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Monday, August 29, 2016
 

New Books
AV Monografías 188 - PAREDES PEDROSA 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 186 - CONTINUITY INVENTION 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 75 - ESTUDIO HERREROS 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
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.
Necessary Architecture Necessary Architecture
Following the editions of 2010 and 2012, ‘More for Less’ and ‘The Common,’ the third international congress organized by the Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad came with the heading of ‘Necessary Architecture’, centering upon values of austerity but also on cultural aspects of architecture.
The Common The Common
Organized by the Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad, the congress (Pamplona, June 2012) appealed to civic solidarity as an instrument of architecture in facing the urgent economic and environmental challenges of today.
More for Less More for Less
Organized by the Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad, the congress (Pamplona, June 2010) aimed to take stock of the change of mood in architecture. Published in a bilingual edition, Spanish and English, the book presents the interviews with the participants.
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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O’DONNELL+TUOMEY O’DONNELL+TUOMEY
Architectural culture is material thought, and few works express this as well as those designed over twenty-five years by the Dublin-based studio of Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey. 

Snøhetta wins competition
for Banque Libano-Française’s new HQ

The design by Snøhetta has been selected for the construction in Beirut of new headquarters for Banque Libano-Française (BLF). This is the Norwegian’s first commission in Lebanon. The tower presents a skin perforated in a checked pattern. Large portions...

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25/08/2016

Flores & Prats, new Sala Beckett
in Barcelona

The Catalan office of Ricardo Flores and Eva Prats has refurbished and enlarged the building of the Peace and Justice Workers’ Cooperative, in Barcelona’s Poblenou neighborhoood. It was in disuse, and now is home to the Sala Beckett dramaturgy center...

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24/08/2016

Rem review – jet-setting portrait
of world’s most talked-about architect

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

Globe-trotting documentary by Rem Koolhaas’s son Tomas finds the film-maker racing to keep up with his 71-year-old father and struggling to achieve objectivity...

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23/08/2016

Herzog & de Meuron: Südpark Housing and Business Development in Basel

Located in the Gundeldingen Quarter of the Swiss city of Basel, the Südpark ensemble building reinterprets the neighborhood’s historical character, putting in a contemporary note through its skin. The new prefabrication techniques make...

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22/08/2016

Toyo Ito & Associates / Klein Dytham, Home-for-All Nursery in Soma City (Japan)

One of the problems in reconstructing and repopulating the places most gravely affected by the great earthquake and subsequent tsumani that hit Japan’s Tohoku region in the year 2011 continues to be the invisible, silent, but terribly harmful...

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19/08/2016

Supermachine Studio: 10 Cal Tower,
The Labyrinth in Chonburi (Thailand)

Configured as an 8.5-meter structure of concrete whose core holds up ten cantilevers with stairs and platforms, the tower lures people into the activity and exchange it is meant for; its tangle of intersecting routes recalls Escher’s labyrinthian spaces. (AV Proyectos 74).

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18/08/2016

Noemí Martínez García / AMB, Plaza Espanyola in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat

After the razing of a building, the intervention enlarged and rearranged the Espanyola Square in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat. Incorporating the freed-up lot gave the public space an L shape, which the project used to improve connections with the neighborhood...

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17/08/2016

Max Dudler, Tor N10 in Munich (Germany)

The newly created Schwabinger Tor neighborhood in the city of Munich boasts a new icon, a freestanding block with a striking stone relief facade. The relief effect is achieved thanks to the recessed arrangement of the window frames...

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16/08/2016

Paredes Pedrosa:
Composition and Context

Francesco Dal Co

With its tectonic tone and contextual tuning, the architecture of Ángela García de Paredes and Ignacio García Pedrosa has a voice of its own...

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12/08/2016

Barozzi Veiga, House in Cretas
Teruel (Spain)

Like a small Acropolis, a path through the woods leads to an entrance pavilion that gives access to a continuous plinth that connects the smaller pavilions harboring the shared living areas; underneath them are the private bedrooms. (AV Proyectos 73).

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11/08/2016

Orkidstudio, Swawou Community School for Girls in Kenema (Sierra Leone)

Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world. It is rich in natural resources, but a persistent regime of inequality and above all civil war condemned the nation to a process of ruin, and this has been further aggravated by the ebola crisis, which in 2014...

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10/08/2016

Héctor Fdez. Elorza y Manuel Fdez. Ramírez, Venecia Park in Zaragoza

The linear urban infrasrtucture of Venecia Park addresses three different issues: an acoustic problem, the topography of the place, and the matter of draining rainwater. The noise pollution created by vehicular traffic nearby makes it necessary to establish...

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09/08/2016

ARCò / MC Architects,
Um-al-Nasser Children’s Center in Gaza

The Gaza Strip is one of the poorest and most densely populated places in the whole world, and the situation, bad as it is, is aggravated by the absence of urban planning and social security, not to mention the ever lurking threat of a new armed conflict...

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08/08/2016

KWK Promes, House Konieczny’s Ark
in Brenna (Poland)

The argument of this house is the search for the best views of the bucolic landscape surrounding it, and that is why all the rooms open up to two huge panoramic windows cut out of the volume’s two longest sides. The faceted volume is also a response...

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05/08/2016

Maya, Serna, Valencia, Herrera: Ancestral Knowledge Educational Park

Besieged by the forest and the river Atrato, which overflows and causes floods every year, the Colombian municipality of Vigía del Fuerte is built with houses raised a meter off the ground, on stilts; a strategy complementing others, such as pitched roofs, large eaves...

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04/08/2016

Fránek Architects, Sky Walk
in Dolní Morava (Czech Republic)

Rising 55 m at an altitude of 1,116 m, overlooking the Morava Valley, this structure with a frame of wood and nodes of steel offers two options for descent: either a pleasant walk or a stainless steel slide stretching 101 m. (AV Proyectos 74).

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03/08/2016

Pablo Gallego Picard, River Beach
in Goián (Pontevedra)

In order to restore the river beach of Goián while reactivating the environment of the fortress of San Lorenzo, the project focussed on the only spot legally authorized for the purpose: a hillside of steep slopes facing south, toward the mouth of the Miño River...

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02/08/2016

‘Architecture: Change of Climate’:
lectures and debates

Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad

Lectures and debates at 'Architecture: Change of Climate', the fourth international congress organized by the Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad, held at the Baluarte Convention Center on 29 and 30 June.

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01/08/2016

Glenn Murcutt: touch the Earth lightly with your housing footprint

The Guardian

Acclaimed architect whose Melbourne mosque project has rejected traditional elements says he ‘would die’ if he had to live in...

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26/08/2016

Harbin Opera House
by Iwan Baan

Nowness

In a new film, director Rasmus Daniel Taun turns the lens on photographer Iwan Baan as he documents the Harbin Opera House in China, completed by MAD architects in 2015...

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26/08/2016

David’s Ankles: How Imperfections Could Bring Down the World’s Most Perfect Statue

The New York Times Review

My obsession with the flaws, reproductions and potential collapse of Michelangelo’s masterpiece...

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25/08/2016

Smithfield General Market:
the new Museum of London
sets out its stall

The Guardian / Rowan Moore

Will the architects chosen to redesign the site, Stanton Williams, rise to the challenge?...

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25/08/2016

The Innovation Campus:
Building Better Ideas

The New York Times

Can architecture spur creativity? Universities are investing in big, high-tech buildings in the hope of evoking big, high-tech thinking...

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25/08/2016

Peter Blundell Jones (1949-2016)

Architectural Review

Architect and writer Peter Blundell Jones, who died on Friday 19 August, was a truly important architectural historian...

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24/08/2016

Apocalypse soon: videogame visions of world cities in 2029

The Guardian

From sky gardens over Rio to sprawling slums in Blackpool, artists at the game development studio Eidos-Montréal...

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22/08/2016

Melancholy and Metaphysics:
Rossi, De Chirico, Nietzsche

Luis Fernández-Galiano

“My architecture stands mute and cold.” Aldo Rossi summed up his work paraphrasing a Hölderlin line whose desolation...

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19/08/2016

Digitalization Takes Command

Fernando Valderrama

It is taken for granted that China’s competitive edge is partly due to its lack of concern for safety at work and for the environment...

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17/08/2016

The Paper Tide

Ricardo Aroca

Late in the 1960s we submitted a design for stamping at the Murcia Institute of Architects, which was beginning to worry...

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16/08/2016

The Flight of the Mind

Vladimir Belogolovsky

We are invited to wander into thirty otherworldly black-and-white etchings by two Russian architect-artists, Alexander Brodsky...

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12/08/2016

Branding in the 21st Century

Teófilo Marcos

It has been more than fifteen years since Naomi Klein, with her nologo, began a crusade against big brands. The cultural model...

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11/08/2016

Time Builds Too

Emilio Tuñón

Sixteen years after Patrimonio Nacional, the agency in charge of administering Spain’s state-owned historical royal sites...

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10/08/2016

The Sleek

Byung-Chul Han

The slick, spotless, smooth, and spick-and-span is the hallmark of our times. It’s what Jeff Koons’s sculptures, iPhones, and Brazilian...

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09/08/2016

Scale Traces

Enrique Rabasa

The book shows drawings meant to convey projects, without ambiguities, to the builder executing them, so they are working...

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08/08/2016

London's Olympic legacy

The Guardian

"Legacy", said Sebastian Coe, the triumphant chair of the London 2012 bid, when the UK capital won the right to host the...

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04/08/2016

French artist JR debuts new series of installations in Rio

Be Street

French street artist, photographer and all around creative wildcard JR has returned to the city of Rio de Janeiro with a brand...

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04/08/2016

Records shattered as climate change 'plays out before us'

The Guardian

The world is careening towards an environment never experienced before by humans, with the temperature of the air...

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04/08/2016

After The Games, Rio’s Stadiums Won’t Rot, They’ll Transform

bestthenews.com

Future Arena, the handball venue, will provide the material to build four 500-student primary schools in the city's Jacarepaguá...

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02/08/2016

25% of UK architecture students treated for mental health problems

The Guardian

Architects' Jornal survey reveals heavy workload and anxiety over debt from seven-year course primary sources of stress.

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01/08/2016

Continuity and Invention

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Modernity understood rupture as an indisputable value, but a century of traumatic experiences has made us cherish...

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29/07/2016

Bjarke Ingels takes the Build Your Own Pavilion Challenge

Architect of the 2016 Serpentine Pavilion, Bjarke Ingels, takes the Build Your Own Pavilion challenge and makes a model of a Pavilion from paper. Build Your Own Pavilion is a...

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28/07/2016

The architect who
became a diamond

The New Yorker

Luis Barragán, who won the Pritzker Prize in 1980, is revered for his geometric, brightly colored buildings, all of them in Mexico...

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27/07/2016

Gehry and Moneo Biographies

Luis Fernández-Galiano

It is not sure that one’s life explains one’s work, but there is no doubt that a biography throws light on the context surrounding...

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25/07/2016

American photography: Exposed

The Economist

A new show at the Met Breuer in New York traces the short, hard life of a visual master. Diane Arbus...

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25/07/2016

The rebirth of the phoenix,
por Ibai Rigby

Kangbashi is probably not the rebirth of the phoenix as the city defines itself in the propaganda brochures that dwell in its hotel rooms, but it’s not either the ghost city by which al-jazeera and other foreign media try to undermine the credibility...

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25/07/2016
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