Arquitectura Viva
Thursday, July 02, 2020
The perilous politics of parking
04/05/2017

The perilous politics of parking

The Economist

The average car moves just 5% of the time. To improve cities, focus on the other 95%. How different cities deal with parking difficulties...

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Ethical Aesthetics
28/04/2017

Ethical Aesthetics

Luis Fernández-Galiano

I met Shigeru Ban at the best place and the best time. The Alvar Aalto Symposium was held in August of 2000 in Jyväskylä under the motto ‘architecture in the year zero,’...

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Where is the world's most sprawling city?
27/04/2017

Where is the world's most sprawling city?

The Guardian

Driving to work, driving to dinner, driving to meet friends … this quintessentially American invention requires a limitless supply of land and resources...

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Minor Surgery
26/04/2017

Minor Surgery

Luis Fernández-Galiano

After many years of large interventions, Spain is now moving on to times of minor surgery. If not all ailments require open-heart surgery...

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5 Surprising Ways Buildings Can Improve Our Health
30/03/2017

5 Surprising Ways Buildings Can Improve Our Health

National Geographic

The latest trends in green design go far beyond energy and water efficiency to improve our daily lives. Joseph Allen investigated hundreds of “sick buildings”...

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Subatomic opportunities. Quantum leaps
13/03/2017

Subatomic opportunities. Quantum leaps

The Economist

The strangeness of the quantum realm opens up exciting new technological possibilities. A bathing cap that can watch individual neurons, allowing others to monitor...

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Built Bodies
10/03/2017

Built Bodies

Beatriz Colomina, Mark Wigley

The human is never simply human. It is never clear where human begins and ends. The body is inhabited and constituted by thousands of microbes – many of which have...

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The Rise of Populism. Spain Yearbook 2017
10/03/2017

The Rise of Populism. Spain Yearbook 2017

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Brexit and Trump have marked a year in which liberal democracies have lost ground to populism and authoritarianism. The wars and failed states of the Middle East...

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Soundscapes. Arquitectura Viva 193
08/03/2017

Soundscapes. Arquitectura Viva 193

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Buildings made for sound are also made for sight. My generation learned the rule that auditoria are constructions to be judged with one’s eyes closed, but in truth...

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Hard Lessons From Chicago’s Public Housing Reform
07/03/2017

Hard Lessons From Chicago’s Public Housing Reform

City Lab

Two decades ago, the city embarked on an ambitious—and controversial—plan to transform its troubled public housing system, uprooting thousands of low-income residents...

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Otherworldly Architecture in Japan’s Magical Mountainside
06/03/2017

Otherworldly Architecture in Japan’s Magical Mountainside

The New York Times

The mountain town of Karuizawa is about an hour’s train ride northwest of Tokyo, a journey that zooms past the small...

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Nature or Culture
17/02/2017

Nature or Culture

Felipe Fernández-Armesto

Environment always clings to culture, conditioning people’s responses, limiting their potential, stimulating their inventiveness...

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How much space in skyscrapers is unoccupiable?
14/02/2017

How much space in skyscrapers is unoccupiable?

The Guardian

From the Empire State to the 1km-tall Jeddah Tower, our roundup of skyscrapers in numbers examines the race to be crowned world’s tallest building...

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A new concert hall is worth the wait, and the cost
21/01/2017

A new concert hall is worth the wait, and the cost

The Economist

Seven years late and built at ten times its proposed cost, it is also a stunning achievement that will make the Hanseatic city a must-see cultural destination...

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Testing the methods of neuroscience on computer chips suggests they are wanting
20/01/2017

Testing the methods of neuroscience on computer chips suggests they are wanting

The Economist

Neuroscience, like many other sciences, has a bottomless appetite for data...

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Miami Beach, the world’s best parking spot
09/01/2017

Miami Beach, the world’s best parking spot

The Economist

Car parks are rarely well-designed. Even more rarely do they amount to “design”: something to enjoy on a purely aesthetic level. However, in Miami Beach, Florida...

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Torroja in Histories
05/01/2017

Torroja in Histories

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Eduardo Torroja has yet to receive all the recognition he deserves. Unanimously admired by engineers, author of works that form part of the history of architecture and of a mythical...

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Herzog & de Meuron (2013-2017). Fourth Movement
04/01/2017

Herzog & de Meuron (2013-2017). Fourth Movement

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The completion in 2016 of half a dozen prominent works is the drumroll that marks this fourth monographic issue.The projects completed in Hong Kong, New York, Milan, or Beirut...

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Le Corbusier and Ritter
02/01/2017

Le Corbusier and Ritter

François Chaslin

Twelve years after the publication of Le Corbusier’s correspondence with August Perret, and nine after that of his epistolary exchange with the painter Charles L’Eplattenier...

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The Prado Competition
30/12/2016

The Prado Competition

Luis Fernández-Galiano

In 1996 our sister magazine AV devoted an issue to the Prado Museum extension competition, to which almost 500 international teams concurred, and that was disappointingly settled...

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Smog refugees flee Chinese cities as 'airpocalypse' blights half a billion
27/12/2016

Smog refugees flee Chinese cities as 'airpocalypse' blights half a billion

The Guardian

Thousands head to pollution-free regions as haze descends on the country’s northern industrial heartland...

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Anthropocene
16/12/2016

Anthropocene

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Half a century ago, on 23 August 1966, the Lunar Orbiter 1 sent the space station of Robledo de Chavela, near Madrid, the first photograph of the Earth seen from the Moon...

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Aga Khan: Plural Identities
08/12/2016

Aga Khan: Plural Identities

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Architecture can build pluralism. In a world shattered by the tension between globalization and nationalism, the built environment can provide stages for this conflict...

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History Patterns
02/12/2016

History Patterns

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Perhaps like us, buildings live in time and perish in space. They are built over years or decades and often last centuries, suffering the ravages of weather, use or conflict...

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Trumpitecture: what we can expect from the billionaire cowboy builder
28/11/2016

Trumpitecture: what we can expect from the billionaire cowboy builder

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

As the self-styled builder president, Donald Trump began his electoral campaign with a grand architectural promise. “I will build a great wall,” he said, standing...

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Renzo Piano Gives Columbia University the Best Dull Building in Town
17/11/2016

Renzo Piano Gives Columbia University the Best Dull Building in Town

New York Magazine

In the early 1990s, when I was a graduate student at Columbia University, I dreaded my nightly trudge home from Prentis Hall, a gloomy old milk-bottling plant...

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A gilded fantasyland? How Trump might furnish the White House
15/11/2016

A gilded fantasyland? How Trump might furnish the White House

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

Washington DC beware – the extravagant Trumps will be the next first family to put their identity on the president’s residence...

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Anthropocene
09/11/2016

Anthropocene

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Half a century ago, on 23 August 1966, the Lunar Orbiter 1 sent the space station of Robledo de Chavela, near Madrid, the first photograph of the Earth seen...

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Change of Climate
19/10/2016

Change of Climate

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The change of climate we are engaged in is both material and mental. On the one hand, the impact of climate change on the planet is of such scale...

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What New York Can Learn From Barcelona’s ‘Superblocks’
17/10/2016

What New York Can Learn From Barcelona’s ‘Superblocks’

The New York Times / Winnie Hu

Imagine if streets were for strolling, intersections were for playing and cars were almost never allowed. While it sounds like a pedestrian’s daydream...

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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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