Arquitectura Viva
Friday, October 19, 2018
Rafael Moneo: "The water under the Prado does not catch me by surprise"
11/09/2018

Rafael Moneo: "The water under the Prado does not catch me by surprise"

El País

The architect of the museum's extension explains how in the wake of a study on humidity on the site, he built two wells to diminish the construction work's alteration of water flows...

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Rare video of 9/11
10/09/2018

Rare video of 9/11

Circulated a few days before the 17th anniversary of the 11 September attacks, the half-hour video was shot by the photojournalist Mark LaGanga, then working for CBS News...

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The biggest danger for the Prado Museum is water
10/09/2018

The biggest danger for the Prado Museum is water

El País

A report warns the institution of the risks of underground currents and recommends building new wells and draining pumps...

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Renzo Piano presents his design for the new bridge of Genoa
10/09/2018

Renzo Piano presents his design for the new bridge of Genoa

Renzo Piano has unveiled the project he has donated to Genoa, his native city, to reconstruct the Polcevera viaduct, after its collapse last 14 August, killing 43. (More information)

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From Verb to Verse to Vision. Vicente Verdú, 1942-2018
10/09/2018

From Verb to Verse to Vision. Vicente Verdú, 1942-2018

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Journalist, poet, and painter, Vicente Verdú went from the intellectual prose that became his profession to the emotive lyricism into which he poured his intuition, and on...

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Estudio fi, Instituto Alumnos in Mexico City
10/09/2018

Estudio fi, Instituto Alumnos in Mexico City

An obsolete industrial structure in the Mexican capital, formerly used as a warehouse, has been turned into an art foundation center by the local firm estudio fi, headed by Fernando Ituarte. Located in the Jardines del Pedregal residential district, the cultural venue...

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Juan Herreros, Global Practice
09/09/2018

Juan Herreros, Global Practice

e-flux architecture

Critical optimism is a commitment for me. The Munch Museum competition in Oslo is a example of this. The Scandinavian democratic processes can be really complicated...

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BIG, Shenzhen Energy Mansion in China
08/09/2018

BIG, Shenzhen Energy Mansion in China

The new home of the state-owned Shenzhen Energy Company addresses the need to provide comfortable work spaces in tropical climate while reducing energy consumption. The 96,000m2 development consists of two office towers, rising 220m to the north and...

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Lessons from the destruction of the National Museum of Brazil
07/09/2018

Lessons from the destruction of the National Museum of Brazil

The Economist

Rich museums should help poor ones conserve their treasures. The loss of a great national museum is a global tragedy...

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Ares Partners, Miya | Lostvilla resort in Huchen (China)
07/09/2018

Ares Partners, Miya | Lostvilla resort in Huchen (China)

A Shanghai firm headed by Helen Wang, Ares Partners has transformed a former granary station into a rural hotel. Surrounded by mountainous landscapes, it is located in the small town of Huchen, in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang, and it seeks to strike...

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Sga-studio, Taksila Roots primary school in Akbarpur (India)
06/09/2018

Sga-studio, Taksila Roots primary school in Akbarpur (India)

The architect Shaily Gupta, founder of the Indian firm sga-studio, has designed a primary school for Akbarpur, a city in the state of Uttar Pradesh, in the north of India. The building presents a series of blocks with structures of concrete, freestanding around a main...

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Denise Scott Brown wins the 2018 Soane Medal
06/09/2018

Denise Scott Brown wins the 2018 Soane Medal

The pioneering architect, planner, theorist and educator, Denise Scott Brown is the recipient of this year's Soane Medal, which is awarded annually in recognition of architects who have made a major contribution to their field......

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Buckminster Fuller made his own fan art posters
06/09/2018

Buckminster Fuller made his own fan art posters

A new exhibition at the Edward Cella Art & Architecture gallery in Los Angeles is featuring a series of posters of Fuller’s most famous inventions. Each of the posters will be on sale for $7,000...

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Facebook grows its headquarters in Menlo Park (California)
05/09/2018

Facebook grows its headquarters in Menlo Park (California)

Designed by Frank Gehry and built in less than 18 months, MPK 21 is a highly sustainable building with a 3.6-acre rooftop garden featuring over 200 trees and a half-mile meandering pathway. The Town Square is a sheltered green space with 40-foot-tall redwood trees...

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Syria's Palmyra to be ready for tourists by summer 2019
05/09/2018

Syria's Palmyra to be ready for tourists by summer 2019

The Art Newspaper

Authorities says they have received "good offers from the world powers" to help conserve ancient sites...

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NL Architects, Club House Varkenoord in Rotterdam (Netherlands)
05/09/2018

NL Architects, Club House Varkenoord in Rotterdam (Netherlands)

This sport center in Rotterdam combines the facilities of three clubs: two for football, one for hockey. This is made possible by the interior layout and the construction solutions applied in the external enclosure. Designed by the Dutch firm NL Architects, the building...

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Ramón Esteve Estudio, house in El Portet, Teulada (Alicante)
05/09/2018

Ramón Esteve Estudio, house in El Portet, Teulada (Alicante)

The Valencian firm Ramón Esteve Estudio built this house in Moraira, within the municipality of Teulada (Alicante), on a long narrow plot of land surrounded by vegetation and benefiting from distant sea views...

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Aranguren + Gallegos, refurbishment of Palencia courthouse
04/09/2018

Aranguren + Gallegos, refurbishment of Palencia courthouse

The Madrid practice of María José Aranguren and José González Gallegos has completely renovated and refurbished Palencia’s provincial courthouse. Their intervention involves two major modifications: the roof and the third floor have given way to a lighter volume...

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Europe's tallest skyscraper nears completion
04/09/2018

Europe's tallest skyscraper nears completion

Daily Mail

The RMJM-designed Lakhta Centre in St Petersburg is Russia and Europe's tallest building – standing 462 metres high...

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Zaha Hadid Architects, high-speed railway station in Naples (Italy)
04/09/2018

Zaha Hadid Architects, high-speed railway station in Naples (Italy)

Inaugurated on 6 June 2017, phase one of the Napoli Afragola high-speed railway station designed by Zaha Hadid Architects has been photographed by Hufton + Crow to celebrate its first year of train services. The last phase is programmed to be completed in 2022.

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Ethereal underworld: exploring Helsinki's colossal new art bunker
03/09/2018

Ethereal underworld: exploring Helsinki's colossal new art bunker

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

This curious landscape of humps and funnels signals the arrival of Amos Rex, a €50m art museum for the Finnish capital, designed by JKMM, opened last week...

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Gardeners and Bricklayers
03/09/2018

Gardeners and Bricklayers

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Rooted in their family histories, the Barcelona architects Enric Batlle and Joan Roig are gardeners and bricklayers, deft both at designing landscapes...

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The revival of Ponte is a potent symbol of Johannesburg’s renewal
02/09/2018

The revival of Ponte is a potent symbol of Johannesburg’s renewal

The Economist

In 1976 Africa’s most glamorous residence opened in downtown Johannesburg. Ponte City, a cylindrical brutalist skyscraper stretching 54 storeys, was built for yuppies...

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In Zurich, a Building That Dances
01/09/2018

In Zurich, a Building That Dances

The New York Times

Dubbed Ballet Mécanique, the Zurich apartment building recently designed by the Basel-based architect Manuel Herz...

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How Le Corbusier Became Big in Japan
01/09/2018

How Le Corbusier Became Big in Japan

The New York Times

His legacy seems to be one building in Tokyo. But most of the country’s Modernism can be traced back to him — and the struggle to place his ideas into Japanese identity...

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Monoarchi, rural hut in Zhongcun (China)
31/08/2018

Monoarchi, rural hut in Zhongcun (China)

The firm Monoarchi, based in Rotterdam and Shanghai, has built a wooden hut at the foot of Siming Mountain, in the remote Chinese township of Zhongcun (Zheijiang province). An undulating roof governs its interior-exterior interaction as it opens and closes...

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Dundee's Victoria & Albert days before opening
31/08/2018

Dundee's Victoria & Albert days before opening

A work of the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, the Scottish branch of the Victoria & Albert Museum is set to open on 15 September. A video taken from a drone takes us along the exterior of the building inspired by the cliffs of Scotland's east coast.

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What to make of cryptocurrencies and blockchains
31/08/2018

What to make of cryptocurrencies and blockchains

The Economist

Cryptocurrencies and their underlying technology, blockchains, have been hyped to the skies. Tim Cross offers a realist’s guide...

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Frank Gehry Reveals Design for New L.A.-Area Youth Orchestra
31/08/2018

Frank Gehry Reveals Design for New L.A.-Area Youth Orchestra

Metropolis

"It's not about making money," the architect says of his pro bono design for the Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen YOLA Center, an extension of the Los Angeles Philharmonic...

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Kanye West Debuts Prefab Social Housing Project
30/08/2018

Kanye West Debuts Prefab Social Housing Project

The Urban Developer

Very little information has been divulged about the architectural renderings released on Instagram, which depict a neo-brutalist inspired concrete shell, wrapping around an exposed and sunken internal courtyard...

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New Books
AV Monografías 207 - BATLLE i ROIG 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 207 - MORE CITY 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 88 - VÁZQUEZ CONSUEGRA 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
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.
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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