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New Books
AV Monografías 217 - UNDURRAGA DEVÉS AV Monographs
analyzes in each issue a theme related to a city, a country, a tendency or an architect, with articles by leading specialists complemented by commentary on works and projects illustrated in detail. Published bilingually, with Spanish and English texts placed side by side.
Arquitectura Viva 216 - E2A Arquitectura Viva
covers current topics, taking stock of recent trends in set sections: cover story, works and projects, art and culture, books, technique and innovation. From 2013 on, monthly and bilingual, with Spanish and English texts printed side by side.
AV Proyectos 93 - SERGISON BATES AV Proyectos
is the third member of the AV family: a bilingual publication essentially focussed on design projects (with special attention on competitions and construction details), heretofore only laterally dealt with in the other two magazines.
Other publications
A Chronicle of Architecture The Age of Spectacle Time of Uncertainty
Luis Fernández-Galiano portrays the development of architecture in the course of the turn of the century through 256 articles written for El País from 1993 to 2006, presented in 2 volumes containing close to 2,500 images and 2,000 references to the protagonists of projects and debates of the period in question.
A Chronicle of Architecture Time of Uncertainty
Through a selection of essays written by Luis Fernández-Galiano for El País, Time of Uncertainty – volume 2 of Alexandrine Years – examines the beginnings of a 21st century marked by 9/11, wars, and climate change.
A Chronicle of Architecture The Age of Spectacle
The Age of Spectacle, volume 1 of the book Alexandrine Years, offers a chronicle of the bonanza and optimism of the 20th century’s closing years through texts that Luis Fernández-Galiano wrote for the newspaper El País.
RCR arquitectes RCR arquitectes
Land architecture, but also architecture of the land. After three decades of work, Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta have obtained universal recognition for a stubbornly local oeuvre.
SANAA SANAA
The 352-page volume, in hardcover and fully bilingual Spanish-English edition, which gathers the complete oeuvre of Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa over almost three decades of work of the three studios they lead in Tokyo
Francis Kéré Francis Kéré
The ICO Foundation has published a bilingual (Spanish and English) catalog of the exhibition ‘Francis Kéré: Primary Elements.’ Presenting a selection of 33 works, the book journeys through the professional trajectory of the Burkinabe architect.
David Chipperfield David Chipperfield
The Fundación ICO presents the bilingual Spanish-English catalogue of the exhibition ‘Essentials. David Chipperfield Architects.’ Featuring thirty works and projects, the book covers thirty years in the career of the British architect. 
Juan Navarro Baldeweg Juan Navarro Baldeweg
The Fundación ICO publishes, in bilingual Spanish-English edition, the catalogue of the exhibition ‘One Zodiac. Juan Navarro Baldeweg,’ which covers the professional career of the Spanish architect, establishing connections between his works as if they formed a zodiac, a ring of constellations. 
The Architect is Present The Architect is Present
Published by the Fundación ICO in a bilingual edition, Spanish and English, the book ‘The Architect is Present’ shows the work of five studios that work in underprivileged contexts, proving that scarcity of means can stimulate technical inventiveness and comunity participation.
Spain mon amour Spain mon amour
Published by the Fundación ICO in a bilingual edition, Spanish and English, the book ‘Spain mon amour’ reviews recent Spanish architecture through fifteen works in fifteen different cities, completed by five studios and represented by five prominent photographers.
Atlas: Europe Atlas: Europe
Devoted to the most recent architecture of the European continent, it is the fourth volume in a series which develops and updates the work published in 2007 by the BBVA Foundation, Atlas. Global Architecture circa 2000. The current publication, of 320 pages, is also edited in Spanish.
Atlas: Africa and M. East Atlas: Africa and M. East
Devoted to the most recent architecture of Africa and the Middle East, is the third volume in a series of four which develop and update the work published in 2007 by the BBVA Foundation, Atlas. Global Architecture circa 2000. The current publication, of 320 pages, is also edited in Spanish.
Atlas: America Atlas: America
Devoted to the latest architecture of America, it is the second volume in a series of four which develop and update the work published by the BBVA Foundation in 2007, Atlas. Global Architecture circa 2000. The current publication, of 320 pages, is also edited in Spanish.
Atlas: Asia and Pacífic Atlas: Asia and Pacífic
This Atlas, devoted to the latest architecture of Asia and the Pacific, is the first volume in a series of four which develop and update the work published by the BBVA Foundation in 2007, Atlas. Global Architecture circa 2000. The current publication, of 320 pages, is also edited in Spanish.
Atlas. Circa 2000 Atlas. Circa 2000
The BBVA Foundation presents Atlas. Arquitectura global circa 2000, a volume of 312 pages published also in Spanish. Centered on the period opened by the Fall of the Berlin Wall, this work intends to be a critical assessment of world architecture in our global times.
Spain Builds, 1975-2010 Spain Builds, 1975-2010
Second edition of the work published in 2006 coinciding with the exhibition on architecture in Spain held at the MoMA. Now, to mark Spain's presence at Expo Shanghai, the oeuvre is extended, adding Chinese to the original languages.
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The best architecture of the 21st century

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

A flying roof, a bamboo airport, a marooned galleon and a park in the sky … continuing our series, we pick the 25 greatest builds of the new age. Interview with the creator of the No 1...

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19/09/2019

Bauhaus Museum opens in Dessau

The Barcelona firm Addenda Architects – Roberto González, Anne Hinz, Cecilia Rodríguez, Arnau Sastra, and José Zabala –carried the day over 830 others in the 2015 competitition to build this new museum in the German city of Dessau, home of the Bauhaus from...

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17/09/2019

Co-lab design office,
bamboo pavilion in Tulum (Mexico)

The Mexican firm Co-Lab built this yoga pavilion in the heart of the Caribbean town Tulum’s Lúum Zama residential development, the masterplan of which is also by the practice of Joana Gomes and Joshua Beck. Taking inspiration from Félix Candela, Luum Temple...

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16/09/2019

Rural lodgings in Corral d’en Capdet,
San Pedro de Ribas (Barcelona)

In the Catalonian municipality of San Pedro de Ribas, close to Garraf National Park, is the old Corral d’en Capdet farming estate, with its three buildings: a barn, a countryhouse, and Can Tomeu, the old sharecroppers’ dwelling. These were to be turned into lodgings...

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13/09/2019

Olafur Eliasson, ‘Seeing spheres’
in San Francisco

The artist Olafur Eliasson (Copenhagen, 1967) has installed five reflective spheres at the east entrance plaza of San Francisco’s Chase Center, new home of the Golden State Warriors, the city’s basketball team. Each measuring 4.8 meters in diameter, the polished globes...

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12/09/2019

Izaskun Chinchilla, the new seven lamps of artisanal beauty

Until 8 September the Museo Centro Gaiás in Santiago de Compostela’s Cidade da Cultura de Galicia hosted ‘Thinking With Your Hands: Basketry, Pottery, and Jewelry of Galicia,’ for which the curator, Verónica Santos Farto, selected 250 objects made by 65 craftspeople...

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10/09/2019

Ábalos + Sentkiewicz, church in Shanghai

The Madrid firm of Iñaki Ábalos and Renata Sentkiewicz designed this temple that has been distinguished with the 2019 FAD International Award. Serving a Christian community, it marks the southern entrance into the New Bund urban development of southern Shanghai's...

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09/09/2019

X Architects,
Wasit Wetland Center in Sharjah (UAE)

Distinguished with the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Wasit Wetland Center in the Emirate of Sharjah is a facility with a marsh, a visitor center, and points from which to birdwatch. The Dubai-based firm X-Architects, headed by Ahmed Al-Ali and Farid Esmaeil...

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06/09/2019

Gare du Nord revamp ‘indecent’,
say leading French architects

The Guardian

Jean Nouvel as well as historians and town planners wrote an open letter to Le Monde saying the €600m plan to create vast shopping space in Paris railway station was a “serious urban error”...

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06/09/2019

Goldsmith Company, Floating Farm Dairy in Rotterdam (Netherlands)

In Merwehaven, a harbor zone of Rotterdam, on the right bank of the Meuse River, rises this agricultural construction where dairy products are made and processed. The design by Goldsmith Company, a local practice, is based on nautical principles, taking into account...

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05/09/2019

Samira Rathod Design Atelier,
school in Bhadran (India)

The Mumbai firm of the architect Samira Rathod designed this terracotta school building surrounded by tobacco fields in Bhadran, a village in the state of Gujarat, in far western India. It is characterized by asymmetrical arches for which children’s doodles were the inspiration...

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04/09/2019

Puig·Mir, Godmar Rectory
in Callús (Barcelona)

At the end of the 19th century, the textile industry of the town of Callús flourished and developed along the Cardener River, which became the center of activity. As a consequence, both the small castle of Godmar and the church of Sant Sadurní fell gradually into disuse...

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03/09/2019

Bouzas & Del Águila,
‘The Catenary and the Arch’ at Can Balaguer

In the framework of the Insólit 2019 festival held in Palma de Mallorca last July, the architects Manuel Bouzas (Pontevedra, 1993) and Santiago del Águila (Madrid,1992) designed the temporary installation called 'The Catenary and the Arch' for the courtyard...

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02/09/2019

Boat Rooms on the Fuchun River

A work of the Design Institute of Landscape and Architecture China Academy of Art, these constructions are part of the Fuchin New Century Wonderland hotel complex in Jiande, a county-level city under the administration of Hangzhou, in Zheziang Province...

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30/08/2019

Aga Khan Award for Architecture

The winners of the 2019 Aga Khan Award for Architecture were announced today. The winners, who will share US$ 1 million between them, are from Bahrain, Bangladesh, Palestine, Russian Federation, Senegal and United Arab Emirates...

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29/08/2019

Apple Aventura creates a new social focus for Miami

The materiality and flowing spaces are inspired by the region’s Art Deco buildings, with the new two-level store creating a dynamic destination that nurtures creativity and innovation. Foster + Partners’ integrated design team of architects and engineers worked...

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29/08/2019

Beijing Daxing International Airport

Beijing's new mega airport is nearing completion and is slated to open for business in September. The airport, set to be one of the world's largest aviation hubs, was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects to accommodate a whopping 120 million passengers a year.

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29/08/2019

Competition for Plaza del Mar revamp in Sanxenxo (Pontevedra)

The Madrid firm Paredes Pedrosa has won the idea competition for Plaza del Mar, a square in the Galician city of Sanxenxo, and its immediate surroundings. Carme Pinós and Emilio Tuñón came in second and third. There were 35 entries in all...

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28/08/2019

Zaha Hadid Architects, river promenade and anti-flood system in Hamburg

At the Niederhafen port area on the banks of the Elbe River, the British firm Zaha Hadid Architects has upgraded and reinforced the flood protection system of the northern German city of Hamburg. Resulting from a 2006 competition, the operation reconstructs the existing...

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27/08/2019

L’histoire contemporaine au prisme de l’architecture

Le Monde

Les chroniques architecturales écrites par Luis Fernandez-Galiano pour «El País», entre 1993 et 2006, tissent le récit passionnant d’une période de bouleversements intenses...

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26/08/2019

Dellekamp Arquitectos,
House in San José del Cabo (Mexico)

Conceived as a refuge, the Cabo House stands on a series of platforms built with local earth that descend adapting to the slope of the site. From these telluric platforms, walls of the same material, rammed earth, rise in parallels to frame views toward the sea and give rise...

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23/08/2019

Valerio Olgiati,
Céline Flagship in Miami (USA)

Creating a virtual world through the poetic use of materials was Valerio Olgiati’s intention in designing this store in the design district of the city of Miami for the French high-end fashion brand Céline. Such virtuality has to do with the manipulation of the space...

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22/08/2019

SUMO Arquitectes + Yolanda Olmo,
Villa Urania Civic Center in Barcelona

Villa Urania is a small residence from the late 19th century – home of the astronomer Josep Comas i Solà (1868-1937) –, the last example of the garden-city of El Farró in the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district. The redensification of the neighborhood left the building and...

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21/08/2019

Sebastián Irarrázaval,
Public Library in Constitución (Chile)

The library project resulted from a public-private initiative whose mission was to reconstruct the city after the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated the city in 2010. Constructionally, the library building’s structure consists of...

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20/08/2019

Magén Arquitectos,
Arcosur Preschool in Zaragoza

The neighborhood of Arcosur is the first residential expansion towards the south of Zaragoza. The building is located on one of the structuring axes of the area, and it is the first public facility completed there, so these two aspects together give the building...

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19/08/2019

RCR arquitectes, Gallery / Atelier / House in Bordeaux (France)

Located in the city of Bordeaux, the project renovates an old warehouse with vaulted spaces that were once cellars for storing fish and supplies. The intervention seeks to reactivate the area by making the most of its central location and the existence of a cozy garden...

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16/08/2019

Francisco Mangado,
Norvento Headquarters in Lugo

The new headquarters of Norvento, a group that specializes in renewable and efficient energy sources, aims to maximize power quality and respect for the environment. The building’s design addresses the double nature of the site...

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15/08/2019

Herzog & de Meuron, Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage & Art in Hong Kong (China)

Set into Hong Kong’s dense fabric of skyscrapers, the central police station and prison of colonial times have been restored and transformed into an art  and heritage center. The inserted volumes create a new relationship with the site context by cantilevering...

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13/08/2019

‘The Age of Spectacle’
and ‘Time of Uncertainty’

Luis Fernández-Galiano portrays the development of architecture in the course of the turn of the century through 256 articles written for El País from 1993 to 2006, presented in 2 volumes containing close to 2,500 images and 2,000 references to the protagonists of projects and debates of the period in question.

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25/03/2019

Works without Pedestal

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Cristián Undurraga and Ana Luisa Devés have created works without pedestals. Over four decades ago they set up a studio that became known around the world...

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20/09/2019

Barry Bergdoll and Deborah Berke, members of the Pritzker Prize Jury

“Together they bring to the jury experience in architectural practice, education, and history. Their presence will help us keep abreast of both historical and contemporary challenges that architecture is facing,” comments Stephen Breyer, Chair of the Pritzker Prize Jury...

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20/09/2019

Ensamble Studio to receive 2019 RIBA Charles Jencks Award

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has named Ensamble Studio, led by architects Débora Mesa and Antón García-Abril, as the recipient of the 2019 RIBA Charles Jencks Award...

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19/09/2019

Jonathan Ledgard Believes Imagination Could Save the World

The New Yorker

His strategies for a more equitable, sustainable future range from practical and humanitarian to fanciful and abstract...

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19/09/2019

MAD Partners with HyperloopTT

HyperloopTT commissioned MAD to conceive a versatile pylon design that while acting as structural support for its groundbreaking transportation system, could easily be integrated across diverse environments...

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19/09/2019

The Unsinkable Modernist

The New York Review of Books

Whatever else one might think of Walter Gropius it is hard not to be impressed by his most salient talent: survival...

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18/09/2019

Tod Williams & Billie Tsien, Praemium Imperiale 2019

The Imperial House of Japan on behalf of the Japan Art Association has annually since 1989 given the Praemium Imperiale to artists in the fields of painting, sculpture, music, theater/film, and architecture...

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17/09/2019

Flying taxis are taking off to whisk people around cities

The Economist

Regulators are still working out how to certify that these new aircraft are safe, particularly as many will be flown without pilots...

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17/09/2019

‘Please be seated’

As part of the 2019 London Design Festival, British designer Paul Cocksedge’s Please Be Seated installation transforms Finsbury Avenue Square with wave-like forms for people to lounge on.

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17/09/2019

How the world will change as computers spread into everyday objects

The Economist

One forecast is that by 2035 the world will have a trillion connected computers, built into everything from food packaging to bridges and clothes...

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16/09/2019

Haruhiko Kawaguchi’ Vacuum-Sealed Couples with their Home

Trendland

With only 10 seconds to shoot, (or the subjects would be in danger), the air is filled with tension, the faces and skin physically shrivel up as they get sealed up, stoking fear and suffocation...

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15/09/2019

Barcelona's car-free 'superblocks' could save hundreds of lives

The Guardian

A study calculates that the city could prevent 667 premature deaths every year if it created all 503 superblocks envisaged in its plan...

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15/09/2019

Tech firms think the home is the next big computing platform

The Economist

Many of the technologies needed to make smart homes work already exist. Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home, the two firms’ smart-speaker products, already have greater market penetration...

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15/09/2019

Tera by AI SpaceFactory

Indiegogo

Nestled in the woods of Upstate New York, Tera is a high-tech, luxe, green eco-home. Developed from AI SpaceFactory's NASA-award-winning Mars habitat Marsha...

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14/09/2019

Barcelona's shipping container homes

The Guardian

Just a stone’s throw from La Rambla, the Spanish city is building 12 shipping container flats to help tackle its social housing crisis...

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14/09/2019

The Internet of Things will bring the internet’s business model into the rest of the world

The Economist

Ubiquitous computing offers the companies which master it the ability to mine data from the real world in the way that big tech firms now mine them from the virtual one...

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14/09/2019

Open House Madrid 2019

The architecture-and-city festival Open House Madrid is set for 28 and 29 September, and this time pays tribute to Miguel Fisac through exhibitions and visits to some of his major built works. More than 120...

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13/09/2019

Don’t panic. Yet

TLS

Gabrielle Walker on climate change – the scale of the problem and the possible solutions. we have a lot to learn from past mistakes in the battle against climate change...

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13/09/2019

Amir Zaki, concrete playgrounds of Southern California

Wired

To photograph empty skate parks, Zaki arrived around dawn, when the light was perfect for his visual aesthetic...

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12/09/2019

The Austrian football stadium with a forest on the pitch

The Guardian

‘For Forest – The Unending Attraction of Nature’ by Klaus Littmann has transformed the Wörthersee Stadium in Klagenfurt into Austria’s largest public art installation...

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11/09/2019

‘Karl Blossfeldt. Urformen der Kunst’ at Thyssen

On view through 5 October at the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum in Madrid is a free-entry exhibition on the work of the German photographer Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932), organized by Loewe and curated by Juan Naranjo...

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11/09/2019

Experimental Mexican community

Architects against homelessness

Tatiana Bilbao, Frida Escobedo and Fernanda Canales are among 32 architects and studios that have created low-cost housing designs as part of an community development...

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11/09/2019

Jacques Herzog Meets
Tatiana Bilbao

Louisiana Channel

“It’s all about the architecture we can do, and not about us being the architect.” Enjoy this cordial conversation between two long-time friends and titans of architecture...

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10/09/2019

Liangzhu stands the test of time

China Daily

Every Chinese is told at school that the country's civilization is 5,000 years old, but proving this beyond doubt has been a problem...

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09/09/2019

Álvaro Siza in New York

The New York Times

Álvaro Siza designs his first high-rise in the United States on the far west side of Manhattan...

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08/09/2019

Burning Man 2019

Curbed

Although the annual festival in the desert has it roots in San Francisco bohemianism, it has since gone down in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert...

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07/09/2019

Kazuyo Sejima designs Japanese express train

Kazuyo Sejima, who heads SANAA with Ryue Nishizawa, designed these trains of eight cars each for the company Seibu, with curved glass noses and huge passenger windows (135 x 158 centimeters) giving  panoramic views of the passing landscape.

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06/09/2019

Marina Abramović's naked living doorway to be recreated at RA

The Guardian

Imponderabilia, where visitors squeeze past nude couple, will be among 2020 retrospective of artist’s work at London's Royal Academy of Arts...

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06/09/2019

Lego architects and super-fans on designing perfect miniature worlds

CNN

Many architects now shaping the world's cities acknowledge a debt to Lego, the Danish toy company behind the plastic bricks that have littered bedroom floors for more than 50 years...

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05/09/2019

Where are the architects who will put the environment first?

The Guardian / Rowan Moore

Nearly 40% of UK greenhouse gas emissions, to use a figure architects love to bandy, are caused by the built environment...

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04/09/2019

Spanish artist Sabek in Moscow

The Russian festival Urbanmorphogenesis, in which over 70 street artists have participated, features Inocencia by Sabek (Madrid, 1985), a project that covers a 60-meter-tall building in Odinstovo, a city in Moscow Oblast.

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04/09/2019

Europe’s long vacation flight home

The Economist

Seen from an airliner, Europe’s problems look smaller. The continent is a patchwork of different histories, cultures and political traditions, but one where borders are utterly inadequate as tools of organisation...

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31/08/2019

The foody benefits of farming vertically

The Economist

Vertical farms are sprouting up in all sorts of places, nourished by investment in the business from the likes of Japan’s SoftBank and Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos...

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30/08/2019

The Secret Curse of Owning a Frank Lloyd Wright House

Realtor

Why would such a popular and adored architect's homes be so hard to hand off to a new owner? ...

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30/08/2019

Six architects and designers revisit their first commission

The Guardian

Norman Foster, David Chipperfield, Thomas Heatherwick, Kate Macintosh, Asif Khan and Mary Duggan...

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29/08/2019

The World’s 100 Greatest Places of 2019

Time

Destinations to experience right now, from America’s hottest hometown pizzeria to a Tokyo museum bringing digital art to life...

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28/08/2019

Gravitational astronomy proves its maturity

The Economist

On august 14th, just after 9pm Universal Time, a ripple of gravitational waves reached Earth. Until a few years ago no one would have noticed such an event...

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27/08/2019

Climate change is a remorseless threat to the world’s coasts

The Economist

The world is not ready for the sea levels it will face. There are some 1.6m kilometres of coastline shared between the 140 countries that face the sea...

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26/08/2019

One way or another the deluge
is coming

The Economist

How to prepare for rising sea levels. The ocean covers 70.8% of the Earth’s surface. That share is creeping up...

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26/08/2019

Villoro’s City of Mexico

Luis Fernández-Galiano

If a horizontal Babel exists, it has to be the City of Mexico. The biblical Tower of Babel was for a long time the emblem of the cupiditas aedificandi...

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23/08/2019
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