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Saturday, December 14, 2019
Word of the Year: They
14/12/2019

Word of the Year: They

Merriam Webster

Our Word of the Year for 2019 is they. It reflects a surprising fact: even a basic term—a personal pronoun—can rise to the top of our data...

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A Planet of Water
13/12/2019

A Planet of Water Pdf

Luis Fernández-Galiano

We call it Earth, but we could have named it Water. More than two thirds of our planet is covered by oceans, which interact with the earth’s biosphere and the atmosphere...

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Denmark wants to break up ethnic enclaves. What is wrong with them?
13/12/2019

Denmark wants to break up ethnic enclaves. What is wrong with them?

The Economist

In Mjølnerparken (Copenhagen) the plan is to renovate and sell enough apartments to bring the share of subsidised units to below 40%...

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Embers of Babylon
12/12/2019

Embers of Babylon Pdf

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The International Situationist, whose manifestos and works inspired May ’68, was the century’s last avant-garde movement...

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Malls and Amusement Parks
11/12/2019

Malls and Amusement Parks

The Economist

The shellraiser is the world’s steepest rollercoaster. It is not to be found in a big theme park, but indoors at the new American Dream mall in New Jersey...

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COP25: Foster + Partners publishes its sustainability manifesto
11/12/2019

COP25: Foster + Partners publishes its sustainability manifesto Pdf

Foster + Partners has launched its sustainability manifesto, revealing its methodology for greener projects and demonstrating the practice’s ongoing commitment towards achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement...

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The Millennium Dome 20 years on…
08/12/2019

The Millennium Dome 20 years on…

The Guardian / Rowan Moore

It was supposed to be the ultimate symbol of Cool Britannia. Instead it became a nightmare that exposed the spin and hubris of the New Labour project...

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Want to get people to fly less?
06/12/2019

Want to get people to fly less?

Curbed / Alissa Walker

Stop funding billion-dollar airport expansions. Flight shaming should be directed at officials building fossil-fuel infrastructure, not passengers...

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How Advertising Conquered Urban Space
05/12/2019

How Advertising Conquered Urban Space

Citylab / Darran Anderson

In cities around the world, advertising is everywhere. We may try to shut it out, but it reflects who we are (or want to be) and connects us to the urban past...

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A new, theoretical type of time crystal could run without outside help
04/12/2019

A new, theoretical type of time crystal could run without outside help

Science News

First proposed in 2012 by theoretical physicists Frank Wilczek of MIT and Alfred Shapere of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, the idea of time crystals was initially controversial...

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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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Pixelated Craftsmanship
21/11/2019

Pixelated Craftsmanship

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Monumental or minuscule, the oeuvre of Kengo Kuma could be described as pixelated craftsmanship Its creative explosion, encompassing all scales and extending over four continents...

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Megalo-MoMA
19/11/2019

Megalo-MoMA

The New York Review of Books / Martin Filler

Among the plethora of disturbingly disproportionate, super-tall, super-thin condominium towers that have spiked the New York City skyline since the turn of the millennium...

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How the U.S. betrayed the Marshall Islands
14/11/2019

How the U.S. betrayed the Marshall Islands

Los Angeles Times / Susanne Rust

Five thousand miles west of Los Angeles and 500 miles north of the equator, on a far-flung spit of white coral sand in the central Pacific...

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Chinese province closes all glass bridges over safety fears
05/11/2019

Chinese province closes all glass bridges over safety fears

The Guardian

Hebei, a scenic mountainous province in northern China, has quietly closed all 32 of its glass bridges, walkways and mountain viewing platforms over the past year for safety reasons...

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A pair of Australian bridges try to cure concrete cancer
04/11/2019

A pair of Australian bridges try to cure concrete cancer

The Economist

Reinforcing concrete with steel rods called rebars is the basis of modern construction. But because water gets in through tiny cracks, the rebars rust...

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The Air of the City
25/10/2019

The Air of the City Pdf

Luis Fernández-Galiano

City air makes us free; city air kills us; and city air saves us. Urban humanity lived a drama in three acts: the bourgeois revolution ended feudal or class servitude...

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With the Guggenheim, Frank Lloyd Wright Built a Soaring and Intimate Sanctuary for Art
22/10/2019

With the Guggenheim, Frank Lloyd Wright Built a Soaring and Intimate Sanctuary for Art

The New York Times / Michael Kimmelman

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is still a shock on Fifth Avenue. The building turns 60 this month...

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With a $450 Million Expansion, MoMA Is Bigger. Is That Better?
14/10/2019

With a $450 Million Expansion, MoMA Is Bigger. Is That Better?

The New York Times / Michael Kimmelman

Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Gensler added 47,000 square feet of gallery space, a spiffy new canopy and a restaurant. It’s smart, surgical, sprawling and slightly soulless...(video)

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Modern cities become less dense as they grow
06/10/2019

Modern cities become less dense as they grow

The Economist

The biggest engine of expansion is sprawl, not building height. All of the world’s 73 residential towers over 250 metres high were built after the year 2000. Another 64 are under construction...

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SpaceX’s Starship is a new kind of rocket, in every sense
05/10/2019

SpaceX’s Starship is a new kind of rocket, in every sense

The Economist

Elon Musk, the boss of SpaceX, a rocketry firm, unveiled his company’s newest machine, Starship Mk1. It stands 50 metres tall and is made from shiny plates of stainless steel...

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Google claims to have demonstrated “quantum supremacy”
27/09/2019

Google claims to have demonstrated “quantum supremacy”

The Economist

A quantum computer appears to have performed, in just over three minutes, a task that the world’s most powerful classical supercomputer would take around 10,000 years to complete...

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Proof emerges that a quantum computer can outperform a classical one
27/09/2019

Proof emerges that a quantum computer can outperform a classical one

The Economist

Last week a paper on the matter was—briefly and presumably accidentally—published online. The underlying research had already been accepted by Nature but was still under wraps...

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Why Can’t New York City Build More Gems Like This Queens Library?
24/09/2019

Why Can’t New York City Build More Gems Like This Queens Library?

The New York Times / Michael Kimmelman

Against a phalanx of mostly dreary new apartment towers, the soon-to-open Hunters Point Community Library by Steven Holl is a diva parading along the East River in Queens..

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Imperfect Beauty
24/09/2019

Imperfect Beauty Pdf

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Perfection is route more than target. In the 16th century, the mystic St. Teresa of Ávila praised a life of poverty and humility in The Way of Perfection...

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A small Indiana town boosts its big architectural legacy
23/09/2019

A small Indiana town boosts its big architectural legacy

The Economist

In Columbus, Indiana, Pei’s Modernist Cleo Rogers Memorial Library sits across 5th Street from Eliel Saarinen’s First Christian Church...

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Works without Pedestal
20/09/2019

Works without Pedestal

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Cristián Undurraga and Ana Luisa Devés have created works without pedestals. Over four decades ago they set up a studio that became known around the world...

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The climate issue
20/09/2019

The climate issue

The Economist

Climate change touches everything this newspaper reports on. It must be tackled urgently and clear-headedly. From one year to the next, you cannot feel the difference...

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The best architecture of the 21st century
19/09/2019

The best architecture of the 21st century

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

A flying roof, a bamboo airport, a marooned galleon and a park in the sky … continuing our series, we pick the 25 greatest builds of the new age...

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Jonathan Ledgard Believes Imagination Could Save the World
19/09/2019

Jonathan Ledgard Believes Imagination Could Save the World

The New Yorker

His strategies for a more equitable, sustainable future range from practical and humanitarian to fanciful and abstract...

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AV Monografías 218_219 - KENGO KUMA 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 219 - VALERIO OLGIATI 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 95 - ENSAMBLE STUDIO 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.
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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