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Project Japan: Metabolism Talks…

Project Japan

Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist are the authors of a brilliantly fresh book called Project Japan: Metabolism Talks…. The book not only discusses a fascinating subject (the Metabolist movement in Japan) but also breathes inspiration on every single page. Project Japan is a clever and beautiful book that fits effortlessly in a series of stunning Koolhaas books, like S, M, L, XL, Mutations and Content. The book reads like a reference and is obviously made by someone who has a background in film-making and is an expert in the relation between image and text.

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The Temporary City

'The Temporary City' by Peter Bishop and Lesley Williams

Recently we received this great book called The Temporary City, written by Peter Bishop and Lesley Williams. The book came with a kind note by Williams that says that “we made extensive use of The Pop-Up City in writing the book, so therefore I thought we owed you a copy”. Something to be proud of. :-) The topic of the book is pretty much our cup of tea since it discusses the basic element of this blog — temporary and flexible urban design and architecture.

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Différence Et Répétition

'Verschil en Herhaling' ('Différence et Répétition') by Gilles Deleuze

Reading Deleuze is no piece of cake. It is often a long and hard thought process and it doesn’t leave much room for ‘fun’ excursions into popular culture. This is especially so for the recently published first Dutch translation of Deleuze’s famous dissertation: ‘Différence et Répétition’ (or: ‘Difference and Repetition’, in Dutch ‘Verschil en Herhaling’), published by Boom. Since this weblog is more of an urban development magazine, rather than a philosophical journal, and since Deleuze often writes about architectural design, I will not to discuss the contents of the book, but rather the aesthetics of it, or rather, its looks. Judging the book by its cover, so to speak.

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  • Delicate — New Food Culture

    Food is something serious and eating is not only a physical need or routine. The characteristics of food are often based on a rich world of different cultures, ceremonies and social interactions. If eating is an aspect of our lives that we can’t take lightly, cooking is the creative part of it — a true form…

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    CARTopia: Portland’s Food Cart Revolution

    Cover of 'CARTopia'

    When boyfriend and I told our relatives we would go to Oregon, USA, for our long-awaited holidays, they were all surprised. What’s happening there? Why not a sunny place after an imaginary Summer in Amsterdam? When we came back from our 3-week trip with a tan and told my father-in-law, a French chef, that we found our Food Mecca in Portland, Oregon, he did not believe us, and thought our palates are far too young to seize the difference between street food and gastronomy. Europeans might not be aware of Portland’s food scene, but many US Cities are trying to figure out how to replicate its model. Over the past decade, media and food critics have all acknowledged Portland as a destination for food lovers. ‘Top Places to Eat in Portland’ by Guardian or New York Times do not only highlight brick-and-mortar restaurants but also gourmet food carts. To find our way amongst the 500 (600?) food carts spread throughout the city, we bought CARTopia by Kelly Rodgers and Kelley Roy. This small book is much more than a guide, it is also a fine introduction to the food carts phenomenon. CARTopia helped me to understand the history of food carts in Portland and their unique role in the local economy and the urban landscape.

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  • Mobile Snapshots By Nalden

    'Mobile Snapshots' by Nalden

    Last week a nice little book fell on my doormat. It’s the first publication of Amsterdam-based blogger Nalden. Mobile Snapshots: From Blogger to Brand is an extended photo diary entirely consisting of pictures that Nalden took with his phone. Taking you on a trip down memory lane, the book shows Nalden’s evolution from an ordinary blogger to a brand. Well, in fact it’s not a book but rather a stack of iPhone-shaped cards with a photo on the front and a short description on the back of every card. The book comes in a neatly designed black box.

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    Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today?

    Cover of 'Obsessive Consumption'

    What did you buy today? Do you remember things you bought last week? What about their price? What was your emotional connection to buying these items? Desire? Necessity? Joy? Guilt? Consumerist societies make us buy everyday, think we need to buy and forget about the meaning or the story of our purchases. Depressing? Then let…

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