Arquitectura Viva
Thursday, December 13, 2018
China is trying to turn itself into a country of 19 super-regions
30/06/2018

China is trying to turn itself into a country of 19 super-regions

The Economist

A tale of 19 mega-cities. The planned city clusters are far larger than any others around the world...

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When drama and beauty turn the World Cup into art
28/06/2018

When drama and beauty turn the World Cup into art

The Economist

Pelé was nine years old when he first saw his father cry. It was 1950, the year of the Maracanazo—Brazil’s devastating loss to Uruguay, at the Maracanã stadium in Rio...

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Roman Holidays
27/06/2018

Roman Holidays

The New York Review of Books

Baroque Antiquity: Archaeological Imagination in Early Modern Europe by Victor Plahte Tschudi. For several decades in the early seventeenth century, German-speaking visitors...

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Architectural Association awaits its ‘Spanish tornado’
26/06/2018

Architectural Association awaits its ‘Spanish tornado’

The Guardian / Rowan Moore

The association’s first permanent female leader, Eva Franch i Gilabert, takes up her post on 1 July. Is it ready for this ‘force of nature’ with radical ideas?...

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How two-wheelers are weaving their way into urban transport
26/06/2018

How two-wheelers are weaving their way into urban transport

The Economist

Electric bikes and e-scooters are flummoxing regulators while exciting consumers and venture capitalists...

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Sou Fujimoto: the architect revolutionising libraries ... and loos
25/06/2018

Sou Fujimoto: the architect revolutionising libraries ... and loos

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

From a washing-up scourer to a pile of crisps, the Japanese architect draws on the most unlikely everyday objects – while testing the idea of privacy with a glass-walled public toilet...

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How to stop the decline of public transport in rich countries
25/06/2018

How to stop the decline of public transport in rich countries

The Economist

Co-opt the competition from Uber and other app-base firms. Passenger numbers are flat or falling in almost every American metropolis, and in some Canadian and European...

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Moving Targets
24/06/2018

Moving Targets

The New York Review of Books

William Eggleston has imagined that he shoots photographs from the vantage point of an insect, a baby, or a rifle—anything to avoid...

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Making buildings, cars and planes from materials based on plant fibres
23/06/2018

Making buildings, cars and planes from materials based on plant fibres

The Economist

Materials scientists find new ways to use natural fibres. Using carrots to create concrete, turning wood into plastic, or even compressing it into a “super wood” that is as light...

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Bloody games
22/06/2018

Bloody games

TLS / Arkady Ostrovsky

To grasp the place of sport in Russian history, visitors to the World Cup need look no further than the arched walls of Moscow’s opulent Dinamo metro station – constructed in 1938...

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Public transport is in decline in many wealthy cities
22/06/2018

Public transport is in decline in many wealthy cities

The Economist

Blame remote working, Uber, cheap car loans and the internet. Juana, who came to America from Guatemala, used to take the bus to and from cleaning jobs...

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Beyond Stonehenge: the cities built to celebrate the sun
21/06/2018

Beyond Stonehenge: the cities built to celebrate the sun

The Guardian

During Thursday’s solstice, stone circles and ancient monuments will be the focus of attention. Should we be looking to Milton Keynes or New York instead?...

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Bulldoze or rebuild?
20/06/2018

Bulldoze or rebuild?

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

Architects at odds over future of Glasgow School of Art. Ideas about what to do with the charred remains of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s range...

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Madrid on the Move
20/06/2018

Madrid on the Move

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Madrid’s recovery is a bittersweet one. Ten years after the real estate bubble burst, the city is experiencing a vibrant growth, but the return of the cranes has not brought...

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Worried About Big Tech?
15/06/2018

Worried About Big Tech?

The New York Times

The technology world’s most bruising battle for supremacy is taking place in China. And it could point to Big Tech’s...

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Serpentine Pavilion 2018: cement tiles, shade and a paddling pool
13/06/2018

Serpentine Pavilion 2018: cement tiles, shade and a paddling pool

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

Only the second solo woman and the youngest architect to win the annual commission, Mexico’s Frida Escobedo has made a rough, tough backdrop for summer frolics...

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Form follows Form follows Form
06/06/2018

Form follows Form follows Form

Luis Fernández-Galiano

In the work of LAN, form follows form. As in the line of Gertrude Stein – ‘Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose’ –, reiteration is a source of identity and emotion...

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Worm food, another way to recycle plastic
01/06/2018

Worm food, another way to recycle plastic

The Economist

Mealworms are the new champions in the plastic-eating stakes. Plastic production has tripled over the past 25 years, and the mess it causes... 

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Gulf of Shadows
29/05/2018

Gulf of Shadows

Luis Fernández-Galiano

We say Gulf to avoid calling it Persian or Arabian. When that placid world of pearl hunters, camel breeders and date growers became an oil lake, the old enmity between...

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Does Christopher Hawthorne have what it takes to plan for L.A.’s future?
28/05/2018

Does Christopher Hawthorne have what it takes to plan for L.A.’s future?

The Architects Newspaper / Antonio Pacheco

Does it make a sense to put an architecture critic in charge of urban design? The question came to mind this March when the Los Angeles Times architecture critic...

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What do architecture critics think of the state of architecture criticism today?
28/05/2018

What do architecture critics think of the state of architecture criticism today?

The Architects Newspaper

As Christopher Hawthorne moves on from the Los Angeles Times and as new forms of...

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Masters of International Architecture
21/05/2018

Masters of International Architecture

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The Arquia/maestros documentary collection – which since 2014 has been building testimony of the life and work of some of the great architects of our times through interviews...

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Why Patrik Schumacher is wrong about housing
15/05/2018

Why Patrik Schumacher is wrong about housing

The Architects’ Journal / Paul Finch

We tried ditching standards and counting on private housebuilders before, and it became a race to the bottom...

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My positive vision for a green, clean London which can lead the world
07/05/2018

My positive vision for a green, clean London which can lead the world

Evening Standard / Norman Foster

It’s very easy to be fearful about the future of London. Crime, the lack of affordable homes and an over-stretched transport infrastructure generate a flow of troubling headlines...

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Forget 68, remember 73
04/05/2018

Forget 68, remember 73

Luis Fernández-Galiano

To celebrate the half-century that has passed since the French May, we reproduce a text that defends the architectures of necessity, triggered by the ecological crisis, against the architectures desired by the youth of May ’68. It combines an article published in Arquitectura Viva ten years ago with an essay printed in El País on 9 November 1996.

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Koolhaas on the Countryside
01/05/2018

Koolhaas on the Countryside

Rem Koolhaas

The modern world is preoccupied with cities. More than half of mankind is now urban, which has been the pretext for an almost exclusive focus on the city. They are seen as the...

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Housing policy and the big shrink
27/04/2018

Housing policy and the big shrink

The Guardian

The so-called regeneration exercises by London boroughs are not only causing social cleansing, they are shrinking homes, writes Kate Macintosh. Plus Paul Nicolson says...

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Rotterdam in the spotlight
17/04/2018

Rotterdam in the spotlight

The Guardian / Phil Hoad

The Netherlands’ gritty second city once struggled to maintain even that ranking in Dutch hearts, as revealed by the well-worn motto...

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Spain Yearbook 2018. Territories of Risk
09/04/2018

Spain Yearbook 2018. Territories of Risk

Luis Fernández-Galiano

In a liquid world, security dissolves. The sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, who died this year, theorized on the dystopian modernity that the planet now shows...

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Monet & Architecture
09/04/2018

Monet & Architecture

The Guardian / Jonathan Jones

He is known as a joyful painter of lilies and picnics. But this thrilling show at The National Gallery, London, recasts Monet as an artist aghast as the world hurtled towards calamity...

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New Books
AV Monografías 208 - SOUTO DE MOURA 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 209 - GROUNDSCAPES 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 89 - HERZOG & DE MEURON 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
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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