Formats
Anthologies
113
Audio
290
Catalogues
350
Clothing
24
Editions
30
Ephemera
55
Literary
38
Monographs
165
Posters
257
Video
40
Zines
138

Shop > Artists' Books

Out of Stock
#11669

Subtraction: Critical Spatial Practice 4

Date
2015
Publisher
Sternberg Press
Format
Artists' Books
Genre
Theory
Description

Edited by Nikolaus Hirsch, Markus Miessen
Featuring artwork by Metahaven

Unbuilding is the other half of building. Buildings, treated as currency, rapidly inflate and deflate in volatile financial markets. Cities expand and shrink; whether through the violence of planning utopias or war, they are also targets of urbicide. Repeatable spatial products quickly make new construction obsolete; the powerful bulldoze the disenfranchised; buildings can radiate negative real estate values and cause their surroundings to topple to the ground. Demolition has even become a spectacular entertainment.

Keller Easterling’s volume in the Critical Spatial Practice series analyzes the urgency of building subtraction. Often treated as failure or loss, subtraction—when accepted as part of an exchange—can be growth. All over the world, sprawl and overdevelopment have attracted distended or failed markets and exhausted special landscapes. However, in failure, buildings can create their own alternative markets of durable spatial variables that can be managed and traded by citizens and cities rather than the global financial industry.

These ebbs and flows—the appearance and disappearance of building—can be designed. Architects—trained to make the building machine lurch forward—may know something about how to put it into reverse.

  1. Subtraction
 

Related Items

  1. Keren Cytter: D.I.E. Now The True Story of John Webber and His Endless Struggle with the Table of Content
  2. The What If?... Scenario (after LG)
  3. Tobias Spichtig: Blue, Red, and Green
  4. Ken Okiishi: The Very Quick of the Word
  5. J. Parker Valentine: Fiction
  6. Mark von Schlegell: Ickles, Etc.
  7. After Berkeley
  8. Gerry Bibby: The Drumhead
  9. Leander Schönweger: Die Nebel lichten sich/ The Fog Disperses
  10. Cluster: Dialectionary
  11. Ines Lechleitner: The Imagines
  12. Dénes Farkas: Evident in Advance
  13. Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen: Playmates and Playboys at a Higher Level:  J. V. Martin and the Situationist International
  14. Jill Magid: The Proposal
  15. Suzana Milevska: On Productive Shame, Reconciliation, and Agency
  16. PS:
  17. Carsten Holler: Leben
  18. Das Wunder des Lebens
  19. Donal McGraith: Leaving No Mark: Prolegomena to an Evanescent Art
  20. Hannah Rickards: Grey Light. Left and right back, high up, two small windows
  21. Judy Radul: This Is Television
  22. Dexter Sinister: Bulletins of the Serving Library #1
  23. Alex Cecchetti: A Society That Breathes Once a Year
  24. Again, A Time Machine: From Distribution to Archive
  25. LIBERTIES OF THE SAVOY by Ruth Ewan
  26. PRE-ENACTMENTS
  27. Sarah Pierce: Sketches of Universal History Compiled from Several Authors
  28. Bulletins Of The Serving Library #6
  29. October 148
  30. Kim Gordon and Branden W. Joseph: Is It My Body?
  31. Juliane Bischoff and Kate Newby: I can’t nail the days down
  32. Francesco Pedraglio: A man in a room spray-painting a fly… (or at least trying to…)
  33. Vasarely Go Home
  34. Oliver Hartung: Syria Al-Assad
  35. Public Collectors
  36. Katrin Koffman: Ensembles Assembled: In Full Color
  37. Sarah Tripp: You Are of Vital Importance
  38. James Langdon: A School for Design Fiction
  39. Sidsel Meineche Hansen and Tom Vandeputte: Politics of Study
  40. Roman Signer: Slow Movement