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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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Polymeric Foams
31/05/2013

Polymeric Foams

Marta Álvarez Tirado

Polymeric foams can be commercialized in a relatively large number of sectors – from architectural and naval construction to food and packaging, etc. – but without a doubt...

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Algae for Thermal Control
24/05/2013

Algae for Thermal Control

Because they grow quickly, and are evidently sustainable and furthermore easy to cultivate, microalgae are becoming an alternative to the use of fossil fuels in the field of construction (véase Arquitectura Viva 140)...

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A Dream of Trees Aglow at Night
16/05/2013

A Dream of Trees Aglow at Night

The New York Times

Hoping to give new meaning to the term “natural light,” a small group of biotechnology hobbyists and entrepreneurs has started a project to develop plants that glow...

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Milan’s International Furniture Fair 2013
16/04/2013

Milan’s International Furniture Fair 2013

Milan’s International Furniture Fair last week showcased designs by some of the world’s leading architects. They include a bench by Zaha Hadid for the urban furniture...

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Nani Marquina Inspired by Chillida
12/03/2013

Nani Marquina Inspired by Chillida

Nani Marquina of Barcelona has designed a series of rugs inspired by the oeuvre of Eduardo Chillida and made in India by local craftsmen.

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Ecological Concrete
08/03/2013

Ecological Concrete

Eduardo Prieto

That reinforced concrete can become an ecological material is not a trivial matter, bearing in mind that, today, its use delivers 5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions (GGE)...

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Q:NØ Arquitectos: VIP room at ARCO 2013
28/02/2013

Q:NØ Arquitectos: VIP room at ARCO 2013

Javier de Andrés, Fernando Garví and Miguel Rivilla of the Segovian firm Q:NØ designed the VIP room at ARCO, Madrid’s annual international contemporary art fair, which took place last week. Winner

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Lo último en cerebros de silicio
30/11/2012

Lo último en cerebros de silicio

El Pais

Científicos canadienses crean un modelo que emula comportamientos humanos. Spaun reconoce números, los ‘entiende’ y los escribe con su brazo robótico...

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De Masdar a Songdo, Ciudades inteligentes
22/11/2012

De Masdar a Songdo, Ciudades inteligentes Pdf

Nerea Calvillo

Las personas vivimos inmersas en código. La masiva e invisible integración de procesos computacionales en nuestro entorno es hoy en día una realidad...

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Modos de industrializar
01/06/2012

Modos de industrializar Pdf

Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad

La industrialización es, quizá, uno de los temas pendientes de la arquitectura contemporánea. Nadie discute las ventajas que los procesos industrializados suponen en relación con...

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La molécula 'olímpica'
31/05/2012

La molécula 'olímpica'

El Mundo

Su aspecto se parece mucho a los cinco anillos del símbolo de las Olimpiadas, y por eso sus creadores la han bautizado como 'olympicene'. Se trata de la estructura molecular...

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Grafeno, el material del futuro
16/04/2012

Grafeno, el material del futuro

El Mundo

Es transparente, flexible, extraordinariamente resistente, impermeable, abundante, económico y conduce la electricidad mejor que ningún otro metal conocido. Hablamos del...

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Innovación: Suelos técnicos
16/03/2012

Innovación: Suelos técnicos Pdf

STH (Suelo Técnico Higrotérmico) es un sistema de pavimento climático y multifuncional que alberga —asegurando su registrabilidad— instalaciones de electricidad, voz y datos, agua y, gracias a un desarrollo...

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Innovación: Materiales
03/03/2012

Innovación: Materiales Pdf

En el año 2010 Andre Geim y Kostya Novoselov recibieron el Premio Nobel de Física por el descubrimiento de un extraordinario material: el grafeno. Obtenido por primera vez en 2004...

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Innovación: Hidráulica
24/02/2012

Innovación: Hidráulica Pdf

En los últimos años se han desarrollado un conjunto de técnicas de urbanismo de bajo impacto denominadas SUDS (Sistemas Urbanos de Drenaje Sostenible) cuyo fin es el desarrollo de infraestructuras...

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Innovación: Industrialización
14/02/2012

Innovación: Industrialización Pdf

El sistema Tree House surge de un nuevo concepto de construcción desarrollado por la empresa Jular, en el que a las prestaciones asociadas a la modularidad y la industrialización se une la atención...

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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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