Arquitectura Viva
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Large economic gains can come from mundane improvements in policy
19/10/2018

Large economic gains can come from mundane improvements in policy

The Economist

Take three examples: maintenance, management of state assets and public-sector accounting. The costs of skimping on repairs can become tragically apparent...

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Can robots transform Chinese architecture?
07/10/2018

Can robots transform Chinese architecture?

CNN

Meeting the China's construction demands has come at the expense of architectural identity, according to Philip Yuan, founder of the firm Archi-Union Architects...

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Indonesia earthquake
06/10/2018

Indonesia earthquake

The Guardian

The earthquake shook up saturated earth beneath the city of Palu causing it to flow like liquid, scientists believe...

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The centenary of the 20th century’s worst catastrophe
02/10/2018

The centenary of the 20th century’s worst catastrophe

The Economist

“Spanish flu” probably killed more people than both world wars combined. The current estimate is that it killed at least 50m people and perhaps as many as 100m...

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Modern-day alchemy
01/10/2018

Modern-day alchemy

The Economist

Businesses are trying to reduce, reuse and recycle. Turning the vicious cycle into a virtuous one...

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The Epicenter of the Housing Bust Is Booming Again
01/10/2018

The Epicenter of the Housing Bust Is Booming Again

The New York Times

This quiet working-class town, just beyond the glitz of the Las Vegas Strip, helped spark the global financial crisis 10 years ago...

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Cash for trash
30/09/2018

Cash for trash

The Economist

How the world should cope with its growing piles of rubbish. Poor countries must build infrastructure. Rich ones should waste less...

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More City
28/09/2018

More City

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Architecture and architects were the protagonists of the first four international congresses of the Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad. The fifth, held again at Pamplona’s Baluarte...

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Earliest animal fossils are identified
28/09/2018

Earliest animal fossils are identified

BBC

It's a 558-million-year-old oval-shaped creature that may have borne a superficial resemblance to a segmented jellyfish...

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This High-Tech Farmer Grows Kale in a Factory
28/09/2018

This High-Tech Farmer Grows Kale in a Factory

Bloomberg

In the kale-filled facility at vertical farm startup Bowery Farming, it’s a piece of proprietary software that makes most of the critical... 

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Mobility in future will also require eliminating vans and trucks
23/09/2018

Mobility in future will also require eliminating vans and trucks

Retina

Using electric vehicles and bicycles can also help combat pollution: logistics are to blame for 40% of contamination in cities...

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Why Europe should focus on its growing interdependence with Africa
22/09/2018

Why Europe should focus on its growing interdependence with Africa

The Economist

There is an alternative “Eurafrica” strategy. This is to accept the integration of Africa and Europe. Building walls will not work...

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Churches help to preserve bird biodiversity
16/09/2018

Churches help to preserve bird biodiversity

The Economist

A team led by Piotr Skorka of the Polish Academy of Sciences set out to see just how good churches are as bird habitats...

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We live in Matrix
12/09/2018

We live in Matrix

El País / Víctor Lapuente

A group of scientists led by the psychologist Daniel Gilbert has proven the existence of a brain mechanism that prevents us from perceiving reality objectively...

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Jørn Utzon, architect of the "patient search"
12/09/2018

Jørn Utzon, architect of the "patient search"

Fahrenheit 451

In AV Monographs 205, Jørn Utzon is presented as a figure who changed the architectural directions of a nation...

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Lessons from the destruction of the National Museum of Brazil
07/09/2018

Lessons from the destruction of the National Museum of Brazil

The Economist

Rich museums should help poor ones conserve their treasures. The loss of a great national museum is a global tragedy...

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Ethereal underworld: exploring Helsinki's colossal new art bunker
03/09/2018

Ethereal underworld: exploring Helsinki's colossal new art bunker

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

This curious landscape of humps and funnels signals the arrival of Amos Rex, a €50m art museum for the Finnish capital, designed by JKMM, opened last week...

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The revival of Ponte is a potent symbol of Johannesburg’s renewal
02/09/2018

The revival of Ponte is a potent symbol of Johannesburg’s renewal

The Economist

In 1976 Africa’s most glamorous residence opened in downtown Johannesburg. Ponte City, a cylindrical brutalist skyscraper stretching 54 storeys, was built for yuppies...

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What to make of cryptocurrencies and blockchains
31/08/2018

What to make of cryptocurrencies and blockchains

The Economist

Cryptocurrencies and their underlying technology, blockchains, have been hyped to the skies. Tim Cross offers a realist’s guide...

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World's Greatest Places 2018: 100 destinations to experience
30/08/2018

World's Greatest Places 2018: 100 destinations to experience

Time

It’s easy to find guides to famous attractions. But which new and newly relevant destinations are worth experiencing right now?...

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Air-conditioners do great good, but at a high environmental cost
27/08/2018

Air-conditioners do great good, but at a high environmental cost

The Economist

At current growth rates, one billion air-conditioners will be installed globally in the next ten years. The rapid growth in their use makes it urgent to limit the damage...

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Crumbling infrastructure is a worldwide problem
22/08/2018

Crumbling infrastructure is a worldwide problem

The Economist

Heavy traffic, cracks in reinforced concrete or corrosion of steel bars could be leading into a series of collapses following Genoa´s bridge...

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On Architectural Criticism
20/08/2018

On Architectural Criticism

Philip Ursprung

A comienzos de la década de 1920 una buena crítica podía valer una fortuna, y una mala podía arruinar toda una carrera. Todavía se hacía sentir el aura de los grandes...

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Design Beyond Intelligence
14/08/2018

Design Beyond Intelligence

Mario Carpo

Twenty to thirty years is a long time in the annals of information technology – long enough to allow us to discern a fundamental rift between...

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Sri Lanka's 'new Dubai
13/08/2018

Sri Lanka's 'new Dubai

The Guardian

Built on land reclaimed from the Indian Ocean and funded with $1.4bn in Chinese investment, glossy plans for Port City inspire a mixture of optimism and alarm...

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Animal Architecture
06/08/2018

Animal Architecture

Luis Fernández-Galiano

We love animal architecture. The building prowess of some species and the mechanical design of organisms have served as inspiration for architects, but neither of those...

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It is useless to live
03/08/2018

It is useless to live

TLS / Nan Z. Da

There is a type of Chinese poem called the juemingci, which means, roughly, verses to terminate your life. Almost the poetic equivalent of a suicide note...

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Software can model how a wildfire will spread
03/08/2018

Software can model how a wildfire will spread

The Economist

Lest anyone doubt the speed with which a brush fire can strike, consider how rapidly flames engulfed Mati, a seaside resort near Athens, on July 23rd...

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The world is losing the war against climate change
03/08/2018

The world is losing the war against climate change

The Economist

Earth is smouldering. From Seattle to Siberia this summer, flames have consumed swathes of the northern hemisphere. One of 18 wildfires...

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Should Designers Try to Reform Immigrant Detention?
01/08/2018

Should Designers Try to Reform Immigrant Detention?

CityLab

Some architects believe it’s their duty to try to improve conditions for immigrant detainees in the U.S., while others urge a total boycott of such work...

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New Books
AV Monografías 207 - BATLLE i ROIG 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 207 - MORE CITY 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 88 - VÁZQUEZ CONSUEGRA 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
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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