Arquitectura Viva
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Jacobs versus Lefebvre
22/08/2017

Jacobs versus Lefebvre

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Two publications that serve as refreshers on Jane Jacob and Henri Lefebvre´s works, which continue to inspire contemporary urban movements. However, it is not easy to know how their intellectual legacies can be combined ...

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On Architectural Theory
18/08/2017

On Architectural Theory

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Theory gets bad press. Nevertheless, architecture is built with ideas, which is what connects these two titles of Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes...

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Challenges of Preservation
16/08/2017

Challenges of Preservation

Eduardo Prieto

Two books with different approaches that add fuel to the recent polemics about the almost unanimous acceptance of the culture of heritage preservation...

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The History of ‘Nueva Forma’
14/08/2017

The History of ‘Nueva Forma’

Ana Esteban Maluenda

Nueva Forma, the publishing project lead by Fullaondo which relieved Spain from the cultural incommunication suffered during the Civil War...

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Book: RCR arquitectes, the laureates of this year's Pritzker Prize
25/05/2017

Book: RCR arquitectes, the laureates of this year's Pritzker Prize

Shunning the spotlight by choice, from their outlying studio of Olot, the laureates of this year's Pritzker Prize have worked together for thirty years developing an architecture that is radical in its language yet anchored to its context and committed to nature...

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How Peggy Guggenheim took Venice
11/05/2017

How Peggy Guggenheim took Venice

The Guardian / Judith Mackrell

In the summer of 1948, the Venice Art Biennale was back in business after the long and isolating years of war. It was a historic event...

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Imaginary museums
02/05/2017

Imaginary museums

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Architecture books, like art books, are imaginary museums. Three recent books explore editorial narration with images from complementary angles...

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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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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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Centre Pompidou, 40 Years Later
07/04/2017

Centre Pompidou, 40 Years Later

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Few buildings deserve an intellectual biography and the Pompidou is one of them. On the occasion of its anniversary, the historian and critic...

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New York’s Vast Flop
02/04/2017

New York’s Vast Flop

The New York Review of Books

No urban design project in modern American experience has aroused such high expectations and intense scrutiny as the rebuilding of the World Trade Center...

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The Dramas and Intrigues of Louis Kahn
14/03/2017

The Dramas and Intrigues of Louis Kahn

The New York Times

Wendy Lesser’s biography of the architect Louis Kahn (1901-1974) is, like one of Kahn’s monumental buildings, unusual in its design...

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‘Global Kitchen’ by Cosentino
09/03/2017

‘Global Kitchen’ by Cosentino

Eduardo Prieto

Because of its ties with fire, the kitchen was the heart of the traditional house. Later the kitchen was hidden away, a commoner in the bourgeois or aristocratic house...

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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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Dossier Lattices. Arquitectura Viva 192
03/03/2017

Dossier Lattices. Arquitectura Viva 192

At once abstract and material, and able to produce different levels of transparency by reinterpreting the idea of ornament, lattices are now an increasingly common solution. Ángel Martínez García-Posada discusses their aesthetic possibilities...

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Unbuilt Los Angeles: the city that might have been
10/02/2017

Unbuilt Los Angeles: the city that might have been

The Guardian

From the offshore Santa Monica freeway to a mini Las Vegas with pyramids and the Parthenon, Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell look at the LA that never happened...

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Third arquia/maestros series of audiovisual monographs
31/01/2017

Third arquia/maestros series of audiovisual monographs

Federico Correa (Barcelona, 1924), Antonio Lamela (Madrid, 1926), and Antonio Vázquez de Castro (Madrid, 1929) are the third trio of the arquia/maestros series of DVDs on important figures of Spanish architecture. For the two previous sets...

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Architecture and Neuroscience
27/01/2017

Architecture and Neuroscience

Eduardo Prieto

One of the least controversial decisions of President Obama was to allocate 3 billion dollars to the creation of what...

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Why Marcel Breuer Was 2016's Unlikeliest Starchitect
13/01/2017

Why Marcel Breuer Was 2016's Unlikeliest Starchitect

CityLab

The author of a new book on the Brutalist architect explains why his buildings are both admired and imperiled today...

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The World of Edward Burtynsky
06/01/2017

The World of Edward Burtynsky

Laura Fernández Suárez

Until the appearance of drones, world watchers had few opportunities to lift their points of view from the ground and contemplate the Earth, in all its breadth...

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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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SANAA. Sejima & Nishizawa. 1990-2017
20/12/2016

SANAA. Sejima & Nishizawa. 1990-2017

Arquitectura Viva presents SANAA. Sejima & Nishizawa. 1990-2017, a 352-page volume, in hardcover and fully bilingual Spanish-English edition, which gathers the complete oeuvre of Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa.

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Rowan Moore’s best architecture books of 2016
09/12/2016

Rowan Moore’s best architecture books of 2016

The Guardian / Rowan Moore

Books about building for peace in times of war are among the standout volumes of the last 12 months. Most of the time the pursuit of architecture is not as serious... 

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On Transparency. Herzog and De Meuron vs. Mies
06/12/2016

On Transparency. Herzog and De Meuron vs. Mies

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Triggered by a visit to Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, the most important critical work of Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron to date uses transparenc...

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The lie of the land: when map makers get it wrong
22/11/2016

The lie of the land: when map makers get it wrong

The Guardian

The history of cartography is littered with mistakes, myths and mendacity. From the magnetic mountain at the north pole to Australia’s inland sea, Edward Brooke-Hitching...

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‘Change of Climate’ & ‘Anthropocene’
18/11/2016

‘Change of Climate’ & ‘Anthropocene’

The changes caused by humans on the Earth’s crust are of such magnitude as to have begun a new geological age, the Anthropocene, and this historical mutation is reflected as much in architecture as in the cities...

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Contemporary Homes in Stunning Natural Surroundings
11/11/2016

Contemporary Homes in Stunning Natural Surroundings

The New York Times

From a home in Capri built into a cliff to a structure submerged underground in Wales, “Elemental Living,” a new book...

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Latin American Visions
04/11/2016

Latin American Visions

Josep Maria Montaner

Thanks to its contribution to knowledge about architecture in Latin America, the publication of this book is something to celebrate. Its mission was not an easy one, but has...

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Handke, Vila-Matas: Light Essays
21/10/2016

Handke, Vila-Matas: Light Essays

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The latest essays by Peter Handke and Enrique Vila-Matas address architecture and art from unusual angles, but deliver less than we would expect from writers of their talent...

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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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New Books
AV Monografías 197_198 - RENZO PIANO 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 197 - ON THE WATERFRONT 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 81 - DOMINIQUE PERRAULT 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.
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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