Articles, Magazines, Books & Publications

EXHIBITION AS EDITING EXERCISE
December 2016


We might agree that a publication can be as much of a display of artistic inquiry than an exhibition. Yet, the lines of work leading to both cases may also be carried out separately, perhaps resulting also in a different sense of completion. How might these established formats of representation be rethought as methodologies for research or dissemination, as ways of curating, collaborating, editing, communicating, or simply, looking ahead?
 
Situated in the context of urban Tehran, Exhibition as Editing Exercise by Nader Koochaki, has been a special project created for the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP) 2015 Winner’s Exhibition. Resulting from an ongoing process of photography, travels, collecting, writing and discussions, this publication gathers for display the direct editorial yield of the eponymous exhibition, shown in November 2016 in London. Through editing/installation sessions on the gallery floor, actual photo prints, laid out texts and objects, all following a preset custom grid pattern, have been scaled down and printed to create this experimental edition of 150 copies.

© 2016 Nader Koochaki
ISBN 978-952-68416-1-8
24 pages + covers with B&W and color photographs

For inquiries, please contact info(at)selim.fi

Published by:
MOP Foundation, London, United Kingdom
Selim Projects, Helsinki, Finland
 
Editor: Mika Savela
Texts: Mika Savela, Mohamad Reza Haeri, Nader Koochaki
Translations: Robert Curwen, Kimia Kamvari, Mahan Moalemi
Photography (works): Nader Koochaki
Photography (publication): Pat Graham
 
The publication has been made possible with the support of:
MOP Foundation
MHA London
Sophia Contemporary Gallery
Etxepare Basque Institute
Delfina Foundation



THE MIESTENTIE SCHOOL
December 2016


The Miestentie School
ISBN 978-952-68416-2-5
© 2016 Selim Projects.
Edited by Tuomas Siitonen and Mika Savela

This book is a presentation of work created during a Master’s level studio by students at the Aalto University’s School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Together, we have tried to rethink the ways in which design education (and architectural education in particular) often deals with something so commonplace as “visualization”. The very act of producing an architecture book (along with its objecthood and archival future) is by choice a more
open-ended response to the question. We have produced a book as representation of architectural work, thought, practice and imagination. After all, a book is something that a paradigmatic movement would produce, would it not? Thus, we have allowed the Miestentie School to become an imaginary playground, an extension to the Jencks Graph, a site for developing and commenting on the possibilities (or lack thereof) within the current architectural education, in defining the ways the discipline gets represented, seen and distributed.

This publication has been supported by the Department of Architecture at Aalto University’s School of Arts, Design and Architecture.


S'LIM #03 YS
December 2016


The third issue of S'lima zine focusing on a particular place at a time, merging the contemporary and the historical experiences of visiting, living, staying and theorizing.
ISSN 2343-1016 (online)
ISSN 2343-1024 (print)
© Selim Projects 2016



INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES TO URBAN INCLUSION: BERLIN, SANTIAGO, HONG KONG
May 2016


"INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACHES TO URBAN INCLUSION: BERLIN, SANTIAGO, HONG KONG" REFLECTIONS, Vol 3, Issue 1, May 2016.


As the forth edition in the REFLECTIONS series, this publication looks into the Urban Lab+ project's (2013-2015) "Interdisciplinarity" working cluster's (CUHK, TUB, PUC) global meetings and projects through essays, reports, case studies, conclusions, contributing to seeking the urbanizing global condition and its challenges related to urban inclusion in public space.


First edition published on the occasion of Turning Tables, an Urban Lab+ project as part of the TIME SPACE EXISTENCE exhibit, an official collateral event of the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia.


Published by the School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Issue Editors: Paola Alfaro d'Alencon, Daniela Konrad, Felipe Link, Roberto Moris, Johannes Novy, Mika Savela, Hendrik Tieben, Francisca Zegers

Series Editors: Mika Savela, Hendrik Tieben

Design: Mika Savela


ISSN 2227-8044 (print)
ISSN 2304-1625 (PDF)

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S'LIM #02 BERLIN
April 2016


The second issue of S'lima zine focusing on a particular place at a time, merging the contemporary and the historical experiences of visiting, living, staying and theorizing.
  • Hard and Cold – Editorial (Mika Savela) 
  • Neither Prenzlauer Berg Nor Marzahn: Lichtenberg-HohenschönhausenSebastian Möring
  • Glückskarte von BerlinChow Yik
  • Entering Apartments – Maaret Louhelainen
  • Einige Berliner – Rurik Wasastjerna
  • MisplacementsOscar Chan Yik Long
  • Excerpts from “Berlin” in The New Baedeker; Being - Casual Notes of an Irresponsible Traveller (1910) – Harry Thurston Peck
ISSN 2343-1016 (online)
ISSN 2343-1024 (print)
© Selim Projects 2016



THE BABEL PROJECT: TOWARDS AN URBAN EDUCATION STARTUP
September 2015


"The Babel Project: Towards an Urban Education Startup" in Urban Pamphleteer #5 - Global Education for Urban Futures. With Mo Kar Him.

An essay describing the Babel Project as a model and testing ground for an education startup, envisioned as a potential pedagogy in the current age of Post-Internet, digital creation and publishing, available for teaching and learning in the urban laboratory approach.

Global Education for Urban Futures is guest edited by Paola Alfaro d’Alençon (Technische Universität Berlin), Ben Campkin (University College London), Rupali Gupte (Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute, Mumbai), Solam Mkhabela (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg), Johannes Novy (Technische Universität Berlin), and Mika Savela (The Chinese University of Hong Kong). The series editors are Ben Campkin and Rebecca Ross (University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins).

ISBN 9788894046618



METAFIN
September 2015


METAFIN (2015) Mika Savela, Rebekka Gröhn, Henrik Drufva

Publication created for the METAFIN experimental exhibition, archive and publication project. The project approaches the construct of “Finnishness” from a blurred angle as a cultural territory of the visual and forms of dispersed information. It investigates the thematic through experimental graphic design, exhibition practices, digital and analog archives, reproduction and critical writing. The production has been supported by the Kone Foundation.

Editing & Research : Mika Savela
Team: Henrik Drufva, Rebekka Gröhn, Mika Savela
Graphic Design: Rebekka Gröhn

208 pages
Full color printing
ISBN 978-952-68416-0-1
© Selim Projects 2015
(Currently available at Motto Distribution)



S'LIM #01 VENICE
August 2015


The first issue of S'lima zine edited and created by Selim, focusing on a particular place at a time, merging the contemporary and the historical experiences of visiting, living, staying and theorizing. 
  • Dearest ‘Contemporaries’ (and Venice) – Mika Savela & Henrik Drufva
  • Venice Was a Dream – Janice Leung
  • Perpetually Visiting – Henrik Drufva
  • You Can’t Tell a Count from a VillainArianna Gellini & Marco de Mutiis with photography by Tobia Maschio
  • Uomini e animaliTrevor Yeung
  • Excerpts from Venice (1904) with illustrations by Mortimer Menpes and text by Dorothy Menpes
ISSN 2343-1016 (online)
ISSN 2343-1024 (print)
© Selim Projects 2015



URBAN CHINA AND THE BIENNIAL UNIVERSE
June 2015


"Urban China and the Biennial Universe" in Burrasca #2 - Biennali.

An essay with photos about the Shenzhen and Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Architecture \ Urbanism.

ISBN 9788894046618



I SEE DEAD ARCHITECTURE
December 2014


"I SEE DEAD ARCHITECTURE" in Tourette Journal #00 WIDEOPEN

In a call for "call of papers", a proposal shortlisted for the Tourette Journal #03's thematic REPRESENTATION.

"By re-iterating, cataloging and displaying architectural hashtags in his Venice display of Fundamentals, Rem Koolhaas somewhat schizophrenically announced architecture both dead as well as engulfed by the economy-driven globalized sphere of real-estate opportunities. If this is true, where does architecture happen anymore? Where did it happen in the past? Left standing with only a death certificate, we may need to find some more answers. Because if we choose believe Koolhaas, it means this is a new era. Architecture may be dead, yet we see it everywhere, all the time."

ISBN 978-1-326-10603-4



TIN SHUI WAI GAME LAB
October 2014


Tin Shui Wai Game Lab – Introduction to Visualizing Urbanism and Urban Design. The School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Hong Kong. 2014.

The publication displays work from the introductory workshop related to visualizing cities and designing urban information.

Editors: Mika Savela and Kar Him Mo
Design: Mika Savela


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ISBN 978-962-8272-13-6 (PDF)




EVERYDAY ITEMS FROM HONG KONG
October 2014


“Everyday Items from Hong Kong” was an exhibition (and to some degree, a shop) that was held in Helsinki in July-August 2014. It started as what could be described as design interest to the visual world of everyday Hong Kong and appreciation for objects found in small shops and supermarkets. The book serves as a posthumous exhibition catalog as well as documentation of the temporary event, where all items on display were gradually sold, thus making the project eventually disappear.

Published by Selim Projects 
Design and editing by Mika Savela
Photography by Henrik Drufva
Chinese translations by Janice Leung

ISBN 9781320188630



REMIX
June 2014


“REMIX” in CLOG:REM, 2014


Short contribution in "remixing" some early words of self-reflection by Rem Koolhaas, the subject of this issue of CLOG magazine, launched in the occasion of the Venice Biennale of 2014.

(CLOG)

ISSN 2164-9782

ISBN 978-0-9904224-0-2



MEASURING THE NON-MEASURABLE #06. SUBJECTIVITIES IN INVESTIGATION OF THE URBAN: THE SCREAM, THE SHADOW AND THE MIRROR. 2014

Contribution in the 6th edition of Measuring the Non-Measurable series on dérives conducted in various Asian cities. Edited by Darko Radović / co+labo / Architecture and Urban Design Laboratory at Keio University, Tokyo.

ISBN 978-4-904894-16-3



RE-DO NEW TOWN:
QUESTIONS FROM HUNG SHUI KIU
January 2015



"RE-DO NEW TOWN: QUESTIONS FROM HUNG SHUI KIU" REFLECTIONS, Vol 2, Issue 1, February 2014. The School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.


As the second edition in the REFLECTIONS series, the publication looks into CUHK's Urban Design program's current work in the soon to be urbanized territory of Hong Kong, through professional essays, photo stories as well as studio and workshop and exhibition projects.

Published on the occasion of the 2013 Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture (UABB 
Hong Kong) as part of the exhibition Re-Do New Town: Hung Shui Kiu.


Editors: Mika Savela, Hendrik Tieben

Design: Mika Savela


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ISSN 2227-8044 (print)
ISSN 2304-1625 (PDF)



MAPPING THE CITY

September 2013



Mapping the City – Introduction to Visualizing Urbanism and Urban Design. The School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Hong Kong. 2013.

The publication collects work from two introductory workshops related to visualizing cities and urban information.

Editors: Mika Savela, Kar Him Mo & Connie Yuen
Design: Mika Savela


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ISBN 978-962-8272-10-5 (PDF)




URBANTUMBLR

September 2013





URBANTUMBLR – A collection of post-posts / A pseudoblog as practice, 2013.


“It was never my intention to start a veritable urbanism blog with a domain name, nor was I aiming for a 'curated magazine' kind of a project, like Flipbook or similar mobile apps are now enabling and encouraging us to do. I was simply posting, sometimes with more rigor, sometimes less. But as I continued to post, I did begin to wonder what happened next, if anything? Would I continue posting indefinitely?”


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ISBN 978-952-93-2765-2 (paperback)

ISBN 978-952-93-2766-9 (PDF)




A CITY FORMERLY KNOWN AS SADNESS
July 2013

A brief essay with photos for Failed Architecture on the Tin Shui Wai new town in Hong Kong. July 2013.



THE WATCHFUL GOLDEN TOWER
October 2012


"The Watchful Golden Tower" in San Rocco, Issue 5 Scary Architects, 2012.


The article looks at the Grand Lisboa casino in Macau, the current gambling capital of the world, struggling between historical and fabricated realities and fables.


(www.sanrocco.info)
ISSN 2038-4912




THE EVERYDAY HISTORIES
OF UNSEEN MODERNITIES
May-August 2012


A series of 12 guest posts for A Season of Urban Vignettes – Everyday Living in The City – a  project supported by the LSE Urban Studies & Researchduring Summer 2012 concentrating on the unseen qualities and urban existence of contemporary Hong Kong.

The Unlikely and the Unseen
Navigating the Verticalities
The Extreme Everyday
Paint and the City
Strange, Happy Geometries
November 2012


“Solo en la noche de Hong Kong” in Bifurcaciones, Intantáneas, 2012.


An essay with text and photographs about the experience empty streets of night-time Hong Kong, seemingly bustling with lights and life in the popular imagery. (in Spanish)

(Bifurcaciones)




FRUIT OF THE MODERN
February 2012


“Fruit of the Modern” in CLOG:APPLE (NO. 2), 2012


Short essay on the modernity of the fake Apple stores encountered in mainland China and the modernist core of the Apple brand.

(CLOG)

ISSN 2164-9782

ISBN 978-0-9838204-2-0



GREETINGS FROM POST-EVERYTHING
November 2011


“Greetings from Post-Everything” in MONU magazine, issue 15, 2011.

An article discussing various memories and momentary notes of post-ideological landscapes of urbanity around the world:

“A discussion about post-something, is bound to be personal. Post-what? Partum? War? Tracing the history of urban ideologies starts from where we ourselves are standing. It was not the science of progress and planning that brought us here, but the dreams and failures of our industrial, colonial, capitalist, communist, modern, socialist and above all well-meaning predecessors. And they've bequeathed us a whole lump of urban memories.”

ISSN 1860-3211



THE BRIEF FUTURE OF ACCEPTING THE HISTORY
June 2011


“The Brief Future of Accepting the History” in Conditions Magazine, issue 8, 2011.

An essay about the 80th anniversary of acceptera (1931), a modernist pamphlet by Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund and others. As a manifesto, acceptera was radically visual and building up courage for embracing the new dawning era, with many questions similar to the changing global urbanity in our time.

ISSN 1891-2672



THE GREAT MOSQUES OF LAKE GENEVA
June 2011


“The Great Mosques of Lake Geneva” in MAS Context, issue 10, 2011.

“Mika Savela’s form of resistance to reactionary cultural politics in Switzerland is mediatic rather than physical. In The Great Mosques of Lake Geneva, a highly charged series of images are used to subvert the country’s recent constitutional ban on the construction of minarets by projecting the fictional history of a nation in which the Ottomans, rather than the Habsburgs, had won the decisive battle at Zenta of 1697. Savela fuses the classical landscapes of nineteenth-century Switzerland with the minaret-studded panoramas of Constantinople, forcing us to confront challenging questions about the idealized constructions of nations and histories.”

Michael Kubo, In Context - Resistant Objects

Cenevre Gölü'nün Görkemli Camileri

(The essay is also available in Turkish at Arkitera)




MOST T-SHIRTABLE CITIES
October 2010


Most T-shirtable Cities in MONU magazine, issue 13, 2010.

“As featured in last issue of Monu Magazine concerning Most Valuable Urbanism, Mika Savela presents his reflections about the most T-shirtable cities in the world. Taking as reference the amount of google hits, his top-100 leading cities are 'IloveQuebec-Paris-London-Chicago-NewYork'. At the bottom of the list however, we find 'IloveRiyadh-Tallinn-Pyongyang-Reykjavik-Kabul'. Savela speculates that T-shirtability could help as a popular factor to measure the almost impossible dimension of which city is best to live in, or at least most beloved among its dwellers. ‘… It’s about the ubiquitous framework where we associate ourselves with a city’.”t-shirtable cities – deconcrete.org

ISSN 1860-3211



THE OTHER CITY - TOINEN KAUPUNKI
2010


The Other City & Possibilities for Urban Life in Helsinki and Katajanokka. Master’s thesis, 2010. Published in the series Aalto University publications in architecture no. 2010/107. (in Finnish)

“The work studies cities both as living cultural environments and urban planning objects. It aims to actualize the history of modern urban life in western countries and Finland and to evaluate the role of modern urban planning in these processes. The work depicts living urban environment and the possibilities for enlivening urban areas. The title, ‘The Other City’, refers to the perception of a city in the modern world as opposed to the real, physical place. This otherness: the dreams, inspirations, subcultures and phenomena are displayed in art, photography, literature and design as well as in city planning. The Other City forms the basis for the research, through which the background of urban life and liveliness are studied.”

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ISBN 978-952-60-3395-2 (paperback)
ISBN 978-952-60-3396-9 (PDF)
ISSN 1797-352X (paperback)
ISSN 1797-8351 (PDF)