Arquitectura Viva
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Why wood is back at the top of the tree for architects
11/02/2018

Why wood is back at the top of the tree for architects

The Guardian / Rowan Moore

Strong, clean and versatile, engineered timber is the ‘new concrete’. With wooden skyscrapers in the offing, could it be the answer to the global housing crisis?...

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What happens when algorithms design a concert hall?
08/02/2018

What happens when algorithms design a concert hall?

Wired

The most interesting thing about Herzog & de Meuron’s newly opened concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie, isn’t its wave-like facade, which rises above the city of Hamburg... 

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Why have mildly erotic nymphs been removed from a Manchester gallery?
06/02/2018

Why have mildly erotic nymphs been removed from a Manchester gallery?

The Guardian / Jonathan Jones

But if it has to be removed from a gallery, will the nudes of Titian and Picasso be next?  Should museums censor works of art on political grounds?...

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Getting to grips with military robotics
31/01/2018

Getting to grips with military robotics

The Economist

Peter Singer, an expert on future warfare at the New America think-tank, is in no doubt. “What we have is a series of technologies that change the game. They’re not science fiction...

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Is this the office of the future?
31/01/2018

Is this the office of the future?

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

Second Home and Selgascano are reinventing office life. Is yours next? Step inside its world of vintage chairs, froth insulation and zig-zagging walkways...

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Preparing for more urban warfare
30/01/2018

Preparing for more urban warfare

The Economist

Much of the fighting in future wars is likely to take place in cities. Deep in the southern Negev desert there is a small town called Baladia, with a main square...

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Autonomous weapons are a game-changer
29/01/2018

Autonomous weapons are a game-changer

The Economist

AI-empowered robots pose entirely new dangers, possibly of an existential kind. Many of the trends in warfare that this special report has identified, although worrying...

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David Adjaye's black history museum wins design of the year
29/01/2018

David Adjaye's black history museum wins design of the year

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

The National Museum of African American History and Culture wins the Beazley Designs of the Year 2017, run by London's Design Museum and sponsored by Beazley...

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A blueprint for British housing in 2028
25/01/2018

A blueprint for British housing in 2028

The Guardian / Rowan Moore

Imagine this: in two years, riots force the government to transform planning, design and building – and make Britain a world leader in housing...

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Tiny, wealthy Qatar goes its own way, and pays for it
23/01/2018

Tiny, wealthy Qatar goes its own way, and pays for it

The New York Times

Among Persian Gulf states, Qatar was the picked-on little sibling. Gas riches and an independent-minded ruling family changed that. Now it’s in the fight of its life...

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The techlash against Amazon, Facebook and Google
22/01/2018

The techlash against Amazon, Facebook and Google

The Economist

Dear Jeff, Mark and Sundar, if I may...  I imagine your concern about the simmering tech backlash has grown since we ran into each other in the desert in September...

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Appropriate, Attractive, Affordable
14/01/2018

Appropriate, Attractive, Affordable

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The work of Harquitectes encourages to propose a new version of the Vitruvian triad. Instead of the Latin terms that have carved in stone the message...

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Is Donald Trump, Wall-Builder-in-Chief, a Conceptual Artist?
08/01/2018

Is Donald Trump, Wall-Builder-in-Chief, a Conceptual Artist?

The New York Times

That’s the intriguing possibility put forth in an online petition Tuesday that seeks to have the group of eight prototypes for Mr. Trump’s controversial Mexican border...

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Thought Experiments
06/01/2018

Thought Experiments

The Economist

Brain-computer interfaces sound like the stuff of science fiction. Andrew Palmer sorts the reality from the hype...

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Design for the Real World
02/01/2018

Design for the Real World

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Designed architecture should not be mixed up with ‘design’ architecture. Here we borrow the title from Victor Papanek to introduce the work of fifty studios...

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How bike-sharing conquered the world
29/12/2017

How bike-sharing conquered the world

The Economist

Bike-sharing faces a new challenge after conquering cities all over the world: a dockless system that allows users to leave and take the bikes just scanning its QR Code...

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Heatherwick and Diller Scofidio in New York
27/12/2017

Heatherwick and Diller Scofidio in New York Pdf

Kosme Barañano

Two constructions are hot topics in New York City right now. Two constructions, one beside the other, within Hudson Yards, a real estate development embracing the...

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US embassy proves a catalyst for £15bn Nine Elms regeneration project
22/12/2017

US embassy proves a catalyst for £15bn Nine Elms regeneration project

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

Kieran Timberlake has completed work on the US Embassy in London. Standing in contrast to dark brick luxury flats, the glass citadel aims to be a benign fortress...

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'A glowing lantern with a bamboo cocoon' … new Maggie's centre
20/12/2017

'A glowing lantern with a bamboo cocoon' … new Maggie's centre

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

"There are way too many glass buildings now, I hate them,” says American architect Steven Holl. He is standing inside his new Maggie’s cancer care centre in the City of London...

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The future is in the countryside
21/11/2017

The future is in the countryside

The Economist

It is time to learn from the radical change happening beyond the world’s cities, suggests Rem Koolhaas, architect and co-founder of OMA...

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Is This Red, White, and Blue Elephant Worth Saving?
17/11/2017

Is This Red, White, and Blue Elephant Worth Saving?

City Lab

Illinois politicians agree that Chicago’s Thompson Center should be replaced. Architects and preservationists beg to differ, and a new documentary presents their case...

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Young Catalonia. Bling or Bare
10/11/2017

Young Catalonia. Bling or Bare

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Architecture is moving from bling to bareness. The economic devastation left by the crisis and the symbolic decay...

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Norman Foster.Common Futures
19/10/2017

Norman Foster.Common Futures

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Founded in 1985, AV reaches issue 200 a third of a century later. This anniversary coincides with the release of Arquitectura Viva 200...

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In Praise of Hands
13/10/2017

In Praise of Hands

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Fingers save us from the digital. Beyond the etymological paradox, the reality they perceive serves as material support before the unsettling evanescence of the virtual...

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Tiny robots will inspect and fix jet engines from the inside
02/10/2017

Tiny robots will inspect and fix jet engines from the inside

The Economist

If you are reading this while sitting in an aircraft and are of a nervous disposition, do not be alarmed, but the temperature inside the jet engines keeping you aloft...

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The Geometric Disease
29/09/2017

The Geometric Disease

Luis Fernández-Galiano

I have not met Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen, but can easily notice in them the symptoms of the disease I also suffer...

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The Suburb of the Future, Almost Here
20/09/2017

The Suburb of the Future, Almost Here

The New York Times

Millennials want a different kind of suburban development that is smart, efficient and sustainable...

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A Generation of Architects Making Its Mark at Dizzying Speed
12/09/2017

A Generation of Architects Making Its Mark at Dizzying Speed

The New York Times

In 2018, when they complete Rome’s Città del Sole (City of the Sun), Maria Claudia Clemente, 50, and Francesco Isidori, 47, partners of that city’s Labics studio...

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After exploring Saturn, Cassini faces a fiery end
11/09/2017

After exploring Saturn, Cassini faces a fiery end

The Economist

On September 11th, around 1.2bn kilometres from Earth, Cassini, a robotic spacecraft that has been orbiting Saturn for 13 years, will make a final flypast of Titan, Saturn’s biggest moon...

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What machines can tell from your face
08/09/2017

What machines can tell from your face

The Economist

The human face is a remarkable piece of work. The astonishing variety of facial features helps people recognise each other and is crucial to the formation of complex societies...

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New Books
AV Monografías 226 - SOU FUJIMOTO 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 227 - KAAN 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 99 - FOSTER+PARTNERS 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
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.
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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