Arquitectura Viva
Monday, November 30, 2020
A pile of stacked boxes at the University of Chicago — exhibitionism or architecture?
10/11/2020

A pile of stacked boxes at the University of Chicago — exhibitionism or architecture?

Chicago Tribune / Blair Kamin

Diller Scofidio + Renfro conceived the design as an innovative addition to Chicago’s renowned collection of tall buildings. The tower transitions from a city-engaging ground floor to contemplative clusters of meeting rooms above...

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AI that scans a construction site
07/11/2020

AI that scans a construction site

MIT Technology Review / Will Douglas

Building sites in Europe are now using image recognition software made by Buildots that flags up delays or errors automatically...

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Color and Crime
03/11/2020

Color and Crime Pdf

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Architecture has a difficult relationship with color. If heroic modernity embraced a clinical, hygienic white, subsequent revisions extended the palette to the natural tones...

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The Demolition of LACMA: Art Sacrificed to Architecture
27/10/2020

The Demolition of LACMA: Art Sacrificed to Architecture

The New York Review of Books / Joseph Giovannini

There are two demolitions going on at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the largest encyclopedic museum west of the Mississippi... (‘The Redesign of LACMA: An Exchange’ Michael Govan, reply by Joseph Giovannini)

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Berlin’s long-delayed airport is finally opening
25/10/2020

Berlin’s long-delayed airport is finally opening

The Economist

Ground was broken on Berlin Brandenburg Airport (gmp Architekten) in 2006. It was supposed to take five years to build. After a second failed opening, in June 2012...

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Can the European Union learn to love a common culture?
23/10/2020

Can the European Union learn to love a common culture?

The Economist

Bauhaus and Brussels are an uneasy mix. Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus art school, which shaped design in the 20th century, declared that a building “must be true to itself...

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The floating church
21/10/2020

The floating church

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

The area around London’s Olympic Park is a regeneration hothouse. Now their spiritual needs are being met – with a beautiful chapel on a barge...

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From garden streets to bike highways: four ideas for post-Covid cities
30/09/2020

From garden streets to bike highways: four ideas for post-Covid cities

The Guardian

We asked four architecture firms to share their visions of what cities should do, now, to better design everything from offices to streets to transport – and we have analysed each one...

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The pandemic will accelerate the evolution of our cities
26/09/2020

The pandemic will accelerate the evolution of our cities

The Guardian / Norman Foster

City centres are likely to see fewer cars in future, but that would have happened eventually without Covid-19. Neighbourhoods have seen a resurgence in appeal with the tag of “the 15-minute city”...

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The museum of everything
22/09/2020

The museum of everything

The Guardian / Andrew Dickson

In a world first, Rotterdam’s Boijmans museum has put its entire collection on display in a mammoth new warehouse...

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The United Nations of Uniqlo
18/09/2020

The United Nations of Uniqlo

The Economist / Amelia Lester

Unusually for a clothing company, Uniqlo measures its significant milestones not in iconic outfits but in manufacturing breakthroughs. Today over 1,000 researchers there work on inventing new fabrics...

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The southern hemisphere skipped flu season in 2020
17/09/2020

The southern hemisphere skipped flu season in 2020

The Economist

Not only have countries in the southern hemisphere slowed the spread of covid-19, but they also appear inadvertently to have stopped the proliferation of another deadly disease: the flu...

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How China Controlled the Coronavirus
14/09/2020

How China Controlled the Coronavirus

The New Yorker / Peter Hessler

Afew days before my return to classroom teaching at Sichuan University, I was biking across a deserted stretch of campus when I encountered a robot...

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Air pollution is returning to pre-covid levels
07/09/2020

Air pollution is returning to pre-covid levels

The Economist

Covid-19 is not all bad, as any city-dweller who stepped outside this year will have seen. The virus has killed hundreds of thousands of people...

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How Syria's blasted landmarks are starting to rise from the ruins
03/09/2020

How Syria's blasted landmarks are starting to rise from the ruins

The Guardian / Rowan Moore

From Aleppo to Palmyra, many of the country’s architectural treasures have been reduced to rubble, but restoration has begun...

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Biden and Trump Go Cloud to Cloud
31/08/2020

Biden and Trump Go Cloud to Cloud

Bloomberg / Ben Schott

In terms of length and complexity, Joe Biden’s speech was the shortest and simplest. Donald Trump’s speech was not just twice as long, it was also significantly more complex…

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Gerald Hines tribute
27/08/2020

Gerald Hines tribute

Norman Foster

I am greatly saddened to hear about the death of Gerald Hines, an urban visionary and a close friend. Through the sheer force of his unique entrepreneurial spirit...

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Notes without Staves
31/07/2020

Notes without Staves

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Sou Fujimoto describes his haphazard architectures as ‘notes without staves,’ and trying to interpret his forms through conventional composition is a futile effort...

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Productive Landscapes
25/07/2020

Productive Landscapes

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The landscape is a voluntary geography. The idyllic vision of landscape as intact nature is denied by experience and memory. Shaped by economic, environmental...

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I Can’t Breathe
24/07/2020

I Can’t Breathe Pdf

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Breathing has become harder to do. Cars deteriorate the air of cities, pandemics contaminate the air of buildings, and racism degrades the air of societies...

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Schools Beat Earlier Plagues With Outdoor Classes.
23/07/2020

Schools Beat Earlier Plagues With Outdoor Classes.

The New York Times / Ginia Bellafante

In the early years of the 20th century, tuberculosis ravaged American cities, taking a particular and often fatal toll on the poor and the young. In 1907, two Rhode Island doctors...

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Madrid and the Burial of A5
20/07/2020

Madrid and the Burial of A5

Francisco Burgos & Ginés Garrido

Burying the most urban stretch of Madrid’s A5 motorway – 3.5 kilometers from the exit of the Avenida de Portugal tunnel to the intersection with Avenida de Los Poblados...

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Our Ghost-Kitchen Future
08/07/2020

Our Ghost-Kitchen Future

The New Yorker / Anna Wiener

The ghost kitchen is an increasingly crowded space. In addition to Reef, there are Zuul and Kitchen United in the United States, Deliveroo in London and Paris, and Panda Selected in China...

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Could Doomsday Bunkers Become the New Normal?
03/07/2020

Could Doomsday Bunkers Become the New Normal?

The New York Times / Mira Ptacin

When we were told to stay inside our homes, a portion of the population quietly went below ground...

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How Cairo is losing architecture it never knew it had
28/06/2020

How Cairo is losing architecture it never knew it had

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

From grand visions that fail with the departure of a president to everyday buildings knocked down before they can be considered for heritage protection, a new book unpicks...

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'Manchester town hall and my local library were the buildings that shaped me'
24/06/2020

'Manchester town hall and my local library were the buildings that shaped me'

The Guardian / Norman Foster

Winston Churchill said: “We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us.” The first building that shaped my future was Manchester town hall, where I started work at the age of 16...

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Design Hacks Will Dominate the Coronavirus Recovery Landscape
24/06/2020

Design Hacks Will Dominate the Coronavirus Recovery Landscape

Bloomberg

Caution tape. Painted circles. Plastic dividers. The most impactful coronavirus designs are coming from mostly nonprofessionals adapting urban space on the fly...

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There’s No Reason for an Architect to Design a Death Chamber
22/06/2020

There’s No Reason for an Architect to Design a Death Chamber

The New York Times / Michael Kimmelman

As the country grapples with racial justice, architects should finally take a stand on the most barbaric aspects of a biased prison system...

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In the world of architecture, death is not always fatal
19/06/2020

In the world of architecture, death is not always fatal

The Economist

Witness a new building in Leipzig by Oscar Niemeyer—who died in 2012. The Niemeyer Sphere perches on a narrow supporting tower at the edge of a two-storey building...

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Driverless cars show the limits of today’s AI
18/06/2020

Driverless cars show the limits of today’s AI

The Economist

They, and many other such systems, still struggle to handle the unexpected. In march Starsky Robotics, a self-driving lorry firm based in San Francisco, closed down...

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Las grandes esperanzas Empeños sostenibles + Fracturas y ficciones
Luis Fernández-Galiano publishes Las grandes esperanzas (1976-1992), a critical revision of the issues and challenges of architecture, art, and society of those convulse and fertile years, offering a historical mirror on which we can find a reflection of our current economic, ecological, and social crisis.
Las grandes esperanzas Empeños sostenibles
The recession caused by the oil crises that shook the planet in the 1970s serves as backdrop for Empeños sostenibles (1976-1984), a selection of articles by Luis Fernández-Galiano on technological alternatives, sustainable construction, and the relationship between architecture and energy.
Las grandes esperanzas Fracturas y ficciones
Through the one hundred essays on architecture, history, art, and society included in Fracturas y ficciones (1985-1992), Luis Fernández-Galiano outlines a portrait of a period of global prosperity in which the Olympic Games of Barcelona and the Expo of Seville brought international attention to Spain.
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 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.
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.
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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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