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Tuesday, August 11, 2020
 
New Books
AV Monografías 226 - SOU FUJIMOTO 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 226 - ROLDÁN+BERENGUÉ 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 99 - FOSTER+PARTNERS 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
Francisco Mangado Francisco Mangado
This 208-page, hardback and clothbound, bilingual (Spanish-English) book presents fifteen works carried out from 2000 to 2020 by the firm of Francisco Mangado, who explains them in terms of the concepts that have driven each one of them.
H&deM (1978-2019) H&deM (1978-2019)
The tireless creative pulse of the Swiss office, which over the course of four decades has produced some of the most emblematic examples of contemporary architecture, is illustrated here in a bilingual Spanish-English edition, made up of two volumes of 352 pages each, presented in hard-bound cloth.
H&deM (2003-2019) H&deM (2003-2019)
The volume includes 41 prominent works started between 2003 and 2019, such as Elphilharmonie Hamburg, buildings like Helsinki Dreispitz and Feltrinelli Porta Volta, Vitra Schaudepot, and the proposal for the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin.
H&deM (1978-2002) H&deM (1978-2002)
The volume covers 43 of the main buildings initiated between 1978 and 2002, showing the formal transformations and material tests carried out during the first years of career in Basel up to the studio’s worldwide recognition.
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.
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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Nendo, Shanghai Times Square (China)

Shanghai Times Square within the Pudong district is the result of working on a nine-floor commercial building containing over 53,000 square meters of space. The objective was to accommodate 170 establishments, mostly fashion and lifestyle stores but also several...

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11/08/2020

Lacol Arquitectura,
28 Cooperative Dwellings in Barcelona

The project arose from an initiative of neighbors to collectively address their need for access to housing through a cooperative organized on a right-of-use basis. Large communal spaces within the building serve to foster goodwill among the inhabitants, encouraging...

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10/08/2020

Cobe, Kids’ City in Copenhagen (Denmark)

Designed to take in 750 children in the heart of Copenhagen, the school is envisioned as a city in itself, with its own neighborhoods, squares, parks, houses, and public buildings. Involving a combination of types and solutions, diverse and fun, the project took off from a special sociological study designed to determine the particular...

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07/08/2020

Manuel Cervantes Estudio, house in Amatepec (Mexico)

A work of the Mexican firm Manuel Cervantes Estudio, this residence  seeks to optimize light and engagement with the outdoors. Wrapped in a ceramic skin, the composition of interlocking volumes adapts to the slope of the site, diluting the boundaries between inside and out...

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06/08/2020

Genoa's new bridge
under construction

As a donation to Genoa, his native city, Renzo Piano has done the designs for the reconstruction of the Polcevera Viaduct, also known as Morandi Bridge, which collapsed on 14 August 2018, killing 43. The new bridge officially opens almost two years later, this coming 3 August.

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04/08/2020

Arquitectura-G,
Acid House in Barcelona (Spain)

Located in Barcelona, the Acid House is the outcome of converting a factory into a corporate innovation center. Conceived with an economy of means in mind, the project maintains the original layout in two differentiated zones: the main shed has been turned into...

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03/08/2020

Roldán + Berengué, 46 Social Dwellings in the Fabra & Coats Factory

The old textile complex is being recovered to join the Barcelona Art Factories network,  adding 28,000 m² of public space and, for the first time in this type of intervention, of social housing. Built in 1905 to store thread, the warehouse is 100x15 meters and 11 meters high, and is divided into two floors by an intermediate... 

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31/07/2020

AZPML + TLS win competition in Shenzhen

With a scheme titled ‘Super Campus’ AZPML Architecture (London and New York) and TLS Landscape Architecture (Berkeley and Shanghai) have won the competition for the Landscape Design of the o design the landscaping for the Shenzhen Bay Super...

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30/07/2020

2020 FAD Award winners

The FAD Award for Architecture highlights the housing block built in Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona, by the Madrid firm Estudio Herreros, in collaboration with the Barcelona practice Estudi d’arquitectura MIM-A, while Madrid-based Andrés Jaque...

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28/07/2020

Vaíllo + Irigaray wins competition for Basque Museum in Bilbao

The Navarre-based practice of Antonio Vaíllo and Juan Luis Irigaray has come first in the contest to renovate the Basque Museum of Bilbao. Drawn up in collaboration with Jesús Moreno y Asociados and MOEST Arquitectos, the scheme works on the historical...

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27/07/2020

Ryue Nishizawa,
Terasaki House in Kanagawa (Japan)

A large roof with expressive gables and a small inner courtyard serve to form the various spaces of this single-level residence located along Tokyo’s metropolitan beltway. Sculpted by the big roof of laminated timber that rests on pillars of steel...

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25/07/2020

I Can’t Breathe

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Breathing has become harder to do. Cars deteriorate the air of cities, pandemics contaminate the air of buildings, and racism degrades the air of societies. Urban atmospheres get more toxic and claim countless victims...

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24/07/2020

Antonio Montes Gil, El Molí Library in Molins de Rei (Barcelona)

Shortlisted in the Architecture category of the 2020 FAD Awards, this library in the Barcelona municipality of Molins de Rei, takes up the two higher levels of a former Ferrer y Mora textile factory, built in 1858. Designed by Antonio Montel Gil, architect of the Barcelona...

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23/07/2020

CSO Arquitectura, Passivhaus-certified nursing home in Camarzana de Tera

Designed by CSO Arquitectura, headed by Antón Freile, this expansion of the elderly residence which the same Madrid firm built in 2005 in Camarzana de Tera (Zamora), at kilometer 127 of the road linking Benavente to Vigo, has been shortlisted in the...

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22/07/2020

A Day with Ryūe Nishizawa and Kazuyo Sejima, ‘Tokyo Ride’ by Beka & Lemoine

Tokyo Ride is a new step of Bêka & Lemoine’s immersion within Tokyo’s busy daily life. Revisiting the genre of the road movie in a very diaristic and personal way, the film takes us on board of Ryue Nishizawa’s vintage Alfa Romeo (Giulia) for a day long...

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22/07/2020

Álvaro Siza, Clay Pavilion
for Casa Wabi Foundation

Along Mexico’s Oaxaca coast, in Puerto Escondido, is the main center of Casa Wabi Foundation, designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando. An initiative of the artist Bosco Sodi, Casa Wabi is an initiative based on the wabi-sabi concept, a worldview focused on...

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21/07/2020

Madrid and the Burial of A5

Francisco Burgos & Ginés Garrido

Burying the most urban stretch of Madrid’s A5 motorway – 3.5 kilometers from the exit of the Avenida de Portugal tunnel to the intersection with Avenida de Los Poblados – is an old demand of locals. Even back in 2007, at the time of the undergrounding...

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20/07/2020

Santos Mera Arquitectos, Campañó Football Field (Pontevedra)

In the parish church of Campañó, on the outskirts of Pontevedra, the project set out to improve the existing football field – made of rammed earth and with dressing rooms in urgent  need of repair – with a new layer of artificial turf and adding new facilities for dressing rooms...

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17/07/2020

Calderon-Folch Studio + Sarsanedas Arquitectura + COMA Arquitectura + Mario Nahra, Comparative Medicine and Bioimage Center in Badalona

The project for the CMCiB Building (Comparative Medicine and Bioimage Center) seeks addressing complex technical and functional issues in a way that is sustainable and sensitive to context and achieves high comfort levels (visual, hygrothermal, and acoustic)...

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16/07/2020

Jordi Hidalgo Tané, Landaburu Borda
rural lodgings in Bera (Navarre)

The Catalan architect Jordi Hidalgo Tané (Olot, 1967) was commissioned to renovate and enlarge an early-20th-century building in Bera, a municipality in the Cinco Villas comarca of Navarre, and turn it into rustic accommodations. Shortlisted in the architecture...

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15/07/2020

MVRDV to transform its Hannover Expo 2000 Dutch pavilion

MVRDV has unveiled its scheme to turn the Dutch pavilion that the Rotterdam firm itself built in 2000 for the World’s Fair of Hannover, into an office building. The project uses the existing structure and also preserves a number of other features, including the forest...

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14/07/2020

Albert Faus, secondary school
in Youlou (Burkina Faso)

Shortlisted in the international section of the 2020 FAD Awards, the project submitted by Albert Faus Madrid (Barcelona, 1972) involves reorganizing the Bangre Veenem educational complex, with its existing primary school serving the village of Youlou, and raising...

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13/07/2020

Studio Velocity, House Surrounded
by Hedges in Aichi (Japan)

This enclave in Aichi Prefecture, Japan, has two main defining features. One is its combination of low density and extensive occupation of land, which gives rise to an expansive fabric built close to the ground. The other is the presence of hedges that mark the boundaries...

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10/07/2020

Mendoza Partida wins MUPAC ideas competition

The Catalan practice of Héctor Mendoza and Mara Partida has won the competition for ideas for the new Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology of Cantabria in Santander, The complex will encompass 18,441 square meters, 7,500 of which will go into an...

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09/07/2020

Ágora Arquitectura,
weekend hut in Isòvol (Girona)

At kilometer 193 of the N260, which connects Bellver de Cerdanya to Isòvol, stands this house prefabricated at low cost to both the environment and the pocket. A work of Ágora Arquitectura, a Barcelona firm headed by Joan Casals Pañella and José Luis Cisneros...

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08/07/2020

Josep Ferrando Architecture, Sáenz Valiente Building in Buenos Aires

In the Alcorta campus of Torcuato Di Tella University stands the mixed-use Sáenz Valiente Building, with its austere, modular expressivity. This work by the Catalan practice of Josep Ferrando has been shortlisted in the international section of the 2020 FAD Awards...

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07/07/2020

MAD, Shenzhen Bay Culture Park (China)

The Chinese firm MAD Architects, headed by Ma Yansong, has unveiled its masterplan and architectural design for an ambitious cultural complex with a total built area of 182,000 square meters. Located within the Houhai area of Shenzhen’s Nanshan district, it includes...

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06/07/2020

Anna Heringer, Anandaloy Building
in Rudrapur (Bangladesh)

In Rudrapur, a village in the Dinajpur District of northern Bangladesh, stands this mud and bamboo construction that houses a therapy center for people with disabilities and a workshop for Dipdii Textiles, a clothes-making project for local women that Anna Heringer and...

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03/07/2020

Bonfire of Stone

In line with the 20th anniversary of the death of Enric Miralles on 3 July 2000, we reprint Luis Fernández-Galiano's tribute to the Catalan architect, published in AV Monografías 87-88.

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02/07/2020

Downsized hajj pilgrimage begins amid Covid-19 restrictions

The Guardian

The hajj, one of the five pillars or most important practices of Islam and an obligation for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime...

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02/08/2020

A peep into
the Virgin Galactic cabin

Seis plazas diseñadas para maximizar la visión de la Tierra. Un gran ojo de buey en cada asiento, varias cámaras por pasajero y experiencia de gravedad cero sin cinturones.  El precio del viaje: 250.000 $...    

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01/08/2020

Notes without Staves

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Sou Fujimoto describes his haphazard architectures as ‘notes without staves,’ and trying to interpret his forms through conventional composition is a futile effort...

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31/07/2020

Protests as Norway begins tearing down building adorned with Picassos

The Guardian

The Y-block office building in Oslo, with a Picasso drawing sand-blasted on to a 250-tonne section of the facade, will be replaced by a modern, safer development...

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31/07/2020

'It Begins With One Word. Choose Your Own,' by Katarzyna Krakowiak

Through 23 August the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona hosts the sound installation by the Polish artist  Katarzyna Krakowiak, composed of 300 words in 14 languages.

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29/07/2020

Ocamica Tudanca arquitectos, redevelopment of Plaza de Mansilla Mayor (León)

In this intervention, for which they have won the 2020 FAD Award for City and Landscape, Iñigo Ocamica and Iñigo Tudanca reinterpret the Castile-León landscape with different types of aggregate concrete for Plaza de la Fuente.

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28/07/2020

Productive Landscapes

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The landscape is a voluntary geography. The idyllic vision of landscape as intact nature is denied by experience and memory. Shaped by economic, environmental, and cultural forces...

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25/07/2020

Is there life on Mars?

The Economist

A new generation of spacecraft may soon find out. And now is a good time to do so, for Earth and Mars are aligned in a way that means the journey takes less than seven months...

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24/07/2020

Schools Beat Earlier Plagues With Outdoor Classes

The New York Times / Ginia Bellafante

In the early years of the 20th century, tuberculosis ravaged American cities, taking a particular and often fatal toll on the poor and the young. In 1907, two Rhode Island doctors...

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23/07/2020

Huge Atlas statue to guard Sicily's Temple of Zeus once more

The Guardian

A colossal statue of Atlas, buried for centuries among ancient ruins, will soon take its rightful place among the ancient Greek temples of Agrigento on Sicily...

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19/07/2020

‘Designing Bridges’: Fhecor works at Matadero Madrid

On view through 13 September at the Matadero Madrid Design Center is an exhibition showing twenty footbridges and bridges built in the past twenty years by the Spanish firm Fhecor Ingenieros Consultores, which in 2019 received a Special Mention in the National Awards...

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17/07/2020

Social-distancing HOOPS
to enjoy the beach

HOOP is a pre-established element in the place, but reversible, respectful, which guarantees the total enjoyment of beaches and parks in a safe way, ensuring the social distance of the users and controlling the capacity of these places...

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16/07/2020

HDR + Herzog & De Meuron, hospital in San Francisco

The team have been selected by the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) to design the new hospital of the historic and internationally renowned UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center as “The Healing Habitat”...

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16/07/2020

Barbanza Ecosocial Lab

Created early in 2020, the Barbanza Ecosocial Laboratory  is a project for research in and promotion of environmental, social, and economic sustainability in the Barbanza Peninsula of Spain’s Galicia region...

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15/07/2020

Eva Franch i Gilabert fired as director of London’s Architectural Association

The Architect's Newspaper

An open letter co-signed by over 150 architects, curators, academics, and other non-AA community members praised Franch’s “vigilance, fairness, integrity and relentlessness in demanding excellence”...

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15/07/2020

Turkey on collision course
with Unesco

The Art Newspaper

Turkish government will violate Unesco’s conservation rules if Tayyip Erdogan moves ahead with plans to turn the historic Hagia Sophia site in Istanbul into mosque...

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10/07/2020

Our Ghost-Kitchen Future

The New Yorker / Anna Wiener

The ghost kitchen is an increasingly crowded space. In addition to Reef, there are Zuul and Kitchen United in the United States, Deliveroo in London and Paris, and Panda Selected in China...

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08/07/2020

Geometrical Janus

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Looking at the past and the future at the same time, the Roman god of thresholds and transitions sums up well the profuse career of Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus...

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03/07/2020

Could Doomsday Bunkers Become the New Normal?

The New York Times / Mira Ptacin

When we were told to stay inside our homes, a portion of the population quietly went below ground...

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03/07/2020

Detroit’s opulent ruins

The Guardian

Detroit’s early 20th-century buildings were astonishingly grand – now they’re being destroyed. Philip Jarmain captured their fading glamour...

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02/07/2020

Milton Glaser (1929-2020)

The New York Times

Master Designer of ‘I ♥ NY’ Logo. He was also a founder of New York magazine, created a memorable Bob Dylan poster and produced designs for everything from supermarkets...

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29/06/2020

How Cairo is losing architecture it never knew it had

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

From grand visions that fail with the departure of a president to everyday buildings knocked down before they can be considered for heritage protection, a new book unpicks...

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28/06/2020

Design Hacks Will Dominate the Coronavirus Recovery Landscape

Bloomberg

Caution tape. Painted circles. Plastic dividers. The most impactful coronavirus designs are coming from mostly nonprofessionals adapting urban space on the fly...

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24/06/2020

There’s No Reason for an Architect to Design a Death Chamber

The New York Times / Michael Kimmelman

As the country grapples with racial justice, architects should finally take a stand on the most barbaric aspects of a biased prison system...

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22/06/2020

Lisbon Wood,
by Plano Humano Arquitectos

The film about the residential building Lisbon Wood explores the movement and the dynamic of the project designed by the Portuguese architects Plano Humano!...

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21/06/2020

Unesco's plan to ‘revive spirit’ of devastated Mosul gets under way

The Art Newspaper

Initiative involves local communities in rebuilding their historic landmarks and neighbourhoods. After a five-week lockdown, several conservation projects have begun in earnest in Mosul...

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20/06/2020

Quantum Steampunk

Scientific American

Just as steampunk fiction unites Victorian style with modern technology, a new branch of physics is updating 19th-century thermodynamics for today’s quantum systems...

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19/06/2020

In the world of architecture,
death is not always fatal

The Economist

Witness a new building in Leipzig by Oscar Niemeyer—who died in 2012. The Niemeyer Sphere perches on a narrow supporting tower at the edge of a two-storey building...

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19/06/2020

Andrés Jaque reveals theme for the 2020 Shanghai Biennale

Titled Bodies of Water, the 13th Shanghai Biennale will operate as an eight-month “in crescendo” project, unfolding in three phases between November 2020 and June 2021...

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18/06/2020

Driverless cars show the limits of today’s AI

The Economist

They, and many other such systems, still struggle to handle the unexpected. In march Starsky Robotics, a self-driving lorry firm based in San Francisco, closed down...

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18/06/2020

How Architecture Could Help Us Adapt to the Pandemic

The New York Times / Kim Tingley

The virus isn’t simply a health crisis; it is also a design problem. Architecture has to mediate between the perceived needs of the moment versus the unknowable needs of the future...

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17/06/2020

Great cities after the pandemic

The Economist

How much harm has covid-19 done to large Western cities? Until recently big cities were unstoppable. Year after year places like New York, London and Paris grew richer...

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16/06/2020

Covid-19 challenges New York’s future

The Economist

Cities that can shrug off a disaster can still fade if their economic base—and with it their tax revenues—suffers a structural shift. Again, New York has the history to prove it...

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16/06/2020

From Geography to History

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Some books are summed up on the cover, as these two are. The astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell expands the old link between geography and history to explain ‘how Earth’s...

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14/06/2020

Our love affair with living underwater

The Guardian / Chris Michael

How the 1960s craze for oceanic exploration changed our relationship with the planet. In November 1966, the Gemini 12 spacecraft, carrying two astronauts, splashed down in the Pacific...

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14/06/2020

Berlin monument to 1989 democracy heroes

BBC

A groundbreaking ceremony has just taken place for the Monument to Freedom and Unity by architects Milla & Partner. The two slogans chanted in communist East Germany in 1989 "We are the People", "We are one People" will be inscribed on the bowl in big letters.

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12/06/2020
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