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Monday, March 30, 2015
 

New Books
AV Monografías 175 - RCR Arquitectes 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 171 - NECESSARY BUILDERS 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 67 - MoMA: UNEVEN GROWTH 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
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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SANAA, ‘Home-for-All’ pavilion
in Higashimatsushima (Japan)

Launched by Toyo Ito in 2011, the ‘Home-for-All’ is a program for the construction of community centers along Japan’s west coast, in areas devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of that year. A dozen projects within the program...

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27/03/2015

Morphosis, 381-meter hotel
in Vals (Switzerland)

Within the resort where Peter Zumthor’s iconic thermal baths are located, in a petrous subterranean construction, a slim 381-meter hotel will be rising, glassy and mirrored, following a design by the American firm Morphosis, led by Thom Mayne...

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26/03/2015

Serpentine Pavilion, SelgasCano’s colorful cocoon in London

Images of the design for the Serpentine Gallery’s next temporary pavilion, by Lucía Cano & José Selgas, have been unveiled. It is the first time that the London institution assigns its summer building to a Spanish team. From 25 June to 18 October...

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25/03/2015

Heatherwick Studio, university learning hub in Singapore

A work of the British designer Thomas Heatherwick, the new Learning Hub of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore is a complex of twelve towers which taper towards their bases. Around an atrium rising eight levels, fifty-six oval classrooms...

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24/03/2015

New Wing at Corning Museum
of Glass Invites the Light

The New York Times

The first thing the architect Thomas Phifer did after being awarded the commission for the Corning Museum of Glass’s new 100,000-square-foot Contemporary Art + Design Wing here was to go back...

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25/03/2015

SOM presents a masterplan
for Egypt’s new capital

The American firm SOM (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill) has presented the preliminary design for the planning of The Capital Cairo, a 700-square-kilometer development in the desert, 45 kilometers east of Cairo, which is to be Egypt’s new administrative and financial...

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24/03/2015

Kengo Kuma wins competition for Saint-Denis Pleyel station in Paris

The Japanese architect Kengo Kuma will be building the Saint-Denis Pleyel train station, a project which is part of the ambitious Grand Paris Express (GPE) plan to modernize the existing transport network and connect new neighborhoods...

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24/03/2015

High-Rise Choreography, Wangjing Soho
in Beijing

This mixed-use complex, intended mainly for retail and office spaces, is situated in Beijing’s Wangjing subdistrict, a technology center which is home to leading firms like Telecom and Panasonic. Surrounded by 60,000 square meters of parkland...

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20/03/2015

AZPML and SHARE to build a 115-meter office tower in Vienna

A project drawn up by AZPML – Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Maider Llaguno – in collaboration with SHARE Architects – Silvia Forlati, Hannes Bürger, and Thomas Lettner – has won the competition for the construction of an office block in Vienna...

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20/03/2015

Studio MK27: Redux House
in Bragança Paulista (Brazil)

Designed by the Brazilian firm MK27, led by Marcio Kogan, in collaboration with Samanta Cafardo, the Redux House rises on sloping terrain in Quinta La Baroneza, a gated community in the municipality of Bragança Paulista, 90 kilometers from São Paulo...

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19/03/2015

SOM, building for The New School
in Manhattan

Conceived as a vertical university campus, the new building for The New School in Manhattan, a work of SOM (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill), contains 35,000 square meters in sixteen floors. Bronze-colored panels alternate with panes of glass...

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18/03/2015

Juan Moya Romero, sport pavilion
in Güevejar (Granada)

The Granada architect Juan Moya Romero is the author of the new sport pavilion of Güevejar, a municipality in the Granada province, 10 kilometers from the city. The project is part of a masterplan for interventions which have been improving...

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18/03/2015

Schilder Scholte, Pani Community Center in Rajarhat (Bangladesh)

The Netherlands-based Pani Foundation commissioned the Rotterdam office of Gerrit Schilder and Hill Scholte to design a community center for Rajarhat, a town in northern Bangladesh, near the Indian border. The 910-square-meter complex...

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17/03/2015

Wespi de Meuron Romeo,
stone house in Scaiano (Switzerland)

The Swiss office of Markus Wespi, Jérôme de Meuron, and Luca Romeo is the author of the project for the refurbishment of this old house in the heart of the village of Scaiano, in Ticino, the southernmost canton of the Switzerland...

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17/03/2015

Digital Sails. Frank Gehry,
Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris

The new center of the Fondation Louis Vuitton is located in what is called the Jardin d’Acclimatation of Paris’s Bois de Boulogne, an enclave whose name recalls large 19th- century greenhouses. Those pavilions are the inspiration...

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16/03/2015

Foster + Partners to build
a 318-meter-tall tower in Toronto

Norman Foster's design for 'The One' has been unveiled. Rising 318 meters in downtown Toronto, this 80-story tower will be the second tallest in the Canadian city. The building combines a residential program with a multipurpose base...

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13/03/2015

Jon Jerde, Architect of Merging Visions, Dies at 75

The New York Times

Jon Jerde, an architect whose designs seized on the human yen to shop, merging the mall and downtown, commercial and public...

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27/03/2015

How Much Sprawl
Costs America

Citylab

More and more young people are moving to urban centers because they prefer to live in walkable areas with lots of public...

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27/03/2015

Saudi Arabia's new desert megacity

BBC

With a flourish of his hand, the uniformed security guard waves us down the private road that leads to the newest city...

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26/03/2015

Four designs for new London pedestrian and bike bridge

The Guardian

Four teams of architects have been shortlisted to design the £40m Nine Elms to Pimlico river crossing in south-west London...

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26/03/2015

Luis Fernández-Galiano
on radio in ‘Juego de Espejos’

The Radio Clásica (RNE) program ‘Juego de espejos,’ hosted by Luis Suñén, had Luis Fernández-Galiano as guest. 

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25/03/2015

Nature in Black

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Any description of the bright and dark work of RCR must resort to oxymoron. One may use geometric landscapes, weightless...

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24/03/2015

‘RCR Arquitectes – Shared Creativity’ in Barcelona

From 26 March to 13 September, room 3 at the Palau Robert in Barcelona is the venue of an exhibition on the Olot-based practice led by Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem...

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24/03/2015

Palma beats the world

The Times

I hesitate to say it, but... I told you so. For years I’ve argued that Palma de Mallorca is the finest little town in Spain. And now...

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23/03/2015

Considering a Counterintuitive Path to Escape a Fire: The Elevator

The New York Times

“In case of fire, use elevators.”  It sounds like apostasy, as if a lifetime’s indoctrination had suddenly been invalidated.  But it...

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23/03/2015

Bring Down the Billboards!

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Grenoble has decided to ban street advertising. The French city will remove the foliage of signs that fills its visual landscape...

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19/03/2015

Zaera denies
plagiarism accusations

Alejandro Zaera, who had to step down as dean of Princeton’s School of Architecture on 30 October 2014, at the request of the university president...

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18/03/2015

Out of the Box: Ábalos & Herreros at CCA

Iñaki Ábalos and Juan Herreros established their office in Madrid in 1984, working together until 2008. Each established separate activities in 2009, now with Ábalos+Sentkiewicz and Estudio Herreros...

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17/03/2015

Frei Otto, building shapes
with soap bubbles

At the Institute of Lightweight Structures in Stuttgart, founded by Frei Otto in 1964, systems of generating architectural forms through the study of soap bubbles are tested.

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16/03/2015

Behind the Curved Glass of New York’s Residential Towers

The New York Times

At the construction site morphing skyward at 50 West Street, a curvaceous 64-story glass-and-steel condominium whose...

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17/03/2015

Hermitage to open satellite branch in former Moscow factory

The Art Newspaper

Russia’s largest museum signs agreement with the redeveloper of the Soviet-era ZIL automobile plant. The State Hermitage...

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16/03/2015

Egypt Unveils Plans
for New Capital City

The Wall Street Journal

Egyptian officials announced plans to build a gigantic new administrative and business capital east of Cairo with the help...

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16/03/2015

Aesthetics of Energy.

Eduardo Prieto

Sustainability nowadays is a sermon heard in all spheres of everyday life. Materials and ‘human resources’ can be sustainable...

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13/03/2015

3D printer for small molecules opens access to customized chemistry

Nanowerk

Howard Hughes Medical Institute scientists have simplified the chemical synthesis of small molecules, eliminating a major...

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13/03/2015

David Chipperfield to design a new wing for the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The New York Times

Opting for a more subdued choice outside the galaxy of starchitects, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has selected David Chipperfield...

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12/03/2015

Let's all move to Mars!

The Guardian

We’ve had starchitects. Now we’ve got space architects. Fifty years from now, says Brent Sherwood, there will be a different kind...

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12/03/2015

Necessary Builders

Luis Fernández-Galiano

‘Not the old, not the new, but the necessary.’ Tatlin’s quote gave the cue for the third congress of the Fundación Arquitectura...

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11/03/2015

A Mexican Design Master’s Pieces Are Revived

The Wall Street Journal

Furniture designed by the late Mexican architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez is coming to light. The story of Latin American modernism...

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11/03/2015

3D printing. Entering the jet age

The Economist

Additive manufacturing, as it is known to those who use it—or 3D printing, as the rest of the world more poetically calls it—is...

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10/03/2015

Drones can "weave structures
in space in just a few minutes"

Dezeen

Drones can be a valuable new tool in construction "widening the spectrum of what is possible" in architecture...

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09/03/2015

Depero, a ‘Minor’ Master.
Futurism,100 Years Later

Eduardo Prieto

Inexhaustible and multifaceted, Fortunato Depero was one of the leaders of Italian futurism, but is considered a ‘minor ...

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06/03/2015
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