Arquitectura Viva
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Digitalization Takes Command
17/08/2016

Digitalization Takes Command

Fernando Valderrama

It is taken for granted that China’s competitive edge is partly due to its lack of concern for safety at work and for the environment. But building in Shanghai...

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The Paper Tide
16/08/2016

The Paper Tide

Ricardo Aroca

Late in the 1960s we submitted a design for stamping at the Murcia Institute of Architects, which was beginning to worry about the liabilities that could befall...

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Branding in the 21st Century
11/08/2016

Branding in the 21st Century

Teófilo Marcos

It has been more than fifteen years since Naomi Klein, with her nologo, began a crusade against big brands. The cultural model of brands, their...

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The Sleek
09/08/2016

The Sleek

Byung-Chul Han

The slick, spotless, smooth, and spick-and-span is the hallmark of our times. It’s what Jeff Koons’s sculptures, iPhones, and Brazilian...

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Herzog & de Meuron, New Headquarters for BBVA in Madrid
29/07/2016

Herzog & de Meuron, New Headquarters for BBVA in Madrid

Rafael Moneo

Money and brick come hand in hand, and the fruit of this alliance tends to translate into pure urbanization; an inert fabric of constructions spreads over the territory, irrigated...

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Continuity and Invention
29/07/2016

Continuity and Invention

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Modernity understood rupture as an indisputable value, but a century of traumatic experiences has made us cherish continuity. Instead of the tabula rasa of enlightened...

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Mr. Trump’s Wall
28/07/2016

Mr. Trump’s Wall

Victor Hugo wrote that history is written in the sewers, but what actually makes history are borders, those hot lines which are sometimes armored but which other times are so flimsy as to be practically invisible, even with the footprint of many...

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Herzog & de Meuron, Extension of Musée Unterlinden in Colmar
22/07/2016

Herzog & de Meuron, Extension of Musée Unterlinden in Colmar

Philip Ursprung

What is known as the Isenheim Altarpiece, painted by Matthias Grünewald in the early 16th century, is arguably one of the most prominent works of art of...

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13th BEAU: architectureof ingenuity
20/07/2016

13th BEAU: architectureof ingenuity

“The Spanish architect is an architect of ingenuity.” These words of Begoña Díaz-Urgorri, director of the Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (BEAU) alongside Juan Domingo Santos and Carmen Moreno, capture the spirit with which the...

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Pokémon Go, an anthropology lesson
19/07/2016

Pokémon Go, an anthropology lesson

Cuando despertó, el pokémon todavía estaba allí. Las 721 especies que, según dicen los naturalistas de lo digital, conforman la familia de los Pocket Monsters, han encontrado un nuevo ecosistema que colonizar: el de la ‘realidad aumentada’...

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Le Corbusier, World Heritage
18/07/2016

Le Corbusier, World Heritage

The Unesco Commitee that gathered in Istanbul on 10 July only to cut short its stay because of the 16 July coup d’etat attempt has added five new enclaves to its Heritage of Humanity list, among them 17 buildings by Le Corbusier and the battery of pavilions...

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Glass wedding cake or London's best stairs?
15/07/2016

Glass wedding cake or London's best stairs?

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

This year’s RIBA Stirling prize shortlist includes a library, university buildings, a gallery, a controversial estate and a concrete stealth home in a hill...

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Paredes Pedrosa. The Veiled Fortress
06/07/2016

Paredes Pedrosa. The Veiled Fortress

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The mythical Pillars of Hercules marked the limit of the known world – non terrae plus ultra – and their hypothetical identification with the Rock of Gibraltar and Mount Hacho...

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The Knowing Hand
30/06/2016

The Knowing Hand

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Álvaro Siza thinks with the pen and the eye. His hand is not a hand that feels; it is a hand that knows. When the line becomes tangled, it is not that the hand...

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Thermodynamic Lessons
24/06/2016

Thermodynamic Lessons

Kiel Moe

What is the significance of energy for architecture? What might an architectural agenda for energy be? Unfortunately, these are difficult...

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The gentrification of a Rio favela
22/06/2016

The gentrification of a Rio favela

The Guardian / Jo Griffin

Residents of Babilônia complain they are being callously pushed out as the favela undergoes a rapid ‘upgrade’ ahead of this summer’s Olympics...

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For Children
21/06/2016

For Children

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The architectures of childhood bring us back to the childhood of architecture. If building for children, spaces are shaped with an essential vocabulary of materials, forms and colors...

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The Veil in the Pyramid. Extension of Tate Modern, London
16/06/2016

The Veil in the Pyramid. Extension of Tate Modern, London

Deyan Sudjic

Tate Modern – the museum was very keen to drop ‘the’ from its official name - is the embodiment of the wave of change, geographical as well as cultural, that London...

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Open Air
09/06/2016

Open Air

Luis Fernández-Galiano

There are closed-door and open-air architectures. But there should be no opposition between ‘huis clos’ and ‘plein air’ construction: building and landscape merge...

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Building Sights: Boeing 747
31/05/2016

Building Sights: Boeing 747

Reading Design / Norman Foster

What is the essence of a building? Well, it must protect you from the elements, keep you warm when it’s cold, cool when it’s hot, and it should tell you something about its age...

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A Voyage in a Parachute. Elemental, Alejandro Aravena
27/05/2016

A Voyage in a Parachute. Elemental, Alejandro Aravena

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Like Vicente Huidobro’s Altazor, Alejandro Aravena was born at 33. After his training in Santiago and Venice, at the turn of the century  he went to Harvard to teach...

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Material Abstraction
17/05/2016

Material Abstraction

Luis Fernández-Galiano

In What Style Should We Build? This is the title of the controversial book published in 1828 by the young architect Heinrich Hübsch, arguing...

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The future of cities. Ersatz urbanism
29/04/2016

The future of cities. Ersatz urbanism

The Economist

American suburbs don’t come much more ordinary than Sunrise. In street after street, modest single-storey houses sit behind grass yards dotted with bougainvillea...

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Cities for Everyone
12/04/2016

Cities for Everyone

The New York Times / Paul Krugman

Remember when Ted Cruz tried to take Donald Trump down by accusing him of having “New York values”? It didn’t work, of course, mainly because it addressed...

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A custard-coloured flop: the €1bn revamp of Les Halles in Paris
07/04/2016

A custard-coloured flop: the €1bn revamp of Les Halles in Paris

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

Once ‘the hole of Les Halles’, the Parisian shopping mall has been waiting for a facelift for decades but Patrick Berger’s 7,000 tonne umbrella of steel and glass feels insipid...

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Spain Yearbook. Change of Climate
07/04/2016

Spain Yearbook. Change of Climate

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The hottest year in history has also marked a turning point in the political and social climate of the planet. On the one hand, confronted with the colossal...

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Industrial Heritage
18/03/2016

Industrial Heritage

Luis Fernández-Galiano

In the midst of the Third Industrial Revolution, we must not forget the First and the Second. Between the 18th and 19th centuries, Europe was the stage of a huge technical...

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Spain's concrete castle: a case of accidental genius?
14/03/2016

Spain's concrete castle: a case of accidental genius?

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

The Frankenstein-like new face of Matrera fortress has upset heritage watchdogs, but restores the clout its Moorish creators originally intended...

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Work Landscapes
10/03/2016

Work Landscapes

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Photography is an emotions factory. And when it comes to paying tribute to human work, few art mediums are as effective in portraying its greatness, poetry, and dignity...

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Serpentine pavilion 'unzipped': first look at Bjarke Ingels' design
02/03/2016

Serpentine pavilion 'unzipped': first look at Bjarke Ingels' design

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

The Danish architect offers a sculptural space ‘like a mountain of ice cubes’ stretching across the London gallery’s lawn...

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AV Monografías 206 - LAN 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 205 - AMERICA IMPORTS 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 87 - E2A 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
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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