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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.
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H&deM (1978-2019) H&deM (1978-2019)
The tireless creative pulse of the Swiss office, which over the course of four decades has produced some of the most emblematic examples of contemporary architecture, is illustrated here in a bilingual Spanish-English edition, made up of two volumes of 352 pages each, presented in hard-bound cloth.
H&deM (2003-2019) H&deM (2003-2019)
The volume includes 41 prominent works started between 2003 and 2019, such as Elphilharmonie Hamburg, buildings like Helsinki Dreispitz and Feltrinelli Porta Volta, Vitra Schaudepot, and the proposal for the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin.
H&deM (1978-2002) H&deM (1978-2002)
The volume covers 43 of the main buildings initiated between 1978 and 2002, showing the formal transformations and material tests carried out during the first years of career in Basel up to the studio’s worldwide recognition.
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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Trump’s Classicism

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Donald Trump proposes architectural classicism as the default style of federal buildings. A draft executive order obtained by the magazine Architectural Record sets a list of rules...

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14/02/2020

'The countryside is where the radical changes are': Rem Koolhaas goes rural

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

The seer of sizzling city architecture now says the countryside is where the future is being built – and it’s a ‘toxic mix’. Ahead of a major Guggenheim New York show, he explains his epiphany... (video)

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13/02/2020

Counterspace architects to be youngest Serpentine pavilion designers

The Guardian

The architectural practice based in Johannesburg, studio Counterspace is led by Sumayya Vally, Sarah de Villiers and Amina Kaskar. Each will be 30 this year, making them the youngest to be commissioned in the event’s 20-year history...

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10/02/2020

Andrea Frapolli,
Casa Marzi in Prosito (Italy)

Located in a rugged terrain, the residence came about from combining three preexisting elements – the actual house, the stable, and the walls – with a new piece of contemporary cut. Despite the poor state of conservation of the old constructions, the architect and...

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06/02/2020

Cevisama, Architecture and Design Forum: Material Architecture 3

In the context of Cevisama, the international fair of the ceramic industry, is a forum directed by Luis Fernández-Galiano and titled ‘Material Architecture 3.’ (29 and 30 February in Valencia)...

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05/02/2020

LAP Arquitectos, renovation of conference and exhibition center of Córdoba

LAP Arquitectos, renovation of conference and exhibition center of Córdoba Córdoba-based LAP Arquitectos – Rafael Pérez Morales, David Pérez Herranz, Rafael Pérez Herranz – undertook the renovation, improvement, and adaptation of the Conference Center...

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04/02/2020

Díaz y Díaz + TAU,
judiciary building in Pontevedra (Galicia)

The practice of Gustavo Díaz and Lucas Díaz – working out of offices in A Coruña and Madrid – and that of Naiara Montero and Jon Montero (TAU) – A Coruña and Barcelona – together designed a new judiciary building for the city of Pontevedra...

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03/02/2020

TEd’A arquitectes,
Single-Family House in Majorca

Adapted to the site’s topography and diluted in the landscape thanks to the green roof of native species, the house presents a solid perimeter executed with cyclopean concrete. The house is based on Majorcan building tradition and organized around a central...

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31/01/2020

Zaha Hadid Architects,
OPPO HQ in Shenzhen (China)

In the international bid to build new headquarters for the Chinese smartphone manufacturer OPPO, Zaha Hadid Architects has carried the day over Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP), and Henning Larsen...

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30/01/2020

Vázquez Consuegra,
Magallanes Park in Seville

This work of the Seville practice of Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra is located on the Andalusian capital’s La Cartuja Island, on the right bank of the Guadalquivir River. With a built area of about 40,000 square meters, the terrain shaped the Triana Gate, the south entrance...

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29/01/2020

Studio Doarchi,
Tower of Spiral in Shenzhen (China)

Rising over sunflowers to a height of 15 meters, this viewing point combines perforated panels of metal mesh with white PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) surfaces, and encircles a pool used to irrigate the fields around.

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28/01/2020

Ryue Nishizawa, Art Museum
in Jining (China)

Jining, a city in China’s Shandong province, is home to this museum by the Japanese architect Ryue Nishizawa – co-founder, with Kazuyo Sejima, of the firm SANAA. The sinuous one-level volumes blur their boundaries between interior and exterior through huge roofs...

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24/01/2020

Kengo Kuma,
The Darling Exchange in Sydney

Surrounded by high-rises and residential blocks with shops in the lower podium, the project is conceived as a hub centralizing the circulations in the busy area of Darling Harbor, in Sydney. The cylindrical form addresses the need to create an urban landmark...

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23/01/2020

Linazasoro & Sánchez, regeneration of Puerta del Sol in Madrid

The Mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, announced plans to recover the winning project in 2014 of the call for ideas ‘Piensa Sol’, convened by the Madrid Insitute of Architects (COAM), to renovate Madrid’s Puerta del Sol. The construction works are set...

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22/01/2020

RDR architectes, Morro Chico Ranch
in Santa Cruz (Argentina)

At Puente Blanco, a remote spot in the Argentinian Patagonia, close to the southern border with Chile, we find this stockbreeding estate that has been renovated and expanded by Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés architectes (RDR architectes), the firm run by Jacques...

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21/01/2020

García-Germán Arquitectos,
House in Ánaz (Cantabria)

Ánaz is a locality belonging to the municipality of Medio Cudeyo, in Spain’s Cantabria region, and there, in an enclave near Torreánaz Palace, the architectural practice of Jacobo García-Germán has built this reinterpretation of nearby mountain homes. The compact volume...

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20/01/2020

Steven Chilton Architects,
Taihu Show Theatre in Wuxi (China)

Drawing inspiration from the nearby Sea of Bamboo Park of Yixing, this theater of the city of Wuxi rises close to Lake Taihu as a permanente venue for The House of Dancing Water, a show written and directed by Franco Dragone...

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17/01/2020

Miró Rivera Architects, Citica development in Monterrey (Mexico)

A work of the Texas-based practice of Juan Miró from Spain and Miguel Rivera from Puerto Rico, in association with the Mexican firm Ibarra Aragón Arquitectura, this complex of mixed uses – apartments, offices, and retail – stands 95 meters on a plot in downtown...

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16/01/2020

Brighton College’s Sports and Science Centre, by OMA / Ellen van Loon

The Guardian / Rowan Moore

In a departure from the gothic image of English private schools, Brighton College’s new building, designed by OMA, is an expression of global ambition. Think of an English private school and you will probably think of somewhere gothic (Photo gallery)...

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16/01/2020

Roger Scruton, 1944-2020

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The conservative British philosopher died on 12 January at the age of 75, succumbing to cancer. A public intellectual and prolific writer, he left behind – besides several...

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15/01/2020

Snøhetta, indoor garden for 550 Madison
in New York

The firm Snøhetta has gotten the New York City Planning Commission’s go-ahead to create a public garden in the AT&T tower that went up in 1984 at 550 Madison Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee. The announcement...

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14/01/2020

Carles Enrich Studio, restoration of Merola Tower in Puigreig (Barcelona)

The Barcelona practice of Carles Enrich undertook the restoration of one of the two faces of the defense tower at the castle of Merola, the only remnants of the 13th-century construction in Puigreig, a municipality of the comarca of Berguedà...

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13/01/2020

Toyota and BIG roll out the future of mobility with Woven City

Envisioned as a living laboratory to test and advance mobility, autonomy, connectivity, hydrogen-powered infrastructure, and industry collaboration, Toyota Woven City aims to bring people and communities together in a future enabled by technology yet grounded in history and nature. The vision was presented at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. It is expected to break ground in 2021.

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10/01/2020

Foster + Partners,
Alibaba offices in Shanghai (China)

Norman Foster’s firm has won the competition to design the new offices of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. The location is Shanghai’s Xuhui Riverside area, with views of the Huangpu River and the Pudong CBD. Thought out from the inside out...

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09/01/2020

Agenda + Dellekamp Schleich,
Parque el Higuerón community center

Jojutla in the Mexican state of Morelos is the location of this community center envisioned as part of the plan to restructure the municipality’s main public buildings, damaged by an earthquake that shook the area on 19 September 2017...

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08/01/2020

E2A, Taz Neubau Publishing House
in Berlin

Rising on a site of urban importance, the building through its form and position mediates between the traditional Berlin of city blocks and the modern one of isolated blocks. The structure of the building, lacking an apparent hierarchy and achieving stability through the sum...

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03/01/2020

Vector Architects, Suochengli Neighborhood Library in Yantai (China)

Inserted into a typical Chinese courtyard-block, the library is located at the northwest corner of the historical district of Yantai, a port city in northern China. The enclave appeared cluttered or messy, with structures added by residents over the years, but these superpositions...

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27/12/2019

'An act of hope': why Antony Gormley teamed up with K-pop superstars BTS

The Guardian

The sculptor’s metal tumbleweed made from 11 miles of aluminum tubing brings the band’s global arts project to Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 3, New York, as part of ‘CONNECT, BTS’...

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16/02/2020

Oscar Niemeyer’s Brazil

The Guardian

As Brasília turns 60, it’s time to reassess the legendary modernist architect on a visit to the Brazilian capital and Rio de Janeiro...

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15/02/2020

Art Rises in the Saudi Desert,
Shadowed by Politics

The New York Times

Some artists say Desert X AlUla is a step toward changing Saudi society. Critics call the government-funded exhibition “morally corrupt.”...

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14/02/2020

Museo Guggenheim de Bilbao: Olafur Eliasson, ‘In Real Life’

This retrospective gathers 40 works completed since 1990. The exhibition includes pieces of different format – installations, sculptures, photographs, and paintings – made with materials...

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14/02/2020

‘Dialogues in balance. Leo Matiz and Lukas Ulmi’

Artsy

The exhibition at Set Espai D'Art in Valencia establishes a dialogue between the photographs by Leo Matiz (Aracataca, Colombia, 1917 - Bogota, 1998) and the sculptures by Lukas Ulmi (Lucerne, 1958)...

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14/02/2020

Félix Candela International Ideas Competition

Eduardo Torroja Foundation launches a competition for students in order to commemorate the 110th Anniversary of the birth of the Spanish architect Félix Candela (1910-1997). A total of 7.500 euros will be awarded distributed in 6 awards.

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12/02/2020

Pragmatic Poetry

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The critical intelligence of Diller Scofidio + Renfro is expressed through a lyrical language. Though in the first installations and videos of Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio...

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11/02/2020

Architects React to Trump’s New ‘Architect’ of the Capitol

Architectural Record

In mid-December, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Trump’s appointment of J. Brett Blanton as the next Architect of the Capitol (AOC)...

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07/02/2020

Trump wants to 'Make Federal Buildings Beautiful Again' with neoclassical order

The Guardian

President reportedly wants to mandate return to ‘classical architectural style’, according to draft order...

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07/02/2020

‘Sáenz de Oíza: Arts and Crafts’
at Museo ICO

Curated by Javier, Vicente, and Marisa Sáenz Guerra, children of the master, ‘Sáenz de Oíza: Arts and Crafts’ is on view at the ICO Museum in Madrid from 7 February to 26 April, presenting a large array of plans, models, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and personal...

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06/02/2020

‘Home Stories: 100 Years, 20 Visionary Interiors’

Our homes are an expression of the way we live, they shape our everyday routines and fundamentally affect our well-being. With this exhibition, the Vitra Design Museum aims to reopen the conversation about the contemporary private interior...

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06/02/2020

The Art of Building photography competition

Fish, by Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra Saiz, taken in Valencia was the overall winner of the competition: “Due to the reflection of the water at night, the architecture of the buildings shows us the figure of a fish.”

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04/02/2020

Arctic Bath, the floating spa hotel in Swedish Lapland opens

Traveller

Central to this beautiful property, designed Bertil Harström & Johan Kauppi, is a doughnut-shaped structure on the water that floats during the summer and freezes into ice during the winter...

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01/02/2020

Ong-ard Satrabhandhu, 2020 Richard H. Driehaus Prize

The architect from Thailand, who has devoted his career to exploring what dialogue with history means in architecture and urbanism, has been named recipient of the prize...

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31/01/2020

Frank Lloyd Wright's School of Architecture at Taliesin to close

The Guardian

School will shutter in June after no agreement could be made with foundation to keep operating the facility...

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29/01/2020

Architects’ Favourite Hotels

The Guardian / Sarah Miller

From a rocket tower and a pasha’s palace to a beachside bungalow and a geometric masterpiece. Recommended by Dan Wood, Arcosanti in Mayer (Arizona)...

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28/01/2020

'The last piece of the skyline': the battle to save Canada's ‘prairie castles’

The Guardian / Leyland Cecco

The prairie town of Andrew is no stranger to loss, but when its last grain elevator was slated for demolition, the community fought to win a stay of execution...

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26/01/2020

Top 10 Emerging Technologies
of 2019

Together with the World Economic Forum, Scientific American convened an international Steering Group of leading technology experts and engaged in an intense process to identify this year's World-changing technologies...

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25/01/2020

Renzo Piano World Tour 2020

‘Art of Construction: the importance of structural details’ is the theme of the fourth international competition for the opportinity to travel around the world visiting works of Renzo Piano.

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24/01/2020

What is the future of the rich world’s housing markets?

The Economist

Cheaper housing would make politics less volatile. Governments could do more to explain why a shortage of housing is bad news for everybody, rather than celebrating whenever house prices go up...

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24/01/2020

2 World Trade Center getting revamped Norman Foster design

New York Post

Larry Silverstein and Norman Foster are working on major changes to Foster’s original vision for the still-unbuilt skyscraper...

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24/01/2020

Home ownership is the West’s biggest economic-policy mistake

The Economist

Far from shoring up capitalism, housing policies have made the system unsafe, inefficient and unfair. Time to tear down this rotten edifice and build a new housing market that works...

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23/01/2020

The case for ... cities that aren't dystopian surveillance states

The Guardian / Cory Doctorow

Imagine your smartphone knew everything about the city – but the city didn’t know anything about you. Wouldn’t that be truly ‘smart’?...

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23/01/2020

Beatriz Colomina, Ada Louise Huxtable Prize 2020

Architectural Review

Spanish-American critic and historian Beatriz Colomina and Pakistani architect Yasmeen Lari and have been recognised by this year’s W Awards...

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22/01/2020

Snøhetta to Design New Visual Identity for the Wikipedia Movement

The goal is to design a new visual identity system that represents Wikipedia and the Wikimedia mission as part of the essential infrastructure of free knowledge in the digital age...

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21/01/2020

Lebbeus Woods drawing collections are acquired by the GRI

Archinect

The Getty Research Institute (GRI) in Los Angeles has acquired two collections of drawings and sketches by visionary architect Lebbeus Woods...

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20/01/2020

The case for ... making low-tech 'dumb' cities instead of 'smart' ones

The Guardian / Amy Fleming

High-tech smart cities promise efficiency by monitoring everything from bins to bridges. But what if we ditched the data and embraced ancient technology instead?...

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19/01/2020

Art into Nature, Nature into Art

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

Fitting his architecture to its landscape, César Manrique turned Lanzarote into a living artwork of sun, sea and surprise...

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18/01/2020

The Coolest Architecture on Earth Is in Antarctica

The New York Times / John Gendall

Who said a polar research base had to be ugly? Gradually, designers are rethinking how to build for the world’s harshest environment...

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18/01/2020

Hudson Yards Promised a Park. They Didn’t Mention the Giant Wall

The New York Times / Michael Kimmelman

For phase two, the developer imagines a 700-foot-long structure overshadowing the High Line. “The last thing New Yorkers need is a wall,” a state senator said...

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17/01/2020

Cristina Iglesias, Royal Academy Architecture Prize 2020

The Royal Academy of Arts

For three years, the Royal Academy Architecture Prize has been awarded to an individual whose work inspires and instructs the discussion, collection or production of architecture in the broadest sense...

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16/01/2020

Environmental Histories

Luis Fernández-Galiano

This environmental history deserves a plural name. The architect Eduardo Prieto has carved a 64-facet diamond to explore the ecology and climate dimension of building...

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16/01/2020

Zaha Hadid Architects, Unicorn Island masterplan in China

The Start-Up exhibition and conference centre, the first building within Chengdu's 67-hectare Unicorn Island masterplan in the Tianfu New Area, is nearing completion.

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16/01/2020

Architect-US, the employment platform for architects in the United States.

The employment platform Architect-US puts architects and engineers anywhere in the world in contact with companies based in the United States. The program expedites entry into the American job market...

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15/01/2020

Might there soon be a supernova near Earth?

The Economist

A giant star called Betelgeuse is behaving strangely. It is a red supergiant star in Orion, a prominent constellation that spans the celestial equator. It is easily visible to the naked eye...

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14/01/2020

Gardens, waterfalls, parks… what is happening to our airports?

The Guardian / Rowan Moore

From Beijing to Istanbul, exotic new airports are symbols of prestige for strongman leaders. But the environmental cost is massive...

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12/01/2020

Rebuilding of Church Lost in 9/11 Attacks to Resume

The New York Times

The St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center, designed by Santiago Calatrava, will welcome visitors from all faiths...

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10/01/2020
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