Arquitectura Viva
Thursday, July 02, 2020
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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How Architecture Could Help Us Adapt to the Pandemic
17/06/2020

How Architecture Could Help Us Adapt to the Pandemic

The New York Times / Kim Tingley

The virus isn’t simply a health crisis; it is also a design problem. Architecture has to mediate between the perceived needs of the moment versus the unknowable needs of the future...

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Great cities after the pandemic
16/06/2020

Great cities after the pandemic

The Economist

How much harm has covid-19 done to large Western cities? Until recently big cities were unstoppable. Year after year places like New York, London and Paris grew richer...

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Covid-19 challenges New York’s future
16/06/2020

Covid-19 challenges New York’s future

The Economist

Cities that can shrug off a disaster can still fade if their economic base—and with it their tax revenues—suffers a structural shift. Again, New York has the history to prove it...

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Our love affair with living underwater
14/06/2020

Our love affair with living underwater

The Guardian / Chris Michael

How the 1960s craze for oceanic exploration changed our relationship with the planet. In November 1966, the Gemini 12 spacecraft, carrying two astronauts, splashed down in the Pacific...

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When Manhattan was Mannahatta
27/05/2020

When Manhattan was Mannahatta

The New York Times / Michael Kimmelman

Eric W. Sanderson published Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City. The book geolocated old maps onto the modern city...

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At the Threshold
26/05/2020

At the Threshold

Luis Fernández-Galiano

We are at the threshold of something, but do not know what exactly. Ortega y Gasset’s diagnosis – “We do not know what is happening to us, and this is precisely what is happening to us”...

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U.S. Deaths Near 100.000,  An Incalculable Loss
25/05/2020

U.S. Deaths Near 100.000, An Incalculable Loss

The New York Times

A presentation of obituaries and death notices from newspapers around the country tries to frame incalculable loss...

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How Mongolia is helping its nomads adapt to big city life
22/05/2020

How Mongolia is helping its nomads adapt to big city life

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

We step inside the yurt-inspired hub that’s fixing the culture of travelling herders shock, designed by the Hong Kong architecture studio Rural Urban Framework (RUF)...

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Brooklyn, Before It Was a Global Brand
22/05/2020

Brooklyn, Before It Was a Global Brand

The New York Times / Michael Kimmelman

Officially incorporated in 1834, Brooklyn was already the third largest city in America by the Civil War. Just over a century later it was in shambles, hemorrhaging jobs...

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Why Zoom meetings are so dissatisfying
20/05/2020

Why Zoom meetings are so dissatisfying

The Economist

The main reasons Zoom conversations are draining are to do with audio. The most cultures observe a conversational rule of “no gap, no overlap”...

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Phone data identify travel hubs at risk of a second wave of infections
19/05/2020

Phone data identify travel hubs at risk of a second wave of infections

The Economist

Well-networked areas tend to have more infections than their average incomes and population densities suggest...

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Has covid-19 killed globalisation?
18/05/2020

Has covid-19 killed globalisation?

The Economist

Even before the pandemic, globalisation was in trouble. The open system of trade that had dominated the world economy for decades had been damaged by the financial crash...

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Now Is the Time to Embrace Density
15/05/2020

Now Is the Time to Embrace Density

The New York Times / Carol Galante

Restrictive zoning blocks less-affluent families from the opportunities that cities offer. The key to doing so is to make cities denser...

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Nine Charts That Define Our New Covid World
13/05/2020

Nine Charts That Define Our New Covid World

Bloomberg

The pandemic has reshaped our jobs, how we travel, and what a recovery looks like. As Covid-19 catalyzes an avalanche of new and urgent data (economic, social, epidemiological)...

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The world's top 10 new architecture projects
12/05/2020

The world's top 10 new architecture projects

The Guardian / Rowan Moore

Museum of Contemporary Art Helga de Alvear, Cáceres, Spain, by Emilio Tuñón. On the one hand there’s the stately rhythm of white pillars, which speak of temple-like repose...

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Why global crises are the mother of invention
11/05/2020

Why global crises are the mother of invention

The Economist / Tom Standage

The eruption in April 1815 of Mount Tambora, a volcano in what is now Indonesia, wreaked havoc around the world. But it led to the birth of the bicycle...

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For some tech companies, office decor is everything
10/05/2020

For some tech companies, office decor is everything

The Economist / Sarah Frier

Whenever I get a few steps past security at the office of Instagram in Menlo Park in the San Francisco Bay Area, glance to my right to see who’s posing by the cartoon clouds...

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The Day After, Six Bullet Points
10/05/2020

The Day After, Six Bullet Points Pdf

Luis Fernández-Galiano

From a wet market came to us ‘bad news wrapped up in proteins,’ and Wuhan was set to become China’s Chernobyl. But the mass confinement there was a success story...

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Death of the office
09/05/2020

Death of the office

The Economist / Catherine Nixey

As the pandemic leaves offices around the world empty, Catherine Nixey asks what was the point of them anyway?...

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Museum of Covid-19
07/05/2020

Museum of Covid-19

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

Scrawled signs, neon rainbows, flour mania … the V&A’s collectors are creating a show for our times, targeting the everyday objects taking on new meaning in the coronavirus age...

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Living Apart
06/05/2020

Living Apart Pdf

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Living apart is living less. The isolation that prevents the spreading of the virus will transform our habits, and the immediate future appears like a landscape of elementary...

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How long can the novel coronavirus survive on surfaces and in the air?
04/05/2020

How long can the novel coronavirus survive on surfaces and in the air?

The Economist

A new study shows that SARS-CoV-2 can linger in the air for hours and on some materials for days...

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Eileen Gray, the design genius who scared the pants off Le Corbusier
02/05/2020

Eileen Gray, the design genius who scared the pants off Le Corbusier

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

Her ravishing interiors shocked Paris, thrilled the avant-garde and gave the world its most expensive chair. Le Corbusier actually vandalised her work naked...

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Andrés Jaque and Ivan Munuera premiere film exploring Covid-19
01/05/2020

Andrés Jaque and Ivan Munuera premiere film exploring Covid-19

Dezeen

The Transscalar Architecture of COVID-19 tracks how coronavirus, its contagion, and its responses are enacted through space...

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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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