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Sunday, October 22, 2017
Norman Foster.Common Futures
19/10/2017

Norman Foster.Common Futures

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Founded in 1985, AV reaches issue 200 a third of a century later. This anniversary coincides with the release of Arquitectura Viva 200...

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In Praise of Hands
13/10/2017

In Praise of Hands

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Fingers save us from the digital. Beyond the etymological paradox, the reality they perceive serves as material support before the unsettling evanescence of the virtual...

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Tiny robots will inspect and fix jet engines from the inside
02/10/2017

Tiny robots will inspect and fix jet engines from the inside

The Economist

If you are reading this while sitting in an aircraft and are of a nervous disposition, do not be alarmed, but the temperature inside the jet engines keeping you aloft...

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The Geometric Disease
29/09/2017

The Geometric Disease

Luis Fernández-Galiano

I have not met Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen, but can easily notice in them the symptoms of the disease I also suffer...

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The Suburb of the Future, Almost Here
20/09/2017

The Suburb of the Future, Almost Here

The New York Times

Millennials want a different kind of suburban development that is smart, efficient and sustainable...

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A Generation of Architects Making Its Mark at Dizzying Speed
12/09/2017

A Generation of Architects Making Its Mark at Dizzying Speed

The New York Times

In 2018, when they complete Rome’s Città del Sole (City of the Sun), Maria Claudia Clemente, 50, and Francesco Isidori, 47, partners of that city’s Labics studio...

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After exploring Saturn, Cassini faces a fiery end
11/09/2017

After exploring Saturn, Cassini faces a fiery end

The Economist

On September 11th, around 1.2bn kilometres from Earth, Cassini, a robotic spacecraft that has been orbiting Saturn for 13 years, will make a final flypast of Titan, Saturn’s biggest moon...

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What machines can tell from your face
08/09/2017

What machines can tell from your face

The Economist

The human face is a remarkable piece of work. The astonishing variety of facial features helps people recognise each other and is crucial to the formation of complex societies...

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How government policy exacerbates hurricanes like Harvey
02/09/2017

How government policy exacerbates hurricanes like Harvey

The Economist

As if global warming were not enough of a threat, poor planning and unwise subsidies make floods worse...

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The likelihood of floods is changing with the climate
02/09/2017

The likelihood of floods is changing with the climate

The Economist

In 1979 it was Claudette; in 2001 it was Allison; now it is Harvey: in 50 years, the city of Houston has been hit by three separate “500-year...

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Trump's $3m White House redesign? It's as drab as a downmarket hotel
31/08/2017

Trump's $3m White House redesign? It's as drab as a downmarket hotel

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

The president ‘wanted to bring back the lustre’ to his residence. But, says our design critic, a boring carpet, greige wallpaper and two giant eagles won’t make...

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On the Waterfront
30/08/2017

On the Waterfront

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Water dilutes the certitudes of architecture. Its liquid state erodes physical foundations and disintegrates the discipline’s conceptual base...

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The Spanish holiday home as an architectural collectible
29/08/2017

The Spanish holiday home as an architectural collectible

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

In rural Aragon, the Solo Houses project is giving international architects free rein to create the buildings of their imagination...

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Efficiency eludes the construction industry
23/08/2017

Efficiency eludes the construction industry

The Economist

Construction has the lowest productivity gains of any industry due to a lack of standarized codes and the issue of inexpensive labour...

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In Praise of the Palimpsest. Two Museums in Florence
21/08/2017

In Praise of the Palimpsest. Two Museums in Florence Pdf

Kosme de Barañano

Often in the world of today, great building works go unnoticed just because they are simple, or are not brought to light by critics and media. Let me point out two examples in the...

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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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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
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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. 
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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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