The first transnational virtual book fair dedicated to publishing and divulgation of architecture and its intersection with politics, technology, economy and social issues.

About

A project by dpr-barcelona as part of the activities of the Future Architecture platform programme for 2021.

The Curator

For its first year, the Architecture Book Fair is curated by Chiara Dorbolò, an architect and researcher working between storytelling, criticism, and design and Future Architecture fellow 2021. She worked in multiple architecture and interior design offices in the Netherlands, and since her graduation in 2017, she is a contributing editor at Failed Architecture. In 2020, she was among the recipients of the Talent Development Grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL. Currently, she teaches online at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and lives in Madrid.

Photo by Flor de Lis Blázquez

Chiara Dorbolò
The Promotors

DPR-BARCELONA

dpr-barcelona is an independent research studio and publishing house which operates in the fields of architecture, political theory and the social milieu. Their research and theoretical work is linked to leading publications in architectural discourse. They also contribute often to a diverse range of publications, including books and magazines such as Harvard Design Magazine, The Architectural Review, ARQ, e-flux and Volume, among others. Their curatorial practice includes “Adhocracy ATHENS” (together with Pelin Tan) for the Onassis Cultural Centre in 2015, winner of the ADI Culture Award 2016; and more recently, “Twelve Cautionary Urban Tales” (Matadero Madrid, 2020), among others.

dpr-barcelona is Ethel Baraona, César Reyes and Anne-Sophie de Vargas.
dpr-barcelona.com

FUTURE ARCHITECTURE PLATFORM

Future Architecture is the first pan-European platform of architecture institutions, bringing ideas on the future of cities and architecture closer to the wider public. The platform is a well-balanced ecosystem of European cultural players in architecture who perform specific roles within a complex European architecture program. It connects multi-disciplinary emerging talents to high profile institutions like museums, galleries, publishing houses, biennials, and festivals. It provides talented conceptual thinkers and practitioners in architecture with opportunities to speak up —and be seen and heard.

Co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
Future Architecture Platform

28 Architecture institutions

in 24 European countries

The Fair

The Architecture Book Fair features publications from key international architecture and design publishing houses, new outcomes by FA members, and outstanding editorial initiatives by emergent creatives and FA alumni. The presented publications, both digital and printed, transcend the boundaries of conventional publications and explore the limits between printed matters and new media, transforming traditional publishing practice as we know it into a live exchange of knowledge.

The fair also counts with a programme of events, such as book launches, conferences, readings, and activities to reach out and to engage with the audience.

Publishers

International architecture and design publishers have a great role in shaping contemporary critical discourse. The Fair seeks to offer them an opportunity to expand this role with networking, e-commerce, and collaboration in postpandemic scenarios by connecting them with a new audience in a way that speaks directly to them and their interests.

For its first edition, the Architecture Book Fair is glad to welcome the following publishers and institutions:

Manufacturing cement pieces helped by Herzog & de Meuron, Sybilla, Lievore, Pinós, BarozziVeiga, ElíasTorres, Lluis Clotet, Alfredo Häberli, David Chipperfield, Jørn Utzon…

Media partners

We have an international media presence thanks to our partnerships with the well-known architecture websites: ArchDaily, Architectuul and Arquine.

ArchDaily is the most visited architecture website worldwide, with over 500,000 daily readers and about 220 million page views per month.
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Architectuul is an online architecture catalog that uses crowdsourcing to build content. It is used as a source by several publications and Universities.
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Arquine is an international referent in architectural criticism and report on the architectural and functional evolutionary process that takes place in Mexico and Latin America.
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