Arquitectura Viva
Saturday, October 20, 2018
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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Great Centennial Dane
09/04/2018

Great Centennial Dane

Today, 9 April 2018, being the centenary of the birth of Jørn Utzon, we reproduce the introduction of the monograph we have devoted to the Danish master, which will be released for sale this week. 

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City’s plan to demolish 270 Park Avenue sparks criticism
06/04/2018

City’s plan to demolish 270 Park Avenue sparks criticism

Curbed

The De Blasio administration has hashed out a deal with JPMorgan Chase to demolish its existing SOM-designed headquarters at 270 Park Avenue...

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Five Extreme Ideas to Solve Hong Kong’s Housing Crisis
06/04/2018

Five Extreme Ideas to Solve Hong Kong’s Housing Crisis

The New York Times / Austin Ramzy

For eight years in a row, an international survey of nearly 300 cities has named Hong Kong the world’s least affordable housing market...

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Technological Titans
03/04/2018

Technological Titans

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The selfish giant of Oscar Wilde closed his garden to the children, and with them the spring went away. The technological titans of our days control ever more exclusive domains...

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Adolf Loos, on Print and on Trial
28/03/2018

Adolf Loos, on Print and on Trial

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The Loos enigma begins to unravel. A new generation of historians is throwing light on the darkest corners of an architect who half a century ago was famously described...

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Ramón y Cajal deserves a place next to Michelangelo and Leonardo
20/03/2018

Ramón y Cajal deserves a place next to Michelangelo and Leonardo

Vulture

Santiago Ramón y Cajal is one of a kind in more ways than one. He is the only Nobel Prize winner in history — in physiology and medicine, 1906 — to also be a truly great artist...

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Forty years of hi-tech: from the Sainsbury Centre to Apple Park
20/03/2018

Forty years of hi-tech: from the Sainsbury Centre to Apple Park

The Guardian / Rowan Moore

In 1978, Norman Foster’s Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia was a vision of the future. The exhibition ‘Superstructures: the New Architecture 1960-1990’...

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Self-driving cars offer huge benefits—but have a dark side
04/03/2018

Self-driving cars offer huge benefits—but have a dark side

The Economist

Policymakers must apply the lessons of the horseless carriage to the driverless car. These questions are being asked today about autonomous vehicles (AVs)...

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How autonomous vehicles will reshape cities
03/03/2018

How autonomous vehicles will reshape cities

The Economist

Using AVs for the “last mile” to move people to and from railway stations could make public transport more viable in less densely populated areas...

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How infrastructure built on American inequality
03/03/2018

How infrastructure built on American inequality

The Guardian

From highways carved through thriving ‘ghettoes’ to walls segregating black and white areas, US city development has a long...

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Forensic Architecture: detail behind the devilry
26/02/2018

Forensic Architecture: detail behind the devilry

The Guardian / Rowan Moore

An organisation that uses architectural evidence in cases of war crimes or other human rights abuses is making itself enemies in high places...

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Life is Periphery
23/02/2018

Life is Periphery

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Architecture is center, life is periphery. We associate the European city with the medieval quarters and the extensions of the 19th century...

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How does Chinese tech stack up against American tech?
21/02/2018

How does Chinese tech stack up against American tech?

The Economist

Silicon Valley may not hold onto its global superiority for much longer. Americans, and friends of America, often reassure themselves about its relative decline in the following way...

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The return of Dubai's ultimate folly
20/02/2018

The return of Dubai's ultimate folly

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

Underwater bedrooms, ‘Lohan Island’ and snow all year round – a decade after it was scuppered by the financial crash, the fantasy archipelago of 300 artificial ‘countries’...

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Humans may not always grasp why AIs act. Don’t panic
20/02/2018

Humans may not always grasp why AIs act. Don’t panic

The Economist

Humans are inscrutable too. Existing rules and regulations can apply to artificial intelligence. There is an old joke among pilots that says the ideal flight crew is a computer...

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How the growth of cities changes farming
19/02/2018

How the growth of cities changes farming

The Economist

Soaring demand for protein is driving small and medium-sized farms to professionalise. Looking out from Mathabari, a village in northern Bangladesh...

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Documents reveal flaws in Santiago Calatrava’s bridge
15/02/2018

Documents reveal flaws in Santiago Calatrava’s bridge

Dallas Observer

The recently released documents show that Calatrava consistently urged Dallas to get the proper testing done for Margaret McDermott Bridge and even offered to lend the city money...

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New Books
AV Monografías 207 - BATLLE i ROIG 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 207 - MORE CITY 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 88 - VÁZQUEZ CONSUEGRA 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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