Arquitectura Viva
Monday, November 30, 2020
Virgilio Gutiérrez, Acamán School Pavilion in La Laguna (Tenerife)
24/11/2020

Virgilio Gutiérrez, Acamán School Pavilion in La Laguna (Tenerife)

The Hermanas Hospitalarias del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús (Sisters Hospitallers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus) is a female catholic congregation founded by the Italian priest Benito Menni (1841-1914) in the municipality of Ciempozuelos (Madrid), and whose activity...

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Estudio Lamela, Canalejas Center in Madrid
06/10/2020

Estudio Lamela, Canalejas Center in Madrid

The project carried out by Carlos Lamela’s firm involved revamping seven of Madrid’s historical buildings, located at Alcalá 6, 8, 10, 12, and 14, at Plaza de Canalejas 1, and at Carrera de San Jerónimo 7. All had been in disuse for over a decade, since the day the...

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MVRDV, Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam (Netherlands)
01/10/2020

MVRDV, Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam (Netherlands)

The Dutch firm MVRDV has completed the building in which the art collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen – over 151,000 objects – will be stored in one same place for the first time since 1935. The ‘depot’ will open to the public in the autumn of 2021...

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LOT-EK, Drivelines Studios in Johannesburg (South Africa)
25/09/2020

LOT-EK, Drivelines Studios in Johannesburg (South Africa)

Part of a large-scale urban transformation project, this intervention is a response to the post-apartheid generation’s desire to introduce and adopt new models for living. Rising on a triangular plot of land, the building is formed by 140...

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KAAN Architecten
16/09/2020

KAAN Architecten

Based in Rotterdam but running offices in São Paulo and Paris as well, KAAN Architecten was set up by Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen, and Dikkie Scipio as a new professional venture after the 2014 closure of Claus en Kaan, the firm they had worked together as partners...

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Renzo Piano's speech at Genoa bridge inauguration
26/08/2020

Renzo Piano's speech at Genoa bridge inauguration

On 3 August, the city of Genoa inaugurated its new bridge, designed by Renzo Piano to reconstruct the Polcevera Viaduct, also known as the Morandi Bridge, which collapsed on 14 August 2018, killing 43.

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Animales arquitectos. Learning from Nature
24/08/2020

Animales arquitectos. Learning from Nature

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The Finnish architect and author Juhani Pallasmaa organized in 1995 in Helsinki an exhibition on constructions made by animals, from beehives to bird’s nests and beavers’...

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La edad de la ansiedad. Contemporary Concerns
14/08/2020

La edad de la ansiedad. Contemporary Concerns

Luis Fernández-Galiano

One hundred years ago, in 1920, Edith Wharton published The Age of Innocence, a novel about the New York of the ‘Gilded Age’ that many know through the 1993 Scorsese film...

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Genoa's new bridge under construction
04/08/2020

Genoa's new bridge under construction

As a donation to Genoa, his native city, Renzo Piano has done the designs for the reconstruction of the Polcevera Viaduct, also known as Morandi Bridge, which collapsed on 14 August 2018, killing 43. The new bridge officially opens almost two years later, this coming 3 August.

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'It Begins With One Word. Choose Your Own,' by Katarzyna Krakowiak
29/07/2020

'It Begins With One Word. Choose Your Own,' by Katarzyna Krakowiak

Through 23 August the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona hosts the sound installation by the Polish artist  Katarzyna Krakowiak, composed of 300 words in 14 languages.

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From Geography to History
14/06/2020

From Geography to History

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Some books are summed up on the cover, as these two are. The astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell expands the old link between geography and history to explain ‘how Earth’s...

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Galar-Vélaz-Gil to refurbish Madrid Railway Museum
22/05/2020

Galar-Vélaz-Gil to refurbish Madrid Railway Museum

For a scheme titled '1878-1880' the Pamplona practice of Daniel Galar, Josecho Vélaz, and Javier Gil won the competition to renovate and enlarge Delicias Station, an example of 19th-century iron architecture and engineering, home since 1984 of the Madrid...

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Genoa’s New Bridge Nears Completion
05/05/2020

Genoa’s New Bridge Nears Completion

The New York Times

The Morandi Bridge collapsed on Aug. 14, 2018. The new bridge was designed by the architect Renzo Piano, who donated his services to his native city. (Video)...

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Carlos Martí Aris (1948-2020)
02/05/2020

Carlos Martí Aris (1948-2020)

Fernando Moral

On the first of May, the architect, historian, critic, and editor Carlos Martí Aris passed away in Barcelona, the city where he was born in 1948. He was a leading intellectual compass within the profession in Spain, and a prominent member of the brilliant generation...

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abr/+/arquitectos, KUNSTHAL design center in Bilbao
29/04/2020

abr/+/arquitectos, KUNSTHAL design center in Bilbao

The new CSD KUNSTHAL design school center occupies an industrial pavilion in Zorrotzaurre, an artificial island in Bilbao, that has been renovated by abr/+/arquitectos, which works from offices in Madrid and Hondarribia. The firm’s founders, Jesús Arrecubieta...

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OMA, 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington, D.C.
24/04/2020

OMA, 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington, D.C.

The National Capital Planning Commission has approved the preliminary plans for 11th Street Bridge Park in the US capital, submited by the firm of Rem Koolhaas, OMA, with Jason Long as project leader. The 2014 competition for the design of a footbridge over Anacostia...

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Eisenman + Degli Esposti + Azstudio, Residenze Carlo Erba in Milan
14/04/2020

Eisenman + Degli Esposti + Azstudio, Residenze Carlo Erba in Milan

The S-form of this apartment building in Milan meets the program requirements and complies with zoning regulations while adapting to the triangular site, which includes a public garden and an early 20th-century classicist building that has been fitted out to serve...

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OMA, Galleria department store in Gwanggyo (South Korea)
27/03/2020

OMA, Galleria department store in Gwanggyo (South Korea)

With a petrous skin interrupted by a bulging loop of faceted glass, this department store stands at the heart of Gwanggyo, a new town close to Seoul. The building is by Rem Koolhaas's Rotterdam-based OMA, with Chris van Duijn leading the project. Surrounded...

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Kengo Kuma, Meiji Jingu Museum in Tokyo
21/03/2020

Kengo Kuma, Meiji Jingu Museum in Tokyo

Situated next to Yoyogi Park in the Tokyo ward Shibuya, the Meiji Jingu Shrine is a Shinto temple dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji (1852-1912) and his consort, Emperor Shôken (1849-1914). Blending with the surrounding trees, the new museum...

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Bill Gates: The next outbreak? We're not ready
15/03/2020

Bill Gates: The next outbreak? We're not ready

TED

In 2014, the world avoided a global outbreak of Ebola, thanks to thousands of selfless health workers plus, frankly, some very good luck...

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The First Mean Streets
09/03/2020

The First Mean Streets

The New York Review of Books

Scott’s Against the Grain, published in 2017, depicts the world’s first citizens as disease-ridden, subjugated, and desperate to escape the city’s bounds...

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Trump’s Classicism
14/02/2020

Trump’s Classicism

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Donald Trump proposes architectural classicism as the default style of federal buildings. A draft executive order obtained by the magazine Architectural Record sets a list of rules...

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Linazasoro & Sánchez, regeneration of Puerta del Sol in Madrid
22/01/2020

Linazasoro & Sánchez, regeneration of Puerta del Sol in Madrid

The Mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, announced plans to recover the winning project in 2014 of the call for ideas ‘Piensa Sol’, convened by the Madrid Insitute of Architects (COAM), to renovate Madrid’s Puerta del Sol. The construction works are set...

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Environmental Histories
16/01/2020

Environmental Histories

Luis Fernández-Galiano

This environmental history deserves a plural name. The architect Eduardo Prieto has carved a 64-facet diamond to explore the ecology and climate dimension of building...

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Architect-US, the employment platform for architects in the United States
15/01/2020

Architect-US, the employment platform for architects in the United States

The employment platform Architect-US puts architects and engineers anywhere in the world in contact with companies based in the United States. The program expedites entry into the American job market, obtaining in 30 days...

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Carles Enrich Studio, restoration of Merola Tower in Puigreig (Barcelona)
13/01/2020

Carles Enrich Studio, restoration of Merola Tower in Puigreig (Barcelona)

The Barcelona practice of Carles Enrich undertook the restoration of one of the two faces of the defense tower at the castle of Merola, the only remnants of the 13th-century construction in Puigreig, a municipality of the comarca of Berguedà...

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‘Estrategias y efectos de escala’, by Luis Suárez Mansilla
27/12/2019

‘Estrategias y efectos de escala’, by Luis Suárez Mansilla

The author tackles an essential theme of architecture: scale. For this he centers on modernity, in so far as it has the potential to reactivate two ideas abandoned by canonical modernity: monument and context. The result is an analytical work that dissects the scalar...

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Herzog & de Meuron, Grand Canal Museum Complex in Hangzhou (China)
24/12/2019

Herzog & de Meuron, Grand Canal Museum Complex in Hangzhou (China)

The Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron won the bid to build a museum devoted to the history and construction of China’s Grand Canal – a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2014 – in the city of Hangzhou, at the junction of the canal and the Hanggang River...

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The kaleidoscopic patterns of Turkey's architecture
07/12/2019

The kaleidoscopic patterns of Turkey's architecture

The Guardian

Architect turned photographer Yener Torun started taking pictures of colourful buildings in Istanbul in 2014. For his latest series, he has travelled round Turkey...

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Our Remote Origins
02/12/2019

Our Remote Origins

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Enmeshed with microhistories, we yearn for great narratives. The Annales school taught us to look at the longue durée of history under the prism of geography and economics...

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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 228 - JOSÉ MARÍA SÁNCHEZ Arquitectura Viva
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Las grandes esperanzas Empeños sostenibles + Fracturas y ficciones
Luis Fernández-Galiano publishes Las grandes esperanzas (1976-1992), a critical revision of the issues and challenges of architecture, art, and society of those convulse and fertile years, offering a historical mirror on which we can find a reflection of our current economic, ecological, and social crisis.
Las grandes esperanzas Empeños sostenibles
The recession caused by the oil crises that shook the planet in the 1970s serves as backdrop for Empeños sostenibles (1976-1984), a selection of articles by Luis Fernández-Galiano on technological alternatives, sustainable construction, and the relationship between architecture and energy.
Las grandes esperanzas Fracturas y ficciones
Through the one hundred essays on architecture, history, art, and society included in Fracturas y ficciones (1985-1992), Luis Fernández-Galiano outlines a portrait of a period of global prosperity in which the Olympic Games of Barcelona and the Expo of Seville brought international attention to Spain.
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 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.
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.
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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