Make_Shift City looks at urban design strategies that renegotiate and emancipate shared spaces and resources within the city, showing how the increasing scarcity of resources and commons–particularly in Western cities–have far-reaching consequences for the everyday urban experience.
For Colombian architect Simon Vélez (born 1949), botany has been inextricable from architecture. His work has been significantly determined by his country’s tropical resources, in particular its lush vegetation and abundance of guadua bamboo–a common species throughout the valleys of Colombia. Working in close collaboration with the engineer-constructor Marcello Villegas, Vélez has devised bamboo buildings [More]
In this superbly probing book, investigative reporter Neuwirth relates the struggles and successes of some of the world’s most resourceful poor people, among the one billion urban squatters in countries like Brazil, India, Kenya and Turkey. Having lived alongside them in these four countries and thus gained firsthand knowledge of their daily lives, Neuwirth is [More]
The photographs of Lard Buurman (born 1969) capture the African city as a site of permanent change and incessant encounter. The images are the result of combining several snapshots in time into a single scene, enabling the viewer to take in a vast spread of urban space.
Our planet’s poorest people are also its largest construction force. Whether recent immigrants to growing cities or the last residents in shrinking cities, these occupiers have a great need and, often, no choice but to self-build. They use whatever can be found to create places to live, to work, and perhaps hide. Leftover Rightunder highlights [More]
From Camp to City examines the theme of the refugee camp in the context of urbanism and architecture. Using the examples of the refugee camps in the Algerian desert in which Sahrawis originally from the Western Sahara have been living for 35 years, the book looks at the “urban” aspects of these settlements. In contrast [More]
Fiscal crises have cascaded across much of the developing world with devastating results, from Mexico to Indonesia, Russia and Argentina. The extreme volatility in contemporary political economic fortunes seems to mock our best efforts to understand the forces that drive development in the world economy. David Harvey is the single most important geographer writing today [More]
The second book in the Essays on the Political Economy of Urban Form series, developed at ETH Zurich’s WERK 11 and edited by Marc Angélil and Rainer Hehl, revisits the idea of the “common.” By taking the reader on a trip through built social experiments and fictional utopias, this collection of four essays considers the [More]
Informalize! is the first book in the forthcoming Essays on the Political Economy of Urban Form series developed at WERK 11, a research hub of the ETH Zurich bringing together the various fields that have an impact on today’s urban conditions. Edited by Marc Angélil and Rainer Hehl, this collection of four essays presents a [More]
The third volume in the Essays on the Political Economy of Urban Form series, Empower! addresses contemporary power relations and their effects on urban and natural landscapes in the age of the Anthropocene, a nascent geological epoch defined by human activity. In order to better grasp the role of architecture and planning today, the publication explores urban transformations through [More]
What do Wikipedia, Zip Car’s business model, Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, and a small group of lobster fishermen have in common? They all show the power and promise of human cooperation in transforming our businesses, our government, and our society at large. Because today, when the costs of collaborating are lower than ever before, there [More]