Arquitectura Viva
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Agora and Water
17/08/2017

Agora and Water Pdf

Richard Ingersoll

Although climate-change-denier recently assumed power in the USA, all knowledgeable sources agree that the planet has entered a new geological...

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Reducing Bodies to Fight Climate Change?
15/08/2017

Reducing Bodies to Fight Climate Change?

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The transformation of human bodies by artificial means has a long history behind it, but recent technological development has given it a new dimension...

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Iceland´s Turf Houses Merge with Nature since the 9th century
05/08/2017

Iceland´s Turf Houses Merge with Nature since the 9th century

National Geographic

This architectural tradition was brought to Europe by the Vikings more than a thousand years ago and nowaday is still the primary shelter in northern europe...

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Piano Pieces / Piano in Pieces
04/08/2017

Piano Pieces / Piano in Pieces

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Renzo Piano sums up his attitude and method in the name of the studio. ‘Building Workshop’ refers both to the physical condition of architecture...

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Computer analysis of what is scenic may help town planners
26/07/2017

Computer analysis of what is scenic may help town planners

The Economist

Beauty, proverbially, is in the eye of the beholder. But surroundings matter. A paper published two years ago in Nature found a correlation between people’s sense of well-being...

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Is the Stirling becoming a prize ass?
26/07/2017

Is the Stirling becoming a prize ass?

The Guardian / Rowan Moore

The Stirling prize 2017 shortlist displays a woeful lack of adventure – not least in its omission of Tate Modern’s Switch House...

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The billion-dollar palaces of Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon
25/07/2017

The billion-dollar palaces of Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon

The Guardian / Rowan Moore

From California to London, the tech giants are employing top architects to build spectacular symbols of their immense global power. But they have their critics...

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Poetic Craft
02/07/2017

Poetic Craft

Luis Fernández-Galiano

For Carlos Jiménez, architecture is a poetic craft. Dedicated in body and soul to art and friendship, his buildings are lyrical places of intersection between...

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Time Builds Too
29/06/2017

Time Builds Too

Emilio Tuñón

Time is the guiding thread of this article which explains the concept of the new Royal Collections Museum. Originally published in Arquitectura Viva 183, April 2016.

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Tall buildings are becoming more common. They need not be dangerous
24/06/2017

Tall buildings are becoming more common. They need not be dangerous

The Economist

With proper enforcement, fire regulations can keep tower-dwellers safe. A little after midnight on June 14th, London’s fire brigade...

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Senior Housing
23/06/2017

Senior Housing

Luis Fernández-Galiano

We do not need senior housing only: we need cities for all ages. The population aging and hedonistic individualism of post-industrial society have fractured...

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Data is giving rise to a new economy
10/05/2017

Data is giving rise to a new economy

The Economist

An oil refinery is an industrial cathedral, a place of power, drama and dark recesses: ornate cracking towers...

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Luxury flat-owners could shut down the Tate´s viewing platform
06/05/2017

Luxury flat-owners could shut down the Tate´s viewing platform

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

Residents of luxury flats are taking the gallery to court, arguing its viewing platform invades their privacy. It´s part of  a wider hijacking of cultural hotspots by property...

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Making bricks out of Martian soil
05/05/2017

Making bricks out of Martian soil

Wired

It´s much easier to make bricks out of Martian soil than we thought. Previous plans included nuclear-powered kilns or complex chemistry...

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The perilous politics of parking
04/05/2017

The perilous politics of parking

The Economist

The average car moves just 5% of the time. To improve cities, focus on the other 95%. How different cities deal with parking difficulties...

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Ethical Aesthetics
28/04/2017

Ethical Aesthetics

Luis Fernández-Galiano

I met Shigeru Ban at the best place and the best time. The Alvar Aalto Symposium was held in August of 2000 in Jyväskylä under the motto ‘architecture in the year zero,’...

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Where is the world's most sprawling city?
27/04/2017

Where is the world's most sprawling city?

The Guardian

Driving to work, driving to dinner, driving to meet friends … this quintessentially American invention requires a limitless supply of land and resources...

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Minor Surgery
26/04/2017

Minor Surgery

Luis Fernández-Galiano

After many years of large interventions, Spain is now moving on to times of minor surgery. If not all ailments require open-heart surgery...

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5 Surprising Ways Buildings Can Improve Our Health
30/03/2017

5 Surprising Ways Buildings Can Improve Our Health

National Geographic

The latest trends in green design go far beyond energy and water efficiency to improve our daily lives. Joseph Allen investigated hundreds of “sick buildings”...

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Subatomic opportunities. Quantum leaps
13/03/2017

Subatomic opportunities. Quantum leaps

The Economist

The strangeness of the quantum realm opens up exciting new technological possibilities. A bathing cap that can watch individual neurons, allowing others to monitor...

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Built Bodies
10/03/2017

Built Bodies

Beatriz Colomina, Mark Wigley

The human is never simply human. It is never clear where human begins and ends. The body is inhabited and constituted by thousands of microbes – many of which have...

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The Rise of Populism. Spain Yearbook 2017
10/03/2017

The Rise of Populism. Spain Yearbook 2017

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Brexit and Trump have marked a year in which liberal democracies have lost ground to populism and authoritarianism. The wars and failed states of the Middle East...

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Soundscapes. Arquitectura Viva 193
08/03/2017

Soundscapes. Arquitectura Viva 193

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Buildings made for sound are also made for sight. My generation learned the rule that auditoria are constructions to be judged with one’s eyes closed, but in truth...

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Hard Lessons From Chicago’s Public Housing Reform
07/03/2017

Hard Lessons From Chicago’s Public Housing Reform

City Lab

Two decades ago, the city embarked on an ambitious—and controversial—plan to transform its troubled public housing system, uprooting thousands of low-income residents...

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Otherworldly Architecture in Japan’s Magical Mountainside
06/03/2017

Otherworldly Architecture in Japan’s Magical Mountainside

The New York Times

The mountain town of Karuizawa is about an hour’s train ride northwest of Tokyo, a journey that zooms past the small...

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Nature or Culture
17/02/2017

Nature or Culture

Felipe Fernández-Armesto

Environment always clings to culture, conditioning people’s responses, limiting their potential, stimulating their inventiveness...

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How much space in skyscrapers is unoccupiable?
14/02/2017

How much space in skyscrapers is unoccupiable?

The Guardian

From the Empire State to the 1km-tall Jeddah Tower, our roundup of skyscrapers in numbers examines the race to be crowned world’s tallest building...

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A new concert hall is worth the wait, and the cost
21/01/2017

A new concert hall is worth the wait, and the cost

The Economist

Seven years late and built at ten times its proposed cost, it is also a stunning achievement that will make the Hanseatic city a must-see cultural destination...

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Testing the methods of neuroscience on computer chips suggests they are wanting
20/01/2017

Testing the methods of neuroscience on computer chips suggests they are wanting

The Economist

Neuroscience, like many other sciences, has a bottomless appetite for data...

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Miami Beach, the world’s best parking spot
09/01/2017

Miami Beach, the world’s best parking spot

The Economist

Car parks are rarely well-designed. Even more rarely do they amount to “design”: something to enjoy on a purely aesthetic level. However, in Miami Beach, Florida...

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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.
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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