Architecture is moving from bling to bareness. The economic devastation left by the crisis and the symbolic decay of emblematic works have favored the rise of a new attitude. In contrast to the dazzling glare of the architectures of social-opulence –
Defining features of young Catalan architecture include a toned down air, the small scale, a penchant for working with the preexisting, and an aesthetic strong in materials and sustainability.
With or without optimism, the panorama that the Spanish architect has to face continues to be discouraging. Protracted and profound, both economic and ideological, perhaps systemic, the crisis, which came suddenly and devastatingly, has taken on near
It should come as no surprise that as the ‘crisis’ reveals itself to be less cyclical and rather endemic, the demand for architecture declines. Spain, one of the hardest hit since 2008, in particular because of the exponential growth of its construct
Upon reaching our issue number one hundred, it seems more appropriate to look towards the future than to map the lands we have already visited. Almost one decade after the first Arquitectura Viva issue on young Spanish architects (‘Sangre fresca’, pu
Almost ten years after its first issue on young Spanish architecture, Arquitectura Viva takes a new look at what the latest generation of professionals are thinking and building. The cover of that issue, which was titled ‘Fresh Blood,’ was a poetic i