Category Archives: Architecture / Urbanism Magazines

Just in! 2G: Abalos + Sentkiewicz

2G #54: Abalos + Sentkiewicz
? 2010: Florencio Manteca, Philip Ursprung & Inaki Abalos

2G # 56 has arrived! This issue of 2G includes work by Abalos + Sentkiewicz, an office standing out on the Spanish and international architecture scene for its original integration of architecture, landscape and environment. Fifteen recent works and projects carried out by Inaki Abalos and Renata Sentiewicz are featured, preceded by introductory essays from Philip Ursprung and Florencio Manteca. Closing this issue are two articles reflecting on sustainability as an aesthetic, as well as a conversation between Abalos, Sentkiewicz and Enrique Walker. English/Spanish. (2011: Editorial Gustavo Gili; ISBN 9788425223754)

Sketches of Spain: El Croquis

We have just received a pair of new issues of the beautiful El Croquis from Madrid.

El Croquis 147 – Toyo Ito, 2005 – 2009

El Croquis 148 – Collective Experiments

? 1982 (2010): Fernando Márquez Cecilia & Richard Levene

Founded in 1982, El Croquis (‘the Sketch’ in Spanish) is consistently the most beautiful architectural periodical published anywhere in the world. With editorial in both Spanish and English, El Croquis examines the work of the world’s notable architects in an ongoing series of beautifully designed, bimonthly hardcover monographs. Unique to the publication is the comprehensive manner in which each architect’s projects are documented, with plans, sketches, and insights into all aspects of the design process. It is this level of detail, coupled with Hisao Suzuki’s gorgeous photography, that has made El Croquis BUILT’s most requested publication – despite the somewhat painful price.

In addition to the current issue, we will be stocking some of El Croquis’ most popular back issues including those on Rem Koolhaas and OMA, Herzog & de Meuron, Steven Holl, and Tadao Ando.





El Croquis 20/64/98 – Rafael Moneo, 1967 – 2004: $219.95
El Croquis 44/58 – Tadao Ando, 1983 – 2000: $149.95
El Croquis 52/73/103 – Zaha Hadid, 1983 – 2004: $179.95
El Croquis 78/93/108 – Steven Holl, 1986 – 2003: $179.95
El Croquis 86/111 – MVRDV, 1991 – 2002: $149.95
El Croquis 87/120 – David Chipperfield, 1991 – 2006: $179.95
El Croquis 109/110 – Herzog & de Meuron, 1997 – 2002: $129.95
El Croquis 123 – Toyo Ito, 2001- 2005: $99.95
El Croquis 129/130 – Herzog & de Meuron, 2000 – 2006: $129.95
El Croquis 131/132 – OMA/Rem Koolhaas Volume 1: $149.95
El Croquis 134/135 – OMA/Rem Koolhaas Volume II: $149.95
El Croquis 139 – SANAA/Sejima Nishizawa, 2004 – 2007: $129.95
El Croquis 141 – Steven Holl Architects: $99.95
El Croquis 143 – Gigon / Guyer, 2001 – 2008: $99.95
El Croquis 144 – EMBT Enrique Miralles / Benedetta Tagliabue, 2000-2009: $99.95
El Croquis 145 – Christian Kerez, 2000-2009: $99.95
El Croquis 146 – Souto De Moura, 2005-2009: $99.95
El Croquis 147 – Toyo Ito, 2005-2009: $99.95
El Croquis 148 – Collective Experiments: $99.95


To purchase any of the products or titles mentioned here, please visit our downtown Toronto location, call us toll-free at 1-800-56-swipe or e-mail us at:

Swipe Opens a Second Shop at 401 Richmond: BUILT, Books on Architecture


The rumours are true, Swipe has opened a second shop in a beautiful, high-profile suite on the ground floor of 401 Richmond Street West. BUILT, Books on Architecture is hoped, in the fullness of time, to fill the void left by the (really, really depressing) closure last year of the venerable Ballenford Books. For more than 30 years a succession of Susans served the community with a commitment and a level of expertise that we cannot hope to match, at least in the short term. In fact, so as not to make matters worse for our colleagues, Swipe avoided architecture as a subject area altogether for as long Ballenford was in business, with the result that we now feel embarrassingly ill-prepared and uninformed. So … um … help!

E-mail us and let us know what you need, want, or would just like to see at the new shop. Or drop by and see what’s here and what’s missing. We’re open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm and we’ve even got windows! Please help us to make this your community bookstore.


thinkToronto? think Swipe!

Starting February 10th, Spacing Magazine will be displaying the winning entries to the urban design ideas competition ThinkTORONTO (a summary may be seen in the in the current issue of the magazine) in the Urbanspace Gallery directly adjacent to Swipe at 401 Richmond West. For those who haven’t seen the issue, Spacing invited Torontonians 35 years old or younger to submit creative ideas on how to improve the city’s public spaces. Even if you’ve studied the issue it’ll be worth a visit as the exhibit includes several entries that didn’t quite make it into the magazine.

Opening Reception:
When: Thursday, Feb. 12, 7-10pm
Where: Urban Space Gallery, 401 Richmond St. W. 1st floor
How Much: free
RSVP: Facebook listing

Personally, as a non-driver (Junction 40 bus to Dundas West station, subway to the Spadina streetcar and down – all with a two-year-old in tow), I loved the proposal for a smartphone driven social-network on the TTC . And I can’t think of a better place downtown for a public park than the parking lot at the corner of Queen and Soho. My first bookstore job (circa 1980) was at an antiquarian shop in the building that was torn down to create this open space in the first place. A couple of years later I was working for Marc Glassman at Pages who should be credited (along with 401 Richmond neighbour Martin Heath at CineCycle) with bringing outdoor cinema to Toronto, with shorts and features projected on the exterior wall of the rattan warehouse that later became the Bamboo (you cannot imagine what a feat it was to get away something like that in the era of the Ontario Censor Board). It’s a space resonant with history for me and for culture in this city. – David

And remember, always available at Swipe:

Spacing Subway Stations Buttons

?2005: Spacing Magazine cdnmapleleaf

If you love your ’hood, what better way to wear your heart on your sleeve than by wearing your station on your lapel.

Spacing Subway Stations Buttons, Singles: $2.00
Spacing Subway Stations Buttons Downtown Set: $15.00
Spacing Subway Stations Buttons Complete System Set: $48.00

Spacing Magazine

Celebrating its fifth year, Spacing Magazine is the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors ‘Magazine of the Year’, and is also possibly the best issues-oriented magazine ever published in Canada. Spacing Magazine Current Issue: $7.00


To purchase any of the products or titles mentioned here, please visit our downtown Toronto location, call us toll-free at 1-800-56-swipe or e-mail us at: