20/01/2021

Smithsonian Scales Back Expansion Plan

The New York Times   Sarah Bahr   The organization announced that it would abandon elements of its ambitious redesign, opting for a more modest approach. Complete with an ambitious expansion of its 19th-century red administration building, the Castle...

20/01/2021

Blanton Museum Redesign

The New York Times   Hilarie M. Sheets   The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin is planning a $35 million campus redesign led by the firm Snohetta. It will feature architectural and landscaping improvements throughout the museum’s...

18/01/2021

Refurbishment of two Áster School classrooms

Spain   Refurbishment of two Áster School classrooms, Vandellòs I l’Hospitalet de l’Infant (Tarragona) Juan Fernando Ródenas, Carlos Gonzalvo, and Gillermo Zuaznabar have restored two modules of Astor School, designed by Antonio Bonet Castellana...

11/01/2021

Offices and hotel in Berlin

Max Dudler   Germany   Located in Berlin’s Schöneberg neighborhood, this new construction mends an urban fabric that has needed repairing since the 1990s, rising, as it does, beside a heretofore lone office building – the Platinum, a work of the architect Jürgen Sawade...

Highlights

18/01/2021

‘The Line’ in Saudi Arabia

Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, has made public the kingdom’s plans to build a 170-kilometer linear city for a million inhabitants. Car-less and carbon-free, The Line – as it has been named – is part of a larger project called Neom...

14/01/2021

Destruction of brutalist architecture

The Guardian   Lanre Bakare   Some of the finest examples of brutalist architecture in the north of England are at risk of being torn down, according to a photographer who believes a crucial part of the country’s architectural history could be lost in the process...

Series 'Retratos'

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Coauthor with prominent international firms of emblematic buildings like the Agbar Tower in Barcelona and the Reina Sofía Museum extension in Madrid – with Jean Nouvel; or the Veles e Vents building in Valencia and the City of Justice in Barcelona – with David Chipperfield, the studio directed by Fermín Vázquez has completed over the past twenty years a broad and varied repertoire of solo works. The AV monograph gathers a selection of eighteen works. The list of works includes residential experiments like the colorist Forma Itaim Tower or the Buenavista sustainable housing; significant buildings like the Mercat dels Encants; and the just completed Hotel VP in Madrid. 

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With over 40 built works in different parts of the planet – and more than twice that number in projects, including one outside our orbit – the practice established by Bjarke Ingels lives up to its name. From four offices the firm runs a vast network of professionals that has produced an architecture halfway between pragmatism at its strictest and utopia at its most idealistic seeks to improve people’s lives. In the Art/Culture section, Luis Fernández-Galiano evokes the work of Rafael Moneo, the subject of the first book in a series on contemporary masters. In addition, the magazine’s dossier looks at interventions carried out on heritage in Catalonia.

19/01/2021

Sugar Molecules in SARS-CoV-2

SciTechDaily   As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, researchers are working overtime to develop vaccines and therapies to thwart SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the...

The World after the Pandemic

Norman Foster   The history of cities and the buildings that comprise them is inextricably linked to the ever-recurring pattern of disease and issues of public health. There are countless examples. The Cholera outbreak of the 1850s...

17/12/2020

Prodex by Prodema

Prodema   To its Prodex panels of natural wood the firm Prodema adds a film of PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride), thus improving their capacity to protect against external agents, and with this, reducing the need for maintenance.

17/12/2020

The EcoCocon paneling system

EcoCocon   facade paneling system presents a structure of FSC certified wood and an inner insulation of pressed straw, coming with homogeneous flat surfaces and a standard thickness of 40 centimeters.

17/12/2020

Cellular concrete

Ytong España / Xella Group   Ytong solution of tongue-ingroove panels is made of cellular concrete, which weighs much less and insulates better than conventional concrete. It is obtained in an autoclave on a base of sand, silica, and lime.

17/12/2020

Bala-box

Bala-Box   Bala-box is a prefabricated modular system of blocks for wrapping buildings of up to two floors, composed of a wooden frame and a filling of pressed straw. This makes for a high degree of thermal insulation.

07/01/2021

Ernesto Gismondi (1931-2020)

Artemide   Ernesto Gismondi was the founder of Artemide Group. In 1957 he gained a degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the Milan Polytechnic...

30/12/2020

Luigi Snozzi (1932-2020)

A figure in the Ticino School alongside Livio Vacchini, Aurelio Galfetti, and Mario Botta, the Swiss architect and professor has passed away, a victim of Covid-19...