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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
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 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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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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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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Making tunnels the way you make spaceships
14/02/2018

Making tunnels the way you make spaceships

The Economist

Elon Musk can seem flakily up himself. His newish tunnelling business appears to be a case in point. The project has a cute name (the Boring Company)...

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The Falcon Heavy’s creator is trying to change more worlds than one
13/02/2018

The Falcon Heavy’s creator is trying to change more worlds than one

The Economist

Eight minutes after they had lifted the first SpaceX Falcon Heavy off its pad at Cape Canaveral on February 6th, two of its three boosters returned...

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Why wood is back at the top of the tree for architects
11/02/2018

Why wood is back at the top of the tree for architects

The Guardian / Rowan Moore

Strong, clean and versatile, engineered timber is the ‘new concrete’. With wooden skyscrapers in the offing, could it be the answer to the global housing crisis?...

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What happens when algorithms design a concert hall?
08/02/2018

What happens when algorithms design a concert hall?

Wired

The most interesting thing about Herzog & de Meuron’s newly opened concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie, isn’t its wave-like facade, which rises above the city of Hamburg... 

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Why have mildly erotic nymphs been removed from a Manchester gallery?
06/02/2018

Why have mildly erotic nymphs been removed from a Manchester gallery?

The Guardian / Jonathan Jones

But if it has to be removed from a gallery, will the nudes of Titian and Picasso be next?  Should museums censor works of art on political grounds?...

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Is this the office of the future?
31/01/2018

Is this the office of the future?

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

Second Home and Selgascano are reinventing office life. Is yours next? Step inside its world of vintage chairs, froth insulation and zig-zagging walkways...

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Getting to grips with military robotics
31/01/2018

Getting to grips with military robotics

The Economist

Peter Singer, an expert on future warfare at the New America think-tank, is in no doubt. “What we have is a series of technologies that change the game. They’re not science fiction...

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Preparing for more urban warfare
30/01/2018

Preparing for more urban warfare

The Economist

Much of the fighting in future wars is likely to take place in cities. Deep in the southern Negev desert there is a small town called Baladia, with a main square...

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Autonomous weapons are a game-changer
29/01/2018

Autonomous weapons are a game-changer

The Economist

AI-empowered robots pose entirely new dangers, possibly of an existential kind. Many of the trends in warfare that this special report has identified, although worrying...

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David Adjaye's black history museum wins design of the year
29/01/2018

David Adjaye's black history museum wins design of the year

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

The National Museum of African American History and Culture wins the Beazley Designs of the Year 2017, run by London's Design Museum and sponsored by Beazley...

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A blueprint for British housing in 2028
25/01/2018

A blueprint for British housing in 2028

The Guardian / Rowan Moore

Imagine this: in two years, riots force the government to transform planning, design and building – and make Britain a world leader in housing...

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Tiny, wealthy Qatar goes its own way, and pays for it
23/01/2018

Tiny, wealthy Qatar goes its own way, and pays for it

The New York Times

Among Persian Gulf states, Qatar was the picked-on little sibling. Gas riches and an independent-minded ruling family changed that. Now it’s in the fight of its life...

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The techlash against Amazon, Facebook and Google
22/01/2018

The techlash against Amazon, Facebook and Google

The Economist

Dear Jeff, Mark and Sundar, if I may...  I imagine your concern about the simmering tech backlash has grown since we ran into each other in the desert in September...

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Arquitectura Viva 216 - E2A Arquitectura Viva
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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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