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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Royal College of Art’s Battersea expansion plans approved
01/02/2018

Royal College of Art’s Battersea expansion plans approved

The Royal College of Art’s flagship new building, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, has been granted planning permission by Wandsworth Council. The building is part of a £108m investment programme in the RCA – the most radical transformation of the institution’s...

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MVRDV wins competition for Silhouette building in Moscow
01/02/2018

MVRDV wins competition for Silhouette building in Moscow

With a built area of 52,000 square meters and a height of 78 meters, Silhouette will go up in the heart of the Russian capital, following a design by the Dutch firm MVRDV. With a ceramic facade of reddish tones, the mixed-use complex will include luxury apartments...

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The Golf Ball: the next addition to London’s skyline?
01/02/2018

The Golf Ball: the next addition to London’s skyline?

The Guardian

A giant glass sphere for concert venue, taller than St Paul’s Cathedral, could be built next to the Olympic park in London. Populous has been allegedly employed to draw up plans...

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Futudesign wins Scandic Railway Station Hotel Design Competition
30/01/2018

Futudesign wins Scandic Railway Station Hotel Design Competition

The old administrative building at Helsinki Central Railway Station, designed by Eliel Saarinen, receives new life as a hotel. An extension will join the building’s two long wings. Though the design of the new part draws from the formal language of the existing station building...

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Zaha Hadid Architects designs two skyscrapers for London
30/01/2018

Zaha Hadid Architects designs two skyscrapers for London

Vauxhall Cross Island has no clear center and its urban scheme neither condenses nor efficiently directs the intense traffic generated by the great transport interchange Vauxhall Cross. Next to this station in the London borough of Lambeth is a plot of land...

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Herzog & de Meuron, new urban quarter with three residential skyscrapers in Basel
29/01/2018

Herzog & de Meuron, new urban quarter with three residential skyscrapers in Basel

The firm Herzog & de Meuron has been chosen to draw up a masterplan for a new quarter in Nordspitze, the northernmost part of the Dreispitz area of Basel. H&deM’s design was selected because of its intelligent combination of high-density blocks...

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Frank Gehry unveils designs for long-delayed Grand Avenue project
27/01/2018

Frank Gehry unveils designs for long-delayed Grand Avenue project

Los Angeles Times

Visitors who come at all hours every day to marvel at architect Frank Gehry's gleaming Walt Disney Concert Hall routinely turn their backs on the eyesore across Grand Avenue...

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‘It’s not good design:’ Fine Arts Commission critical of Smithsonian’s plan
24/01/2018

‘It’s not good design:’ Fine Arts Commission critical of Smithsonian’s plan

The Washington Post

Remember the renderings of the space-age sloping plaza that the Smithsonian introduced three years ago? Forget about them. Bjarke Ingels presented a new version...

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Experts, industry and PM pour cold water on Boris Johnson's bridge
24/01/2018

Experts, industry and PM pour cold water on Boris Johnson's bridge

The Guardian

Boris Johnson floated the idea of a 22-mile bridge across the Channel to enhance transport links with France after Brexit...

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Atelier d21 + Carlos Ostolaza, center for the elderly in Lausanne (Switzerland)
24/01/2018

Atelier d21 + Carlos Ostolaza, center for the elderly in Lausanne (Switzerland)

Pietra Serena, a home for the aged of the Fondation Mont-Calme, will go up in the city of Lausanne following a design by Atelier d21 in collaboration with Carlos Ostolaza. The competition they won called for a residential building that would be a boundary...

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Resilient by design
23/01/2018

Resilient by design

A year-long collaborative design challenge bringing together local residents, public officials and experts to develop 10 innovative community-based solutions that will strengthen region’s resilience to sea level rise, severe storms, flooding and earthquakes...

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Amazon chooses 20 finalists for second headquarters
19/01/2018

Amazon chooses 20 finalists for second headquarters

The New York Times

One of 20 places in the United States and Canada could get up to 50,000 high-paying jobs and $5 billion in investment...

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Apple announces second campus
18/01/2018

Apple announces second campus

Curbed

It will be built over the next five years for 20,000 workers, all part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. economy. The location will be announced by the end of the year...

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Souto de Moura, campus in the Middle East (Abu Dhabi)
16/01/2018

Souto de Moura, campus in the Middle East (Abu Dhabi)

A learning campus in Abu Dhabi is one of the latest projects of the Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. The educational complex will be built on three elevations in the desert, 20 meters above the sand. The Al Hosn residence, a courtyard-house...

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New Renderings of Obama Presidential Center
15/01/2018

New Renderings of Obama Presidential Center

Tod Williams & Billie Tsien are building a campus for active citizenship in the heart of Chicago’s South Side — but it will have projects all across the city, country, and world. The Center is a work in progress, built in direct...

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Dutch plan vast windfarm island
13/01/2018

Dutch plan vast windfarm island

The Guardian

The radical proposal envisages an island being built to act as a hub for vast offshore windfarms that would eclipse...

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David Adjaye, 130 William condominium tower in New York
11/01/2018

David Adjaye, 130 William condominium tower in New York

130 William is the first skyscraper that the London practice of David Adjaye has been commissioned to build in Manhattan, in collaboration with the local firm Hill West. It is a project of the real estate company Lightstone and the location is in the downtown...

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BIG to build new Google campus in Sunnyvale (California)
09/01/2018

BIG to build new Google campus in Sunnyvale (California)

Google has unveiled a project for a new campus in Sunnyvale, California, drawn up by Bjarke Ingels Group in association with Clive Wilkinson Architects (interior design) and Olin (landscaping). The location is close to the technology company’s main offices...

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9 architects share their dream projects to improve (or Save) NYC
04/01/2018

9 architects share their dream projects to improve (or Save) NYC

New York Magazine

We asked some of New York City’s most innovative architects how they’d like to fix this place up a bit...

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Paredes Pedrosa, assisted living center in Palma de Mallorca
03/01/2018

Paredes Pedrosa, assisted living center in Palma de Mallorca

The Madrid office of Ángela García de Paredes and Ignacio G. Pedrosa have won first prize in the competition to build a residence for elderly people in Son Martorell, in the Ciudad Jardín resort town of the capital of Palma de Mallorca. Selected out of 45 projects...

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Souto de Moura, power plant for Foz Tua dam in Alijó (Portugal)
28/12/2017

Souto de Moura, power plant for Foz Tua dam in Alijó (Portugal)

The Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, 2011 recipient of the Pritzker Prize, shows his sensitivity to context in this project for the power plant of the Fox Tua dam, in the municipality of Alijó. The objective of the intervention is to eliminate...

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Jean Nouvel, Qatar National Museum in Doha
26/12/2017

Jean Nouvel, Qatar National Museum in Doha

Inspired by the whimsical crystal forms of desert roses, the museum uses its formal expressiveness to establish a link between the Bedoiun culture and global modernity. An organic system of intersected disks stretches around the ancient Amiri Palace...

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Work halts on Calatrava's church at World Trade Center site
23/12/2017

Work halts on Calatrava's church at World Trade Center site

Curbed

Construction on WTC’s St. Nicholas National Shrine has come to a stop after the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America allegedly missed several payments...

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Charles Jencks to open his house  in London as a museum
21/12/2017

Charles Jencks to open his house in London as a museum

Evening Standard

Kensington and Chelsea Council’s planning applications committee granted planning permission to the scheme subject to the council approving a management plan...

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Rem Koolhaas redesigns the Stedelijk’s collection display
17/12/2017

Rem Koolhaas redesigns the Stedelijk’s collection display

The New York Times

The renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas visited regularly in his youth the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam...

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Büro Ole Scheeren, Empire City in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
14/12/2017

Büro Ole Scheeren, Empire City in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

Named Empire City, this mixed-use development consists of three towers, one of them, Empire 88, reaching a height of 333 meters, more than the existing skyscrapers in Vietnam’s most populated city, Ho Chi Minh City. Designed by the firm of the German...

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Construction of MVRDV’s Werk 12 building in Munich begins
13/12/2017

Construction of MVRDV’s Werk 12 building in Munich begins

The Dutch firm MVRDV conceives this multipurpose building as a new nucleus of the Werksviertel quarter, an industrial area close to the Ostbahnhof station, in the Eastern part of Munich, that the Federal State of Bavaria wishes to turn into a district for art and culture...

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Ecosistema Urbano, regeneration of historical center of Cuenca
12/12/2017

Ecosistema Urbano, regeneration of historical center of Cuenca

The Historic Center of Cuenca, capital of the Ecuadorian province of Azuay, is steep in a process of urban transformation due to the implementation of a new mobility model, a plan which will reduce vehicular pressure on the area, and thus also the demand...

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Zaha Hadid Architects, Bora Tower in Mexico City
11/12/2017

Zaha Hadid Architects, Bora Tower in Mexico City

Construction of the Bora Residential Tower has begun in Santa Fe, a district in the west of Mexico City that is home to the regional offices of Microsoft, Apple, Sony, Roche, and Amazon, as well as three universities. Containing 220 apartments in 50 floors...

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The wild plan to revamp the ‘coolest building in Latin America’
09/12/2017

The wild plan to revamp the ‘coolest building in Latin America’

The Guardian

The Copan Building in São Paulo, Oscar Niemeyer’s colossal curving structure, has flourished thanks to the efforts of its fabled administrator...

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New Books
AV Monografías 213_214 - ESPAÑA 2019 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 213 - COBE 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 91 - OFFICE 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
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.
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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