Composed of more than two million documents –– more than half of which are drawings –– the COAC Historical Archive has one of the main collections devoted to what we could call "architectural essays", which is why in many cases the drawing has an attempt but also an interpretation of the already built architecture.

The selection of the 152 drawings that are reproduced here has been carried out according to the very different scales of architectural practice –– from interior design to urban planning–– and to the extensive historical period that it covers, from 1834 to the present.

A selection that is accompanied by comments of many different disciplines and perspectives: from architecture and photography, to literature and art.

An essential book for libraries and also for drawing and architecture’s lovers.


CO-PUBLISHED WITH COAC (Architects’ Association of Catalonia)


Arxiu Històric del COAC

Architectural Drawings
Edited by Fernando Marzá, Josep Ferrando

328pp./ 29x25cm./ 176il./ Hardcover

9788434313989 Castellano/Català/English


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This is a book series for the fith edition of Lisbon Architecture Triennale. A unique and limited collection edited by the curatorial team of The Poetics of Reason: a sparkling intellectual reflection from a three-year investigation on architectural rationality. With stunning visual references, these five books explore the various subjective and non-scientific dimensions of architecture with contributions from architects, philosophers, artistsand acclaimed authors.


by Éric Lapierre
136pp. 15€

Form is the horizon of any human activity. Architecture is a discipline aiming at defining the form of buildings. Economy of Means : How Architecture Works aims at defining the good architectural form. Economy of means is its D.N.A. Beyond this, by questioning the economy of means both as an aesthetic category and as a conceptual tool, the book proposes to renew architecture to face global warming and scarcity of resources from within the architecture discipline.

by Ambra Fabi
and Giovanni Piovene
136pp. 15€

The book is organized as a reader: a collection of contributions, ranging from Vitruvius to the current day dealing, in different ways with the debate around ornament. Exploring patterns, intended as regularly repetitive arrangements reflecting the time and the society in which they are conceived; looking at information superstructures like texts, frescoes and screens, when they become the main instrument to compose a building; enlarging ornament to the whole urban environment, embracing the complexity of shared space and imagining it as a scene for the development of public life.

by Mariabruna Fabrizi and Fosco Lucarelli
136pp. 15€

Inner Space is part of an ongoing research project into the construction of the architectural imagination, which the authors have pursued in the last decade through an online visual atlas (, an architectural practice and teaching activity. This essay investigates the space between inner and outer reality, looking for those moments in which the two realms interact most vividly.

by Sébastien Marot
212pp. 15€

Are metropolises really the “manifest destiny” of humankind? Is the environmental predicament calling for more concentration and incorporation? Or is it conducive to some kind of urban exodus? By and large, what might be the principles and ethics of design in such a condition? These are some of the issues that this book addresses.

by Sébastien Marot
88pp. 12€

On the one hand, the publication takes the form of a series of statements on architecture, construction, rationality and photography. On the other, it proceeds as a photographic essay of Tatiana Macedo, that gathers side by side constructive forms, taking advantage of the structure of a book.





The Poetics of Reason

5th Lisbon Architecture Triennale
E. Lapierre, A. Fabi, G. Piovene, M. Fabrizi
5 volumes.
708pp./ 14x21.5cm./ 476il./ Rústica con faja

9788434313934 English


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A painter of vast pieces in his early days -in the main works intended for salons and national exhibitions- Joaquín Sorolla (Valencia, 1863-1923) very soon developed a style of open-air painting of his own which, though not connected stylistically with the Barbizon School, nevertheless pursued the same postulates, as a result of which he came to be known as a Spanish Impressionist painter.

He began to devote himself entirely to this practice in 1900, painting landscapes, views of cities, studies of nature, seascapes and garden scenes in which he demonstrated his tremendous skill in capturing the effects of light. Joaquín Sorolla is unquestionably an essential book and the most complete work of reference on this artist from Valencia. It includes an insightful and in-depth essay by Blanca Pons-Sorolla, some 300 reproductions of his most important pieces, and an illustrated chronology

  >> Blanca Pons-Sorolla, the artist's great-granddaughter, is one of the most qualificated specialist on the work of the Spanish master of light.


Joaquín Sorolla

Edited by Blanca Pons-Sorolla

352pp./ 25x30.5cm./ 284il./ Hardcover with jacket



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