Arquitectura Viva
Sunday, August 25, 2019
Will Frank Gehry’s Wimbledon concert hall outshine £300m City rival?
12/02/2019

Will Frank Gehry’s Wimbledon concert hall outshine £300m City rival?

The Guardian / Rowan Moore

There is now a project to build a 1,250-seat venue in the suburb better known for its tennis – Wimbledon – to be designed by the celebrated Los Angeles architect Frank Gehry...

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The magnetic north pole is messing with your smartphone’s mapping apps
01/02/2019

The magnetic north pole is messing with your smartphone’s mapping apps

Technology Review

The magnetic north pole is influenced by the movement of liquid iron below Earth’s surface. The magnetic north pole is wandering away from the Canadian Arctic toward Siberia...

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Can China Turn the Middle of Nowhere Into the Center of the World Economy?
01/02/2019

Can China Turn the Middle of Nowhere Into the Center of the World Economy?

The New York Times

In the barely inhabited steppes of Central Asia, it is establishing the next foothold in its trillion-dollar campaign to transform global infrastructure...

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The technology to combat rogue drones is getting better
31/01/2019

The technology to combat rogue drones is getting better

The Economist

Indra, a big Spanish technology company, said it had completed extensive testing in “dangerous” places of an anti-drone system called Arms....

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The pros and cons of placebo buttons
30/01/2019

The pros and cons of placebo buttons

The Economist

Over the course of many years, the authorities in New York disabled most of the control buttons that once operated pedestrian-crossing lights in the city...

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Add a liver enzyme to a type of ivy to purify the air in buildings
18/01/2019

Add a liver enzyme to a type of ivy to purify the air in buildings

The Economist

The air in modern homes and offices is pretty clean, but not as clean as it might be. Often, it contains small amounts of volatile, toxic, organic compounds such as benzene...

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Climate change: The massive CO2 emitter you may not know about
13/01/2019

Climate change: The massive CO2 emitter you may not know about

BBC

Cement is the source of about 8% of the world's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, according to think tank Chatham House...

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Why more buildings should be made of wood
11/01/2019

Why more buildings should be made of wood

The Economist

It is better for the planet, and safer than you think. No other building material has environmental credentials as exciting and overlooked as wood...

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Efforts to make buildings greener are not working
10/01/2019

Efforts to make buildings greener are not working

The Economist

From January 1st 2019 all new public-sector buildings in EU countries must be built to “Nearly Zero-Energy” standards. Rules on “zero energy” buildings do not go far enough...

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Urban Resilience
04/01/2019

Urban Resilience

Richard Sennett

The words ‘resilience’ and ‘sustainability’ are clichés which dominate urbanism today. Everyone is for them, whatever they mean: the United Nations, the Rockefeller Foundation...

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Origami spreads its wings
03/01/2019

Origami spreads its wings

The Economist

From child’s play to spacecraft, by way of mathematics and mechanical engineering. The mathematics of origami has moved beyond early efforts to show how much higher maths could be recapitulated in folds...

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The Celebration of Community
31/12/2018

The Celebration of Community

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The construction of continuity extends seamlessly with the celebration of community. If the first years of David Chipperfield’s...

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The rise of buildings for the deaf and blind
26/12/2018

The rise of buildings for the deaf and blind

The Economist

Chris Downey, a blind architect who contributed to the Selis Manor renovation, an apartment block for the blind, was invited in 2015 to consult for Grimshaw Architects...

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Masters of International Architecture
18/12/2018

Masters of International Architecture

The Arquia/maestros documentary collection – which since 2014 has been building testimony of the life and work of some of the great architects of our times through interviews conducted by Luis Fernández-Galiano, director of the endeavor – now explores...

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The Middle Kingdom
17/12/2018

The Middle Kingdom

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The Middle Kingdom is the Country of the Center. For its people, China is Zhongguo, and this central country is today the geopolitical heart of the world...

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How to Build a Biological City
15/12/2018

How to Build a Biological City

The New York Times / Balkrishna Doshi

A World Bank report concludes that more than 143 million people will become “climate migrants” escaping crop failure, water scarcity and sea-level rise...

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NASA InSight Lander 'Hears' Martian Winds
11/12/2018

NASA InSight Lander 'Hears' Martian Winds

NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander, which touched down on Mars just 10 days ago, has provided the first ever "sounds" of Martian winds on the Red Planet...

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For AT&T, Balancing Change and Preservation Under the Same Broken Pediment
10/12/2018

For AT&T, Balancing Change and Preservation Under the Same Broken Pediment

The New York Times / Michael Kimmelman

Rendering of the new revision to 550 Madison Avenue from Snohetta, which conserves Philip Johnson and John Burgee’s original pink granite facade and rose window...

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Britain’s engineering reputation goes down the tube
07/12/2018

Britain’s engineering reputation goes down the tube

The Economist

Crossrail and HS2 get walloped by cost and timetable overruns. If costs surge, hs2 could be cancelled at next year’s spending review...

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The semiconductor industry and the power of globalisation
02/12/2018

The semiconductor industry and the power of globalisation

The Economist

A typical journey from raw silicon to completed chip gives an indication of how elaborate supply chains can be...

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Cryptoarchitectures
29/11/2018

Cryptoarchitectures

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The dark light of hidden spaces is fascinating and confusing. On one hand, it is hard not to succumb to the oneiric attraction of enigmas, and the descent to the depths...

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How the world’s leading architects fell under the Instagram spell
29/11/2018

How the world’s leading architects fell under the Instagram spell

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

Instagram culture is changing architecture around the world, but is quality being compromised in pursuit of a striking selfie?...

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Ghost Towns Still Haunt Spain
28/11/2018

Ghost Towns Still Haunt Spain

Bloomberg

The real estate sector’s recovery in Spain is developing at two clearly different speeds. One part of the country is consolidating the recovery of the sector another part is stagnating...

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It will soon be possible to send a satellite to repair another
23/11/2018

It will soon be possible to send a satellite to repair another

The Economist

The purpose of Effective Space’s devices is to prolong the lives of communications satellites that would otherwise be decommissioned for lack of fuel for station-keeping...

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Tbilisi’s architectural disaster
20/11/2018

Tbilisi’s architectural disaster

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

The centre of the Georgian capital has long been the plaything of outsize egos – but can its architecture biennial inspire useful debate about the city’s future?...

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Michael Bloomberg: Why I’m Giving $1.8 Billion for College Financial Aid
19/11/2018

Michael Bloomberg: Why I’m Giving $1.8 Billion for College Financial Aid

The New York Times

Here’s a simple idea I bet most Americans agree with: No qualified high school student should ever be barred entrance to a college based on his or her family’s bank account...

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China begins construction on floating nuclear plant
16/11/2018

China begins construction on floating nuclear plant

Global Times

The first platform of the 1.4 million yuan ($202,000) project will be put into use in 2021 and will be able to provide clean energy...

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Memory and Matter
14/11/2018

Memory and Matter

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The work of Eduardo Souto de Moura is traversed by two axes at the intersection of which crystallize the exact forms of this demanding architecture...

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The space race is dominated by new contenders
31/10/2018

The space race is dominated by new contenders

The Economist

Some 4,500 satellites circle Earth, providing communications services and navigational tools, monitoring weather, observing the universe, spying and doing more besides...(Graphic details)

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What a new bridge says about Hong Kong’s relations with mainland China
28/10/2018

What a new bridge says about Hong Kong’s relations with mainland China

The Economist

The world’s longest sea-crossing bridge connect Hong Kong with the mainland city of Zhuhai and the former Portuguese colony of Macau...

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New Books
AV Monografías 216 - VO TRONG NGHIA 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 216 - E2A 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 93 - SERGISON BATES 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
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.
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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