Arquitectura Viva
Friday, October 30, 2020
Alejandro Aravena, Chair of the Pritzker Architecture Prize Jury
30/10/2020

Alejandro Aravena, Chair of the Pritzker Architecture Prize Jury

Mr. Aravena, 2016 Laureate of the Pritzker Prize, is Founder and Executive Director of ELEMENTAL, a “Do Tank” focusing on projects of public interest and social impact including housing, public space, infrastructure and transportation...

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The curious design features of North Korean hotels
29/10/2020

The curious design features of North Korean hotels

The Economist

A book of photography offers an offbeat look at a little-seen city. At the beginning of “Pyongyang”, a song of 2015 by the British band Blur, Damon Albarn, the vocalist, sings...

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PPAA, Carrizal housing in Mexico City
29/10/2020

PPAA, Carrizal housing in Mexico City

South of Mexico City, in Lomas Quebradas, stands this ensemble of eight houses built by the Mexican firm Pérez Palacios Arquitectos Asociados (PPAA). The slope of the site allows access to six of them from Calle Pino, and both pedestrian and vehicular access...

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Carmody Groarke, Design Museum Extension in Ghent (Belgium)
28/10/2020

Carmody Groarke, Design Museum Extension in Ghent (Belgium)

The British partnership of Kevin Carmody and Andy Groarke – in collaboration with the Belgian firm TRANS Architectuur and RE-ST – has won the bid to build an extension to Design Museum Gent, that will improve circulation and the connection between current galleries...

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The Demolition of LACMA: Art Sacrificed to Architecture
27/10/2020

The Demolition of LACMA: Art Sacrificed to Architecture

The New York Review of Books / Joseph Giovannini

There are two demolitions going on at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the largest encyclopedic museum west of the Mississippi... (‘The Redesign of LACMA: An Exchange’ Michael Govan, reply by Joseph Giovannini)

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heltwerk architekten, House WW in Caan (Germany)
27/10/2020

heltwerk architekten, House WW in Caan (Germany)

The local fim heltwerk architekten, headed by Henrike Elsner and Lucas Fernández-Trapa, has restored a house in Caan, a community of 700 inhabitants located between Frankfurt and Cologne, in the Westerwaldkreis district of the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate...

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De Lapuerta + Campo, Brains School – Maria Lombillo, Madrid
26/10/2020

De Lapuerta + Campo, Brains School – Maria Lombillo, Madrid

This secondary school on Calle María Lombillo in Madrid is a work of the local practice of José María de Lapuerta and Paloma Campo. The design is focused on the Passivhaus strategy. Aside from diaphanous and extendable classrooms, it creates points of contact...

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noa* network of architecture, Ötzi Peak 3251m (Italy)
26/10/2020

noa* network of architecture, Ötzi Peak 3251m (Italy)

At the top of the Schnals Valley glacier, at an elevation of more than 3,000 meters, an observation deck invites excursionists to climb and take in some breathtaking views of the Tyrolean Alps and abrupt landscape. Following the natural topography of the ridge, a light structure...

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Anna Heringer Wins 2020 Obel Award for Anandaloy Community Center
26/10/2020

Anna Heringer Wins 2020 Obel Award for Anandaloy Community Center

The Obel Award is an international prize that honors recent, outstanding architectural contributions to human development, with the winner receiving €100,000 and an artwork...

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Richard Neutra's Iconic Kaufmann Desert House in Palm Springs is for Sale
26/10/2020

Richard Neutra's Iconic Kaufmann Desert House in Palm Springs is for Sale

The Guardian / Vivian Ho

Built in 1946 to the designs of Richard Neutra, the house first became famous in Julius Shulman’s twilight black-and-white frame, the misty San Jacinto Mountains in the background...

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Berlin’s long-delayed airport is finally opening
25/10/2020

Berlin’s long-delayed airport is finally opening

The Economist

Ground was broken on Berlin Brandenburg Airport (gmp Architekten) in 2006. It was supposed to take five years to build. After a second failed opening, in June 2012...

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David Chipperfield Architects, Jacoby Studios in Paderborn (Germany)
23/10/2020

David Chipperfield Architects, Jacoby Studios in Paderborn (Germany)

The former St. Vincenz hospital, situated in the medieval town center of Paderborn, has been converted by the firm of David Chipperfield into a new headquarters for the company Jacoby Studios. Originally a 17th-century Capuchin monastery, the ensemble was used...

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100 Years of Urban Planning for Greater Berlin
23/10/2020

100 Years of Urban Planning for Greater Berlin

The exhibition on view at the Kronprinzenpalais in the German capital features the winning entries to the Berlin-Brandenburg 2070 competition, including Pedro Pitarch's ‘Archipelago Lab.’

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Can the European Union learn to love a common culture?
23/10/2020

Can the European Union learn to love a common culture?

The Economist

Bauhaus and Brussels are an uneasy mix. Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus art school, which shaped design in the 20th century, declared that a building “must be true to itself...

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The floating church
21/10/2020

The floating church

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

The area around London’s Olympic Park is a regeneration hothouse. Now their spiritual needs are being met – with a beautiful chapel on a barge...

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Pinearq, Comprehensive Transplant Centre in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
21/10/2020

Pinearq, Comprehensive Transplant Centre in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

A scheme drawn up by Albert de Pineda’s Barcelona firm Pinearq – in collaboration with the local office Dico si Tiganas – is the winning entry in the competition to build a hospital specialized in transplants within the heterogeneous historical quarter of the northwestern...

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Federico Correa, cosmopolitan tradition
20/10/2020

Federico Correa, cosmopolitan tradition Pdf

With the passing away of Federico Correa we reproduce an article, published in Arquitectura Viva 195, that Luis Fernández-Galiano devoted to the Barcelona master who designed buildings and interiors where modernity merged with the vernacular and with history…

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Herzog & de Meuron, update plans for redevelopment of Roche site in Basel
19/10/2020

Herzog & de Meuron, update plans for redevelopment of Roche site in Basel

More elaborated plans for the latest revamp of the Roche campus in Basel (Switzerland) have been unveiled. With the transfer to the research center now under construction in the north zone, the pharmaceutical company’s offices and laboratories in the south section...

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Amanda Levete: the architect building the future
17/10/2020

Amanda Levete: the architect building the future

Financial Times

The RIBA Stirling Prize winner believes we can build a better, brighter world. She’s very persuasive...

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Studio Zhu-Pei, Imperial Kiln Museum in Jingdezhen (China)
16/10/2020

Studio Zhu-Pei, Imperial Kiln Museum in Jingdezhen (China)

Considered the cradle of pottery and porcelain, the city of Jingdezhen – in northeastern China's Jiangxi province – has been tied to the ceramic industry since the 5th century, when the first craft workshops cropped up that would become the kilns of the emperors...

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Dancing with architecture, ‘Faire Le Poirier’ by Koki Nakano
16/10/2020

Dancing with architecture, ‘Faire Le Poirier’ by Koki Nakano

A choreography that takes its name from Shirshasana, the inverted posture practiced in hatha yoga, filmed in the Negev Desert and performed on the concrete construction of the Israeli sculptor Dani Caravan…

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SANAA, expansion of Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney
15/10/2020

SANAA, expansion of Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney

New images have been released of the currently-under-construction Sydney Modern Project of SANAA, the joint practice of Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa. This is the Japanese firm's first work in Australia and completion is programmed for 2022...

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Javier de las Heras Solé, music school in Amorebieta-Etxano
14/10/2020

Javier de las Heras Solé, music school in Amorebieta-Etxano

The scheme drawn up by the Catalan architect Javier de las Heras Solé that placed first in the 2015 ideas competition for a school of music in Amorebieta-Etxano, a municipality in the Basque comarca of Duranguesado, presents a compact box cutting a singular figure...

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Google shares vision for sprawling, sustainable “Downtown West” in San Jose
14/10/2020

Google shares vision for sprawling, sustainable “Downtown West” in San Jose

The Architect's Newspaper

The project, with SITELAB urban studio serving as lead urban designer, includes the architecture firms Grimshaw Architects, Heatherwick Studio, SHoP, Kohn Pedersen Fox, and others...

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Muñoz Miranda Arquitectos, Residential Building in Málaga
13/10/2020

Muñoz Miranda Arquitectos, Residential Building in Málaga

This is a project that appears on the seashore, near a preexistence of a protected smokestack from the beginning of the 20th century, that informs us of the industrial activity in that area, at that time the industrial outskirts of Málaga. Pairs of identical buildings were...

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KAAN Architecten, Crematorium Siesegem in Aalst (Belgium)
12/10/2020

KAAN Architecten, Crematorium Siesegem in Aalst (Belgium)

The building is conceived as an oasis of calm that manifests itself exteriorly through few but sculptural openings striking a contrast with the lines of the surrounding landscape. Affixed to the terrain, the crematorium is an ode to order and peace, characterized by high spaces...

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Posters that changed the world
12/10/2020

Posters that changed the world

The Guardian / Sarah Gilbert

A new book, published by Pavilion, 100 Posters That Changed The World, looks at the stories behind 300 years of classic designs..

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The Coronavirus Unveiled: Microscopic Images of SARS-CoV-2
10/10/2020

The Coronavirus Unveiled: Microscopic Images of SARS-CoV-2

The New York Times / Carl Zimmer

In February, as the new coronavirus swept across China and shut down entire cities, a scientist named Sai Li set out to paint its portrait...

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Coronavirus in the White House
09/10/2020

Coronavirus in the White House

Days after Donald Trump left the hospital, Time magazine devotes its cover to a scathing commentary on the spell of contagions afflicting the presidential residence and workplace, with 23 cases detected in less than a week.

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‘Alfaro in Xàtiva. Dialogue with History’
09/10/2020

‘Alfaro in Xàtiva. Dialogue with History’

The work of the world-renowned Valencian sculptor Andreu Alfaro (1929-2012) is characterized by its synthesis of all the knowledge he absorbed in the course of years. A reduction of form, an exercise in creating a single stroke in the void, showing the evident connection...

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New Books
AV Monografías 226 - SOU FUJIMOTO 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 228 - JOSÉ MARÍA SÁNCHEZ 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 100 - MAD ARCHITECTS 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
Las grandes esperanzas Empeños sostenibles + Fracturas y ficciones
Luis Fernández-Galiano publishes Las grandes esperanzas (1976-1992), a critical revision of the issues and challenges of architecture, art, and society of those convulse and fertile years, offering a historical mirror on which we can find a reflection of our current economic, ecological, and social crisis.
Las grandes esperanzas Empeños sostenibles
The recession caused by the oil crises that shook the planet in the 1970s serves as backdrop for Empeños sostenibles (1976-1984), a selection of articles by Luis Fernández-Galiano on technological alternatives, sustainable construction, and the relationship between architecture and energy.
Las grandes esperanzas Fracturas y ficciones
Through the one hundred essays on architecture, history, art, and society included in Fracturas y ficciones (1985-1992), Luis Fernández-Galiano outlines a portrait of a period of global prosperity in which the Olympic Games of Barcelona and the Expo of Seville brought international attention to Spain.
Francisco Mangado Francisco Mangado
This 208-page, hardback and clothbound, bilingual (Spanish-English) book presents fifteen works carried out from 2000 to 2020 by the firm of Francisco Mangado, who explains them in terms of the concepts that have driven each one of them.
H&deM (1978-2019) H&deM (1978-2019)
The tireless creative pulse of the Swiss office, which over the course of four decades has produced some of the most emblematic examples of contemporary architecture, is illustrated here in a bilingual Spanish-English edition, made up of two volumes of 352 pages each, presented in hard-bound cloth.
H&deM (2003-2019) H&deM (2003-2019)
The volume includes 41 prominent works started between 2003 and 2019, such as Elphilharmonie Hamburg, buildings like Helsinki Dreispitz and Feltrinelli Porta Volta, Vitra Schaudepot, and the proposal for the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin.
H&deM (1978-2002) H&deM (1978-2002)
The volume covers 43 of the main buildings initiated between 1978 and 2002, showing the formal transformations and material tests carried out during the first years of career in Basel up to the studio’s worldwide recognition.
A Chronicle of Architecture The Age of Spectacle Time of Uncertainty
Luis Fernández-Galiano portrays the development of architecture in the course of the turn of the century through 256 articles written for El País from 1993 to 2006, presented in 2 volumes containing close to 2,500 images and 2,000 references to the protagonists of projects and debates of the period in question.
A Chronicle of Architecture The Age of Spectacle
The Age of Spectacle, volume 1 of the book Alexandrine Years, offers a chronicle of the bonanza and optimism of the 20th century’s closing years through texts that Luis Fernández-Galiano wrote for the newspaper El País.
A Chronicle of Architecture Time of Uncertainty
Through a selection of essays written by Luis Fernández-Galiano for El País, Time of Uncertainty – volume 2 of Alexandrine Years – examines the beginnings of a 21st century marked by 9/11, wars, and climate change.
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
Francis Kéré Francis Kéré
The ICO Foundation has published a bilingual (Spanish and English) catalog of the exhibition ‘Francis Kéré: Primary Elements.’ Presenting a selection of 33 works, the book journeys through the professional trajectory of the Burkinabe architect.
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.
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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