- Three books that Livegreenblog recommends for the holidays.
Would you like to take a closer look at the themes of the 15th International Architecture exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia? Then the book for you is by Deutsches Architektumuseum and SOMETHING FANTASTIC, “Making Heimat Germany, Arrival Country” published by Hatje Cantz. Real Reporting from the Front - just as Pritzker prize-winner, Alejandro Aravena wanted - and put into practice in the German Pavilion with Making Heimat.
A title which refers to Canades journalist Doug Saunders who has worked as a consultant for the German curating team from DAM Frankfurt, formed of Peter Cachola Schmal, Anna Scheuermann and Oliver Elser. Here you can find surprising and thought-provoking responses about what happens afterwards, so that the new arrivals remain in Germany legally, achieve immigrant status, and are integrated into German society. The book's graphic design is really attractive, and is the work of Berlin-based SOMETHING FANTASTIC.
Or if you want to take a closer look at architecture, we suggest “TYIN tegnestue: In Detail” edited and published by the director of MUSAC (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y Léon), Kristine Guzman with publishers By Architect Publications S.L. This is a monograph on the study of Norwegian architecture that explores the fundamental values of their approach to architecture: materials, details, structure and human factor. The whole thing is completed by dedicated essays, drawings and photographs of the works by Andreas Gjersten and Yashar Hanstad.
For those of you who are into land art, the landscape and public spaces, you can't go wrong with “Big Pieces of Time” by Dutch artists' collective Observatorium, published by 010 publishers Rotterdam. A classic, and a “big piece” in itself , so we wouldn't recommend it if you're packing light, but it's certainly a constructive read that presents the collective's design philosophy and gets you thinking about the relationship between art, location, time and spectator.
Because Observatorium rejects the idea of fragmenting the world into zones with separate uses, because it aims to connect and make proposals for coexistence based on the mediating power of art. Their artworks are “sculptures” designed to observe the world, meeting the needs and the ideas of the users. Photos, illustrations and text are blended into a single creative piece, in line with the keyword of summer: creativity!
Images "Arrival Country" by Gianluca Giordano
Images Details.TYIN Tegnestue by Pasi Aalto
Images "Big PIeces of Time" by Observatorium