Arquitectura Viva
Sunday, August 25, 2019
The inflexibility of plastic
27/07/2019

The inflexibility of plastic

The Economist

n the past two years plastic litter in the ocean seems to have eclipsed other environmental anxieties among rich-world consumers...

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Concrete Choreography
19/07/2019

Concrete Choreography

ETH Zürich

This novel fabrication process allows the production of 3D concrete elements without the need for any formwork...

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Finch, a parametric tool that generates adaptive plans
06/07/2019

Finch, a parametric tool that generates adaptive plans

The tool is designed to help architects understand the constraints and potential of a site in the early stages of the design process. Finch will be launched in 2020 as a plug-in to visual programming tool Grasshopper within 3D computer graphics software Rhino...

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How to make a better raincoat with tiny “water bowls”
05/07/2019

How to make a better raincoat with tiny “water bowls”

The Economist

The purpose is to constrain the spread of droplets falling on superhydrophobic surfaces, thus encouraging the rapid ejection of those droplets back into the air...

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Miralay, el espejo con televisión integrada que puede personalizarse
02/07/2019

Miralay, el espejo con televisión integrada que puede personalizarse

Miralay, el espejo con televisión integrada desde el que se puede acceder a diferentes servicios de internet, permite personalizar cada uno de sus productos adaptándolos a las necesidades de cada espacio. Para interiores o como punto de información de productos y servicios...

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BIG and UNStudio launch augmented reality design software
02/07/2019

BIG and UNStudio launch augmented reality design software

The Architect's Newspaper

Hyperform allows the design industry to literally immerse themselves—digitally—within a working project, blown up via augmented reality technology to 1:1 scale...

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Ikea gets green light to build affordable homes in UK
01/07/2019

Ikea gets green light to build affordable homes in UK

The Guardian

Affordable developer BoKlok, which is co-owned by IKEA and Skanska, has signed a deal with Worthing council in West Sussex to build low-cost housing in the south of England...

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 NÜO, el sistema integral de control de accesos
18/06/2019

NÜO, el sistema integral de control de accesos

NÜO Planet es una empresa tecnológica española, con más de 35 años de experiencia, especializada en el diseño, el desarrollo y la fabricación de sistemas para el control de accesos en todo tipo de establecimientos...

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Cosentino Design Challenge 13 award winners
12/06/2019

Cosentino Design Challenge 13 award winners

The Cosentino Design Challenge international competition seeks to promote research revolving around the configuration of spaces, materials, and building systems. The 13th edition brought in 350 candidates and three prizes were given in each of two sections...

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Espejo con televisión integrada de Miralay
11/06/2019

Espejo con televisión integrada de Miralay

Miralay, empresa con sede en San Vicente del Raspeig (Alicante), presenta bajo la marca de su mismo nombre un espejo con televisión integrada desde el que se puede acceder a diferentes servicios de internet como alquiler de películas y youtube, entre otros...

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Improving robots’ grasp requires a new way to measure it in humans
04/06/2019

Improving robots’ grasp requires a new way to measure it in humans

The Economist

Building comprehensive tactile maps of how people employ their hands to manipulate the world will require huge sets of data...

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A plan would turn air conditioners into climate-change-fighting machines
19/05/2019

A plan would turn air conditioners into climate-change-fighting machines

MIT Technology Review

The proposal would transform air-conditioning units into machines that capture carbon dioxide and transform it into fuel...

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ToHA, a project by Ron Arad and Avner Yashar with Dekton
06/05/2019

ToHA, a project by Ron Arad and Avner Yashar with Dekton

More than 28,000 square meters of Dekton by Cosentino clad the ensemble, and appear on the ventilated facades, flooring, elevators, ceilings, and the interior partitions. The Dekton pieces, of 10.000 different dimensions and types...

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Machine learning is making pesto even more delicious
18/04/2019

Machine learning is making pesto even more delicious

MIT Technology Review

Researchers at MIT have used AI to improve the flavor of basil. It’s part of a trend that is seeing artificial intelligence revolutionize farming...

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How to knit a sports car with carbon fibre
16/04/2019

How to knit a sports car with carbon fibre

The Economist

Bertha is an automated braiding machine. Like a horizontal maypole, ribbons of carbon fibre are drawn from 288 bobbins contained on a pair of huge rings...

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Ten recent low-tech inventions that have changed the world
01/03/2019

Ten recent low-tech inventions that have changed the world

MIT

Technologies don’t have to be cutting edge to make a profound difference in people’s lives. By the early 1990s, diarrheal diseases were killing some 5 million children...

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Living Seawall, an Ocean Conservation Project
23/02/2019

Living Seawall, an Ocean Conservation Project

Volvo

One garbage truck of plastic enters the world’s oceans every minute, and more than half of Sydney’s shoreline is artificial. Rich, vibrant habitats have been replaced...

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Snøhetta’s new chair is made from ocean plastic
11/02/2019

Snøhetta’s new chair is made from ocean plastic

Curbed

International architecture and design studio Snøhetta bolsters the cause with the S-1500 chair, a simple plastic chair that’s a thing of beauty...

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18th Andreu World International Design Contest
27/12/2018

18th Andreu World International Design Contest

Since 2001 the firm Andreu World  has held an annual competition in which students and yougn designers can present ideas for chairs and tables. The jury of the latest edition – among whose members were Luis Fernández-Galiano, Giulio Ridolfo, Ej Lee, Ana Domínguez...

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LafargeHolcim  Forum – “Re-materializing Construction”
13/12/2018

LafargeHolcim Forum – “Re-materializing Construction”

The 6th International LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction will be hosted by the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and take place from April 4 to 6, 2019...

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The latest Mars-bound craft arrived
27/11/2018

The latest Mars-bound craft arrived

The Economist

InSight, an American craft, is intended to examine the planet’s interior. It will use a robotic arm to deploy a seismometer and a probe designed to measure the heat beneath Mars’s surface...

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ecoLogicStudio Creates Bio-digital Urban Curtain
23/11/2018

ecoLogicStudio Creates Bio-digital Urban Curtain

Dexigner

Conceived as an 'urban curtain,' Photo.Synth.Etica captures CO2 from the atmosphere - approximately one kilo of CO2 per day, equivalent to that of 20 large trees...

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World-first: Bio-bricks from urine
04/11/2018

World-first: Bio-bricks from urine

University of Cape Town

The bio-bricks are created through a natural process called microbial carbonate precipitation. It’s not unlike the way seashells are formed...

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Rolls Royce Partners With Intel to Build Autonomous Ships
25/10/2018

Rolls Royce Partners With Intel to Build Autonomous Ships

Interesting Engineering

The companies announced that it is working with Intel to develop a full fleet of autonomous cargo vessels that require no humans onboard by 2025...

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India could save sand by making concrete with plastic bottles
12/10/2018

India could save sand by making concrete with plastic bottles

GCR

Research carried out by the University of Bath in the UK, and India’s Goa Engineering College, has found that concrete made with an admixture of ground-up plastic bottles...

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Tents and kitchens for battle
29/09/2018

Tents and kitchens for battle

El País

The Zaragoza firm Arpa has made a niche for itself in the world market for mobile equipment for military and civilian use...

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RE/Form by Zaha Hadid Design
24/09/2018

RE/Form by Zaha Hadid Design

The collection of carpets consists of 22 designs, inspired by four themes that feature prominently in Zaha Hadid’s work: striated lines, ribbonlike projections, pixelated landscapes and organic cellular shapes...

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Volvo’s 360c is a fully autonomous bedroom on wheels
14/09/2018

Volvo’s 360c is a fully autonomous bedroom on wheels

The Verge

The 360c driving office makes it viable for people to live at greater distances from crowded cities...

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Road makers turn to recycled plastic for tougher surfaces
14/09/2018

Road makers turn to recycled plastic for tougher surfaces

The Economist

On September 11th in Zwolle, a town in the Netherlands, a 30-metre bicycle track made from 70% recycled plastic and the rest from polypropylene was opened...

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Giant Trap Is Deployed to Catch Plastic Littering the Pacific Ocean
11/09/2018

Giant Trap Is Deployed to Catch Plastic Littering the Pacific Ocean

The New York Times

A multimillion-dollar floating boom designed to corral plastic debris littering the Pacific Ocean deployed from San Francisco Bay...

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New Books
AV Monografías 216 - VO TRONG NGHIA 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 216 - E2A 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 93 - SERGISON BATES 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.
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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