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Monday, July 15, 2019
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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Houses as Shelters
30/08/2013

Houses as Shelters

Luis Fernández-Galiano

In troubled times, a house offers shelter. If the world around is out of joint, the temptation to shut oneself in the amniotic penumbra of the private realm is understandable, because...

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The Cheesegrater and the Walkie-Talkie
26/08/2013

The Cheesegrater and the Walkie-Talkie

The Guardian

Older readers will remember Bruce Forsyth's Generation Game, in which a conveyor belt paraded consumer desirables – teasmade, cuddly toy, cassette player – before...

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Paulo Mendes da Rocha. Little Big Man
16/07/2013

Paulo Mendes da Rocha. Little Big Man

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Paulo Mendes da Rocha is a slight man who has built colossal works. Delicate and brutal, his architecture expresses with bold refinement the convictions...

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Ways of Seeing
03/07/2013

Ways of Seeing

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Photography is both document and fiction, faithful register of reality and deliberate narration of a story. The same can be said about the photography

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Architect Rem Koolhaas on London's skyline
01/07/2013

Architect Rem Koolhaas on London's skyline

The Guardian

Rem Koolhaas discusses the London skyline, the future of the creative development of cities and the politics of building design...

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Surreal Works
12/06/2013

Surreal Works

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The surreal dwells among us. Far from just being an artistic and literary movement of the past century, surrealism is a dark pulse that shakes the present...

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Local Material
09/05/2013

Local Material

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Matter is today very spiritual. In a world swamped with digital images, the return to the physical, tactile humility of primary materials becomes a pilgrimage...

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Sinking Nations
30/04/2013

Sinking Nations

Luis Fernández-Galiano

In Why Nations Fail, the MIT economist Daron Acemoglu and the Harvard political scientist James Robinson explore the origins of power, prosperity and poverty...

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Centenary Masters
17/04/2013

Centenary Masters Pdf

Luis Fernández-Galiano

We begin to celebrate the centenaries of those who were our masters, and the many anniversaries in 2013 prompts a pixelated portrait of architecture after the...

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On the Preservation of Melnikov's Works and Heritage
21/03/2013

On the Preservation of Melnikov's Works and Heritage Pdf

A letter signed by architects and architectural historians expresses the concern about the current bad state of the house of the Russian avant-garde architect, Konstantin Melnikov, located on Krivoarbat street in Moscow

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France in Front
27/02/2013

France in Front

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Once for Spaniards the Pyrenees frontier where Europe began, France is today the frontier between north and south of the European Union...

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Now Onstage in Spain: Austerity
16/02/2013

Now Onstage in Spain: Austerity

The New York Times

There is no sign marking the door to La Poderosa, a dance and performance space on a scruffy street in the Raval neighborhood here. The door itself is low and set a few...

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New Books
AV Monografías 215 - BAUMSCHLAGER EBERLE 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 215 - MVRDV 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 92 - ECOSISTEMA URBANO 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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