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Thursday, April 18, 2019
Notre-Dame Attic Was Known as ‘the Forest’ and It Burned Like One
17/04/2019

Notre-Dame Attic Was Known as ‘the Forest’ and It Burned Like One

The New York Times

Exactly how the fire broke out is now the subject of an intensive investigation by the French authorities, who are so far treating the disaster as an accident...

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Horror on the Hudson: New York's $25bn architectural fiasco
15/04/2019

Horror on the Hudson: New York's $25bn architectural fiasco

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

It is a billionaires’ playground where haircuts cost $800 and high-rise duplexes go for $32m. So why do the angular towers of Hudson Yards look so cheap?...

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Buildings are killing up to 1bn birds a year in US
14/04/2019

Buildings are killing up to 1bn birds a year in US

The Guardian

New report ranks deadliest cities for feathered travelers, who often collide with glass-covered or illuminated buildings...

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Cracks in the Ice Sheet
11/04/2019

Cracks in the Ice Sheet Pdf

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Ice cracks, and so does our future. The polar regions control the planet’s weather system, and the gradual loss of marine or glacial ice is altering significantly...

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Helmut Jahn ‘embarrassed’ by O’Hare choice
01/04/2019

Helmut Jahn ‘embarrassed’ by O’Hare choice

Curbed

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that a team from Studio Gang would design the new terminal and concourse for O’Hare International Airport in Chicago...

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Qatar's thrilling new supersized museum
29/03/2019

Qatar's thrilling new supersized museum

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

The 539 discs are clad with 76,000 glass-fibre-reinforced concrete panels, requiring a level of technical gymnastics only made possible by software developed...

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Economic growth does not guarantee rising happiness
26/03/2019

Economic growth does not guarantee rising happiness

The Economist

Of the 125 countries for which good data exist, 43 have seen GDP per person and happiness move in opposite directions...

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What came first: all-seeing gods or large societies?
25/03/2019

What came first: all-seeing gods or large societies?

The Economist

Anthropological research suggests that the gods who watch over small societies tend to demand only that people show deference to them. Big Gods come later...

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Britain’s tower blocks
24/03/2019

Britain’s tower blocks

The Economist

Once symbols of poverty, are now for the rich. London has only 360 buildings of 20 storeys or more. But 540 more are in the pipeline, with a spike in completions due this year...

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The difference between Italy and Spain
23/03/2019

The difference between Italy and Spain

The Economist

Decline has been the defining Italian experience of the past decades, but Spaniards have experienced the past decades as a time of rising prosperity and freedom...

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Why big tech should fear Europe
22/03/2019

Why big tech should fear Europe

The Economist

To understand the future of Silicon Valley, cross the Atlantic. The debate rages loudly over how to tame the tech giants, so that they act in the public interest... 

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Step Inside Architect Frank Gehry's Santa Monica Dream House
19/03/2019

Step Inside Architect Frank Gehry's Santa Monica Dream House

Architectural Digest / Paul Goldberger

Nearly four decades after creating a still-astounding, statement-making home in Santa Monica, legendary architect Frank Gehry builds a new dream house...

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Hudson Yards Is Manhattan’s Biggest, Newest, Slickest Gated Community
18/03/2019

Hudson Yards Is Manhattan’s Biggest, Newest, Slickest Gated Community

The New York Times / Michael Kimmelman

You can see it on the skyline or along the Hudson River, upending Manhattan’s silhouette. The largest mixed-use private real estate venture in American history, it is called Hudson Yards...

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Climate change and population growth are making the world’s water woes more urgent
04/03/2019

Climate change and population growth are making the world’s water woes more urgent

The Economist

NASA has a motto-cum-mission-statement: “Follow the water”...

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Water, the original solvent, can provide its own solutions
04/03/2019

Water, the original solvent, can provide its own solutions

The Economist

A tunnel will accommodate a tube 2.6 metres wide, the deepest potable-water pipe in the world, that will pump water through 30km of tunnel from sea-level to an elevation of 860 metres to supply much of Jerusalem’s drinking-water needs...

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Florida is drowning
25/02/2019

Florida is drowning

The Guardian

People tend to respond to immediate threats and financial consequences – and Florida’s coastal real estate may be on the cusp of delivering that harsh wake-up call...

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The Spirit of the Beehive
22/02/2019

The Spirit of the Beehive

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Bjarke Ingels is the spirit that inspires the busy beehive of BIG. Striving to make his leading figure disappear to always stay one step ahead of the office, on the frontier of innovation...

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Balkan Urbicide
18/02/2019

Balkan Urbicide Pdf

This article by Luis Fernández-Galiano on the deliberate destruction of the material, historical, and emotional heritage of the former Yugoslavia was published in El País in 1993 and is included in the book The Age of Spectacle.

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Will Frank Gehry’s Wimbledon concert hall outshine £300m City rival?
12/02/2019

Will Frank Gehry’s Wimbledon concert hall outshine £300m City rival?

The Guardian / Rowan Moore

There is now a project to build a 1,250-seat venue in the suburb better known for its tennis – Wimbledon – to be designed by the celebrated Los Angeles architect Frank Gehry...

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The magnetic north pole is messing with your smartphone’s mapping apps
01/02/2019

The magnetic north pole is messing with your smartphone’s mapping apps

Technology Review

The magnetic north pole is influenced by the movement of liquid iron below Earth’s surface. The magnetic north pole is wandering away from the Canadian Arctic toward Siberia...

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Can China Turn the Middle of Nowhere Into the Center of the World Economy?
01/02/2019

Can China Turn the Middle of Nowhere Into the Center of the World Economy?

The New York Times

In the barely inhabited steppes of Central Asia, it is establishing the next foothold in its trillion-dollar campaign to transform global infrastructure...

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The technology to combat rogue drones is getting better
31/01/2019

The technology to combat rogue drones is getting better

The Economist

Indra, a big Spanish technology company, said it had completed extensive testing in “dangerous” places of an anti-drone system called Arms....

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The pros and cons of placebo buttons
30/01/2019

The pros and cons of placebo buttons

The Economist

Over the course of many years, the authorities in New York disabled most of the control buttons that once operated pedestrian-crossing lights in the city...

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Add a liver enzyme to a type of ivy to purify the air in buildings
18/01/2019

Add a liver enzyme to a type of ivy to purify the air in buildings

The Economist

The air in modern homes and offices is pretty clean, but not as clean as it might be. Often, it contains small amounts of volatile, toxic, organic compounds such as benzene...

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Climate change: The massive CO2 emitter you may not know about
13/01/2019

Climate change: The massive CO2 emitter you may not know about

BBC

Cement is the source of about 8% of the world's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, according to think tank Chatham House...

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Why more buildings should be made of wood
11/01/2019

Why more buildings should be made of wood

The Economist

It is better for the planet, and safer than you think. No other building material has environmental credentials as exciting and overlooked as wood...

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Efforts to make buildings greener are not working
10/01/2019

Efforts to make buildings greener are not working

The Economist

From January 1st 2019 all new public-sector buildings in EU countries must be built to “Nearly Zero-Energy” standards. Rules on “zero energy” buildings do not go far enough...

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Urban Resilience
04/01/2019

Urban Resilience

Richard Sennett

The words ‘resilience’ and ‘sustainability’ are clichés which dominate urbanism today. Everyone is for them, whatever they mean: the United Nations, the Rockefeller Foundation...

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Origami spreads its wings
03/01/2019

Origami spreads its wings

The Economist

From child’s play to spacecraft, by way of mathematics and mechanical engineering. The mathematics of origami has moved beyond early efforts to show how much higher maths could be recapitulated in folds...

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The Celebration of Community
31/12/2018

The Celebration of Community

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The construction of continuity extends seamlessly with the celebration of community. If the first years of David Chipperfield’s...

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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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