Arquitectura Viva
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
On Spanish History
06/12/2017

On Spanish History

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Juan Benet’s Return to Región is now fifty years old. A half-century has passed during which the nation Spain has gone from bimillennial to bicentennial and ended up a mythical...

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Rebel architecture: in praise of Britain’s Postmodern oddities
24/11/2017

Rebel architecture: in praise of Britain’s Postmodern oddities

The Spaces

Best known for its striking shapes and bright colours, the eclectic architectural oeuvre blends contrasting historic influences...

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An eye for detail: architect John Pawson’s photographs
23/11/2017

An eye for detail: architect John Pawson’s photographs

The Guardian

Spectrum by John Pawson is published by Phaidon. The book features 320 images, shot mostly on his iPhone or a digital camera...

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On Hegemann´s Berlin
11/11/2017

On Hegemann´s Berlin

Eduardo Mangada

The publication of Werner Hegemann’s great work, Berlin, City of Stone, is a vital contribution to Spanish urban culture, and good news for those devoted...

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Urbanism in Madrid
09/11/2017

Urbanism in Madrid

Javier Ruiz Sánchez

In 2004 Madrid City Hall published a guide to urban planning in 20th-century Madrid, coordinated by Ramón López de Lucio, that filled two voids. Prior to it...

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An Agenda for Sustainability
19/10/2017

An Agenda for Sustainability

Eduardo Prieto

The term ‘Anthropocene’ alerts us to something we know but tend to forget about: humanity’s greatest enemy is itself. Hegel said that thought, a serpent wound around itself...

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When architectural idealism meets reality
10/10/2017

When architectural idealism meets reality

The Economist

The book Four Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession, by Reinier de Graaf, shows what happens when ambitious plans encounter the buzzsaw of politics...

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From Jerusalem to Afghanistan
01/10/2017

From Jerusalem to Afghanistan

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Half a century ago, the Six-Day War began a new chapter in the troubled history of the Middle East, a shaken geography whose fractures extend far from its epicenters...

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These 5 architecture projects would have changed New York
30/08/2017

These 5 architecture projects would have changed New York

Artsy

Those unrealized structures are the subject of Never Built New York, a book written by architecture critic Greg Goldin and journalist Sam Lubell...

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A Mystic Monumentality
29/08/2017

A Mystic Monumentality

The New York Review of Books

Louis Kahn, who by the time he died in 1974 at the age of seventy-three was widely and correctly considered America’s foremost master builder...

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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...

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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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New Books
AV Monografías 200 - NORMAN FOSTER 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 199 - YOUNG CATALONIA 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 83 - SOUTO DE MOURA 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
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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