Ex Aduana Cultural Center in San Blas
14/06/2024

Ex Aduana Cultural Center in San Blas

Colectivo C733    Mexico   The historical customs building of San Blas, a port city in the Mexican state of Nayarit, preserved its ground level and an old corridor. Commissioned by the Secretariat for Agrarian, Territorial, and Urban Development (SEDATU), the project aimed to consolidate the adobe remnants of the original structure and incorporate exhibition spaces and workshops...

Paul Chemetov (1928-2024)
18/06/2024

Paul Chemetov (1928-2024)

Paul Chemetov has died at the age of 95. A communist militant and prolific builder of social housing, the French architect founded a studio with Borja Huidobro in 1983, and with him designed the Ministry of Economy and Finance...

11/04/2024

30% off + digital flat rate as gift

Use our promotional offer for students and teachers to subscribe to the printed edition of AV Monographs, Architecture Viva, and/or AV Proyectos with a 30% discount. As a gift, you will have access to the digital flat rate for a year...

13/06/2024

Sports center at Shaoxing University

UAD   China   Located at the northwest corner of the Shaoxing University campus, these public sports facilities address the scarcity of land by stacking playing fields vertically, with a football pitch at the top. The building exposes its structure of arches...

Spain 2024. The Yearbook Turns Thirty
15/03/2024

Spain 2024. The Yearbook Turns Thirty

It has been forty years since the birth of the magazine AV Monographs, and thirty since the release of its first Yearbook, a publication that has endeavored to gather, year after year, the best architecture built in Spain, taking stock at the same time of the most important...

Housing, 50 Works in Spain
15/02/2024

Housing, 50 Works in Spain

Arquitectura Viva gathers in one volume of 320 pages, with a special price of 60 euros, hardbound and in fully bilingual Spanish-English edition, 50 housing projects built in Spain since the year 2000. Always at the center of the architectural debate...

07/06/2024

1736 House, Barcelona

Harquitectes   Spain   So exacerbated by the romantic imagination of modernisme, the medieval character of Barcelona’s old quarter is less attributable to ogee arches and flamboyant traceries than to the relationship between...

Highlights

13/06/2024

RIBA International Awards for Excellence

The RIBA International Awards for Excellence are given to projects worldwide that stretch the boundaries of architecture and standards of excellence. Irrespective of style, complexity and size of both scheme and budget, successful...

12/06/2024

Fumihiko Maki (1928-2024)

The Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki has died in his Tokyo home at the age of 95. Born in 1928 in Tokyo, Maki graduated from architecture school there and worked with Kenzo Tange. He pursued further studies in the United States, where he collaborated with SOM...

11/06/2024

Winners of the 2024 FAD Awards

The DH Ecoenergías thermal power plant in Palencia by Fernando Rodríguez and Pablo Oriol (FRPO), and House 1736 in Barcelona by David Lorents, Josep Ricard, Xavier Ros, and Roger Tudó (Harquitectes), have on an equal standing been announced the winners...

10/06/2024

Europe Tomorrow

Luis Fernández-Galiano   Our continent has gone to the polls at a critical time, and architecture cannot be indifferent to the great dilemmas of the moment, for its own future is essentially tied to climate change, to the protagonism of existing constructions...

06/06/2024

‘Moments in Architecture’, by Iwan Baan

On view through 8 September at the ICO Foundation museum is the first major retrospective on the work of Iwan Baan, one of the world’s leading photographers of architecture. ‘Moments in Architecture’ is a traveling show curated by Mea Hoffmann...

30/05/2024

Welcome to Aranya

The Guardian   Oliver Wainwright   Welcome to Aranya, in Beidaihe Qinhuangdao, a surreal gated community that has turned this remote stretch of coastline into an unlikely mecca for China’s fashionable gen Z. The area was once home to a failed property...

Níall McLaughlin

After studying at University College Dublin, Níall McLaughlin moved to London, where in 1990 he set up his own office. Since then, he has developed a solid career, defined by a timeless language and an attentive dialogue with context. The latest issue of AV Monographs takes stock of his career with a selection of twenty of his main works, introduced by a conversation with the historian Adrian Forty. Featured in chronological order, with the exception of the two prayer rooms that open and close the list, these key projects reflect a commitment to the discipline that makes no distinctions of scale or program...

Fernanda Canales

As she does with her academic work, Fernanda Canales roots her practice in a thorough knowledge of the environment, its resources, and its people, thanks to which she has made it possible for projects conceived in the spirit of mending inequality in her native Mexico to be veritable agents of change and sources of pride for their users. Arquitectura Viva features five of them in a journey from the the capital to two cities in Sonora, close to the United States border. The issue’s dossier presents two libraries recently completed in Asia by international firms: the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem...

Construcción robótica

AV Proyectos joined the AV/Arquitectura Viva family twenty years ago. To mark the occasion, it is presented now with updated graphics and an approach adapted to the reality of architects, with more articles and works and a greater emphasis on construction. Issue 121 carries in ‘Portfolio’ a cover feature on robotics and an interview with two experts in prefabrication: Antón García-Abril and Débora Mesa from Ensamble Studio; and its two new sections, ‘Pieces’ and ‘Products’, give an overviewof the technical scene. Our old ‘Competition’ and ‘Construction’ sections are revamped under the headings...

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

12/06/2024

The Spaces of TV Series

Alberto Ballesteros   After a catchy tune, the screen fades to black and on comes a familiar scene: Carrie writing her column by the window, Michael sipping coffee at a desk full of trinkets, Homer on his couch watching TV...

12/06/2024

The New Orders

Enrique Morillo   Few texts reflect the partnership of architecture and columns than the above lyrics of the Spanish electronic-music duo Las Bistecs. Though vilified by modernity, columns are a fundamental part of history...

12/06/2024

A Science Iconography

Eduardo Prieto   Nowadays drawing tends to be thought of as an artistic discipline of its own accord, but for a long time it was little more than a tool in the service of art, and it was in technology and science that drawings...

Future

12/01/2024

MareNostrum 5

MareNostrum 5, the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) supercomputer located in Spain was officially inaugurated in Barcelona by Pedro Sánchez...

27/02/2024

Oddity, unexpected space

barea pizarro   Spain   A young couple has pooled two separate professions in a single street-level establishment in Madrid’s Chamberí neighborhood, revamping the space to make it both a hair salon and a tattoo studio. Eager to avoid the usual...

15/02/2024

Tramo restaurant in Madrid

Selgascano   Spain   The architecture firm led by José Selgas and Lucía Cano, in collaboration with the designer Andreu Carulla, has transformed an industrial space built in the early 1950s into a restaurant. The building previously harbored...

On the Valencia fire

Ten people have perished in a conflagration which in a matter of minutes wrapped the facades of the fourteen-story building in the eastern Spanish city of Valencia...

The Undersigned

Luis Alemany   The Greek writer Vassilis Vassilikos, author of the political novel Z (on which the Costa-Gavras film of the same title was based), tells of how a few days after...

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...

07/05/2024

Antonio Fernández Alba (1927-2024)

Antonio Fernández Alba has died at 96 years of age. An architect, a professor at the Madrid School of Architecture, and a member of both Spain's Royal Academy of Fine Arts and the Royal Spanish Academy,...

10/04/2024

Italo Rota (1953-2024)

The Italian architect Italo Rota has died at 70 years of age. The author of the Museo del Novecento in Milan, the revamp of the urban center of Nantes, and the seaside promenade of the Foro Italico in Palermo, Rota worked with Franco Albini...