Public Art

The book presents a series of artistic interventions in the public sphere. Each project is site-specific and engenders participation, designed with the user of Vienna’s Praterstern in mind. Over a period of four months, artists Markus Hofer, Patrick Timm, Sarvin Hazin, Omid Darvish and Martina Tritthart transformed this widely discussed, socially and politically loaded transit hub into a place for negotiation, stimulating interaction and communication. 

published by philomena+, Vienna, 2018
edited by Christine Bruckbauer and Aline Lenzhofer
hardcover, 17 x 24 cm, 88 pages, 47 colour illustrations, languages: German, English, ISBN 978-3-200-06030-2
price: 22,00 Euro. Mail order:



Contemporary Iranian Architects 1


Iranian architecture is usually associated with historical monuments from the time of ancient Persia, or with significant clay and brick constructions from the 17th to the 19th century. However, Iranian architecture is now very much part of the 21st century. Negar Hakim’s book illustrates this point in a fascinating way. This book contains outstanding examples of modern architecture, with documenting of around 60 buildings in more than 330 pages. In addition, the extensive bibliographical appendix contains the biographies of architects and architectural firms, as well as an overview  of the region with the exact addresses of the buildings described. Modern architecture can surprise and inspire – and with this high-quality book, it does so again and again.                                 Appearing  architectural firms: 

Arash 4D Studio, Pantea Eslami, Alireza Sherafatie, Bracket Design Studio: Shervin Hosseini, Bonsar: Mohammad Majidi, Diba: Leila Araghian, Alireza Behzadi, EBA: Arash Mozafari, Fluid Motion Architects: Reza Daneshmir & Catherine Spiridonoff, Hooba Design Group: Hooman Balazadeh, Krds: Kourosh Rafiey, Kelyas Kavir architectural Group: Mehdie Geramie, Logical process in architectural design: Elham Geramizadeh & Ehsan Hosseini, Nextoffice: Alireza Taghaboni, Padiav Parth: Bahram Shokouhian, ReNa Design: Reza Najafian, Zav: Mohamadreza Ghodousi.

published by the IVA-ICRA Institute for Comparative Research in Architecture, TU Vienna. expected autumn 2017                  edited and written by Negar Hakim                                 paperback: 360 pages, language: English                           price: 49,00 Euro. Mail order:


THE TURN المنعرج  theturn_cover
Art Practices in Post-Spring Societies

The book presents artistic interventions that emerged in the wake of the Arab Revolution. They are committed to collaborative action and direct engagement in relation to the prevailing political and social climate.

published by Verlag für Moderne Kunst, Vienna, 2016
edited by Christine Bruckbauer and Patricia K.Triki
hardcover, 17 x 24 cm, 128 pages, 90 colour illustrations, languages: German, English, ISBN 987-3-903131-05-7 price: 25,00 Euro. Mail order:


MEMAR                               memar96      Magazin on Architecture and Urban Design April–May 2016, edited by  Negar Hakim  

This issue carries the title „Facade and Its Status in the Current Century“. Through an array of texts the subject is approached from various angles by renown guest contributors: Seyyed Mohammad Beheshti, Sara Weisblat Schastok, Benjamin Hossbach, Strauss & Hillegaa, Staab Architekten, Peter Reischer, schneider+schumacher, Gerber Architekten, Eller + Eller, AS&P – Albert Speer & Partner GmbH, podpod design Behzadi + Partner Architects, Sormeh Sharifi,  Seyyed Reza Hashemi, Babak Zirak,,  Mail order:


book-kopieMOHAMMAD REZA GHANEEI                     Modern Architecture in Iran 

Mohammad Reza Ghaneei (born in Isfahan in 1953) has long enjoyed local architectural recognition as one of the few Iranian architects to simultaneously follow two very different architectural approaches on the Iranian architectural scene: the modernist impulse and a desire to preserve the traditional construction methods. This is how he came to win the Memar Award for rightly placing tradition at the centre of his design approach. In fact, the preservation of the mid seventeenth century house where his office is located – a project praised by UNESCO – shows how familiar the architect is with traditional construction materials and technologies as well as being able to reproduce them.  The works chosen for this book are an attempt to provide a reflection of the long intellectual journey of an Iranian architect. The journey began in the middle of the second half of the twentieth century by borrowing and abstracting certain major elements from the history of construction in Iran, and was followed by a quest for the essence of Persian architecture and finally culminating in the 21st century in a more modern creation of what Mohammad Reza Ghaneei calls “poetic space.” In all his works, the architect has strived to produce contemporary Iranian architecture of an innovative quality.

published by IVA-ICRA Institute for Comparative Research in Architecture, Vienna 2016, edited and written by  Negar Hakim                                                                       paperback: 200 pages, language: English, ISBN-10: 3900265321,     ISBN-13: 978-3900265328, price: 49,00 Euro. Amazon order:


Bildergebnis für Rosige Zukunft Kerber VerlagROSIGE ZUKUNFT  / ROSY FUTURE
Aktuelle Kunst aus Tunesien /       Contemporary Art from Tunisia

This publication provides insight into contemporary art practice in Tunisia since the revolution of January 2011.
Public and virtual space has been the setting for many art works in Tunisia since this event. Impressions of this art, a new and energetic development for Tunisia, are being presented for the first time. Here not only individual works from selected artists are discussed but these are also viewed within their broad published  by Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld, 2012                       edited by Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V., Barbara Barsch, Christine Bruckbauer,     hardcover 17 x 24 cm, 240 pages, 137 colour illustrations, 11 black&white illustrations, language: German, French, English, ISBN 978-3-86678-747-6, price: 14,95 Euro. Order:


MEMAR                             memar-74        Magazin on Architecture and Urban Design August-September 2012, edited by  Negar Hakim         

In the past two decades, new evolutions have emerged gradually transferring industrial societies of the twentieth century to ‘postindustrial’ societies of the twenty-first century with their new digital services and facilities; societies whose distinct quality is new configurable goods and mass production of single products. That is also the case in architecture.  If James Watt’s invention in the nineteenth century succeeded in replacing Manual Labour with Machine Power and if Conveyor Belts in the beginning of the twentieth century served as the moving force of Mass Production, today computers are becoming the Steam Engines of a new age known as Post-Industrial where the moving force is ‘digital’.  The young and creative architects growing up in the Digital Age who are familiar with the world of computers, but they enjoy limited opportunities. In this issue of Memar magazine we tried to represent the position of a young generation of architects in the past two decades through publication of indepth articles. Seyyed Reza Hashemi, Joerg H. Gleiter, Matthias Boeckl, Michelle Galindo, Werner Sobek, Soa Architects, Miniwiz, VTN Projects, Knowspace Projects, Design Core Architects, Koorosh Rafiee, Persian Garden Studio,  Interview with Armin Daneshgar,Babak Zirak,,  Mail order: