Arquitectura Viva
Monday, September 24, 2018
Volvo’s 360c is a fully autonomous bedroom on wheels
14/09/2018

Volvo’s 360c is a fully autonomous bedroom on wheels

The Verge

The 360c driving office makes it viable for people to live at greater distances from crowded cities...

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Road makers turn to recycled plastic for tougher surfaces
14/09/2018

Road makers turn to recycled plastic for tougher surfaces

The Economist

On September 11th in Zwolle, a town in the Netherlands, a 30-metre bicycle track made from 70% recycled plastic and the rest from polypropylene was opened...

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Giant Trap Is Deployed to Catch Plastic Littering the Pacific Ocean
11/09/2018

Giant Trap Is Deployed to Catch Plastic Littering the Pacific Ocean

The New York Times

A multimillion-dollar floating boom designed to corral plastic debris littering the Pacific Ocean deployed from San Francisco Bay...

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The world’s biggest offshore windfarm has officially opened
11/09/2018

The world’s biggest offshore windfarm has officially opened

The Guardian

The new windfarm in the Irish Sea spans an area the size of 20,000 football pitches  and has a capacity of 659 megawatts...

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Ramón Esteve Estudio, house in El Portet, Teulada (Alicante)
05/09/2018

Ramón Esteve Estudio, house in El Portet, Teulada (Alicante)

The Valencian firm Ramón Esteve Estudio built this house in Moraira, within the municipality of Teulada (Alicante), on a long narrow plot of land surrounded by vegetation and benefiting from distant sea views...

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The H-Line Hat by Zaha Hadid Architects
18/08/2018

The H-Line Hat by Zaha Hadid Architects

The Friends of the High Line recently hosted the High Line’s first Hat Party, occasion for which Zaha Hadid Architects designed a hat using 3D technology and inspired by the studio’s own 520 West 28th Street tower by the elevated park. The party is organized to raised...

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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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This Ultra-Efficient Bike Has No Chains and No Derailleurs
25/07/2018

This Ultra-Efficient Bike Has No Chains and No Derailleurs

Interesting Engineering

A new no-chain no-derailleur bicycle won this year's prestigious Eurobike Award beating 365 competitors...

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Making buildings, cars and planes from materials based on plant fibres
23/06/2018

Making buildings, cars and planes from materials based on plant fibres

The Economist

Materials scientists find new ways to use natural fibres. Using carrots to create concrete, turning wood into plastic, or even compressing it into a “super wood” that is as light...

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Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun teams up with Ikea
18/06/2018

Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun teams up with Ikea

The Art Newspaper

Eliasson and Ikea are teaming up to produce accessible and affordable tools that function without mains electricity and use renewable energy...

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How Much Are You 'Smoking' by Breathing Urban Air?
21/05/2018

How Much Are You 'Smoking' by Breathing Urban Air?

CityLab

A pair of digital developers just invented an app that will definitely (and accurately) answer that question. “Here is the rule of thumb: one cigarette per day is the rough equivalent...

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Scientists create innovative new ‘green’ concrete using graphene
15/05/2018

Scientists create innovative new ‘green’ concrete using graphene

University of Exeter

A new greener, stronger and more durable concrete that is made using the wonder-material graphene could revolutionise the construction industry...

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Using AI to trace leaking pipes
29/04/2018

Using AI to trace leaking pipes

The Economist

Oldhands at some water companies still on occasion whip out a pair of dousing rods or find a Y-shaped twig to search for a leak in an underground pipe. Dousing...

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Japanese Company Offers Meteor Showers On Demand
13/04/2018

Japanese Company Offers Meteor Showers On Demand

Outer Places

Last fall, it was announced that a company called Astro Live Experiences (ALE) would be creating a fake meteor shower over the skies of Hiroshima, Japan in 2019...

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Robotic collaboration in timber construction
02/04/2018

Robotic collaboration in timber construction

ETH Zurich

Researchers from ETH Zurich are using a new method for digital timber construction in a real project for the first time...

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3D-printed electric cars will hit the road in 2019
01/04/2018

3D-printed electric cars will hit the road in 2019

Green Matters

XEV, an Italian car company, and Polymaker, a Shanghai-based 3D printing material company, have joined forces to create LSEV... 

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IBM designs world’s smallest computer
31/03/2018

IBM designs world’s smallest computer

It is smaller than a grain of salt, and it will cost less than ten cents to manufacture and can monitor, analyze, communicate, and even act on data .The tiny devices will be ‘cryptographic anchors’ embedded in everyday objects...

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OFIS, house in the Gorafe Desert (Granada)
21/03/2018

OFIS, house in the Gorafe Desert (Granada)

The Slovenian firm OFIS – headed by Rok Oman and Spela Videcnik— designed this glazed pavilion in collaboration with experts of the manufacturer Guardian Glass. The purpose was to demonstrate the technical capacity of its highly insulated Guardian SunGuard...

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Passenger drones are a better kind of flying car
09/03/2018

Passenger drones are a better kind of flying car

The Economist

Travellers have long envied the birds. In 1842 William Henson, a British lacemaker, somewhat optimistically filed a patent for an “aerial steam carriage”. It took another 60 years...

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New concrete 3D printing technique creates weaving structures
25/02/2018

New concrete 3D printing technique creates weaving structures

All3DP

The Thai cement manufacturer SCG has developed a special concrete material to 3D print structures with a unique weaving pattern. The 3D printed concrete technique offers... 

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Morpholio Launches Trace Pro for iPhone
16/02/2018

Morpholio Launches Trace Pro for iPhone

Dexigner

Morpholio has launched Trace Pro for iPhone that intends to transform site visits by importing key components of the design process into the Construction Administration Phase...

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Ecocapsule, a new way of sustainable living
13/02/2018

Ecocapsule, a new way of sustainable living

Ecocapsule is a self-sustainable smart house powered solely by solar and wind energy. It allows you to live off-the-grid, with the luxury of a hotel room. Exclusive series available, affordable series coming soon...

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Engineers create plants that glow
10/02/2018

Engineers create plants that glow

MIT News

Illumination from nanobionic plants might one day replace some electrical lighting. By embedding specialized nanoparticles into the leaves of a watercress...

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A new type of solar cell is coming to market
05/02/2018

A new type of solar cell is coming to market

The Economist

Perovskites have the potential to outshine silicon in solar panels. When the first perovskite, a compound of calcium, titanium and oxygen, was discovered in the Ural mountains in 1839...

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Robomart, the world's first self-driving store
04/02/2018

Robomart, the world's first self-driving store

Consumers will simply tap a button to request the closest robomart. Once it arrives, they head outside, unlock the doors, and shop for the products they want. When they are done, they just close the doors and send it on its way.

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China builds ‘world’s biggest air purifier’
27/01/2018

China builds ‘world’s biggest air purifier’

South China Morning Post

A 100-metre high air purification tower in Xian in Shaanxi province has helped reduce smog levels in the city, preliminary results suggest...

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Why driverless cars may mean jams tomorrow
23/01/2018

Why driverless cars may mean jams tomorrow

The Economist

The most distractingly unrealistic feature of most science fiction is how the great soaring cities of the future never seem to struggle with traffic...

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Architects and designers reinterpret a Prada classic: nylon
21/01/2018

Architects and designers reinterpret a Prada classic: nylon

The New York Times

In her latest interpretation of the material, Prada asked the architects Rem Koolhaas and Herzog & de Meuron to design something in nylon for the show...

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The biggest rocket in the world prepares for its maiden voyage
20/01/2018

The biggest rocket in the world prepares for its maiden voyage

The Economist

On a launching pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida, sits the Falcon Heavy, the latest offering from SpaceX, a private space-flight firm. It is 70 metres tall and sports 27 engines...

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Making multicopters easier to use will increase the number in use
19/01/2018

Making multicopters easier to use will increase the number in use

The Economist

Small  multicopter drones—souped-up versions of those sold by the million as Christmas toys—have tremendous potential for use in industry and agriculture...

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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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