SQM: The Quantified Home
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The way we live is rapidly changing under pressure from multiple forces—financial, environmental, technological, geopolitical. What we used to call home may not even exist anymore, having transmuted into a financial commodity measured in square meters. Yet, domesticity ceased long ago to be central in the architectural agenda; this project aims to launch a new discussion on the present and the future of the home.

SQM: The Quantified Home, produced for the 2014 Biennale Interieur, charts the scale of this change using data, fiction, and a critical selection of homes and their interiors—from Osama bin Laden’s compound to apartment living in the age of Airbnb.

With original texts by Rahel Aima, Aristide Antonas, Gabrielle Brainard and Jacob Reidel, Keller Easterling, Ignacio González Galán, Joseph Grima, Hilde Heynen, Dan Hill, Sam Jacob, Alexandra Lange, Justin McGuirk, Joanne McNeil, Alessandro Mendini, Jonathan Olivares, Marina Otero Verzier, Paul B. Preciado, Anna Puigjaner, Catharine Rossi, Andreas Ruby, Malkit Shoshan, and Bruce Sterling.

The book is published by Lars Müller. It is available for sale online and in selected bookstores.

The dust jacket is screen-printed on wallpaper in 22 different patterns, randomly mixed.

Download the table of contents.


This project is a part of SQM: The Home Does Not Exist.
The way we live is rapidly changing under pressure from multiple forces—financial, environmental, technological, geopolitical. What we used to call home may not even exist anymore, having transmuted into a financial commodity measured in square meters. Yet, domesticity ceased long ago to be central in the architectural agenda; this project aims to launch a new discussion on the present and the future of the home.

SQM: The Quantified Home, produced for the 2014 Biennale Interieur, charts the scale of this change using data, fiction, and a critical selection of homes and their interiors—from Osama bin Laden’s compound to apartment living in the age of Airbnb.


This project is a part of SQM: The Home Does Not Exist.
Project team: Joseph Grima, Andrea Bagnato, Tamar Shafrir

Managing editor: Andrea Bagnato

Book design by Folder (Marco Ferrari, Elisa Pasqual)

“Home Screen” section: Simone C. Niquille
Flash fiction editor: Gianluigi Ricuperati with Caterina Toschi
Drawings: Folder with U67
Assistant designer: Marina Mangiat
Research assistant: Bernardo Martins de Almeida
Publishing coordination: Rebekka Kiesewetter / Lars Müller Publishers
Proofreading: Danko Szabó

Printing: PurePrint, Belgium
Screen printing: Creafor, Belgium
Binding and finishing: Delabie Binders, Belgium

Thanks to Paola Antonelli, Jan Boelen, Piet Germonprez, Bruce Sterling

With the support of Biennale Interieur, Kortrijk, Belgium, and of the Flemish Commission

ISBN 978-3-03778-453-2

Press:

Domus

The Architectural Review, March 2015
Blueprint no. 339, 2015
Metropolis Magazine (print/2015 reading list)
Bruce Sterling
Nicolas Nova @ Walker Art Center
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DisegnoDaily

Awards:
Special mention, XXIV Compasso d’Oro
European Design Award 2015

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The New City Reader
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The New City Reader is a newspaper on architecture, public space and the city, published as part of The Last Newspaper, an exhibit running at the New Museum from 6 October 2010 to 9 January 2011. The format of the New City Reader is inspired by the dazibao, the Chinese practice of affixing newspapers in public space for them to be read collectively. Editorial work for the New City Reader took place in a purpose-designed office in the New Museum gallery in full public view.

Produced as a collaboration between Joseph Grima and Kazys Varnelis/Columbia University NetLab, the New City Reader consisted of 14 weekly editions guest-edited by a contributing network of architects, theorists, and research groups. Each issue addressed a single section of a typical newspaper (such as Sports, Finance or Obituaries). The sections were available for free at the New Museum and—in emulation of a practice also common in the 19th-century American city before newspapers became cheap and abundant—were posted in public throughout the city for collective reading.

A second edition of the New City Reader was published in Istanbul to coincide with the first edition of the Istanbul Design Biennial.

The New City Reader is a newspaper on architecture, public space and the city, published as part of The Last Newspaper, an exhibit running at the New Museum from 6 October 2010 to 9 January 2011. The format of the New City Reader is inspired by the dazibao, the Chinese practice of affixing newspapers in public space for them to be read collectively. Editorial work for the New City Reader took place in a purpose-designed office in the New Museum gallery in full public view.
New City Reader 1st edition, New York credits:

Executive editors: Joseph Grima and Kazys Varnelis
Managing Editor: Alan Rapp
Associate managing editor: John Cantwell
Associate editors: Brigette Borders, Daniel Payne
Editorial assistant: Pantea Tehrani
Art director: Neil Donnelly
Designer: Chris Rypkema
Editorial cartoonist: Klaus
Blackout! cartoonists: Momo Araki, Alexis Burson, Leigha Dennis, Kyle Hovenkotter
Web Developer: Jochen Hartmann
Contributing editors: David Benjamin & Livia CoronaC-Lab/Jeffrey InabaProgram in Media + Modernitycommon roomDJ N-RON & DJ/rupture, Jeannie Kim & Hunter TuraLeagues and LegionsMichael MeredithNetwork Architecture Lab, Frank Pasquale & Kevin Slavin, D-Crit – School of Visual Arts, Robert Sumrell & Andrea Ching, Nugu (Geminidas & Nomeda Urbonas) with Saskia SassenEyal Weizman, Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths College, University of London

New City Reader 2nd edition, Istanbul credits:

Executive editors: Joseph Grima and Kazys Varnelis
Editorial coordinator: Elian Stefa
Managing editor: Benan Kapucu
Associate editor: Merve Yücel
Translator: Aslı Mertan
Art direction: Folder
Contributing Editors: Emre Arolat, DEMILIT, Fake Industries Architecture Agonism, Beatrice Galilee & Tom Keeley, Mehmet Gürs, Ömer Kanıpak, Unfold, Şevin Yıldız

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