Arquitectura Viva
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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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Iberian Houses
24/10/2014

Iberian Houses

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Modernity turned each house into a manifesto, and  the history of architecture in the 20th century can be  summed up with domestic constructions that became...

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At the Service of Life
03/10/2014

At the Service of Life

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Architectural modernity was born at the service of  life, but ended up becoming only a visual language.  Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal...

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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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New Books
AV Monografías 217 - UNDURRAGA DEVÉS 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 217 - SNØHETTA 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 93 - SERGISON BATES 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.
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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