Arquitectura Viva
Friday, April 28, 2017
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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Torroja in Histories
05/01/2017

Torroja in Histories

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Eduardo Torroja has yet to receive all the recognition he deserves. Unanimously admired by engineers, author of works that form part of the history of architecture and of a mythical...

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Herzog & de Meuron (2013-2017). Fourth Movement
04/01/2017

Herzog & de Meuron (2013-2017). Fourth Movement

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The completion in 2016 of half a dozen prominent works is the drumroll that marks this fourth monographic issue.The projects completed in Hong Kong, New York, Milan, or Beirut...

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Le Corbusier and Ritter
02/01/2017

Le Corbusier and Ritter

François Chaslin

Twelve years after the publication of Le Corbusier’s correspondence with August Perret, and nine after that of his epistolary exchange with the painter Charles L’Eplattenier...

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The Prado Competition
30/12/2016

The Prado Competition

Luis Fernández-Galiano

In 1996 our sister magazine AV devoted an issue to the Prado Museum extension competition, to which almost 500 international teams concurred, and that was disappointingly settled...

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Smog refugees flee Chinese cities as 'airpocalypse' blights half a billion
27/12/2016

Smog refugees flee Chinese cities as 'airpocalypse' blights half a billion

The Guardian

Thousands head to pollution-free regions as haze descends on the country’s northern industrial heartland...

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Anthropocene
16/12/2016

Anthropocene

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Half a century ago, on 23 August 1966, the Lunar Orbiter 1 sent the space station of Robledo de Chavela, near Madrid, the first photograph of the Earth seen from the Moon...

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Aga Khan: Plural Identities
08/12/2016

Aga Khan: Plural Identities

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Architecture can build pluralism. In a world shattered by the tension between globalization and nationalism, the built environment can provide stages for this conflict...

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History Patterns
02/12/2016

History Patterns

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Perhaps like us, buildings live in time and perish in space. They are built over years or decades and often last centuries, suffering the ravages of weather, use or conflict...

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Trumpitecture: what we can expect from the billionaire cowboy builder
28/11/2016

Trumpitecture: what we can expect from the billionaire cowboy builder

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

As the self-styled builder president, Donald Trump began his electoral campaign with a grand architectural promise. “I will build a great wall,” he said, standing...

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Renzo Piano Gives Columbia University the Best Dull Building in Town
17/11/2016

Renzo Piano Gives Columbia University the Best Dull Building in Town

New York Magazine

In the early 1990s, when I was a graduate student at Columbia University, I dreaded my nightly trudge home from Prentis Hall, a gloomy old milk-bottling plant...

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A gilded fantasyland? How Trump might furnish the White House
15/11/2016

A gilded fantasyland? How Trump might furnish the White House

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

Washington DC beware – the extravagant Trumps will be the next first family to put their identity on the president’s residence...

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Anthropocene
09/11/2016

Anthropocene

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Half a century ago, on 23 August 1966, the Lunar Orbiter 1 sent the space station of Robledo de Chavela, near Madrid, the first photograph of the Earth seen...

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Change of Climate
19/10/2016

Change of Climate

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The change of climate we are engaged in is both material and mental. On the one hand, the impact of climate change on the planet is of such scale...

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What New York Can Learn From Barcelona’s ‘Superblocks’
17/10/2016

What New York Can Learn From Barcelona’s ‘Superblocks’

The New York Times / Winnie Hu

Imagine if streets were for strolling, intersections were for playing and cars were almost never allowed. While it sounds like a pedestrian’s daydream...

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Millions of Square Feet, Billions of Dollars: An Arts Universe Expands
14/10/2016

Millions of Square Feet, Billions of Dollars: An Arts Universe Expands

The New York Times

If you need proof of the adage “When the economy sneezes, the arts catch a cold,” consider this: Between 1994 and 2008, the United States added or expanded more than 700...

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AV Monografías 195 - SHIGERU BAN 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 194 - MINOR SURGERY 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 79 - JEAN NOUVEL 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
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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