Closed for construction!
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GROUND/WORK RENOVATION BEGINS IN MARCH
30% OFF ALL TITLES
Last year Van Alen Institute engaged three design teams to reimagine its ground floor space as a flexible work space and program venue. Now, with a winning design from Collective-LOK, we’ll soon start construction to transform the ground floor at 30 West 22nd Street into the Institute’s new home base: a platform for an expanded agenda of inquiry into the urban environment.
Van Alen Books and LOT-EK’s yellow steps will close after Saturday, March 1, to allow construction to proceed. To help us get into hard-hat mode on the street level, we invite you to visit Van Alen Books this month for our Ground/Work Renovation Sale on all Van Alen Books titles. Throughout February, we’ll offer 30% off all purchases, with a 40% discount for our members. Head on over to grab some titles off your wish list! Expand your bookshelf and join us for what’s next at Van Alen. Become a member today→
Editing Pedagogy: A Year of Intellectual Production
Harvard GSD Platform 6 Launch Party
Platform 6 is a book about how education is shared and knowledge is gained. The publication is a testament to the student efforts, as they actively bear the responsibility for their motivations and actions. Discussion will focus on the nature of production and current paradigms of education—engaging with ideas and relationships over disciplines. Join us at Van Alen Books with GSD Faculty and Alumni to celebrate the launch of Harvard GSD Platform 6. Please RSVP here.
The Air from Other Planets: A Brief History of Architecture to Come
Sean Lally, Michelle Addington
Architect Sean Lally will discuss his book The Air from Other Planets: A Brief History of Architecture to Come, a speculation into an architecture produced by designing the energy within our environment. Expanding on the work of his Chicago-based office WEATHERS, Sean Lally proposes exchanging architecture’s conventional walls and shells for a range of material energies—electromagnetic, thermodynamic, acoustic, and chemical—each developing their own shapes, aesthetics, organizational systems, and social experiences. In this world, energy emerges as more than the substance that simply fills the interior of a building or reflects off its outer walls; instead, energy becomes the architecture itself. Sean Lally will be joined in conversation with Michelle Addington, architect and Hines Professor of Sustainable Architectural Design at Yale.
Cecil Balmond, Winka Dubbeldam
In this long-awaited follow-up to 2007’s informal, designer, writer, and engineer Cecil Balmond invites readers into his creative process as he documents his most innovative projects in art, architecture, and bridge design. This newest book outlines more than a dozen international projects: bridges, towers, pavilions, and sculptures that embody the notion of crossover, which Balmond describes as the movement between idea and substance through pattern. A talk and discussion with Cecil Balmond will be introduced by Winka Dubbeldam, founder and principal of Archi-Tectonics and Chair of the Graduate Department of Architecture at PennDesign. Please RSVP here.
To learn more about Cecil Balmond’s Crossover and to enter an interactive competition to win signed copies of the book, please visit http://crossover.balmondstudio.com/.
How Architecture Works: A Humanist’s Toolkit
Witold Rybczynski’s latest work provides an ideal layperson’s handbook for understanding architecture. Exploring a wide range of evocative projects from idea to construction, the author seeks to provide a conceptual framework to allow all of us to see and experience buildings anew.
The Italian Avant-Garde: 1968-1976
This pocket volume offers a compelling reassessment of the post-1968 radical design movement in Italy, linking groups such as Superstudio and Archizoom to lesser-known collectives, spaces, and individuals whose influence in this tumultuous period continues to resonate today.
The Houses of Louis Kahn
By bringing Louis Kahn’s private houses into view, this new book offers an unprecedented, beautifully-illustrated perspective on the architect’s evolving design process, in many ways an expression of his own complex interior life.
At a moment when new forms of publication are emerging and disrupting traditional models—and the definition of what it even means for a building to “be published” is an open question—it is time to analyze what is being published, why it’s being published, and to examine what is being left out of the conversation. Join the editors and contributors of CLOG for a launch party at Van Alen Books celebrating the release of the new issue: UNPUBLISHED.
Kabbalah in Art and Architecture
The Kabbalistic idea of creation, as expressed through light, space and geometry, has left its unmistakable mark on our civilization. Drawing upon a wide array of historical materials and images of contemporary art, sculpture and architecture, architect Alexander Gorlin explores the influence, whether actually acknowledged or not, of the Kabbalah on modern design. Outlining key concepts of the Kabbalah and its representations both in historic diagrams and the modern built environment, Kabbalah in Art and Architecture puts forth an unparalleled and compelling reinterpretation of art and architecture through the lens of the Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism. This book is published by Pointed Leaf Press.