prize (1997), Sverre Fehn will finally have a deserved monumental monograph added to his oeuvre of monumental buildings. Recognized for a groundbreaking early project, the Nordic Pavilion for the Venice biennial in 1962, Fehn has produced an extraordinary body of work.

Considered to be one of the most influential Scandinavian architects, Fehn was part of the Oslo school of architecture, which brought about the renewal of Norwegian architecture in the context of the modern movement. Sensitive to his own heritage, yet international in his vision, Fehn’s architecture embodies the essence of Nordic tradition and materiality – wood, concrete, stone – and simultaneously translates the vernacular into a modern architecture vocabulary.

This volume will include over 100 of Fehn’s projects presented though his signature line drawings, poetic sketches, and exceptional photographs. The text will also include an anthology of Fehn’s own writings, giving insight and clarity to his design mythology and revealing his individual view of architecture.

Authored by Chrisitan Norberg – Schulz and Gennaro Postiglione, introduction by Francesco Dal Co, cloth 10×11, 256 pages, English, pre-publishing price $75.00, November 1988

 

Frank O. Gehry: The Complete Works

Recognized among the world’s greatest architects, Frank Gehry has produced an astonishing body of work over the past 40 years. Not without controversy, Gehry’s work is both widely admired and criticized.

With the recent completion of the Bilbao Museum and the still lingering Disney Concert Hall controversy, this book will provide the public an opportunity to come to an understanding of this architect’s complex work by presentating an overview, while at the same time tracing the office’s evolution.

This book will present over 300 projects with over 1000 illustrations. We feel this volume will override all previous Gehry monographs and surely become a classic.

Introduction by Francesco Dal Co, essays by Kurt Forster, cloth 10×11, 592 pages, English, pre-publishing price $75.00, November 1998

Three Concepts

Since the 1980’s Peter Zumthor’s buildings have exerted a quiet and autonomous authority within the contemporary architectural landscape. The craftsmanship of his buildings, their physical presence, simplicity and sensitive use of materials leave a lasting impression.

All of Peter Zumthor’s projects proceed from a patient search for basic composition. ‘Structural paintings’ provide first clues about the design and, at the same time, evoke a meditative pictorial atmosphere. The book presents three new projects by the architect: Conceptual and structural sketched and text by Zumthor recount the genesis of the Thermal Bath at Val (1996), of the art Museum in Bregenz (1997) and the Memorial and Museum building ‘typography of terror’ in Berlin (panned).

They publication will accompany the exhibition of the architect’s work in the Architectural Gallery in Lucerne in autumn of 1997.

Edited by Peter Zumthor; architekthugalerie Luzern, pb 9×11, 80 pages, English, pre-publishing price $40.00, October 1997

 

The Situationist City

Constructed situation [is] a moment of life concretely and deliberately constructed by the collective organization of a unitary ambiance and a game of events.

Situationist [is] having to do with the theory or practical activity of constructing situations. A member of the Situationist International.

From 1957 to 1972 the artistic and political movement known as the Situationist International worked aggressively to subvert the conservative ideology of Western societal conventions and, indeed, played a central role in the crises in France in 1967-68.

The movement’s broadside attack on ‘establishment’ institutions and values left its mark upon the libertarian left, the counterculture, the revolutionary events of 1968, and more recent phenomena from punk to postmodernism.

In the book, author Simon Sadler investigates artistic, architecture, and cultural theories, particularly as they apply to later ideas on the form of the modern city.

By Simon Sadler, paper 7×9, 352 pages, $35.00, January 1998

 

Ballers + Wilson: New Buildings and Projects

The most up-to-date monograph capturing the duo’s work. Made famous by their Monster Library design, the Bolles + Wilson team has gone on to secure other large-scale commissions, producing high quality designs with absolute attention to the smallest of tectonic details.

Australian-born Peter Wilson and Germanborn Julia Bolles studied at the Architectural Association in London in the 1970’s. Wilson stayed within the embrace of the AA, to become a unit master; one of the leading figures of the school in the 1980’s. His fanciful, often mannered work of this period remained quintessential paper architecture, but as a masterful graphical stylist he was widely imitated both within the AA and further afield, through the influence of numerous AA publications dedicated to his work. Their work today still embodies a refreshing command of architectural fantasy, echoing these early years at the AA.

The winning of the competition for the Muenster Library by Bolles and Wilson and their move to Germany marked a turning point in their career. The thinness of previous work became under German influence solid enough to be built. Now with various buildings in Germany to their name, they appear to have successfully transformed themselves into architects of what they call the ‘Eurolandschaft’.

To that end, Peter Wilson states, “we attempt to take up one of the principals responsibilities of architecture: to focus, to anchor, to give measure.”

By Juilia Bolles & Peter, cloth w/ jacket 9×11, 128 pages, pre-publishing process, $60.00, November 1997

 

Architecture Principe 1966 and 1996

This English edition is translated from the original French edition of the Architecture Principe published last year (1996) marking the 30th anniversary of the original manifestos produced by Virilio and Parent 1966. The original nine issues will be republished in book format as a facsimile edition accompanied by a tenth and final number, under the provocative title “Disorientation and Dislocation.”

This work provides an interrogative overview of the state of things at the end of the century. Opening its pages to leading contemporary architects, the tenth issues pinpoints recent theoretical evolution in urban design and architectonics. From the topological “disorientation” developed in the 60s by the advocates of the theory of oblique function, to the post geometrical “dislocation” of the exponents of deconstruction in the 90s, the question of the materiality of the real  space in the future occupies a central position at a time when ubiquitous and immaterial virtual space has arrived.

To respond to these issues, Paul Virilio and Claude Parent have called on Coop Himmel(b)lau, D. Libeskind, J. Nouvel, F. Seigneur, B. Tschumi  and F. Migayrou.

By Paul Virilio and Claude Parent, translated by George Collins, paper 9×9, 193 pages $35.00, October 1997

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