Arquitectura Viva
Friday, November 27, 2020
Spanish Solutions
20/09/2016

Spanish Solutions

Luis Fernández-Galiano

If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Deep in a systemic crisis that is far from over, Lenin’s old quote maintains its abrasive force. Business schools...

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Edward Burtynsky on his ravaged Earth shots
16/09/2016

Edward Burtynsky on his ravaged Earth shots

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

The great photographer’s awesome images – taken from drones, propellor planes and a 50ft selfie stick – show how industry has drilled and drained our planet...

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Oslo architecture triennale: Airbnb cosplay for the gig economy nomad
15/09/2016

Oslo architecture triennale: Airbnb cosplay for the gig economy nomad

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

Fascinating installations for 2016 – from interior ‘pornification’ to Nasa’s psychedelic carbon tracker – are undermined by pseudointellectual theory...

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Building materials. Top of the tree
12/09/2016

Building materials. Top of the tree

The Economist

The case for wooden skyscrapers is not barking. The five-storey pagoda of the Temple of the Flourishing Law in the Nara prefecture of Japan is one of the world’s oldest wooden...

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Thermal Allometry and Massive Architecture
09/09/2016

Thermal Allometry and Massive Architecture

Jerónimo van Schendel, Aaron Mendonca, Sarah Kantrowitz

Architects deal with thermodynamics-related problems in ways that tend to be intuitive, lacking quantitative correlations between design decisions and energy performance, which...

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Does Burning Man Need a New Urban Plan?
08/09/2016

Does Burning Man Need a New Urban Plan?

CityLab

Even a temporary city requires thoughtful design when it reaches a population of 70,000 and growing. When a group of Burners describing themselves as the Black Rock City...

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Trapped in Homs
05/09/2016

Trapped in Homs

The New York Times

Architect Imagines a New Future for Syrian Cities. Did Syria’s urban architecture help fuel the civil war that has shattered the country...

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Spain Builds (Abroad)
26/08/2016

Spain Builds (Abroad)

The international accounts of Spain’s construction companies stay on the rise and it is estimated that the foreign projects of the ‘six greats’ – ACS, Acciona, Ferrovial, FCC, Sacyr, and OHL –, valued at 101,748 million euros, account for as much as 83%...

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The Innovation Campus: Building Better Ideas
25/08/2016

The Innovation Campus: Building Better Ideas

The New York Times

Can architecture spur creativity? Universities are investing in big, high-tech buildings in the hope of evoking big, high-tech thinking...

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Digitalization Takes Command
17/08/2016

Digitalization Takes Command

Fernando Valderrama

It is taken for granted that China’s competitive edge is partly due to its lack of concern for safety at work and for the environment. But building in Shanghai...

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The Paper Tide
16/08/2016

The Paper Tide

Ricardo Aroca

Late in the 1960s we submitted a design for stamping at the Murcia Institute of Architects, which was beginning to worry about the liabilities that could befall...

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Branding in the 21st Century
11/08/2016

Branding in the 21st Century

Teófilo Marcos

It has been more than fifteen years since Naomi Klein, with her nologo, began a crusade against big brands. The cultural model of brands, their...

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The Sleek
09/08/2016

The Sleek

Byung-Chul Han

The slick, spotless, smooth, and spick-and-span is the hallmark of our times. It’s what Jeff Koons’s sculptures, iPhones, and Brazilian...

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Herzog & de Meuron, New Headquarters for BBVA in Madrid
29/07/2016

Herzog & de Meuron, New Headquarters for BBVA in Madrid

Rafael Moneo

Money and brick come hand in hand, and the fruit of this alliance tends to translate into pure urbanization; an inert fabric of constructions spreads over the territory, irrigated...

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Continuity and Invention
29/07/2016

Continuity and Invention

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Modernity understood rupture as an indisputable value, but a century of traumatic experiences has made us cherish continuity. Instead of the tabula rasa of enlightened...

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Mr. Trump’s Wall
28/07/2016

Mr. Trump’s Wall

Victor Hugo wrote that history is written in the sewers, but what actually makes history are borders, those hot lines which are sometimes armored but which other times are so flimsy as to be practically invisible, even with the footprint of many...

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Herzog & de Meuron, Extension of Musée Unterlinden in Colmar
22/07/2016

Herzog & de Meuron, Extension of Musée Unterlinden in Colmar

Philip Ursprung

What is known as the Isenheim Altarpiece, painted by Matthias Grünewald in the early 16th century, is arguably one of the most prominent works of art of...

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13th BEAU: architectureof ingenuity
20/07/2016

13th BEAU: architectureof ingenuity

“The Spanish architect is an architect of ingenuity.” These words of Begoña Díaz-Urgorri, director of the Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (BEAU) alongside Juan Domingo Santos and Carmen Moreno, capture the spirit with which the...

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Pokémon Go, an anthropology lesson
19/07/2016

Pokémon Go, an anthropology lesson

Cuando despertó, el pokémon todavía estaba allí. Las 721 especies que, según dicen los naturalistas de lo digital, conforman la familia de los Pocket Monsters, han encontrado un nuevo ecosistema que colonizar: el de la ‘realidad aumentada’...

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Le Corbusier, World Heritage
18/07/2016

Le Corbusier, World Heritage

The Unesco Commitee that gathered in Istanbul on 10 July only to cut short its stay because of the 16 July coup d’etat attempt has added five new enclaves to its Heritage of Humanity list, among them 17 buildings by Le Corbusier and the battery of pavilions...

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Glass wedding cake or London's best stairs?
15/07/2016

Glass wedding cake or London's best stairs?

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

This year’s RIBA Stirling prize shortlist includes a library, university buildings, a gallery, a controversial estate and a concrete stealth home in a hill...

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Paredes Pedrosa. The Veiled Fortress
06/07/2016

Paredes Pedrosa. The Veiled Fortress

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The mythical Pillars of Hercules marked the limit of the known world – non terrae plus ultra – and their hypothetical identification with the Rock of Gibraltar and Mount Hacho...

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The Knowing Hand
30/06/2016

The Knowing Hand

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Álvaro Siza thinks with the pen and the eye. His hand is not a hand that feels; it is a hand that knows. When the line becomes tangled, it is not that the hand...

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Thermodynamic Lessons
24/06/2016

Thermodynamic Lessons

Kiel Moe

What is the significance of energy for architecture? What might an architectural agenda for energy be? Unfortunately, these are difficult...

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The gentrification of a Rio favela
22/06/2016

The gentrification of a Rio favela

The Guardian / Jo Griffin

Residents of Babilônia complain they are being callously pushed out as the favela undergoes a rapid ‘upgrade’ ahead of this summer’s Olympics...

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For Children
21/06/2016

For Children

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The architectures of childhood bring us back to the childhood of architecture. If building for children, spaces are shaped with an essential vocabulary of materials, forms and colors...

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The Veil in the Pyramid. Extension of Tate Modern, London
16/06/2016

The Veil in the Pyramid. Extension of Tate Modern, London

Deyan Sudjic

Tate Modern – the museum was very keen to drop ‘the’ from its official name - is the embodiment of the wave of change, geographical as well as cultural, that London...

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Open Air
09/06/2016

Open Air

Luis Fernández-Galiano

There are closed-door and open-air architectures. But there should be no opposition between ‘huis clos’ and ‘plein air’ construction: building and landscape merge...

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Building Sights: Boeing 747
31/05/2016

Building Sights: Boeing 747

Reading Design / Norman Foster

What is the essence of a building? Well, it must protect you from the elements, keep you warm when it’s cold, cool when it’s hot, and it should tell you something about its age...

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A Voyage in a Parachute. Elemental, Alejandro Aravena
27/05/2016

A Voyage in a Parachute. Elemental, Alejandro Aravena

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Like Vicente Huidobro’s Altazor, Alejandro Aravena was born at 33. After his training in Santiago and Venice, at the turn of the century  he went to Harvard to teach...

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New Books
AV Monografías 227_228 - CASAS EN DETALLE 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 228 - JOSÉ MARÍA SÁNCHEZ 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 100 - MAD ARCHITECTS 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
Las grandes esperanzas Empeños sostenibles + Fracturas y ficciones
Luis Fernández-Galiano publishes Las grandes esperanzas (1976-1992), a critical revision of the issues and challenges of architecture, art, and society of those convulse and fertile years, offering a historical mirror on which we can find a reflection of our current economic, ecological, and social crisis.
Las grandes esperanzas Empeños sostenibles
The recession caused by the oil crises that shook the planet in the 1970s serves as backdrop for Empeños sostenibles (1976-1984), a selection of articles by Luis Fernández-Galiano on technological alternatives, sustainable construction, and the relationship between architecture and energy.
Las grandes esperanzas Fracturas y ficciones
Through the one hundred essays on architecture, history, art, and society included in Fracturas y ficciones (1985-1992), Luis Fernández-Galiano outlines a portrait of a period of global prosperity in which the Olympic Games of Barcelona and the Expo of Seville brought international attention to Spain.
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 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.
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.
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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