Arquitectura Viva
Sunday, August 25, 2019
Villoro’s City of Mexico
23/08/2019

Villoro’s City of Mexico

Luis Fernández-Galiano

If a horizontal Babel exists, it has to be the City of Mexico. The biblical Tower of Babel was for a long time the emblem of the cupiditas aedificandi...

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Dellekamp Arquitectos, House in San José del Cabo (Mexico)
23/08/2019

Dellekamp Arquitectos, House in San José del Cabo (Mexico)

Conceived as a refuge, the Cabo House stands on a series of platforms built with local earth that descend adapting to the slope of the site. From these telluric platforms, walls of the same material, rammed earth, rise in parallels to frame views toward the sea and give rise...

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Valerio Olgiati, Céline Flagship in Miami (USA)
22/08/2019

Valerio Olgiati, Céline Flagship in Miami (USA)

Creating a virtual world through the poetic use of materials was Valerio Olgiati’s intention in designing this store in the design district of the city of Miami for the French high-end fashion brand Céline. Such virtuality has to do with the manipulation of the space...

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SUMO Arquitectes + Yolanda Olmo, Villa Urania Civic Center in Barcelona
21/08/2019

SUMO Arquitectes + Yolanda Olmo, Villa Urania Civic Center in Barcelona

Villa Urania is a small residence from the late 19th century – home of the astronomer Josep Comas i Solà (1868-1937) –, the last example of the garden-city of El Farró in the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district. The redensification of the neighborhood left the building and...

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Sebastián Irarrázaval, Public Library in Constitución (Chile)
20/08/2019

Sebastián Irarrázaval, Public Library in Constitución (Chile)

The library project resulted from a public-private initiative whose mission was to reconstruct the city after the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated the city in 2010. Constructionally, the library building’s structure consists of...

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Magén Arquitectos, Arcosur Preschool in Zaragoza
19/08/2019

Magén Arquitectos, Arcosur Preschool in Zaragoza

The neighborhood of Arcosur is the first residential expansion towards the south of Zaragoza. The building is located on one of the structuring axes of the area, and it is the first public facility completed there, so these two aspects together give the building...

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RCR arquitectes, Gallery / Atelier / House in Bordeaux (France)
16/08/2019

RCR arquitectes, Gallery / Atelier / House in Bordeaux (France)

Located in the city of Bordeaux, the project renovates an old warehouse with vaulted spaces that were once cellars for storing fish and supplies. The intervention seeks to reactivate the area by making the most of its central location and the existence of a cozy garden...

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Drawing Buildings and Data
16/08/2019

Drawing Buildings and Data

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Coffee table books have bad press, but these two volumes deserve attention. Drawing Architecture gathers almost 300 drawings, from a Sumerian sanctuary floor...

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Francisco Mangado, Norvento Headquarters in Lugo
15/08/2019

Francisco Mangado, Norvento Headquarters in Lugo

The new headquarters of Norvento, a group that specializes in renewable and efficient energy sources, aims to maximize power quality and respect for the environment. The building’s design addresses the double nature of the site...

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Jiménez Torrecillas arquitectos, Alcázar Genil Station in Granada
14/08/2019

Jiménez Torrecillas arquitectos, Alcázar Genil Station in Granada

The Granada Metro construction works, which began in 2007, involved building a single rail line crossing the city, connecting it with several towns in the metropolitan area and linking many of its key activity hubs and sites. This infrastructure covers approximately...

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Shadows of Le Corbusier
13/08/2019

Shadows of Le Corbusier

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Le Corbusier continues to pass from lights to shadows. In 2015, the 50th anniversary of his death coincided with the publication of three books written by François Chaslin...

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Herzog & de Meuron, Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage & Art in Hong Kong (China)
13/08/2019

Herzog & de Meuron, Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage & Art in Hong Kong (China)

Set into Hong Kong’s dense fabric of skyscrapers, the central police station and prison of colonial times have been restored and transformed into an art  and heritage center. The inserted volumes create a new relationship with the site context by cantilevering...

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Enric Ruiz-Geli / Cloud 9, Villa Stgilat (Spain)
12/08/2019

Enric Ruiz-Geli / Cloud 9, Villa Stgilat (Spain)

This experimental house in Aiguablava (Girona) has two principal characteristic features: the sustainable way it engages with its surroundings and the manner in which it is built. The first results from adapting to the topography, respecting the property’s...

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Walter Gropius in Three Acts
10/08/2019

Walter Gropius in Three Acts

Joaquín Medina Warmburg

The centenary of the Bauhaus coincides with the fiftieth death anniversary of its founder and director, the architect Walter Gropius (1883-1969). The double celebration...

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Fuertes-Penedo arquitectos, House in Miraflores (Spain)
09/08/2019

Fuertes-Penedo arquitectos, House in Miraflores (Spain)

The renovation of this dwelling in Miraflores, a small locality in Muros (A Coruña), was first and foremost based on utmost respect for the place. This necessitated paying close attention to realities like the scale of the house’s surroundings, to preexisting elements...

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Giedion and America
08/08/2019

Giedion and America

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Espacio, tiempo y arquitectura se publicó originalmente en inglés, y la carrera del autor de la biblia del Movimiento Moderno es inseparable de sus vínculos...

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Kinks in the clean lines of the Bauhaus
08/08/2019

Kinks in the clean lines of the Bauhaus

The Economist

Reconsidering the legendary design school on its centenary. Since it was built in 1924, the Landhaus Ilse, or Ilse country house, has been an incongruous presence...

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Sauerbruch Hutton, The New Ludgate in London
08/08/2019

Sauerbruch Hutton, The New Ludgate in London

With its curvilinear shape and dynamic facade of multicolored louvers, the volume confidently engages with the urban fabric and the corporate headquarters of London’s City. The compact volume of the office building is tapered and rounded off...

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PICHarchitects/Pich-Aguilera & 2BMFG, Sant Pau Research Institute in Barcelona
07/08/2019

PICHarchitects/Pich-Aguilera & 2BMFG, Sant Pau Research Institute in Barcelona

The building for the Research Institute of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau Hospital concentrates the research activity of this foundation, previously scattered throughout the hospital complex. The proposal is located on the northeast end of the ensemble designed...

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Streets ahead
06/08/2019

Streets ahead

The Economist

Europe is edging towards making post-car cities a reality. Hurtling along a “cycle highway” by the River Scheldt in Antwerp recently, Charlemagne only noticed...

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Jean Nouvel, Alda Fendi Foundation in Rome (Italy)
06/08/2019

Jean Nouvel, Alda Fendi Foundation in Rome (Italy)

Within the historical area of the city of Rome, three buildings have been turned into a cultural center containing exhibition halls, accommodations for artists, and a rooftop restaurant. The complex sits at the southwestern end of the Palatine Hill, close to the Temple...

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Franco’s Engineers
05/08/2019

Franco’s Engineers

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Engineers built Franco’s regime. Contradicting the convention that sees Francoism distanced from technology and science, the young historian Lino Camprubí...

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Fuses-Viader Arquitectes, Art Center in Sant Julià de Ramis (Girona)
05/08/2019

Fuses-Viader Arquitectes, Art Center in Sant Julià de Ramis (Girona)

The project sets out to refurbish the Sant Julià de Ramis castle, a military fortress raised at the end of the 19th century, and that is located in the town of the same name, close to Girona. The ensemble was closed down in 1970, and was gradually abandoned since...

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The Arctic is ablaze
04/08/2019

The Arctic is ablaze

The Economist

Peat fires in the Arctic are the latest symptom of climate change. The eastern siberian landscape does not normally resemble hell. In winter it is blanketed in snow...

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Carlos Cruz-Diez has died
02/08/2019

Carlos Cruz-Diez has died

The Economist

The Venezuelan artist, who died on July 27th, was an inventor of “kinetic art”. He spent most of his career in Paris...

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Travel With Us
02/08/2019

Travel With Us

Luis Fernández-Galiano

We are tourists, and pretend being travelers. Mass tourism used to be depicted with a cruise ship overwhelming the delicate scale of Venetian palazzos...

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Tokyo unveils 2020 Olympic medals harvested from old gadgets
01/08/2019

Tokyo unveils 2020 Olympic medals harvested from old gadgets

The Verge

The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee launched a two-year campaign in April 2017 to collect donated electronic devices from members of the public in order to harvest the necessary metals...

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Cristiano Toraldo di Francia Dies at 78
01/08/2019

Cristiano Toraldo di Francia Dies at 78

Firenze

Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, a Florentine architect known for founding the Radical design movement collective, Superstudio, passed away on July 30...

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Frida Escobedo, Mar Tirreno residential complex in Mexico City
01/08/2019

Frida Escobedo, Mar Tirreno residential complex in Mexico City

The studio led by the Mexican Frida Escobedo has completed this residential block in Colonia Popotla, Mexico City. The project ‘folds’ the balconies inwards as private courtyards. This strategy takes inspiration from the traditional courtyard-house proposing different degrees...

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BIG + HFF, Puzzle House in Copenhagen
31/07/2019

BIG + HFF, Puzzle House in Copenhagen

Bjarke Ingels, of the Danish firm BIG, and Simon Frommenwiler, founder of the Basel studio HHF, created this installation that was set up for three days in the garden of the Swiss Embassy in Copenhagen. The volume is made up of geometric blocks in pink, red, and fuchsia...

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New Books
AV Monografías 216 - VO TRONG NGHIA 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 216 - E2A 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 93 - SERGISON BATES 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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