Arquitectura Viva
Thursday, August 06, 2020
Covid-19: Understanding SARS-CoV-2 and the drugs that might lessen its power
13/03/2020

Covid-19: Understanding SARS-CoV-2 and the drugs that might lessen its power

The Economist

Scientists are dashing to set up protocols for further clinical trials in countries expecting a rush of new cases...

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The miracle new sustainable product that's revolutionising architecture – stone!
09/03/2020

The miracle new sustainable product that's revolutionising architecture – stone!

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

It’s cheap, light, quick, fireproof and has a tiny carbon footprint compared to concrete...

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Viral Democracy
06/03/2020

Viral Democracy Pdf

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The virus threat cancels frontiers. The vulnerability of our hyperconnected planet becomes exposed with computer and biological viruses alike...

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The case for ... never demolishing another building
01/03/2020

The case for ... never demolishing another building

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

The construction industry is wasteful and creates huge CO2 emissions. But what if new buildings had to be adapted and resused or built only with materials already available?...

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Half house, half tent: the startling Spanish villa that breaks all the rules
20/02/2020

Half house, half tent: the startling Spanish villa that breaks all the rules

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

UK-based architects Space Popular have a reputation for clashing colours and computer game imagery. Now the rising duo have built their first house – and it’s been confusing the locals...

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Trump’s Classicism
14/02/2020

Trump’s Classicism

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Donald Trump proposes architectural classicism as the default style of federal buildings. A draft executive order obtained by the magazine Architectural Record sets a list of rules...

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Rem Koolhaas goes rural
13/02/2020

Rem Koolhaas goes rural

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

The seer of sizzling city architecture now says the countryside is where the future is being built. Ahead of a major Guggenheim New York show, he explains his epiphany... (video)

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Pragmatic Poetry
11/02/2020

Pragmatic Poetry

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The critical intelligence of Diller Scofidio + Renfro is expressed through a lyrical language. Though in the first installations and videos of Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio...

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Architects React to Trump’s New ‘Architect’ of the Capitol
07/02/2020

Architects React to Trump’s New ‘Architect’ of the Capitol

Architectural Record

In mid-December, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Trump’s appointment of J. Brett Blanton as the next Architect of the Capitol (AOC)...

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Looking Back
31/01/2020

Looking Back

Luis Fernández-Galiano

This month of January AV/Arquitectura Viva turns 35, and I myself 70, so I can say without hyperbole that I have devoted half a life...

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Architects’ Favourite Hotels
28/01/2020

Architects’ Favourite Hotels

The Guardian / Sarah Miller

From a rocket tower and a pasha’s palace to a beachside bungalow and a geometric masterpiece. Recommended by Dan Wood, Arcosanti in Mayer (Arizona)...

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'The last piece of the skyline': the battle to save Canada's ‘prairie castles’
26/01/2020

'The last piece of the skyline': the battle to save Canada's ‘prairie castles’

The Guardian / Leyland Cecco

The prairie town of Andrew is no stranger to loss, but when its last grain elevator was slated for demolition, the community fought to win a stay of execution...

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Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2019
25/01/2020

Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2019

Together with the World Economic Forum, Scientific American convened an international Steering Group of leading technology experts and engaged in an intense process to identify this year's World-changing technologies that are poised to rattle the status quo...

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What is the future of the rich world’s housing markets?
24/01/2020

What is the future of the rich world’s housing markets?

The Economist

Cheaper housing would make politics less volatile. Governments should explain why a shortage of housing is bad news for everybody, rather than celebrating when house prices go up...

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The case for ... cities that aren't dystopian surveillance states
23/01/2020

The case for ... cities that aren't dystopian surveillance states

The Guardian / Cory Doctorow

Imagine your smartphone knew everything about the city – but the city didn’t know anything about you. Wouldn’t that be truly ‘smart’?...

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Home ownership is the West’s biggest economic-policy mistake
23/01/2020

Home ownership is the West’s biggest economic-policy mistake

The Economist

Far from shoring up capitalism, housing policies have made the system unsafe, inefficient and unfair. Time to tear down this rotten edifice and build a new housing market that works...

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The case for ... making low-tech 'dumb' cities instead of 'smart' ones
19/01/2020

The case for ... making low-tech 'dumb' cities instead of 'smart' ones

The Guardian / Amy Fleming

High-tech smart cities promise efficiency by monitoring everything from bins to bridges. But what if we ditched the data and embraced ancient technology instead?...

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Art into Nature, Nature into Art
18/01/2020

Art into Nature, Nature into Art

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

Fitting his architecture to its landscape, César Manrique turned Lanzarote into a living artwork of sun, sea and surprise...

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The Coolest Architecture on Earth Is in Antarctica
18/01/2020

The Coolest Architecture on Earth Is in Antarctica

The New York Times / John Gendall

Who said a polar research base had to be ugly? Gradually, designers are rethinking how to build for the world’s harshest environment...

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Hudson Yards Promised a Park. They Didn’t Mention the Giant Wall.
17/01/2020

Hudson Yards Promised a Park. They Didn’t Mention the Giant Wall.

The New York Times / Michael Kimmelman

For phase two, the developer imagines a 700-foot-long structure overshadowing the High Line. “The last thing New Yorkers need is a wall,” a state senator said...

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Brighton College’s Sports and Science Centre, by OMA / Ellen van Loon
16/01/2020

Brighton College’s Sports and Science Centre, by OMA / Ellen van Loon

The Guardian / Rowan Moore

In a departure from the gothic image of English private schools, Brighton College’s new building, designed by OMA, is an expression of global ambition (Photo gallery)...

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Might there soon be a supernova near Earth?
14/01/2020

Might there soon be a supernova near Earth?

The Economist

A giant star called Betelgeuse is behaving strangely. It is a red supergiant star in Orion, a prominent constellation that spans the celestial equator. It is easily visible to the naked eye...

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Gardens, waterfalls, parks… what is happening to our airports?
12/01/2020

Gardens, waterfalls, parks… what is happening to our airports?

The Guardian / Rowan Moore

From Beijing to Istanbul, exotic new airports are symbols of prestige for strongman leaders. But the environmental cost is massive...

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Other Wars
31/12/2019

Other Wars Pdf

Luis Fernández-Galiano

No commercial war is bloodless. The current clash between the United States and China, which reaches the technological and space field...

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Vector Architects: Ex Oriente Lux
24/12/2019

Vector Architects: Ex Oriente Lux

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Gong Dong builds with light and with matter. The Beijing architect was dazzled by light on the other side of the Pacific, through his postgraduate training in Illinois...

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The Next Nuclear Plants Will Be Small, Svelte, and Safer
19/12/2019

The Next Nuclear Plants Will Be Small, Svelte, and Safer

Wired

A new generation of reactors will start producing power in the next few years. They're comparatively tiny—and may be key to hitting our climate goals...

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DNA could be used to embed useful information into everyday objects
16/12/2019

DNA could be used to embed useful information into everyday objects

The Economist

A team led by Yaniv Erlich described a test run. The result was an object that contained, encoded throughout its structure, the blueprints necessary to produce more copies of itself...

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Word of the Year: They
14/12/2019

Word of the Year: They

Merriam Webster

Our Word of the Year for 2019 is they. It reflects a surprising fact: even a basic term—a personal pronoun—can rise to the top of our data...

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A Planet of Water
13/12/2019

A Planet of Water Pdf

Luis Fernández-Galiano

We call it Earth, but we could have named it Water. More than two thirds of our planet is covered by oceans, which interact with the earth’s biosphere and the atmosphere...

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Denmark wants to break up ethnic enclaves. What is wrong with them?
13/12/2019

Denmark wants to break up ethnic enclaves. What is wrong with them?

The Economist

In Mjølnerparken (Copenhagen) the plan is to renovate and sell enough apartments to bring the share of subsidised units to below 40%...

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New Books
AV Monografías 226 - SOU FUJIMOTO 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 226 - ROLDÁN+BERENGUÉ 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 99 - FOSTER+PARTNERS 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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