Arquitectura Viva
Sunday, January 21, 2018
The Year From Above
25/12/2017

The Year From Above

The New York Times

Major news events in 2017 were big — often big enough to be seen from far above, like Hurricane Jose over the Caribbean in this image...

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Julie Mehretu at Botín Centre in Santander
25/12/2017

Julie Mehretu at Botín Centre in Santander

After one on Carsten Höller, ‘Julie Mehretu. A Universal History of Everything and Nothing’ is the Botín Centre’s second exhibition since its inauguration in June of this year. A selection of thirty paintings and sixty drawings rendered with graphite...

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Attack the blocks: brutalist treasures under threat
24/12/2017

Attack the blocks: brutalist treasures under threat

The Guardian

Demolished in 2016, this is one of three buildings English Heritage had recommended for listing, while it was nominated for the World Monument Fund watch list in 2012...

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Work halts on Calatrava's church at World Trade Center site
23/12/2017

Work halts on Calatrava's church at World Trade Center site

Curbed

Construction on WTC’s St. Nicholas National Shrine has come to a stop after the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America allegedly missed several payments...

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Berlin exhibition on Nieto Sobejano’s Arvo Pärt Center
22/12/2017

Berlin exhibition on Nieto Sobejano’s Arvo Pärt Center

On view through 16 January at the Berlin gallery Aedes is an exhibition on the design of the firm of Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano for the new cultural center named after the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, currently under construction in the...

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Peter Moor, AZG Training Center in Buchs (Switzerland)
22/12/2017

Peter Moor, AZG Training Center in Buchs (Switzerland)

In 2014 the Swiss architect Peter Moor won the competition to build a new center where training in carpentry could be complemented with a more practice-oriented program. Located in Buchs, a city in Switzerland's canton of Zurich, the building stands...

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US embassy proves a catalyst for £15bn Nine Elms regeneration project
22/12/2017

US embassy proves a catalyst for £15bn Nine Elms regeneration project

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

Kieran Timberlake has completed work on the US Embassy in London. Standing in contrast to dark brick luxury flats, the glass citadel aims to be a benign fortress...

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Can you identify these cities from their historic maps?
22/12/2017

Can you identify these cities from their historic maps?

The Guardian

Cities evolve, but the old core stays same. Or does it? We’ve trawled the archives for a selection of historic maps. Can you ID the cities?...

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Bjarke Ingels Interview: Different Angles
21/12/2017

Bjarke Ingels Interview: Different Angles

“Great buildings blatantly express their true essence to the world.” The lauded Danish architect Bjarke Ingels here shares his personal story and his bold approach to architecture, which he feels should always be playful, generous and empathetic.

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Charles Jencks to open his house  in London as a museum
21/12/2017

Charles Jencks to open his house in London as a museum

Evening Standard

Kensington and Chelsea Council’s planning applications committee granted planning permission to the scheme subject to the council approving a management plan...

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Abalo Alonso, Romaño sociocultural center in Santiago de Compostela
21/12/2017

Abalo Alonso, Romaño sociocultural center in Santiago de Compostela

The design of the Galician practice  of Elizabeth Abalo and Gonzalo Alonso tries to adapt the civic center to the scale of the place and the aesthetic of the surroundings through a sober, compact volume. The program and its different routes revolve around a large...

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'A glowing lantern with a bamboo cocoon' … new Maggie's centre
20/12/2017

'A glowing lantern with a bamboo cocoon' … new Maggie's centre

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

"There are way too many glass buildings now, I hate them,” says American architect Steven Holl. He is standing inside his new Maggie’s cancer care centre in the City of London...

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Masahiko Fujimori, Morinoie nursery school in Sendai (Japan)
20/12/2017

Masahiko Fujimori, Morinoie nursery school in Sendai (Japan)

In the center of the Japanese city of Sendai, capital of Miyagi Prefecture, the young studio of Masahiko Fujimori, opened in 2013, has built a nursery school in an area undergoing urban change, with the objective of turning it into a residential district with lots...

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Behet Bondzio Lin, Association of the Textile Industry in Münster
19/12/2017

Behet Bondzio Lin, Association of the Textile Industry in Münster

The firm Behet Bondzio Lin Architekten, headed by the Germans Martin Behet and Roland Bondzio and the Taiwanese Yu-Han Michael Lin, has designed an office building for the Association of the Northwest German Textile and Garment Industry...

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Two Hundred
19/12/2017

Two Hundred

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Arquitectura Viva reaches number 200, and looks back to look forward. A quarter of a century ago we published ‘Tanta teoría’...

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Francis Kéré’s Serpentine Pavilion is heading to Malaysia
18/12/2017

Francis Kéré’s Serpentine Pavilion is heading to Malaysia

The Star

Ilham Gallery is the proud owner of the Serpentine Pavilion 2017, an iconic annual architectural commission in London...

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MAD completes Chaoyang Park Plaza in Beijing (China)
18/12/2017

MAD completes Chaoyang Park Plaza in Beijing (China)

The firm MAD, established by the Chinese architect Ma Yansong in 2004, has completed the Chaoyang Park Plaza project. The complex is composed of ten buildings and takes up an area of 220,000 square meters at the south corner of the largest remaining...

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Footage reveals demolition of Robin Hood Gardens
17/12/2017

Footage reveals demolition of Robin Hood Gardens

This exclusive video footage shot by Dezeen shows a huge section of the brutalist Robin Hood Gardens estate being torn apart by a demolition claw. Destruction of the seminal 1970s estate in east London...

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Rem Koolhaas redesigns the Stedelijk’s collection display
17/12/2017

Rem Koolhaas redesigns the Stedelijk’s collection display

The New York Times

The renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas visited regularly in his youth the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam...

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Nightscapes in a ghost town
16/12/2017

Nightscapes in a ghost town

The Guardian

When French artist Zacharie Gaudrillot-Roy learned how to use digital image manipulation, he decided to mix reality and perception by creating a city made entirely of facades...

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Necessary Beauty
15/12/2017

Necessary Beauty

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Francis Kéré commences a third century for our monographs, and there are good reasons for this. The most evident refer to his leading role in a new generation...

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The ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’
15/12/2017

The ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’

The New York Times

The city of Petra was built by the Nabateans, who lived in the Wadi Musa valley for more than 400 years, in a spot strategically located along early silk...

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Kengo Kuma, cultural village in Japanese garden of Portland (Oregon)
15/12/2017

Kengo Kuma, cultural village in Japanese garden of Portland (Oregon)

The Portland Japanese Garden, originally designed by Professor Takuma Tono, takes up 22,000 square meters of land and opened in 1967. In this inimitable enclave the Japanese firm Kengo Kuma Associates has built a new cultural village composed of modest...

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Büro Ole Scheeren, Empire City in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
14/12/2017

Büro Ole Scheeren, Empire City in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

Named Empire City, this mixed-use development consists of three towers, one of them, Empire 88, reaching a height of 333 meters, more than the existing skyscrapers in Vietnam’s most populated city, Ho Chi Minh City. Designed by the firm of the German...

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How does your neighborhood vote?
14/12/2017

How does your neighborhood vote?

CityLab

You can learn a lot about an area just from the cars parked on its streets. If you walk through a city and see more pickup trucks than sedans parked on the side of the road...

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Martínez Lapeña and Torres win National Award for Architecture 2016
14/12/2017

Martínez Lapeña and Torres win National Award for Architecture 2016

Since 1932 the Spanish Government has given the National Award for Architecture, which has gone through many ups and downs and changes of direction over the years. Since 2001 it has been bestowed not upon a work, but upon an entire career, and since 2014...

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Construction of MVRDV’s Werk 12 building in Munich begins
13/12/2017

Construction of MVRDV’s Werk 12 building in Munich begins

The Dutch firm MVRDV conceives this multipurpose building as a new nucleus of the Werksviertel quarter, an industrial area close to the Ostbahnhof station, in the Eastern part of Munich, that the Federal State of Bavaria wishes to turn into a district for art and culture...

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Antoine Predock donates property, archives to UNM
13/12/2017

Antoine Predock donates property, archives to UNM

Albuquerque Journal

Predock recently donated the Downtown property where he once lived and practiced to University of New Mexico (UNM) – the school that helped turn the once-budding...

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Langarita-Navarro, Daruan Space in Madrid
13/12/2017

Langarita-Navarro, Daruan Space in Madrid

The firm of María Langarita and Víctor Navarra renovated Daruan Group’s office in Madrid’s Aravaca ward, adapting it to new needs: a stronger corporate identity and more work stations. With budget and time limits, without interrupting the company’s...

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Lubaina Himid wins Turner prize
12/12/2017

Lubaina Himid wins Turner prize

The Guardian

Himid wins £25,000, money which she will spend on commissioning other artists and, perhaps, the odd pair of shoes...

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New Books
AV Monografías 202 - H 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 201 - 50 FROM AFRICA AND ASIA 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 84 - BEVK PEROVIĆ 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
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
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.
Change of Climate Change of Climate
Following the editions of 2010, 2012, and 2014 – ‘More for Less,’ ‘The Common,’ and ‘The Necessary,’ the 4th international congress organized by the Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad set out to examine ‘Change of Climate’ in architecture, now undergoing deep change.
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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