Arquitectura Viva
Sunday, July 12, 2020
COVID-19 Out and about?
10/04/2020

COVID-19 Out and about?

Google has been tracking our use of public spaces before and during the pandemic. Mobility trends for parks, beaches, marinas, dog parks, plazas, etc.

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Bernardo Bader, Alpine Sports Center in Schruns (Austria)
10/04/2020

Bernardo Bader, Alpine Sports Center in Schruns (Austria)

The building engages in a dialogue with its surroundings through strategically positioned windows and the facade’s irregular rows of pieces of local granite and gneiss. The very profound facade is formed by a loadbearing double inner layer...

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Foster + Partners shares the prototype design for a reusable face visor
09/04/2020

Foster + Partners shares the prototype design for a reusable face visor

To aid the fight against Covid-19, Foster + Partners has designed a general-purpose prototype face visor, suitable for cleaning and reuse. It is specifically aimed at fast mass production...

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Studio Zhu-Pei, art center in Shouxian (China)
08/04/2020

Studio Zhu-Pei, art center in Shouxian (China)

In Shouxian, a city in Anhui Province, rises the Shou County Culture and Art Center, a work of the Beijing studio headed by Zhu Pei. The 30,010-square-meter construction drew inspiration from the courtyard houses of local tradition, which are closed to the exterior...

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Wuhan ends lockdown
08/04/2020

Wuhan ends lockdown

At midnight Wuhan lifted its lockdown after 76 days of coronavirus-imposed confinement. Locals gradually reestablish normalcy as many leave the city, epicenter of the epidemic, to return to their homes.

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Covid-19: How will humans fare when isolated?
08/04/2020

Covid-19: How will humans fare when isolated?

The Economist

Scott Kelly, a former astronaut who spent a year on the International Space Station, suggested that keeping a routine and writing a journal can help ease loneliness...

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Ludwig Godefroy, Zicatela House in Puerto Escondido (Mexico)
07/04/2020

Ludwig Godefroy, Zicatela House in Puerto Escondido (Mexico)

Located atop a hill and facing a beach, Playa Zicatela, the design of Casa Zicatela arose from the idea of fleeing Mexico City and quitting the habits and routines of big cities for a place of peace and quiet, to rest and enjoy proximity to the Pacific...

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Covid-19: China is also an idea, revealing much about Western hopes and fears
07/04/2020

Covid-19: China is also an idea, revealing much about Western hopes and fears

The Economist

Western leaders disagree about how to handle China partly because the country has become a larger, more daunting and more assertive competitor...

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Sauerbruch Hutton, M9 Museum District in Venice
06/04/2020

Sauerbruch Hutton, M9 Museum District in Venice

The new cultural district includes the complete metamorphosis of a 17th-century convent and the construction of a museum on the cultural inheritance of the 20th century. The main spatial strategy for the new museum was to create a footpath that traverses the complex...

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Covid-19’s death toll appears higher than official figures suggest
06/04/2020

Covid-19’s death toll appears higher than official figures suggest

The Economist

The spread of COVID-19 is most often measured by two numbers: how many people are infected, and how many have died. The first is very uncertain...

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Design as Experience
06/04/2020

Design as Experience

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Just what is it that makes Heatherwick’s works so different, so appealing? I borrow the title from Richard Hamilton’s mythical collage to suggest answers...

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Covid-19 presents stark choices between life, death and the economy
04/04/2020

Covid-19 presents stark choices between life, death and the economy

The Economist

The trade-offs required by the pandemic will get even harder. Medics have to say who will be treated and who must go without...

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The barefoot architect
03/04/2020

The barefoot architect

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

She created gilded monuments to corporate excess. But now Yasmeen Lari is building mud huts for the poor...

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Renzo Piano: " It hurts to think of my buildings empty"
03/04/2020

Renzo Piano: " It hurts to think of my buildings empty"

Corriere della Sera

In this interview the Italian architect, in confinement due to the coronavirus, shares his reflections: "if you don't draw inspiration from reality, if you have no contact with people, what do you create?"...

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Michael McKinnell (1935-2020)
02/04/2020

Michael McKinnell (1935-2020)

The Architect's Newspaper

British-American architect Noel Michael McKinnell died of pneumonia after testing positive for COVID-19...

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The northern-hemisphere winter of 2019-20 was the warmest ever on land
01/04/2020

The northern-hemisphere winter of 2019-20 was the warmest ever on land

The Economist

The anomaly was biggest in Europe and Asia, where average temperatures from December to February were 3.2°C (5.8°F) and 3.1°C above the average from 1951-80...

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Reiulf Ramstad, Chemin des Carrières in Rosheim (France)
01/04/2020

Reiulf Ramstad, Chemin des Carrières in Rosheim (France)

The project involved converting old train tracks between Rosheim and Saint Nabor into a walkway equipped with open-air facilities and pavilions. Besides transporting commuters, the railway served industry. This duality was maintained in the conversion, which combines...

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Grafton Architects, Arquitectura Viva 223
01/04/2020

Grafton Architects, Arquitectura Viva 223

The coherent and committed trajectory of Grafton Architects, established in Dublin in 1978 by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, has been crowned with this year’s Pritzker Prize, the first ever to be conferred on a partnership of women. In observing this victory of theirs Arquitectura Viva publishes two recent works of the Irish practice (Kingston University in Surrey, near London, and the Toulouse School of Economics) and an interview conducted by the journalist and poet Antonio Lucas.

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Covid-19: The epidemic provides a chance to do good by the climate
31/03/2020

Covid-19: The epidemic provides a chance to do good by the climate

The Economist

In 2009, worldwide CO2 emissions from fossil fuels and cement production dropped by 1.4%. A year later, however, they were growing faster than they had done since 2003. By the end of 2010, annual emissions were greater than they had ever been...

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Foster + Partners, Villa Dolunay in Muğla (Turkey)
31/03/2020

Foster + Partners, Villa Dolunay in Muğla (Turkey)

With its large undulating timber roof cantilevering 7,5 meters, this private house designed by Norman Foster’s firm is partly embedded into the terrain close to the Aegean Sea, in the southwestern Turkish province of Muğla. Carefully inserted into a rugged natural...

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Michael Sorkin Saw Architecture as a Vehicle for Change
30/03/2020

Michael Sorkin Saw Architecture as a Vehicle for Change

The New York Times

Mr. Sorkin, who died of the coronavirus, promoted social justice in his prodigious output of essays, lectures and designs...

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Covid-19: Countries are using apps and data networks to keep tabs on the pandemic
30/03/2020

Covid-19: Countries are using apps and data networks to keep tabs on the pandemic

The Economist

Border officials told Elvis Liu to add their office’s number to his WhatsApp contacts and to fix the app’s location-sharing setting to “always on”, which would let them see where his phone was at all times...

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Tadao Ando, Paris Stock Exchange renovation
30/03/2020

Tadao Ando, Paris Stock Exchange renovation

The Japanese architect Tadao Ando has converted Paris’s historical Bourse de commerce building into a museum housing François Pinault’s contemporary art collection. It was to open this spring but the spread of COVID-19 has moved the inauguration to September.

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Virtual Choir, 'Va, pensiero'
29/03/2020

Virtual Choir, 'Va, pensiero'

Forced into confinement by COVID-19, members of the International Opera Choir of Rome put their voices together, from their respective homes, for the famous aria of Giuseppe Verdi's opera Nabucco.

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OMA, Galleria department store in Gwanggyo (South Korea)
27/03/2020

OMA, Galleria department store in Gwanggyo (South Korea)

With a petrous skin interrupted by a bulging loop of faceted glass, this department store stands at the heart of Gwanggyo, a new town close to Seoul. The building is by Rem Koolhaas's Rotterdam-based OMA, with Chris van Duijn leading the project. Surrounded...

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Michael Sorkin (1948-2020)
27/03/2020

Michael Sorkin (1948-2020)

Archinect

Michael Sorkin, the noted architectural critic and intellectual powerhouse behind Michael Sorkin Studio and Terreform, has passed away due to complications resulting from COVID-19...

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Interactive world map of coronavirus spread
27/03/2020

Interactive world map of coronavirus spread

Earth Engine Apps

The measures taken to battle the coronavirus are already having an effect on global contamination, as this interactive map shows...

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10 Covid-busting designs
27/03/2020

10 Covid-busting designs

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

Companies the world over are directing their ingenuity at the fight against the coronavirus. Here are the front-runners, from sanitising robots to a 3D-printed hospital ward...

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Spain has suffered more covid-19 deaths than any country save Italy
27/03/2020

Spain has suffered more covid-19 deaths than any country save Italy

The Economist

With its carefully spaced empty white beds laid across the dark floor, the pavilion of Madrid’s exhibition centre looked like an installation left over from last month’s contemporary art fair...

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Light show in Irish mountains goes online after coronavirus cancellation
26/03/2020

Light show in Irish mountains goes online after coronavirus cancellation

Savage Beauty, which would have drenched a five kilometre stretch of Connemara mountain in shimmering emerald green and sapphire blue light, was cancelled...

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New Books
AV Monografías 225 - AIRES MATEUS 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 225 - VIDA Y VIRUS 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 98 - FALA 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
Francisco Mangado Francisco Mangado
This 208-page, hardback and clothbound, bilingual (Spanish-English) book presents fifteen works carried out from 2000 to 2020 by the firm of Francisco Mangado, who explains them in terms of the concepts that have driven each one of them.
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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