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Competition: five copies of DBOOK to be won

Dezeen have got together with publishers a+t to offer readers the chance to win five copies of DBOOK - Density, Data, Diagrams, Dwellings.


Part of the a+t Density series, the 440-page, hardback book presents 64 apartment housing projects in order to explore issues associated with dense, urban living.


This competition has now closed.


The five winners will be selected at random and notified by email. Winners’ names will be published at the bottom of this page and in a future edition of our Dezeenmail newsletter.


Here's some more information from the publishers:


DBOOK. Density, Data, Diagrams, Dwellings

Visual Analysis of 64 Collective Housing Projects

DBOOK comprises a group of 64 collective housing projects, analyzed according to their contribution to the dense city.
 After the release of Density. New collective Housing, DBOOK represents a leap forward in the diffusion of architectural examples which promote the compact development of urban settlements.


The unorganised invasion of the environment is often justified by the expensive price of urban land and the need for larger homes. Moreover, the freedom to choose one’s residence is no minor argument for those who have dreams of green prairies with the promising independence of a single-family home, of the semi-detached home or even a row house, as opposed to that routine of stairs and lift.


To complete that landscape, large consumer centres that are strategically placed next to motorways offer drivers a world of low-priced pleasure.
 What should be done about such a panorama? Is there any possibility for collective housing to be wanted by city dwellers? Is it true that urban centres will soon be inhabited only by the well-off and those at a disadvantage?

What advantages can apartment life offer when the price per metre is more expensive than that of a single family house? Is it worth walking all the way to the supermarket when there are only two kinds of jam? What is the point of cultural activities if everything is on Internet? Is it true that collective transport makes dispersion even easier? Is there anyone who has never had problems with their fellow flat-owners? Does density not cause many of the conflicts that arise in coexistence?
 We do not honestly have an answer to any of these questions. We have only a selection of projects that give breath to the hope that life in common is still possible and that it improves when architectural conditions improve.

Series: a+t Density series
Authors: Aurora Fernández Per, Javier Mozas, Javier Arpa
Pages: 440
Size: 23,5 x 32 Hardcover /Color Illustrations
Full English/Spanish edition
ISBN 97-84-611-5900-0

For 16 years already, a+t architecture magazine participates very actively in the architectural debate throughout our magazine a+t, our books, conferences, newspaper articles and exhibitions.

Our interests cover housing, public space, civic facilities and urban planning, which are always thoroughly analyzed from the commitment with the dense city and the necessity of mixing uses, as studied in a+t magazine’s Hybrid Series. All our publications are bilingual (English-Spanish) and distributed worldwide. Our publications come together in thematic series and include books (Density Series and In Common Series) and magazines covering themes such as housing, civic facilities, urban planning and the mix of uses in the dense city which have served as reference for several exhibitions (Urban Life at The Architectural League in New York, Collectif at Arc en Rêve in Bourdeaux, etc...).

Congratulations to the winners! Scott Parker in USA, Dora Mathe in Hungary, Alejandro Diaz  in the UK, Mira Gajic in Belgium and Björn Förstberg in Sweden all won copies of DBOOK, published by a+t.


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