Arquitectura Viva
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
The Chrysler Building Is for Sale
23/01/2019

The Chrysler Building Is for Sale

The New York Times

The building lacks the light and efficiency of contemporary working spaces, and it is hugely expensive and time-consuming to repair and modernize...

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First designs revealed for new £288m London concert hall
22/01/2019

First designs revealed for new £288m London concert hall

The Guardian

Cost of 2,000-seat ‘centre of music’, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro on the site of the Museum of London, would have to be raised from private donations...

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Moshe Safdie, Wolf Prize in Architecture 2019
21/01/2019

Moshe Safdie, Wolf Prize in Architecture 2019

Wolf Foundation

Over a long and distinguished career spanning 50 years, Moshe Safdie has produced a body of work of great originality and artistry in the field of architecture and urbanism...

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Kanye West donates $10m for James Turrell art installation
19/01/2019

Kanye West donates $10m for James Turrell art installation

The Guardian

Rapper contributes funds to complete long-gestating land art piece in Arizona, having described the work as ‘life-changing’...

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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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West-line Studio, Cultural Center in Chetian (China)
18/01/2019

West-line Studio, Cultural Center in Chetian (China)

Located in Chetian, a small rural village in southwestern China well known for its stone houses, built with local materials, the cultural center rises with the mission of preserving the ancestral knowledge and historical legacy of the Miao people, one of the...

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Microsoft Pledges $500 Million for Affordable Housing in Seattle
17/01/2019

Microsoft Pledges $500 Million for Affordable Housing in Seattle

The New York Times

The Seattle area, home to both Microsoft and Amazon, is a potent symbol of the affordable housing crisis that has followed the explosive growth of tech hubs...

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Guilherme Machado Vaz,  house in Afife (Portugal)
16/01/2019

Guilherme Machado Vaz, house in Afife (Portugal)

Designed by Guilherme Machado Vaz (1974, Porto), the compact white volume takes inspiration from the architectural tradition of Portugal's Minho region. The house's width (8.6 meters) is determined by the topography of the place.

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40 works selected for Mies van der Rohe 2019
16/01/2019

40 works selected for Mies van der Rohe 2019

Fundación Mies van der Rohe

The works vying for this year's Mies Award have been announced, including six built in Spain. The prize-winning ceremony will take place on 7 May.

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Josean Ruiz Esquiroz / Marta Muñoz, CRTL+Green (Madrid)
15/01/2019

Josean Ruiz Esquiroz / Marta Muñoz, CRTL+Green (Madrid)

This conversion of an industrial space into a studio-house is located in the vicinity of Madrid Río. Because of lack of thermal insulation, the first decision was to create a second enclosure of glass, separate from the outer wall. The resulting passable gallery would do much...

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Mobile version of famed Bauhaus
14/01/2019

Mobile version of famed Bauhaus

Archinect

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus art school, the design collective Savvy Contemporary has created a miniature version of their iconic workshop wing...

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MVRDV, twin towers of Taipei (Taiwan)
14/01/2019

MVRDV, twin towers of Taipei (Taiwan)

The Rotterdam firm MVRDV’s design aims to revitalize Taipei’s central station area, in the Zhongzheng district. Standing 337 and 280 meters over the existing station, two new towers will combine offices, two hotels, two cinermas, and a commercial area. The fragmented...

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Catalog of Francis Kéré show at Museo ICO
14/01/2019

Catalog of Francis Kéré show at Museo ICO

Arquitectura Viva has published the catalog of ‘Francis Kéré: Primary Elements,’ the ICO Museum exhibition on the Burkinabe architect, curated by Luis Fernández-Galiano, which has been extended through 2 February.

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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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stpmj, five-floor one-family house in Seoul (South Korea)
11/01/2019

stpmj, five-floor one-family house in Seoul (South Korea)

Designed by the firm stpmj, founded by Seung Teak Lee and Mi Jung Lim and working from offices in New York and Seoul, this vertical house rises on a small plot of land in the densely populated South Korean capital. The program stacks different zones in accordance...

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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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Aulaterra, extension of the school of Korase (Ghana)
10/01/2019

Aulaterra, extension of the school of Korase (Ghana)

In the summer of 2018, the association Aulaterra – with European volunteers and local workers – raised a pavilion for the school of Korase, a village in the Ashanti region of Ghana. The construction process is documented in these photographs. The workshop...

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The giant sand-sucking ships that China uses to reshape the world
09/01/2019

The giant sand-sucking ships that China uses to reshape the world

MIT Technology Review

Massive ships, mind-boggling amounts of sand, and an appetite for expansionism in the South China Sea: the recipe for a land grab like no other...

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Josep Lluís Mateo, central axis of the multimodal hub of Nice Grand Arénas
09/01/2019

Josep Lluís Mateo, central axis of the multimodal hub of Nice Grand Arénas

A work of the Barcelona practice of Josep Lluís Mateo, this axis in the southern French city of Nice – which takes up a built area of 21,200 square meters – concentrates different kinds of traffic flows (trams, buses, bicycles, and pedestrians), in accordance with the site’s new...

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China plans the biggest garden show ever
09/01/2019

China plans the biggest garden show ever

The Economist

The China Pavilion is for an international flower festival in Yanqing. The show will open on April 29th and last for more than five months...

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Harquitectes, 1413 House in Ullastret (Gerona)
07/01/2019

Harquitectes, 1413 House in Ullastret (Gerona)

Instead of placing the house in the middle of the garden, the project proposes surrounding it: a house that functions as a fence. A house-wall permits recovering the urban continuity and also experimenting with a new, very elongated type, everything on one level, adapted...

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Koolhaas-Boom!
07/01/2019

Koolhaas-Boom!

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Four years later, the fifteen small books making up the catalog of the Venice Biennale directed by Koolhaas have been republished in a larger and thicker single volume...

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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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Archi-Union Architects, Daoming Bamboo Craft Village in Chengdú (China)
04/01/2019

Archi-Union Architects, Daoming Bamboo Craft Village in Chengdú (China)

Located more than 50 kilometers away from the Chinese city of Chengdu, Sichuan Province, the Bamboo Craft Village is conceived as a natural, artisanal, and socioeconomic utopia. Natural because it recreates the rural life atmosphere of the area, is in close connection...

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Anne Holtrop, Museum Fort Vechten in Utrecht (Netherlands)
03/01/2019

Anne Holtrop, Museum Fort Vechten in Utrecht (Netherlands)

Fort Vechten is the second largest of 48 fortresses that were erected along the New Dutch Waterline, a military barrier that started to go up back in the 18th century, consisting of an 85-kilometer-long ring that could be flooded to keep the enemy at bay. Formed by dykes, locks...

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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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Menil Memorial
02/01/2019

Menil Memorial

Luis Fernández-Galiano

American museums engrave the names of benefactors on a ‘donors wall.’ This biography of Dominique and John de Menil begins with thanks to the hundreds who...

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Langarita Navarro, Penthouse H in Madrid
02/01/2019

Langarita Navarro, Penthouse H in Madrid

Located in Madrid’s Salamanca neighborhood and originally meant to be a painting school, this penthouse presents a main volume with a gabled roof that offers generous headroom, 7 meters up to the ridge, and a large iron-framed window facing north to ensure a...

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Junya Ishigami, house and restaurant in Yamaguchi (Japón)
31/12/2018

Junya Ishigami, house and restaurant in Yamaguchi (Japón)

Taking inspiration from the dark and humid atmosphere of wineries, this cave-house evokes the passage of time reflected through the process of sedimentation and erosion; it is also evocative of the world of labyrinthine galleries excavated by worms; and, because of its...

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New Books
AV Monografías 209_210 - DAVID CHIPPERFIELD 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 210 - MATERIAL CHINA 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 90 - JOSÉ MARÍA SÁNCHEZ 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
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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