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Sunday, December 08, 2019
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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The Chinese century is well under way
26/10/2018

The Chinese century is well under way

The Economist

Many trends that appear global are in fact mostly Chinese. When scholars of international relations predict that the 2000s will be a “Chinese century”, they are not being premature. (Graphic details)

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Edifying Edifices
26/10/2018

Edifying Edifices

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The building is back. Over the last years, the extension of the boundaries of architecture’s critical discourse has blurred what used to be its essential core. With the extension...

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Redemption city is the anti-Lagos
24/10/2018

Redemption city is the anti-Lagos

The Economist

What happens when Pentecostal churches become urban planners. A small prayer camp near Lagos (Nigeria) turned into a permanent settlement. Today about 12,000 people live in Redemption City...

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Large economic gains can come from mundane improvements in policy
19/10/2018

Large economic gains can come from mundane improvements in policy

The Economist

Take three examples: maintenance, management of state assets and public-sector accounting. The costs of skimping on repairs can become tragically apparent...

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Can robots transform Chinese architecture?
07/10/2018

Can robots transform Chinese architecture?

CNN

Meeting the China's construction demands has come at the expense of architectural identity, according to Philip Yuan, founder of the firm Archi-Union Architects...

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Indonesia earthquake
06/10/2018

Indonesia earthquake

The Guardian

The earthquake shook up saturated earth beneath the city of Palu causing it to flow like liquid, scientists believe...

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The centenary of the 20th century’s worst catastrophe
02/10/2018

The centenary of the 20th century’s worst catastrophe

The Economist

“Spanish flu” probably killed more people than both world wars combined. The current estimate is that it killed at least 50m people and perhaps as many as 100m...

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Modern-day alchemy
01/10/2018

Modern-day alchemy

The Economist

Businesses are trying to reduce, reuse and recycle. Turning the vicious cycle into a virtuous one...

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The Epicenter of the Housing Bust Is Booming Again
01/10/2018

The Epicenter of the Housing Bust Is Booming Again

The New York Times

This quiet working-class town, just beyond the glitz of the Las Vegas Strip, helped spark the global financial crisis 10 years ago...

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Cash for trash
30/09/2018

Cash for trash

The Economist

How the world should cope with its growing piles of rubbish. Poor countries must build infrastructure. Rich ones should waste less...

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More City
28/09/2018

More City

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Architecture and architects were the protagonists of the first four international congresses of the Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad. The fifth, held again at Pamplona’s Baluarte...

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Earliest animal fossils are identified
28/09/2018

Earliest animal fossils are identified

BBC

It's a 558-million-year-old oval-shaped creature that may have borne a superficial resemblance to a segmented jellyfish...

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This High-Tech Farmer Grows Kale in a Factory
28/09/2018

This High-Tech Farmer Grows Kale in a Factory

Bloomberg

In the kale-filled facility at vertical farm startup Bowery Farming, it’s a piece of proprietary software that makes most of the critical... 

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Mobility in future will also require eliminating vans and trucks
23/09/2018

Mobility in future will also require eliminating vans and trucks

Retina

Using electric vehicles and bicycles can also help combat pollution: logistics are to blame for 40% of contamination in cities...

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Why Europe should focus on its growing interdependence with Africa
22/09/2018

Why Europe should focus on its growing interdependence with Africa

The Economist

There is an alternative “Eurafrica” strategy. This is to accept the integration of Africa and Europe. Building walls will not work...

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Churches help to preserve bird biodiversity
16/09/2018

Churches help to preserve bird biodiversity

The Economist

A team led by Piotr Skorka of the Polish Academy of Sciences set out to see just how good churches are as bird habitats...

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We live in Matrix
12/09/2018

We live in Matrix

El País / Víctor Lapuente

A group of scientists led by the psychologist Daniel Gilbert has proven the existence of a brain mechanism that prevents us from perceiving reality objectively...

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Jørn Utzon, architect of the "patient search"
12/09/2018

Jørn Utzon, architect of the "patient search"

Fahrenheit 451

In AV Monographs 205, Jørn Utzon is presented as a figure who changed the architectural directions of a nation...

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Lessons from the destruction of the National Museum of Brazil
07/09/2018

Lessons from the destruction of the National Museum of Brazil

The Economist

Rich museums should help poor ones conserve their treasures. The loss of a great national museum is a global tragedy...

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Ethereal underworld: exploring Helsinki's colossal new art bunker
03/09/2018

Ethereal underworld: exploring Helsinki's colossal new art bunker

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

This curious landscape of humps and funnels signals the arrival of Amos Rex, a €50m art museum for the Finnish capital, designed by JKMM, opened last week...

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The revival of Ponte is a potent symbol of Johannesburg’s renewal
02/09/2018

The revival of Ponte is a potent symbol of Johannesburg’s renewal

The Economist

In 1976 Africa’s most glamorous residence opened in downtown Johannesburg. Ponte City, a cylindrical brutalist skyscraper stretching 54 storeys, was built for yuppies...

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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.
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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.
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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.
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