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Park Books ist ein europäischer Verlag für Architektur und angrenzende Bereiche und versteht sich als internationale Plattform für Architekturbuchprojekte. Park Books wurde 2012 als Schwesterfirma des renommierten Kunst-, Fotografie- und Architekturverlags Scheidegger & Spiess in Zürich gegründet. Wie dieser richtet auch Park Books ein besonderes Augenmerk auf die sorgfältige Gestaltung und Materialisierung der Bücher. Die Bücher erscheinen vorwiegend in deutscher und englischer Sprache. Das Verlagsprogramm ist dank der Zusammenarbeit mit kompetenten Marketing- und Vertriebspartnern weltweit präsent. Der Verlag gehört einer unabhängigen Eigentümerschaft und besteht aus engagierten Mitarbeitenden, die ihre unterschiedlichen Erfahrungen und Stärken in die Arbeit einbringen.

Park Books wird vom Bundesamt für Kultur mit einem Strukturbeitrag für die Jahre 2016–2020 unterstützt.


African Modernism

African Modernism
The Architecture of Independence. Ghana, Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Zambia

Never before has modern architecture in Africa been studied and presented so comprehensively and thoroughly: a groundbreaking study, lavishly illustrated.

Edited by Manuel Herz with Ingrid Schröder, Hans Focketyn, Julia Jamrozik. Photographs by Iwan Baan and Alexia Webster

1st edition, 2015
Text in English only
Hardback (flexicover)
640 pages, 909 color and 54 b/w illustrations, 246 plans
23.5 x 32 cm
ISBN 978-3-906027-74-6


In the 1950s and 1960s, most African countries gained independence from their respective colonial power. Architecture became one of the principal means by which the newly formed countries expressed their national identity. Parliament buildings, central banks, stadiums, convention centers, universities and independence memorials were built, often to heroic and daring designs. At the same time, these buildings exemplify also the difficulties, contradictions and dilemmas these countries experienced in their nation-building process.

This groundbreaking new book investigates for the first time the relationship between architecture and nation building in Ghana, Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, and Zambia. It features 103 buildings with brief descriptive texts, images, site plans and selected floor plans and sections. The vast majority of images, commissioned especially for this book, is contributed by Iwan Baan and Alexia Webster. Their photographs document the buildings in their present state. Each country is portrayed in an introductory text and a timeline of historic events. Further essays on post-colonial Africa and specific aspects and topics, also illustrated with images and documents, round out this outstanding book.

Published to coincide with an exhibition at Vitra Design Museum Gallery in Weil am Rhein.

Winner of the FILAF d'or, the first prize for Best Books on Art 2015 at the FILAF (The International Art Book and Film Festival).

Named one of the Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2015.

Winner of the DAM Architectural Book Award 2016.

Named one of the ten

Designed by Marie Lusa.

Casablanca Chandigarh

Casablanca Chandigarh
A Report on Modernization

A groundbreaking reassessment of the urbanist experiments Casablanca and Chandigarh.

Tom Avermaete, Maristella Casciato. Photographic Missions by Yto Barrada and Takashi Homma. Preface by Mirko Zardini

1st edition, 2014
Text in English only
368 pages, 224 color and 124 b/w illustrations
17 x 24 cm
ISBN 978-3-906027-36-4

In cooperation with Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Montreal


This richly illustrated volume invites us to think afresh about urban life and the modern city by offering images and analyses of two very different but complementary contemporary cities: the planned Indian city of Chandigarh and Casablanca, the North African harbor town developed into a modern metropolis by Michel Ecochard and a team of architects after World War II. Countering the dominant view of modern urbanism that values avant-garde ideas originating in the West, the book offers a more nuanced approach to the history of the modern city and the relationship between local knowledge and imported ideas in the rapid globalization that followed World War II.
By focusing on the design and habitation of the cities’ public spaces and housing, the Casablanca Chandigarh locates the essence of the modern city in its everyday life—which shifts our understanding of architecture and planning, enabling us to see it as the result of negotiation among a variety of actors.

Habitat Marocain Documents

Habitat Marocain Documents
Dynamics Between Formal and Informal Housing

Late colonialist housing and the conflict between the architects’ cultural preconceptions and the actual way of life of inhabitants

Edited by Sascha Roesler. With contributions by Jean Hentsch, Udo Kultermann, Sascha Roesler, André Studer, and Theres Studer

1st edition, 2015
Text English and French
200 pages, 102 color and 63 b/w illustrations
20 x 27 cm
ISBN 978-3-906027-76-0
Resettlement Archives, volume 1


The “Habitat Marocain” housing project was built in Casablanca between 1954–56 by two Swiss architects, Jean Hentsch (1921–84) and André Studer (1926–2007). The complex was part of the reconstruction and expansion scheme for the city under the French colonial administration in Morocco after World War II and meant to house local inhabitants rather than European expatriates. This lead to a culturally specific architectural approach. “Habitat Marocain” is a prime example for the interplay between formal and informal building.

This book investigates the contradictions between the architects’ cultural assumptions and the actual way of life of inhabitants. It documents the ethnographic influence on the design for the entire dwelling and shows the various transformations to the buildings later made by the residents. The rich material presented, including many photographs by architect André Studer, plans and other documents, illustrates the complex relations between ethnographic imagination, design synthesis and the increasingly informal further development once construction was completed.

Habitat Marocain Documents tells the project’s entire history from early planning stage to first occupancy and beyond. The book reveals a complex process of research, design, construction, and inhabitation that continues until the present day.

Winner of the DAM Architectural Book Award 2016.

Designed by Adrian Ehrat.