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JDS Architects

Agenda. Can We Sustain our Ability to Crisis?


"AGENDA" is a catalog of 365 days, like a diary or journal: a collective narrative, personal and subjective. It documents the work and thinking of JDS Architects over a specific year marked by crisis, beginning on September 15th, 2008, the day that Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. The form of the book exploits the double meaning of its title, presenting the absurdities of day-to-day architectural practice while also staking our intent. Rather than a definitive direction, our agenda is a definitive attitude - of eagerness, enthusiasm, and optimism, of criticality and concern, of fun and inquiry. It is a directive, a motivation to act, at times without clear knowledge of where our agenda will lead. Change, the buzzword of the last U.S. presidential campaign, is the order of the day, and the task of "AGENDA" is to explore what kind of change will be needed if architects are to assume a political and social agency in this new landscape. Bringing together diverse forms of content, "AGENDA" is a product of vigilant observation, introspection, and engagement with outside thinkers and collaborators - artists, curators, politicians, authors, economists, journalists, developers, educators, and architects. "AGENDA" is a record of search and research, providing more questions than answers. "AGENDA" is unapologetically naive. "AGENDA" is an unorthodox architecture novel. "AGENDA" demystifies the practice of architecture, revealing process, research, fun, and failure. "AGENDA" looks to both the past and the future.


  • Language: English
  • Release: January 2010
  • Price: 22,95
  • Format: 26,8 x 20,8 x 2,4 cm
  • Features: 544 pages, full colour
  • ISBN: 978-8496954984



Sabine Zentek

Designers in The Third Reich


Many household artefacts dating from the Nazi era have a contemporary feel to them, such as the tableware created by Hermann Gretsch und Heinrich Löffelhardt, the ceramics of Otto Lindig or the glassware of Wilhelm Wagenfeld. However, it would be fundamentally wrong to conclude from this that the Nazis approved of the basic concepts of modernism - at least in as far as product design was concerned. Simplicity of form was a fundamental tenet of Nazi ideology; those in power wished to see the imposition of "eternal" or "timeless" designs that would prevent the further dissemination of what they perceived to be personalised and "degenerate" artistic concepts. Even after seizing power, the Nazis continued to permit the sale of furniture created by designers they considered unacceptable, such as Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, even though the designers themselves had to remain anonymous.


  • Language: German
  • Release: September 2009
  • Price: 45
  • Format: 20 x 22 cm
  • Soft cover
  • Features: 428 pages, 378 illustrations
  • ISBN: 3-978-9812326-1-5



Daab Verlag

Hi-Tec Architecture


HI_TEC ARCHITECTURE presents pioneering and exceptional architectural innovations, which have left their indelible mark on the face of international architecture. Over 40 spectacular projects illustrate the technical possibilities and the spectrum of materials, which today are applied in more and more groundbreaking ways.


  • Language: English,German, etc.
  • Release: September 2009
  • Price: 39,95
  • Format: 23,2 x 23 x 3,6 cm
  • Features: 382 pages, full colour
  • ISBN: 978-3866540200

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