Arquitectura Viva
Friday, September 21, 2018
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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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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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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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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What to make of cryptocurrencies and blockchains
31/08/2018

What to make of cryptocurrencies and blockchains

The Economist

Cryptocurrencies and their underlying technology, blockchains, have been hyped to the skies. Tim Cross offers a realist’s guide...

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World's Greatest Places 2018: 100 destinations to experience
30/08/2018

World's Greatest Places 2018: 100 destinations to experience

Time

It’s easy to find guides to famous attractions. But which new and newly relevant destinations are worth experiencing right now?...

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Air-conditioners do great good, but at a high environmental cost
27/08/2018

Air-conditioners do great good, but at a high environmental cost

The Economist

At current growth rates, one billion air-conditioners will be installed globally in the next ten years. The rapid growth in their use makes it urgent to limit the damage...

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Crumbling infrastructure is a worldwide problem
22/08/2018

Crumbling infrastructure is a worldwide problem

The Economist

Heavy traffic, cracks in reinforced concrete or corrosion of steel bars could be leading into a series of collapses following Genoa´s bridge...

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On Architectural Criticism
20/08/2018

On Architectural Criticism

Philip Ursprung

A comienzos de la década de 1920 una buena crítica podía valer una fortuna, y una mala podía arruinar toda una carrera. Todavía se hacía sentir el aura de los grandes...

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Design Beyond Intelligence
14/08/2018

Design Beyond Intelligence

Mario Carpo

Twenty to thirty years is a long time in the annals of information technology – long enough to allow us to discern a fundamental rift between...

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Sri Lanka's 'new Dubai
13/08/2018

Sri Lanka's 'new Dubai

The Guardian

Built on land reclaimed from the Indian Ocean and funded with $1.4bn in Chinese investment, glossy plans for Port City inspire a mixture of optimism and alarm...

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Animal Architecture
06/08/2018

Animal Architecture

Luis Fernández-Galiano

We love animal architecture. The building prowess of some species and the mechanical design of organisms have served as inspiration for architects, but neither of those...

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It is useless to live
03/08/2018

It is useless to live

TLS / Nan Z. Da

There is a type of Chinese poem called the juemingci, which means, roughly, verses to terminate your life. Almost the poetic equivalent of a suicide note...

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Software can model how a wildfire will spread
03/08/2018

Software can model how a wildfire will spread

The Economist

Lest anyone doubt the speed with which a brush fire can strike, consider how rapidly flames engulfed Mati, a seaside resort near Athens, on July 23rd...

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The world is losing the war against climate change
03/08/2018

The world is losing the war against climate change

The Economist

Earth is smouldering. From Seattle to Siberia this summer, flames have consumed swathes of the northern hemisphere. One of 18 wildfires...

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Should Designers Try to Reform Immigrant Detention?
01/08/2018

Should Designers Try to Reform Immigrant Detention?

CityLab

Some architects believe it’s their duty to try to improve conditions for immigrant detainees in the U.S., while others urge a total boycott of such work...

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Lessons from Spain’s recovery after the euro crisis
27/07/2018

Lessons from Spain’s recovery after the euro crisis

The Economist

The British magazine The Economist dedicates a special report to Spain in which it considers that our country is a great place to live, though many Spaniards are not aware of it, and sets the economic health in contrast to the political difficulties.

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Spain’s democracy is about to turn 40. How well has it worn?
27/07/2018

Spain’s democracy is about to turn 40. How well has it worn?

The Economist

Since the approval of the Constitution in 1978, Spain has lived the best period in its history since the Golden Age, but today the country needs an in-depth checkup.

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Better together
27/07/2018

Better together

The Economist

Spain is a modern democracy, with separation of powers and where human rights are respected, in no way different to other European countries, so the weekly British magazine recommends resolving political differences in the context of a united country.  

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Darwin comes to town
26/07/2018

Darwin comes to town

The Guardian

From the nut-cracking crows of Sendai to ‘Turdus urbanicus’, animals are changing their behaviour and evolution in cities... 

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Charlemagne: the backlash against Airbnb
25/07/2018

Charlemagne: the backlash against Airbnb

The Economist

To wake up in an Airbnb apartment can be briefly disorientating. Where are you? The brushed steel, the exposed lightbulbs, the mid-century furnishings...

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Billion-pound Foster vies with mud-walled burial ground for Stirling prize
23/07/2018

Billion-pound Foster vies with mud-walled burial ground for Stirling prize

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

Norman Foster’s £1bn Bloomberg HQ takes on a rammed-earth cemetery and the magical Tate St Ives extension, in a shortlist that lacks showstoppers...

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Can Vertical Farms Reap Their Harvest?
18/07/2018

Can Vertical Farms Reap Their Harvest?

Civil Eats

Indoor-grown produce is available in more than 20 supermarket chains nationwide. But despite massive investment...

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Could a city really run on 'floating transport'?
17/07/2018

Could a city really run on 'floating transport'?

The Guardian

Like Ofo and Mobike’s London offerings, Bird and Lime’s San Franciscan electric scooters, to Daimler’s short-term car hire service Car2Go – all of which are now supported...

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A Spitting Image
11/07/2018

A Spitting Image

The New York Review of Books / James Fenton

‘Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300–Now)’ an exhibition at the Met Breuer, New York City, March 21–July 22, 2018...

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The places you’ll go!
10/07/2018

The places you’ll go!

The Economist

Now, thanks to an analysis of data collected from 40,000 smartphone users around the world, a new property of humanity’s locomotive habits has been revealed...

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David Chipperfield leads calls for Mac to be rebuilt
09/07/2018

David Chipperfield leads calls for Mac to be rebuilt

The Architects' Journal

David Chipperfield has called for the Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building to be declared a ‘monument of exceptional importance’ and rebuilt following...

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In the future, our cities could be controlled by artificial intelligence
09/07/2018

In the future, our cities could be controlled by artificial intelligence

Wired

City Brain monitors every vehicle in the Chinese city of Hangzhou, and has helped reduce traffic jams by 15 per cent. Now it is heading for Kuala Lumpur...

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New Books
AV Monografías 207 - BATLLE i ROIG 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 206 - ANIMAL HOMES 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 87 - E2A 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
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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