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Monday, January 22, 2018
The Navy’s Plan to Beam Down Energy From Orbiting Solar Panels
25/03/2014

The Navy’s Plan to Beam Down Energy From Orbiting Solar Panels

Wired

For decades, the Pentagon has been the world’s largest oil consumer, and as global petroleum prices continue to rise, the military has been searching for feasible energy...

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viVood collapsible house
21/03/2014

viVood collapsible house

The Valencia-based company viVood has designed a prefabricated wooden dwelling with a comfortable minimal space. Prepared in only four weeks and assembled in a day, the small collapsible shelter includes a dry bathroom...

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Ghost ships
07/03/2014

Ghost ships

The Economist

Autonomous cargo vessels could set sail without a crew under the watchful eye of captains in shore-based simulators...

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Super Ball Bot for planetary landing and exploration
06/03/2014

Super Ball Bot for planetary landing and exploration

The Independent

NASA’s new experimental robot design is based on the structural principle that Buckminster Fuller called tensegrity…

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BIM Tools: Changing Paradigms
27/02/2014

BIM Tools: Changing Paradigms

Fernando G. Valderrama

Building Information Modeling, or BIM, replaces the process of documenting projects through plans with an integrated model that contains within it all the information...

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A Pod That Folds Like a Shirt and Inflates Like a Balloon
25/02/2014

A Pod That Folds Like a Shirt and Inflates Like a Balloon

The New York Times

An inflatable space pod to be attached to the International Space Station in a couple of years will be like no other piece of the station...

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The lasers fuelling hopes of unlimited, clean nuclear energy
20/02/2014

The lasers fuelling hopes of unlimited, clean nuclear energy

The Independent

A milestone has been reached in the 60-year struggle to harness the nuclear reactions that power the Sun in an experiment that could lead to a way of producing...

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Windmill without Moving Blades
10/02/2014

Windmill without Moving Blades

The Dutch office Mecanoo has  recently presented an alternative proposal to generate electricity through wind: the EWICON (standing for ‘electrostratic wind energy converter’). The first prototype has been installed...

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Tallest Timber Building in Spain
23/01/2014

Tallest Timber Building in Spain

The completion in London in 2008 of an eight-floor block using cross laminated timber pieces represented a milestone in the gradual comeback of wood as a widely used architectural material. Other such projects...

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Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in Mojave Desert
21/01/2014

Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in Mojave Desert

Deploying close to 300,000 heliostats, the Ivanpah Solar Electric thermal power plant will take up 3,500 hectares of the Mojave Desert in Ivanpah Dry Lake (California), near the Nevada border.

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Natural Pre-Cooling Systems
20/01/2014

Natural Pre-Cooling Systems

Air conditioning can here in Spain represent as much as 70% of the electrical expenses of a commercial building, besides producing other undesirable effects, one being dry air, especially in places that are far from the sea. The company Breezeair is now...

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Ecumenical Forum by Wandel Höfer Lorch in Hamburg (Germany)
20/01/2014

Ecumenical Forum by Wandel Höfer Lorch in Hamburg (Germany)

In the olden days, when bricks were brought out of the kiln where they were baked, the pieces closest to the focus of heat – and therefore overbaked – were discarded on account of their dark burnt tone and their rough volcanic texture...

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Concrete in Gradient
06/12/2013

Concrete in Gradient

Eduardo Prieto

Since its very beginnings, the concrete industry has always gone hand in hand with the production of chemical agents that have the potential to improve the properties...

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Emergency Refugee Shelter
01/11/2013

Emergency Refugee Shelter

The prefabricated, light and transportable module has deserved a lot of attention and research in modern architecture, but today its presence is rather modest, not to say scarce. The account of this elementary type could perhaps...

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Wind-Powered Piezoelectric Skin
15/10/2013

Wind-Powered Piezoelectric Skin

Everyone knows that it is difficult to integrate wind energy production systems in buildings, so the proposal by the Swedish studio Belatchew Architecture Lab – though still within the realm of science fiction – is impressive...

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Frank Lloyd Wright's final house will be built
14/10/2013

Frank Lloyd Wright's final house will be built

The Guardian

Frank Lloyd Wright may have been dead for over 50 years, but that hasn't stopped the cape-wearing architect from building beyond the grave. The last decade has seen a clutch...

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On Nature and Architecture
08/10/2013

On Nature and Architecture

María Mallo

Biomimicry imitates nature to solve human problems. Before the surge of parametric design and digital fabrication, architecture sought inspiration from nature...

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The Ikea solar panel... in a flat pack
07/10/2013

The Ikea solar panel... in a flat pack

Daily Mail

Ikea, best known for its cut price flat-packed furniture, is to start selling solar panels - the first attempt by a large retail chain to transform our energy habits...

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Towers of Steel? Look Again
03/10/2013

Towers of Steel? Look Again

The New York Times

The movement to construct tall buildings largely with wood as an environmentally friendlier alternative to steel and concrete has received a boost from an unusual source...

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First self-healing polymer created in Spanish lab
02/10/2013

First self-healing polymer created in Spanish lab

CBS News

How frustrating is it when a pipe bursts, and you have to wait hours for a plumber to come replace or repair it? How about being stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire?...

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The floor has ears
20/09/2013

The floor has ears

The Guardian

Running in the corridor might not normally be encouraged in school. But at Simon Langton Grammar in Kent, teachers now have every reason to be persuading their...

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From dental braces to astronauts’ seats
11/09/2013

From dental braces to astronauts’ seats

The Economist

Ever since 3D printing—the ability to construct solid objects by building them up, a layer at a time, in plastic or metal—hit public consciousness a couple of years ago...

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3D printing scales up
11/09/2013

3D printing scales up

The Economist

Peek through the inspection windows of the nearly 100 three-dimensional (3D) printers quietly making things at RedEye, a company based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota...

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How 3D printers work
11/09/2013

How 3D printers work

The Economist

At first, 3D printing was known as stereolithography, a process invented in 1986 by Chuck Hull of 3D Systems. Variations of this process are still used. It begins, like all 3D printing...

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Nova, new shoe design by Zaha Hadid
23/07/2013

Nova, new shoe design by Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid launches Nova, a limited-edition haute-couture footwear for United Nude, the firm of a nephew, also an architect, of Rem Koolhaas. A sinuous pile of curves, it is based on a system...

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Biologically Generated Materials
05/07/2013

Biologically Generated Materials

Eduardo Prieto

The term cyborg was coined in 1960 – a time marked by the challenge of exploring outer space – to define a human being that has been improved by technology...

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Smart foam chair grows and packs itself when heated
25/06/2013

Smart foam chair grows and packs itself when heated

The Guardian

Belgian designer Carl de Smet displays his smart foam chair, which does not need nails or screws to be assembled – it grows itself, using just a bit of heat...

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Philips: lighting at the Rijksmuseum of Amsterdam
19/06/2013

Philips: lighting at the Rijksmuseum of Amsterdam

The Dutch company Philips, responsible for lighting in the new Rijksmuseum, shows the careful process it has undertaken for Rembrandt’s The Night Watch.

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Biological Concrete
07/06/2013

Biological Concrete

Reinforced concrete is the most commonly used material in contemporary construction. Its use adds up to 5% of the total emissions of greenhouse gas, so one of the main challenges today when using...

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Concrete, heal thyself!
06/06/2013

Concrete, heal thyself!

The Economist

IT IS useful stuff, concrete, but it does have drawbacks. One of the biggest is that it is not as weatherproof as the stone it often substitutes for. Salt and...

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New Books
AV Monografías 202 - H ARQUITECTES 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 201 - 50 FROM AFRICA AND ASIA 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 84 - BEVK PEROVIĆ 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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