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May be because we wanted to distinguish divisare from the web that is condemned to a sort of vertical communication, always with the newest architecture at the top of the page, as the "cover story," "the focus."
Content that was destined, just like the oh-so-new architecture that had just preceded it a few hours earlier, to rapidly slide down, day after day, lower and lower, in a vertical plunge towards the scrapheap of page 2.
So we began to build divisare not vertically, but horizontally.
Our model was the bookcase, on whose shelves we have gathered and continue to collect hundreds and hundreds of publications by theme. Every Collection in our Atlas tells a particular story, conveys a specific viewpoint from which to observe the last 20 years of contemporary architecture. A long, patient job of cataloguing, done by hand: image after image, project after project, post after post. Behind all this there is the certainty that we can do better than the fast, distracted web we know today, where the prevailing business model is: "you make money only if you manage to distract your readers from the contents of your own site." With divisare we want to offer the possibility, instead, of perceiving content without distractions. No "click me," "tweet me, "share me,” "like me." No advertising. banners, pop—ups or other distracting noise.
It is a different idea of the web, which we might call slow web.
Instead of the fast, distracting web, we prefer a slow, careful one. Instead of information hastily received, we prefer knowledge calmly absorbed. This is why we love to publish books and encourage you to put down your device, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy a high-quality read the old-fashioned way.
Hans van der Heijden [the Hague, 1963] studied Architecture and Urban Design at TU Delft. He is the co-founder of the Rotterdam architecture studio biq and he acted as the firm’s design director from 1994-2014. In 2014 HvdH moved to Amsterdam to establish his own design studio Hans van der Heijden Architect [www.hvdha.com] and to continue his practice as an independent designer. He is an editor of the Dutch Architecture Yearbook. HvdH lectures and teaches. HvdH has published articles in different professional magazines and the books Architecture in the Fractured City and Habitat. In 1996 he won the Europan-4 competition for young architects. From 2013-2014 he was the Sir Arthur Marshall Visiting Professor in Sustainable Urban Design at Cambridge University and Visiting Fellow at Jesus College in Cambridge.Buy Now
The five issues in Box Set #26 are dedicated to the photographic journey by Brazilian photographer Leonardo Finotti into five landscapes designed by Roberto Burle Marx around South America from the 1940s to 1990s, interpreting a range of scales of Burle Marx's work from private gardens to urban squares and large-scale public projects.Buy Now
INTRODUCING DIVISARE BOOKS
We tried. Lord knows we tried. But after more than 20 years spent in the transient, fleeting and contingent world of the internet no amount of pivoting or faking could squeeze a proudly independent online magazine into a conventional printed periodical.
So if you expect a traditional architecture magazine, DIVISARE BOOKS is not for you. But if you're looking for something more fluid and flexible, you may be open and inquiring enough to appreciate the work we are doing.
DIVISARE BOOKS is a high-quality, independent editorial project, a modular publication dedicated to architecture documents, a constantly growing archipelago of monographic issues each tackling a different topic: drawings collections, photographic surveys, visual essays, short writings, projects, etc.
VERY LIMITED EDITIONS
All of our issues are extremely limited editions. Don’t be late!
ON PAPER ONLY
Our editorial project it’s about switching off and getting away from the screen. That’s why we don’t offer a digital version.
Printed with vegetable inks on 100% recycled Cyclus Offest thick paper. It even smells good.
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Not available at bookstores or elsewhere. The only way to get your issue is to buy it at divisare.com.
PROUDLY MADE IN ROME, DELIVERED FROM BERLIN
Our editorial project is published and printed in Rome. Each issue is shipped in strong corrugated cardboard box out of our distribution centre based in Berlin, Germany.
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FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING: All of our prices include shipping to anywhere in the world.
GET 35% OFF: 10 issues at your choice for just 52,00 €. 35% discount on the cover price.
STRONG PACKAGING: The strong corrugated cardboard is pre-creased for easy and secure wraparound packaging.
Italian Handmade slipcase, 1500 Microns Board Covered with Graphite Wibalin Buckram, a strong, durable paper covering material produced in Switzerland. Inside: Arancio Sirio Fedrigoni produced in Italy. The case is finished with the DIVISARE logo hot stamped in silver.Buy Now
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