Multisport center in Tarbes
29/09/2022

Multisport center in Tarbes

IDOM   France   In Tarbes, a commune in the Occitanie region of France’s Hautes-Pyrénées department, the firm IDOM – directed by Inés López Taberna, Iñaki Garai and Gohar Manrique San Pedro – transformed a building used in the early 20th century for the military industry into a multisport center. It is 125 meters long and 85 wide, the central nave rises 20 meters, and the lateral ones 13 meters...

30/09/2022

The nuclear option

Amid the current gas crisis, the British architect Norman Foster in this article defends the use of nuclear energy, and advocates transitioning from highly polluting fossil fuels to this safer source of power...

30/09/2022

“Nuclear energy is cool"

In this TED talk the Brazilian influencer Isabelel Boemeke debunks the principal objections to nuclear energy and explains how it is the safest and cleanest source of power, as well as a way to fight climate change...

23/09/2022

Aga Khan Award for Architecture 2022 winners

The six works distinguished in the latest cycle of the triennial Aga Khan Award for Architecture have been announced. Their authors will share a monetary prize exceeding a million euros. Instituted in 1977 and given...

Arquitectura Viva 246: Dorte Mandrup

Arquitectura Viva 246: Dorte Mandrup

Nordic Nature. An early interest in ceramics and sculpture continues to palpitate in the importance that Dorte Mandrup gives to form in each and every one of her projects, all of which are capable of complying with...

‘Debates’ series

‘Debates’ series

The new ‘Debates’ series of books published by Arquitectura Viva is a testimony of the main themes that Luis Fernández-Galiano has addressed as critic of the newspaper El País and from his position at the helm...

AV Monografías 243-244: España 2022

After the traumatic experience of the previous year, 2021 was the year of overcoming the pandemic and of preparing for a long-awaited return to normalcy. The AV Monographs Yearbook goes over the most important...

AV Monografías 245: David Adjaye

After a childhood spent in several African cities and initiatory journeys in the Middle East exploring architectures removed from the hegemonic European canons, David Adjaye (Dar es Salaam, 1966) settled in...

22/09/2022

Taller Capital wins MCHAP.emerge 2022

The Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) has selected Represo Colosio Park in Heroica Nogales (Mexico) by Taller Capital as the winner of the 2022 MCHAP Award for Emerging Practice, an honor given by the Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago)...

Highlights

27/09/2022

‘Between River and Rails’

Between River and Rails is an invitation to a space-time journey through the city of Madrid and its successive transformations along the Green Railway Corridor, on what were once the terraces of the Manzanares river. This area, which stretches for some...

27/09/2022

‘Diverse Madrid’

This exhibition analyses diversity as a distinctive feature of the city of Madrid in the contemporary context. In the current situation, in which cities tend to become standardised, to replicate commercial models and cultural structures, complexity transcends...

21/09/2022

Xanadu’s Architect

The New York Review   Martin Filler   Despite designing over seven hundred buildings, the pioneering female architect Julia Morgan is now best known for a single, extremely eccentric commission: San Simeon, the estate of the legendary newspaper proprietor...

16/09/2022

Oliver Stone: Courting controversy with 'Nuclear'

Deutsche Welle   The US film director's documentary, which premiered at the recently concluded Venice Film Festival, advocates nuclear energy as the solution to end the climate crisis. "Nuclear" was one of the many environment-related films...

15/09/2022

SANAA, Praemium Imperiale 2022

Every year since 1989 The Imperial Family of Japan and The Japan Art Association have given the Praemium Imperiale in five fields, acknowledging contributions to the development and promotion of the arts worldwide. Each of the laureates receives almost...

David Adjaye

After a childhood spent in several African cities and initiatory journeys in the Middle East exploring architectures removed from the hegemonic European canons, David Adjaye settled in London, where in the year 2000 he set up his first office. Since then, the firm has grown exponentially. Through a selection of fourteen works and seven projects, the monograph features the early domestic commissions in the British capital; iconic buildings raised on the American continent; and recent proposals for cultural institutions in Africa. This body of works reflects a varied architecture at the service of the community.  

Dorte Mandrup

Arquitectura Viva presents four works that reflect the Danish architect’s keen sensitivity in choosing materials and dissolving them in the landscape. The magazine’s dossier presents six hospitals that Renzo Piano has drawn up for Europe. The chapter begins with an article where Luis Fernández-Galiano unravels the Genoese architect’s concerns. In Art/Culture, Ángela Molina reports on the protagonism of women at the Art Biennale and Antonio Lucas pays tribute to Paula Rego. The magazine is complemented by an essay where Foster defends the nuclear energy, and a piece by Ezquiaga that analyzes the superblock project of Barcelona.

MAIO

AV Proyectos 112 compiles the most recent projects of MAIO, the Barcelona-based practice led by Maria Charneco, Alfredo Lérida, Guillermo López, and Anna Puigjaner, who work on a broad field that goes from research on the domestic scale to large sports infrastructures. Next, the winning proposal by the Italian-Spanish team – FRPO, Walk, SD Partners –, along with those of Froimovich + Grau and FORM_A, placed second and third, for the Magniffica Fabbrica competition in Milan, which called for  a new complex for the Teatro alla Scala. The issue also includes five examples of shops in Spain, designed with lively...

In Construction 2

Arquitectura Viva presents —in Spanish-English and digital format only— the second compilation of buildings published in the ‘In Detail’ section of AV Proyectos. The volume, of over 200 pages, features twelve works covered with comprehensive sets of technical plans, details, and photographs documenting the different stages in the construction process of some of the most prominent buildings completed in recent years around the world. The new selection includes cultural infrastructures like the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg by Herzog & de Meuron or the Contemporary Creation Center of Córdoba by Nieto Sobejano...

Other publications

07/09/2022

When Form Follows Climate

Eduardo Prieto   The eyes of architects are greedy: they read, trap, and manipulate forms, and that’s a good thing. But in their fascination with the visual, architects and those who teach them to discriminate between what is and what...

07/09/2022

Interviews with the Pritzkers

Carlos Jiménez   Llàtzer Moix extracts parables and axioms from his readings of the lives of architects: their works, personalities, and contributions to the city and the larger environment. Books like La ciudad de los...

07/09/2022

The New Chinese Generation

Alberto Ballesteros   Ancient Mandarin had no word for ‘architect.’ Builders were craftsmen, skilled but unschooled folk who did not mix with erudites and elites. So in China it took time for Western-style architectural practice to take root...

Future

28/07/2022

Vega-C rocket

Vega-C is a single body rocket about 35 m high with a mass at liftoff of 210 tonnes. It is able to place about 2200 kg in a reference 700 km-polar orbit. This will meet the needs of European institutions and industry...

Interiors

03/08/2022

Blasón, Madrid

BURR   Spain   In an old industrial shed between two rear courtyards, a house is organized around a band that contains utilitarian spaces while separating the private from the more public areas. Attached to the wall of white...

Pérgola series of Grupo Ayuso

Grupo Ayuso presents its Pérgola series for terraces and gardens. With mixed aluminum and canvas coverings, it is designed to provide spaces where one can enjoy the open air while being sheltered against adverse weather...

New black PVD finish by Comenza

The Galician company Comenza, which specializes in developing industrialized railing and handrail systems, presents the PVD Black Finish for its GlassFit CC-800 and GlassFit CC-775 glass railings, offering it as an...

14/09/2022

James Stewart Polshek (1930-2022)

AIA   Matt Hickman   James Stewart Polshek, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and AIA Gold Medalist, has died at the age of 92. His humanist design legacy etched architecture’s ideals into each of his projects and he...

13/09/2022

Jean-Luc Godard (1930-2022)

Le Monde   Jacques Mandelbaum   From the 1960s, Jean-Luc Godard was among those who pushed cinema's aesthetic and narrative limits while embodying the New Wave. The French-Swiss filmmaker died on September 13. Born on December 3, 1930 in...

13/09/2022

William Klein (1928-2022)

The Washington Post    Andy Grundberg   William Klein, an American expatriate photographer whose often frenetic and sometimes blurred images of urban street life and modern fashion were wildly innovative while conveying the pointed social criticism...

11/09/2022

Javier Marías (1951-2022)

The Guardian   Sam Jones   The Spanish novelist Javier Marías, author of All Souls, A Heart so White, and the epic, three-part Your Face Tomorrow – and a writer regularly touted as a candidate for the Nobel prize for literature – has died at home in...