Arquitectura Viva
Monday, November 30, 2020
Material Abstraction
17/05/2016

Material Abstraction

Luis Fernández-Galiano

In What Style Should We Build? This is the title of the controversial book published in 1828 by the young architect Heinrich Hübsch, arguing...

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The future of cities. Ersatz urbanism
29/04/2016

The future of cities. Ersatz urbanism

The Economist

American suburbs don’t come much more ordinary than Sunrise. In street after street, modest single-storey houses sit behind grass yards dotted with bougainvillea...

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Cities for Everyone
12/04/2016

Cities for Everyone

The New York Times / Paul Krugman

Remember when Ted Cruz tried to take Donald Trump down by accusing him of having “New York values”? It didn’t work, of course, mainly because it addressed...

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A custard-coloured flop: the €1bn revamp of Les Halles in Paris
07/04/2016

A custard-coloured flop: the €1bn revamp of Les Halles in Paris

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

Once ‘the hole of Les Halles’, the Parisian shopping mall has been waiting for a facelift for decades but Patrick Berger’s 7,000 tonne umbrella of steel and glass feels insipid...

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Spain Yearbook. Change of Climate
07/04/2016

Spain Yearbook. Change of Climate

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The hottest year in history has also marked a turning point in the political and social climate of the planet. On the one hand, confronted with the colossal...

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Industrial Heritage
18/03/2016

Industrial Heritage

Luis Fernández-Galiano

In the midst of the Third Industrial Revolution, we must not forget the First and the Second. Between the 18th and 19th centuries, Europe was the stage of a huge technical...

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Spain's concrete castle: a case of accidental genius?
14/03/2016

Spain's concrete castle: a case of accidental genius?

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

The Frankenstein-like new face of Matrera fortress has upset heritage watchdogs, but restores the clout its Moorish creators originally intended...

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Work Landscapes
10/03/2016

Work Landscapes

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Photography is an emotions factory. And when it comes to paying tribute to human work, few art mediums are as effective in portraying its greatness, poetry, and dignity...

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Serpentine pavilion 'unzipped': first look at Bjarke Ingels' design
02/03/2016

Serpentine pavilion 'unzipped': first look at Bjarke Ingels' design

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

The Danish architect offers a sculptural space ‘like a mountain of ice cubes’ stretching across the London gallery’s lawn...

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When Integrating the Suburbs Isn't Enough
23/02/2016

When Integrating the Suburbs Isn't Enough

Citylab

In Minnesota’s Twin Cities region, fair housing advocates are engaged in a fierce debate over just how much race matters...

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Light Culture
23/02/2016

Light Culture

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Heavy culture has become light. In the past, museums and libraries expressed the permanent character of their contents with the solid nature of their walls...

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An Alternate Site for London Symphony’s New Hall
17/02/2016

An Alternate Site for London Symphony’s New Hall

Léon Krier

As an erstwhile resident of London and attendant of innumerable classical concerts, it is not the ravishing beauty of the music...

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It’s Elementary (Not). On the Architecture of Alejandro Aravena
02/02/2016

It’s Elementary (Not). On the Architecture of Alejandro Aravena

In line with the recent anouncement of the Pritzker Prize of 2016 going to Alejandrio Aravena, Harkim Sarkis – dean of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning – reflects on the attributes of the Chilean's works and  highlights his capacity, as an architect...

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Material Culture. O’Donnell + Tuomey
27/01/2016

Material Culture. O’Donnell + Tuomey

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Architectural culture is material thought, and few works express this as well as those designed over twenty-five years by the Dublin-based...

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Human impact has pushed Earth into the Anthropocene
19/01/2016

Human impact has pushed Earth into the Anthropocene

The Guardian

New study provides one of the strongest cases yet that the planet has entered a new geological epoch...

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Timeless China
05/01/2016

Timeless China

Luis Fernández-Galiano

In the last decade we have dealt with China often, and the succession of monographic issues maps an itinerary that can be summed up in three movements...

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Are these PoMo palaces really worth saving?
30/12/2015

Are these PoMo palaces really worth saving?

The Guardian

Postmodernism gave Britain the brash, playful architecture of No 1 Poultry, Aztec West business park and the home of MI6...

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Management Takes Command
29/12/2015

Management Takes Command

Aurora Galán

Management is the least visible part of a project, besides the weakest link of the chain. Project management refers to a fundamental matter: the ‘weaving’ of a process...

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Arquitectura Viva 179: New York Heights. Dossier Rammed Earth
23/12/2015

Arquitectura Viva 179: New York Heights. Dossier Rammed Earth

Peaks of Speculation. Associated in ancient times with religious legends – the Tower of Babel –, the vertical myth found a new and no less powerful version in the enormous corporate buildings of the 20th century. But in today’s New York the old myth takes on an...

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New York Heights
21/12/2015

New York Heights

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Manhattan’s skyline is today a true portrait of an unequal world. The unexpectedly tall and unbelievably slender residential towers that...

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Is this the perfect city?
18/12/2015

Is this the perfect city?

BBC

Le Corbusier had long dreamed of creating an ideal city, agreed to take on the planning of Chandigarh along with the design of its principal buildings...

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Music in Flames
19/11/2015

Music in Flames

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The work of Fernando Menis combines physical roots and mental freedom, tactile attachment to matter and visual imagination, close ties with the mineral landscape of the Canary Island...

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Energy Matters
16/11/2015

Energy Matters

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Cheap oil is at once temptation and opportunity: the temptation to preserve a land use and technical model that consumes huge amounts of energy, because...

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The Tired Goddess
12/11/2015

The Tired Goddess

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The centenary of Lina Bo Bardi has rekindled the fervor for her figure. The critic Rowan Moore considers the Italian-Brazilian “the most underrated architect of the twentieth century”...

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Art Factories
25/09/2015

Art Factories

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Contemporary art has moved from the white cube to the factory. The abstract purity of the halls deemed most appropriate to display the art of our time has...

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How Today’s Young Architects Are Building the Future
25/08/2015

How Today’s Young Architects Are Building the Future

The Wall Street Journal

Enthusiasm for large-scale statement architecture may have reached a breaking point. And the timing couldn’t be better for the rising young architects who...

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Homegrafts
21/08/2015

Homegrafts

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Dead stones are very much alive. We think about ruins as residues or traces of past activities, and fail to appreciate the fertility of these...

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The Swerve
14/08/2015

The Swerve

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The late Koolhaas is not a Koolhaas lite. Having turned seventy, and forty years after founding his Office for Metropolitan Architecture in 1975, the Dutch architect...

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Capitalism and Climate
10/08/2015

Capitalism and Climate

Naomi Klein

We must reckon with the fact that lowering global emissions in line with climate scientists’ urgent warnings demands changes...

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The Gaze of Others. Spain's Architectural Culture
03/08/2015

The Gaze of Others. Spain's Architectural Culture Pdf

Kenneth Frampton

Although I am extremely honoured by the doctorado honoris causa bestowed by this venerable university which I am well aware is one of the oldest of its kind...

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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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