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Sunday, June 24, 2018
Google's Project Loon internet balloons to circle Earth
02/11/2015

Google's Project Loon internet balloons to circle Earth

BBC

Google believes it is on course to have enough internet-beaming balloons in the stratosphere to form a ring over part of the world next year...

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Sustainable House using large 3D printing
30/10/2015

Sustainable House using large 3D printing

Tridaxis

I first met Sofoklis Giannakopoulos at 3D Printshow London, around this time last year, and it seems like an eternity has passed. There, he showed me the early stages...

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‘Soft Skin’ Membrane
30/10/2015

‘Soft Skin’ Membrane

Lubna Alayeli, Nina Jotanovic, Ceren Temel, and Farah Alayeli are a team of students at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) that has developed the ‘Soft Skin’ project. Inquiring into the architectural possibilities of structures filled with air...

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Foggy, the first Frank Gehry designed sailing yacht
16/10/2015

Foggy, the first Frank Gehry designed sailing yacht

Boat International

Combining cold-moulded construction, carbon fibre technology, lots of titanium details and hundreds of individual pieces of glass inserts, Foggy is anything but boring...

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Watershed Materials Develops Geopolymer Technology
14/10/2015

Watershed Materials Develops Geopolymer Technology

PRWeb

Up to Twice as strong as traditional concrete, Watershed materials’ sustainable geopolymer masonry uses no cement and no fly ash...

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‘Cosentino City’ in New York
23/09/2015

‘Cosentino City’ in New York

A new showroom recently opened in Manhattan for Cosentino Group, the Spanish multinational manufacturer of innovative surfaces for architecture and design. The 375-square-meter ‘Cosentino City’ is located on the third floor of the Architectus...

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Inspired by art, lightweight solar cells track the sun
22/09/2015

Inspired by art, lightweight solar cells track the sun

University of Michigan

Solar cells capture up to 40 percent more energy when they can track the sun across the sky, but conventional, motorized trackers are too heavy and bulky for pitched...

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The oil-rich city betting on drones
18/09/2015

The oil-rich city betting on drones

BBC

In a city of skyscrapers built on oil and gold, inventors have been competing for a million-dollar prize to build the next generation of drones...

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Step inside Crew Dragon
18/09/2015

Step inside Crew Dragon

Spacex

Crew Dragon, SpaceX’s next-generation spacecraft designed to carry humans to the International Space Station and other destinations...

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6 Ways That Magnets Are About to Change Our Lives
17/09/2015

6 Ways That Magnets Are About to Change Our Lives

Gizmodo

Magnets are crucial to many more emerging technologies than you might expect. The tried-and-true magnet is about to change everything...

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A Dream Come True: Huge Lego Bricks for Building Real Stuff
16/09/2015

A Dream Come True: Huge Lego Bricks for Building Real Stuff

Wired

If you’ve ever played with Lego as an adult, you’ve inevitably looked at the tiny bits of plastic in your hand and thought, Damn, these things are small...

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ERCO at the new Fondazione Prada in Milan
09/09/2015

ERCO at the new Fondazione Prada in Milan

A work of the firm of Rem Koolhaas, the Milanese center of the Fondazione Prada rises on the site of an early 20th -century distillery, maintaining its original industrial character and adding three buildings. The exhibition and outdoor...

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3D printing: Wonderful widgets
07/09/2015

3D printing: Wonderful widgets

The Economist

Components become more elegant with software that produces the most efficient shape. That transformation is graphically illustrated by...

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3D print glass objects
31/08/2015

3D print glass objects

Washington Post

Researchers at MIT have just unveiled the ability to 3-D-print beautiful glass objects. While humanity has been forming, blowing and molding glass objects for more than 4,500 years...

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Google’s Project Sunroof
31/08/2015

Google’s Project Sunroof

Google

Project Sunroof puts Google's expansive data in mapping and computing resources to use, helping calculate the best solar plan for you...

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Rotterdam to consider trialling plastic roads
28/08/2015

Rotterdam to consider trialling plastic roads

The Guardian

Dutch city could be first to pave its streets with recycled plastic bottles, a surface claimed to be greener, quicker to lay and more reliable than asphalt...

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Zaha Hadid’s Liquid Glacial collection
18/08/2015

Zaha Hadid’s Liquid Glacial collection

The architect Zaha Hadid has added a range of tables and stools and a bowl to her collection of designs. Resembling ice formations that melt, the pieces are made of acrylic and present transparent finishes in color.

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Students invents shapeshifting pinecone-inspired building material
10/07/2015

Students invents shapeshifting pinecone-inspired building material

Popular Science

A new material changes shape when wet, a property that has numerous uses in design and around the house. This might be one of the...

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Google Maps Reveal the Middle East’s Brutal Building Sites
25/06/2015

Google Maps Reveal the Middle East’s Brutal Building Sites

Wired

When most people think of the Arabian peninsula, they think of the opulent man-made islands of Dubai and that city’s sparking...

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How One Company Wants to See the World in 3D
16/06/2015

How One Company Wants to See the World in 3D

Time

Maps in two dimension are a thing of the past – or so say the engineers behind Vricon, a new 3-D mapping tool...

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Dekton broadens its range with seven new colors
12/06/2015

Dekton broadens its range with seven new colors

The multinationally operating Almería-based firm Cosentino was at Construmat 2015, the international construction trade fair held in Barcelona last May, presenting ‘House of Dekton,’ a tetradecagonal hut entirely raised with panels made of the ultracompact...

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Skyscraper gets vibration control system
10/06/2015

Skyscraper gets vibration control system

The Japan News

A vibration control device was recently installed in the Shinjuku Mitsui Building in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo...

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Why Tesla's Powerwall Is Just Another Toy For Rich Green People
05/05/2015

Why Tesla's Powerwall Is Just Another Toy For Rich Green People

Christopher Helman / Forbes

All the breathless coverage of Elon Musk´s Powerwall battery brouhaha last night is missing the most important thing...

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Prebaricated Vipp Shelter, ready to use
20/04/2015

Prebaricated Vipp Shelter, ready to use

With over 75 years of experience in designing and manufacturing objects in steel, the Danish Company Vipp presents its first architectural project: a prefabricated dwelling. Fabricated in six months and assembled in 3–5 days, the compact volume...

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Considering a Counterintuitive Path to Escape a Fire: The Elevator
23/03/2015

Considering a Counterintuitive Path to Escape a Fire: The Elevator

The New York Times

“In case of fire, use elevators.”  It sounds like apostasy, as if a lifetime’s indoctrination had suddenly been invalidated.  But it is exactly the instruction that office workers...

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Behind the Curved Glass of New York’s Residential Towers
17/03/2015

Behind the Curved Glass of New York’s Residential Towers

The New York Times

At the construction site morphing skyward at 50 West Street, a curvaceous 64-story glass-and-steel condominium whose distinguishing exterior...

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3D printer for small molecules opens access to customized chemistry
13/03/2015

3D printer for small molecules opens access to customized chemistry

Nanowerk

Howard Hughes Medical Institute scientists have simplified the chemical synthesis of small molecules, eliminating a major bottleneck that limits...

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A Mexican Design Master’s Pieces Are Revived
11/03/2015

A Mexican Design Master’s Pieces Are Revived

The Wall Street Journal

Furniture designed by the late Mexican architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez is coming to light. The story of Latin American modernism has caught fire in recent years...

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3D printing. Entering the jet age
10/03/2015

3D printing. Entering the jet age

The Economist

Additive manufacturing, as it is known to those who use it—or 3D printing, as the rest of the world more poetically calls it—is unlikely...

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Materials science. Out of the groove
06/03/2015

Materials science. Out of the groove

The Economist

A lightning strike lasting just a few tens of millionths of a second might seem, well, lightning-fast. Elsewhere, though, nature often gets its work done in periods far shorter...

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New Books
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 86 - MVRDV 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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