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The Ideology of the Web
26/09/2014

The Ideology of the Web

Eduardo Prieto

In 1834 Victor Hugo complained about the printing press killing craftmanship; in 1961 Marshall McLuhan said that electronics had killed printing...

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Monumental Mies. Two Essential Works
12/09/2014

Monumental Mies. Two Essential Works

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The intellectual testament of a historian who left us too soon, the Mies of Detlef Mertins is a colosal interpretation of the German master’s work...

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Koolhaas, Access to Tools
22/08/2014

Koolhaas, Access to Tools

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Decomposing architecture into its different elements is something that was already present in Vitruvius, and certainly in Alberti and the subsequent treatises...

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Utopias and Revolts
14/08/2014

Utopias and Revolts

Eduardo Prieto

When he wrote that bit about man being a political animal, Aristotle could not have imagined that his thesis would be completed by Joseph Beuys...

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Architecture and Energy
21/07/2014

Architecture and Energy Pdf

Fireplace is one of fifteen books, edited by Rem Koolhaas as the catalog of his exhibition at the Venice Architecure Biennale, which individually study that same number of fundamental ‘elements’ of the discipline. In it, Sébastien Marot analyzes the historiographic milestones in the study of thermal spaces, from Semper, Mumford or Giedion to Banham or Fernández-Galiano.

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Peter Zumthor, Opera Omnia
30/05/2014

Peter Zumthor, Opera Omnia

Eduardo Prieto

Some architects are able to build with words. Others are suspicious of them, believing that the best platforms are buildings. This is the opinion of Peter Zumthor...

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The Architecture of Alfred Hitchcock
09/05/2014

The Architecture of Alfred Hitchcock

David Rivera

In the 1970s, the historian Marc Ferro tried to bring film studies into respectable academic domains, and found himself faced with lack of sympathy on the part of his austere...

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Interrogating Art
24/04/2014

Interrogating Art

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The hermetism of the latest art either fascinates or irritates. The writer Enrique Vila-Matas, who participated in Documenta 13 by sitting down to write in a Chinese restaurant...

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16th-Century Italian Architecture
14/04/2014

16th-Century Italian Architecture

J. A. Flores

What should good professors do when they retire? Put into writing everything they devoted their academic life to, before their teachings fall into oblivion. This is what Colin Rowe did with the original...

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Three Decades of Zaha Hadid
08/04/2014

Three Decades of Zaha Hadid

Edgar González

Continuing the saga of the most prolific architects of recent times, the editor of the Architecture Now! series, Philip Jodidio, has now published a monograph on Zaha Hadid...

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Atlas of 20th Century World Architecture
02/04/2014

Atlas of 20th Century World Architecture

Anthologies are a difficult genre, more so if the universe it seeks to synthetize covers a hundred years and five continents. With its Atlas of 20th Century World Architecture, Phaidon has come out...

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Architecture and Photography
26/03/2014

Architecture and Photography

If modern architecture found in photography a perfect channel for dissemination, photography saw in buildings and cities a new field of inquiry. This mutual discovery was a premise of the 2nd Architecture and Photography Congress...

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Múltiples estrategias de arquitectura
20/03/2014

Múltiples estrategias de arquitectura

Lots of blogs are afflicted by verbal incontinence and vacuous subjectivity. Few are the bloggers who, like Santiago de Molina, know to use the medium’s immediacy...

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Fernando Romero, FR-EE
18/03/2014

Fernando Romero, FR-EE

The Mexican architect Fernando Romero (1971) worked with Rem Koolhaas from 1995 to 2000, then returned to his country to set up his own practice, FR-EE, in the capital. An office was opened in New York in 2010...

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New Natures, Logroño's Intermodal Station
11/03/2014

New Natures, Logroño's Intermodal Station

Resulting from burying some train tracks, Logroño’s Intermodal Station by Ábalos + Sentkiewicz is also a huge park and an ambitious city operation. ‘New Natures’ records the evolution of this complex project from competition...

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Werner Tscholl, the architect builder
07/03/2014

Werner Tscholl, the architect builder

There is a German term for an architect builder, ‘Baumeister’, which is what Werner Tscholl is. Born in 1955 in Alto Adige, at Italy’s borders with Austria and Switzerland, Tscholl set up practice in 1983...

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On Paulo Mendes da Rocha
05/03/2014

On Paulo Mendes da Rocha

Maite Báguena

Intense research and over a hundred hours of talks with Paulo Mendes da Rocha form the material of this rewriting of the São Paulo architect’s trajectory. Illustrated with...

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David Chipperfield’s Monograph
03/03/2014

David Chipperfield’s Monograph

Eduardo Prieto

David Chipperfield lives in the present without ceasing to look at the past. The literary critic Harold Bloom, referring to writers’ clash referring to writers’ clash with predecessors...

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Housing and Public Space
26/02/2014

Housing and Public Space

José M. Ezquiaga

The value of the book lies mainly in how it considers the dwelling an essential component of the city, and in how it proposes a reading...

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Working with Signs
24/02/2014

Working with Signs

Alberto Corazón

Images sometimes hide ideas; other times they make them more explicit. Thus we can speak of ‘graphic thought’. To make them beautiful...

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The beautiful magazines setting out to prove print isn't dead
21/02/2014

The beautiful magazines setting out to prove print isn't dead

The Guardian

The magazine is dead, long live the magazine. It's not so much a resurrection of the magazine in the digital age as an explosion. A visit to any of the larger bookshops – Foyle's in London...

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Brain and Architecture
21/02/2014

Brain and Architecture

Daniel Dávila

Does architectural theory need a neurobiological base? If so, what are the consequences? Harry Francis Mallgrave of the Illinois Institute of Technology...

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On Pallasmaa’s Encounters
19/02/2014

On Pallasmaa’s Encounters

Eduardo Prieto

“The hand is the window on to the mind.” Kant’s remark suggests that there can be no ideas without objects,  just as there can be no architecture without matter...

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Moneo, Built Projects Abroad
12/02/2014

Moneo, Built Projects Abroad

Luis Fernández-Galiano

When Rafael Moneo received the Gold Medal for Spanish Architecture in 2006, he asked that the accompanying publication present only his work outside Spain...

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Book: MVRDV’s Built Works
11/02/2014

Book: MVRDV’s Built Works

Enrique Encabo

It was in 1997 that MVRDV took the architectural world by storm by presenting, in a few months, four unquestionable works: the cantilevered WoZoCo in Amsterdam, Villa VPRO...

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Civil Rights and Cities
05/02/2014

Civil Rights and Cities

Alba Carballal

Accepting urban planning as a fundamental tool in the struggle for a more unified, more just, and less discriminatory society is the starting point in regarding the city as an inalienable...

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Pier Vittorio Aureli ‘Less is Enough’
31/01/2014

Pier Vittorio Aureli ‘Less is Enough’

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The architect and professor Pier Vittorio Aureli has just published an electronic book, Less is Enough, with Strelka Press, the editorial...

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Nieto Sobejano, a Self-Portrait
27/01/2014

Nieto Sobejano, a Self-Portrait

Cuca Flores

Because of the cosmopolitan spirit of Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano, combined with an indefatigable, tenacious devotion to the profession, both in actual building... 

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Álvaro Siza. Complete Works 1952-2013
22/01/2014

Álvaro Siza. Complete Works 1952-2013

Ana Esteban Maluenda

“Every great architect deserves a great monograph” seems to be the thinking at Taschen, which has added a new volume to its series of huge catalogs on prestigious architects...

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On Contemporary Art
22/11/2013

On Contemporary Art

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Contemporary Art is a terra ignota for many, and even those of us who take it upon ourselves to follow it closely often suffer the disorientation and confusion...

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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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