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Topographical Works
22/09/2014

Topographical Works

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The tabula rasa of modernity was historical, but  also topographical. In its effort to raise generic  buildings, canonical functionalism decided to  erase the traces...

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From the Technical to the Thermal
21/08/2014

From the Technical to the Thermal

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Iñaki Ábalos graduated in 1978 from the Madrid School of Architecture (ETSAM), which in those years harbored two different traditions represented by two...

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Grand Tour
18/08/2014

Grand Tour

Luis Fernández-Galiano

From the classical Grand Tour to the contemporary road movie, the journey has always been a route of discovery. Be it a study tour or a random wandering...

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German Spirit
22/07/2014

German Spirit

Luis Fernández-Galiano

We commemorate 1914 at the heart of the conflict. A century after the Great War began, we Europeans  watch the economic colossus of the continent  with precaution...

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The Plenitude of the Void
02/07/2014

The Plenitude of the Void

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The architecture of Kengo Kuma is an exemplary exercise in relinquishment. Though in his work material is particularly important, each and every one of the projects expresses...

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MAN Reborn in Madrid
20/06/2014

MAN Reborn in Madrid

News - Arquitectura Viva 162
The National Archaeological Museum of Spain in Madrid gave the image of an immense old house with an interior space that had lost all charm and character after...

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Small Spain
18/06/2014

Small Spain

Luis Fernández-Galiano

When he woke up, the crisis was still there.  Paraphrasing Augusto Monterroso’s micro story,  we seek shelter in the fertile territory of projects and...

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Football Stadiums for Brazil 2014
18/06/2014

Football Stadiums for Brazil 2014

With the stands put in place at the last minute, workers still picking up their tools, and lingering echoes of the all-year protests against the US$15 billion investment on an event that lots of Brazilians consider dispensable...

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Palimpsest
19/05/2014

Palimpsest

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Cities are always palimpsests, and some buildings can also be described as such. Like medieval parchments, which were scraped so that they could...

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More than Style. Zaha Hadid Builds in Baku
02/05/2014

More than Style. Zaha Hadid Builds in Baku

News - Arquitectura Viva 161
In the local imagination, the modernization of Azerbaijan and its opening to the West is associated with three milestones: in 1996, after independence, the TV tower of Baku...

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The Optimism of the Will
25/04/2014

The Optimism of the Will

Luis Fernández-Galiano

This Yearbook first appeared in 1993 in the form of a book. From 1994 on, it has come as a double issue of AV magazine. My articles were also printed, simultaneously...

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Holl versus Mackintosh
23/04/2014

Holl versus Mackintosh

News - Arquitectura Viva 161
Mackintosh is to Glasgow as Gaudí is to Barcelona: no architecture guide is complete without mention of the most admirable example of Arts & Crafts, the Glasgow School...

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Renzo Piano on Urban Outskirts
18/04/2014

Renzo Piano on Urban Outskirts

Renzo Piano

We are an extraordinary and beautiful country, but at the same time a fragile one. The landscape is fragile, and so are the cities, especially at their edges, where no time...

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Local Knowledge
11/04/2014

Local Knowledge

Luis Fernández-Galiano

‘Think global, act local’: the ecologist motto, made  popular during the 1970s but with roots in the work  of pioneers like the urbanist...

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London skyline: 200 towers that threaten to destroy city's character
03/04/2014

London skyline: 200 towers that threaten to destroy city's character

The Guardian

The skyline of London is out of control. Over 200 tall buildings, from 20 storeys to much greater heights, are currently consented or proposed...

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London is being transformed with towers. Why the lack of consultation?
03/04/2014

London is being transformed with towers. Why the lack of consultation?

The Guardian

When the appearance of a great city is about to be radically transformed, it is a good idea for its citizens to be shown what is going to happen and have...

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Werner Tscholl, Agriculture School in Burgeis (Italy)
25/03/2014

Werner Tscholl, Agriculture School in Burgeis (Italy)

The main challenge in enlarging the agriculture school of Burgeis with a 2,500 square meter building was respecting the unique site, right at the foot of the medieval fortress of Castel Principe and across the Baroque abbey of Santa Maria...

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Italian Beauty
12/03/2014

Italian Beauty

Luis Fernández-Galiano

We will always have Italy. The grande bellezza of this second home for all architects often evokes the sweet melancholy of decadence, but the tireless vitality of this...

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Can Glasgow's new School of Art eclipse Mackintosh's marvel?
03/03/2014

Can Glasgow's new School of Art eclipse Mackintosh's marvel?

The Guardian

An emerald hulk has emerged next door to Rennie Mackintosh's famous art school. On an exclusive tour of his new Reid building, architect Steven Holl tells Oliver Wainwright...

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Density Matters
07/02/2014

Density Matters

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Density matters. Accustomed to publishing in great detail works of unique qualitative value, we often forget how important their quantitative context is. And yet...

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Architecture in 2014: talking pavements and skygardens
29/01/2014

Architecture in 2014: talking pavements and skygardens

The Guardian

From crime-fighting lampposts to Zaha Hadid's Olympic pool opening for business and a rise in social housing (finally), Oliver Wainwright charts the trends that will dominate 2014...

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The coming tech-lash
27/01/2014

The coming tech-lash

The Economist

Everyone should be forgiven a certain amount of self-indulgence on their wedding day. But Sean Parker’s multi-million-dollar wedding last June in a forest in...

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In Favor of Anonymous Architecture
15/01/2014

In Favor of Anonymous Architecture

José Ignacio Linazasoro

Partly because of the economic crisis, which has particularly affected architects, work on heritage has returned to the forefront, seen as a professional opportunity...

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The Museum With a Bulldozer’s Heart
15/01/2014

The Museum With a Bulldozer’s Heart

Michael Kimmelman / The New York Times

Last year, the Museum of Modern Art caused a ruckus with a plan to raze its neighbor, the former American Folk Art Museum building, designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien...

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Brick Works
13/01/2014

Brick Works

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Brick is the Esperanto of construction. While a few cultures may ignore its grammar, those that command its vocabulary are legion, expressing  physical...

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In Spaceship Earth
31/12/2013

In Spaceship Earth

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Like his admired Buckminster Fuller, Norman Foster  thinks of Earth as a spaceship that travels through  space taking us on board, and for whose care we are...

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An Indian Journey
19/11/2013

An Indian Journey

Luis Fernández-Galiano

India is not a country, but a continent. It is very hard  to fully grasp its diversity, so here we attempt to  explore its architecture through a series of examples...

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Industry Builds
16/10/2013

Industry Builds

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Architecture needs industry, but industry does not ask for architects too often. More than a century after the Werkbund’s foundation, the necessary cross fertilization...

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Big Bang
01/10/2013

Big Bang

Luis Fernández-Galiano

El crecimiento explosivo del estudio de Bjarke Ingels semeja un universo en expansión. Al frente de 190 personas cuando todavía no ha cumplido los 40 años, este danés...

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Spaniards in Europe
12/09/2013

Spaniards in Europe

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Spain exports architects, but also architecture. In the crisis, the media have turned the spotlight on the youth exodus: thousands of architects with a...

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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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