Arquitectura Viva
Sunday, October 21, 2018
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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World's Greatest Places 2018: 100 destinations to experience
30/08/2018

World's Greatest Places 2018: 100 destinations to experience

Time

It’s easy to find guides to famous attractions. But which new and newly relevant destinations are worth experiencing right now?...

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Flavio Castro, Box House in São Paulo (Brazil)
30/08/2018

Flavio Castro, Box House in São Paulo (Brazil)

The Brazilian architect Flavio Castro has built a house for himself in the city of São Paulo. The main challenge was to ensure privacy in the face of the proximity of the neighbors. The rectangular volume is fragmented into two parts, one on top of the other. The upper one...

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Steven Holl to redevelop University College Dublin
29/08/2018

Steven Holl to redevelop University College Dublin

Steven Holl Architects has won the competition to redevelop Ireland’s largest  university, carrying the day over the other five finalists: Diller Scofidio + Renfro, John Ronan Architects, O'Donnell + Tuomey, Studio Libeskind, and UNStudio. The winning design includes...

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2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year
29/08/2018

2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year

Our judges reviewed thousands of photos and selected the top winners for this year's National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. Photos were entered to three categories: nature, cities, and people...

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Melting Ice In the Arctic Is Opening a New Energy Trade Route
29/08/2018

Melting Ice In the Arctic Is Opening a New Energy Trade Route

Bloomberg

LNG shippers are taking advantage of open waters as ice caps stage one of their largest retreats on record...

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UNStudio + Cox Architecture to build Australia’s tallest tower
28/08/2018

UNStudio + Cox Architecture to build Australia’s tallest tower

The ‘Green Spine’ proposal drawn up by the Dutch firm UNStudio, in collaboration with the Australian practice Cox Architecture, has triumphed in the competition organized by the company Beulah International to build a mixed-use complex in Melbourne...

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Mexico’s President-Elect Says the People Should Decide on New Airport
28/08/2018

Mexico’s President-Elect Says the People Should Decide on New Airport

The Wall Street Journal

The Mexico City airport, designed in part by U.K. architect Norman Foster, is about one-third complete. Andrés Manuel López Obrador calls for survey or referendum...

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Air-conditioners do great good, but at a high environmental cost
27/08/2018

Air-conditioners do great good, but at a high environmental cost

The Economist

At current growth rates, one billion air-conditioners will be installed globally in the next ten years. The rapid growth in their use makes it urgent to limit the damage...

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Miró Rivera Architects, Hill Country House in Wimberley (Texas)
27/08/2018

Miró Rivera Architects, Hill Country House in Wimberley (Texas)

This building was conceived as a prototype for a sustainable rural community. The Texan firm in charge of the project, headed by Juan Miró of Spain and Miguel Rivera from Puerto Rico, sought to design flexible spaces that could equally accommodate community...

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Mendaro Corsini Arquitectos, Historical Archive in Oaxaca (Mexico)
24/08/2018

Mendaro Corsini Arquitectos, Historical Archive in Oaxaca (Mexico)

In order to preserve and protect a dispersed, disorganized, and partly destroyed treasure of documents, the new historical archive of Oaxaca is located in the Canteras park, a symbolic place for the city. The building seeks to respect the environment it is inserted...

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Herzog & de Meuron 2005-2007
24/08/2018

Herzog & de Meuron 2005-2007

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The publication of the work of some architects becomes printed history. This is what happened with the mythical eight volumes of Le Corbusier’s Oeuvre complète...

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OLA Studio, Lemur Exhibit at Melbourne Zoo (Australia)
24/08/2018

OLA Studio, Lemur Exhibit at Melbourne Zoo (Australia)

The new space for lemurs – the smallest existing primates, originally from the African island of Madagascar – was to encourage controlled interaction between these animals and visitors to Melbourne Zoo. With this in mind, the project relied on two important elements...

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Tato Architects, Miyamoto House in Osaka (Japan)
23/08/2018

Tato Architects, Miyamoto House in Osaka (Japan)

The Miyamoto house, located in the city of Osaka, is the result of addressing a highly radical assignment: to give shelter to a family of three without resorting to the usual mechanisms of the conventional house, such as private bedrooms, wall partitions, and closets and...

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Green Roofs Around the World
23/08/2018

Green Roofs Around the World

The Guardian

Green spaces have a demonstrable effect in mitigating the urban heat island effect. Cities nowadays use their rooftops to place them...

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Crumbling infrastructure is a worldwide problem
22/08/2018

Crumbling infrastructure is a worldwide problem

The Economist

Heavy traffic, cracks in reinforced concrete or corrosion of steel bars could be leading into a series of collapses following Genoa´s bridge...

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Vicente Verdú has died
21/08/2018

Vicente Verdú has died

El País / Juan Cruz

In all his facets he always showed showed radical signs of his commitment with modernity. Vicente Verdú, poet, journalist, and painter, was a regular contributor to Arquitectura Viva...

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Quintessenz, multicolour textile installation in the Isle of Paxos (Greece)
21/08/2018

Quintessenz, multicolour textile installation in the Isle of Paxos (Greece)

Quintessenz, formed by the pair of German artists Thomas Granseuer and Tomislav Topic, has recently unveiled a textile installation over the ruins of Kagkatika, an old village in the isle of Paxos. The project conveys a mystical and almost hypnotical image of the deep blue Adriatic sea framed at the end of the ruins...

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Studio Octopi, National Trust in Surrey (United Kingdom)
21/08/2018

Studio Octopi, National Trust in Surrey (United Kingdom)

‘Writ in Water’ is an installation designed by the artist Mark Wallinger and Studio Octopi for the National Trust at Runnymede, in the English county of Surrey. It is a monument raised to commemorate Britain’s Magna Carta, the charter which rebel feudal barons forced...

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SUMA Arquitectura, Play-Time Apartments in Madrid
20/08/2018

SUMA Arquitectura, Play-Time Apartments in Madrid

Play-time is a project for seven short-term rental apartments in the Madrid district of Ciudad Lineal. The developer chose the place with the idea of searching for ‘an oasis in the middle of the city,’ and the project intends to intensify that condition...

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On Architectural Criticism
20/08/2018

On Architectural Criticism

Philip Ursprung

A comienzos de la década de 1920 una buena crítica podía valer una fortuna, y una mala podía arruinar toda una carrera. Todavía se hacía sentir el aura de los grandes...

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The H-Line Hat by Zaha Hadid Architects
18/08/2018

The H-Line Hat by Zaha Hadid Architects

The Friends of the High Line recently hosted the High Line’s first Hat Party, occasion for which Zaha Hadid Architects designed a hat using 3D technology and inspired by the studio’s own 520 West 28th Street tower by the elevated park. The party is organized to raised...

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Fernanda Canales, Terrain House in El Peñón Reserve (Mexico)
17/08/2018

Fernanda Canales, Terrain House in El Peñón Reserve (Mexico)

Located three hours by road from Mexico City, the Terreno House simultaneously addresses two theoretically contradictory demands: shelter in the extreme climate of a region where there can be thermal drops and rises of more than thirty degrees in the course...

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Thomas Hardy, Architect
17/08/2018

Thomas Hardy, Architect

Luis Fernández-Galiano

A writer and an architect, Thomas Hardy (1840-1932) is not acknowledged in both creative fields on equal terms. As a writer he is...

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RCR Arqutiectes, Waalse Krook Mediatheque in Ghent (Belgium)
16/08/2018

RCR Arqutiectes, Waalse Krook Mediatheque in Ghent (Belgium)

The new media library located in Ghent’s historic center presents a stack of horizontal slabs in what is a highly flexible volume. The ground floor is actually two levels: that of the canals and that of the footbridges crossing them. The program basically unfolds in the...

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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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