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How Today’s Young Architects Are Building the Future
25/08/2015

How Today’s Young Architects Are Building the Future

The Wall Street Journal

Enthusiasm for large-scale statement architecture may have reached a breaking point. And the timing couldn’t be better for the rising young architects who...

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Homegrafts
21/08/2015

Homegrafts

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Dead stones are very much alive. We think about ruins as residues or traces of past activities, and fail to appreciate the fertility of these...

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The Swerve
14/08/2015

The Swerve

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The late Koolhaas is not a Koolhaas lite. Having turned seventy, and forty years after founding his Office for Metropolitan Architecture in 1975, the Dutch architect...

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Capitalism and Climate
10/08/2015

Capitalism and Climate

Naomi Klein

We must reckon with the fact that lowering global emissions in line with climate scientists’ urgent warnings demands changes...

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The Gaze of Others. Spain's Architectural Culture
03/08/2015

The Gaze of Others. Spain's Architectural Culture Pdf

Kenneth Frampton

Although I am extremely honoured by the doctorado honoris causa bestowed by this venerable university which I am well aware is one of the oldest of its kind...

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Should we build a village on the Moon?
23/07/2015

Should we build a village on the Moon?

BBC

The new head of the European Space Agency has a plan – for humanity to build a ‘village on the Moon’. Richard Hollingham asks him why...

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Gaudí’s Great Temple
14/07/2015

Gaudí’s Great Temple

Martin Filler / The New York Review of Books

Although sacred structures of all sorts have been central to every culture throughout history, religious architecture has attained even...

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Expo Milano 2015. Feeding the Planet
09/07/2015

Expo Milano 2015. Feeding the Planet

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Milan hasn’t reinvented the expos, but has organized one better than many. The visionary original concept of Jacques Herzog...

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Wayfarers
17/06/2015

Wayfarers

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The American Craig Dykers and the Norwegian Kjetil Trædal Thorsen have walked a long way in twenty-five years. From the...

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Woven Works
02/06/2015

Woven Works

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Buildings are articulated, but also woven; they are raised with structure and enclosed with cladding; they combine or contrast their...

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Time to spruce it all up
19/05/2015

Time to spruce it all up

The Economist

Electric bicycles have been added to Milan’s bike-sharing scheme. The city’s canals have been restored, with boats now dotting a...

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Spain abroad
05/05/2015

Spain abroad

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Spanish architecture abroad knows a sweet moment. From large-scale works to ephemeral pavilions...

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Why Tesla's Powerwall Is Just Another Toy For Rich Green People
05/05/2015

Why Tesla's Powerwall Is Just Another Toy For Rich Green People

Christopher Helman / Forbes

All the breathless coverage of Elon Musk´s Powerwall battery brouhaha last night is missing the most important thing...

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Le Corbusier. Biographic Geographies
30/04/2015

Le Corbusier. Biographic Geographies

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Le Corbusier left us fifty years ago, but he is still stubbornly among us. The centennial of his birth in 1987 brought about a broad...

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Second Life
07/04/2015

Second Life

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Buildings have many lives, because their functional erosion is often faster than their physical ruin. The stubborn persistence of their shells...

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The Event
03/04/2015

The Event

Slavoj Žižek

There are three (and only three) key philosophers in the history of Western metaphysics: Plato, Descartes, and Hegel...

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Nature in Black
24/03/2015

Nature in Black

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Any description of the bright and dark work of RCR must resort to oxymoron. One may use geometric landscapes, weightless gravity or – as their projects were presented...

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Bring Down the Billboards!
19/03/2015

Bring Down the Billboards!

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Grenoble has decided to ban street advertising. The French city will remove the foliage of signs that fills its visual landscape, pioneering a European movement that defends...

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Necessary Builders
11/03/2015

Necessary Builders

Luis Fernández-Galiano

‘Not the old, not the new, but the necessary.’ Tatlin’s quote gave the cue for the third congress of the Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad, held in Pamplona in June 2014...

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The Coming Gale
03/03/2015

The Coming Gale

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Europe has observed the anniversaries of the beginning and end of a short century with mixed feelings. The centenary of the Great War has given...

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Expanded Icons
06/02/2015

Expanded Icons

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Icons expand, going beyond architectural and geographical boundaries. The new generation of emblematic works breaks through the conventional frontiers of architecture...

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Weird Art. The New Chinese Aesthetics
04/02/2015

Weird Art. The New Chinese Aesthetics

Luis Fernández-Galiano

In an unusual speech, Chinese President Xi Jinping condemned weird architecture, and many in the West listened in agreement. However, his call for pleasant art...

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Elements
16/01/2015

Elements

Luis Fernández-Galiano

With this issue AV/Arquitectura Viva celebrates its thirtieth anniversary. Since 1985 we have published over 400 issues and some two dozen books...

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True Illusions
05/01/2015

True Illusions

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Interpreting the oeuvre of SANAA from its Japanese roots is inevitable and insufficient. Inevitable because both its exquisite elegance and its technical subtlety are inseparable...

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London garden bridge: the Thames is a playground for private fantasies
22/12/2014

London garden bridge: the Thames is a playground for private fantasies

The Guardian

he news that Boris Johnson has rubber-stamped the garden bridge should come as no surprise. Since taking office he has become the self-styled tsar of novelty...

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The Building. Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture
18/12/2014

The Building. Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture

José Aragüez

Ever since the theoretical turn of the 1960s, right through to the present, the status of the architectural object in the sphere of history, theory and criticism keeps...

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The End of China’s Economic Miracle?
05/12/2014

The End of China’s Economic Miracle?

The Wall Street Journal

On a trip to China in 2009, I climbed to the top of a 13-story pagoda in the industrial hub of Changzhou, not far from Shanghai, and scanned the surroundings...

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A Soaring Emblem of New York, and Its Upside-Down Priorities
01/12/2014

A Soaring Emblem of New York, and Its Upside-Down Priorities

The New York Times

The observatory, with the wraparound, nosebleed views, is not finished. But a baker’s dozen years after Sept. 11, 1 World Trade Center is up and running...

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Mass is More
21/11/2014

Mass is More

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Modernity surrendered to the charm of lightness. Steel and glass allowed achieving extremely slender and thin building elements, replacing heavy load- bearing walls...

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Antiquities Lost, Casualties of War
05/11/2014

Antiquities Lost, Casualties of War

The New York Times

Yasser Tabbaa, a specialist on Islamic art and architecture, remembers taking many trips to a 13th-century shrine dedicated to the Imam Awn al-Din, in Mosul in northern Iraq...

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New Books
AV Monografías 213_214 - ESPAÑA 2019 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 213 - COBE 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 91 - OFFICE 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
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.
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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