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New Books
AV Monografías 227_228 - CASAS EN DETALLE 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.
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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Nexo+GdlF+APerea, Metro Headquarters and Museum in Madrid

The CIT (Centro Integral de Transporte) is an initiative of Metro de Madrid to build a transport center in the old sheds of Plaza de Castilla in Madrid. The competition was called in 2016, and the team formed by the architects Lourdes Carretero, Manuel Leira...


Antonio Virga Architecte,
cinema in Cahors (France)

In Cahors, a city in France’s Occitanie region, the Paris practice of Antonio Virga was commissioned to build this seven-cinema multiplex and revamp its surroundings. Part of a public space development project, the building stands at Place Bessières as a reinterpretation...


Romera y Ruiz Arquitectos, seafront of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

This project encompasses 5,484 square meters on the seafront of Las Palmas – capital of Gran Canaria island – in the area of the naval base and the Santa Catalina dock. Carried out by the local practice of Pedro Romera García and Ángela Ruiz Martínez, it drew...


Aires Mateus, House in Monsaraz,
Alentejo (Portugal)

The great Alqueva Lake, located on the frontier of Extremadura and the Portuguese Alentejo, is the largest artificial lake in Western Europe, with an area of 250 square kilometers and more than 1,160 kilometers of interior coast. Since the inauguration of the dam in the...


Virgilio Gutiérrez, Acamán School Pavilion in La Laguna (Tenerife)

The Hermanas Hospitalarias del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús (Sisters Hospitallers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus) is a female catholic congregation founded by the Italian priest Benito Menni (1841-1914) in the municipality of Ciempozuelos (Madrid), and whose activity...


Foster + Partners,
Guangming Hub in Shenzhen (China)

The firm of Norman Foster has won the competition to design Guangming Hub, a transport-oriented development on the high-speed rail link that connects Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou, with three new metro lines incorporated. The latest technological tools are...


Interval Architects, Botanic Art Center in Hengshui (China)

The Chinese government’s plan to transform wetlands outside the city of Hengshui into a botanical park included a gallery in which to showcase plants, pottery, and floral art. A work of Interval Architects, the Shanghai-based practice of Oscar Ko and Gu Yunduan...


gmp, Changzhou Culture Plaza (China)

In the Chinese province of Jiangsu, in the eastern part of the country, Changzhou is a 2,500 year old city with a dense network of rivers that is becoming the new industrial and technological hub in the prosperous Yangtze River delta area. There in Changzhou the Hamburg...


Snøhetta, Powerhouse Telemark building in Porsgrunn (Noruega)

The Oslo firm Snøhetta – in collaboration with R8 Property, Skanska, and Asplan Viak – has completed this office building that will consume little energy and produce more than it will need over its lifespan (estimated at 60 years), including in construction...


Josep Mª Julià Capdevila,
EMAV Can Batlló in Barcelona

Since its birth in 1878, the Can Batlló compound and La Bordeta quarter share a long history of growth and transformation with Barcelona. The city’s industrial heyday saw the complex expand and new buildings rise. Over time, however, these fell into disuse...


Junquera Arquitectos, courtyard houses in Villaviciosa de Odón (Madrid)

A work of the Madrid firm Junquera Arquitectos, this complex of 34 homes mainly pursues the typology of the courtyard house. Through the privacy-ensuring walled courtyard, the place where the family can gather in the open air, the different domestic spaces interconnect...


Horizontal Design, Zhang Yan Cultural Museum in Shanghai (China)

Within Shanghai’s Qingpu district lies the historical Zhang Yan Village, where the Shenzhen practice of Ju Bin, called Horizontal Design, has renovated and refurbished a series of structures and transformed then into part of a museum, fragmented into three halls...


BIG, student center for Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (USA)

Bjarke Ingels's firm BIG has won the competition for The Village, a non-academic student center in the Homewood campus, in Baltimore, of Johns Hopkins University. Encompassing 13,935 square meters, the fragmented and cascading composition of stacked timber...


taller básico de arquitectura, offices in the Arbea corporate campus in Alcobendas

Based in Madrid and Pamplona, the practice of Javier Pérez-Herreras and Francisco Javier Quintana de Uña – taller básico de arquitectura – has amid fir and pine trees built this 900-square-meter office pavilion that opens out on its long facade to the forest...


A pile of stacked boxes at the University of Chicago — exhibitionism or architecture?

Chicago Tribune / Blair Kamin

Diller Scofidio + Renfro conceived the design as an innovative addition to Chicago’s renowned collection of tall buildings. Instead of uniform office floors, the tower transitions from a city-engaging ground floor to contemplative, multi-level clusters of meeting rooms above...


Costacabana Houses in Almería

On the edge of Almería’s Costacabana neighborhood, on a 380-square-meter L-shaped corner plot, stands this building containing two similarly-sized dwellings. A work of the Andalusian firm med.arquitectos (José Moreno Ferre and Javier Peña), the bunker-like...


El Equipo Mazzanti, Fundación Santa Fe Extension in Bogota

The project seeks to give coherence to the multipart hospital by means of a base that serves to channel circulation and hold up a ten-story block containing the new ICU area. Composed of brick panels that are anchored to cables of steel...


Camp del Ferro sport center in Barcelona

Barceló Balanzó Arquitectes, AIA Activitats Arquitectòniques, and Gustau Gili Galfetti worked as a team in this municipal sports complex of Barcelona’s La Sagrera neighborhood. Because of the area’s high degree of urban density, the site’s reduced dimensions...


Barozzi Veiga,
Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels

The Barcelona practice of Fabrizio Barozzi and Alberto Veiga – in collaboration with Tab Architects and Barbara Van Der Wee Architects – has won the competition to renovate the Jewish Museum of Belgium, carrying the day over the other three teams shortlisted...


Romera y Ruiz Arquitectos, stacked houses in Telde (Las Palmas)

The practice of Pedro Romera García and Ángela Ruiz Martínez has stacked concrete tubes of near-square (3.65 x 3.20 m) sections in raising 25 dwellings between the streets Lola Massieu and Los Gofiones in Telde, a municipality on Grand Canary Island. With a built...


KAAN + Pranlas-Descours, Chambre de Métiers et de l’Artisanat (France)

This new complex acts as a transition between a motorway built over the historical Vauban fortification and the Eurartisanat Campus of Lille, which the same architects designed. Coexisting in the building are the emphatic boldness of its geometry, the minimalist...


Kengo Kuma,
Henrik Ibsen Library in Skien (Norway)

A proposal drawn up by Kengo Kuma & Associates in collaboration with Mad Arkitekter and Buro Happold Engineering has been declared the winning scheme in the competition for a new library dedicated to Henrik Ibsen in Skien, where the playwright was born...


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...


A New Museum to Bring the Benin Bronzes Home

The New York Times / Alex Marshall

The architect David Adjaye discusses his plans for an institution to house the looted treasures on their to return to Nigeria...


The Modernism of Julius Shulman review

The Guardian / Leslie Felperin

This stylish documentary explores the work of the photographer whose images of mid-century west coast architecture captured an aspirational moment...


Marine sponges inspire the next generation of skyscrapers and bridges

Harvard University

Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) are using the glassy skeletons of marine sponges as inspiration... 


Emilio Ambasz’s foundation donates $10m to MoMA to create a green architecture institute

The Art Newspaper

New entity will spur research on the relationship between architecture and nature and work toward “environmental justice”, the New York museum says...


Foster + Partners and Boston Dynamics explore the potential of ‘Spot’ on a construction site

The nimble robot can autonomously follow a pre-mapped route while avoiding obstacles, taking pictures, and detect incongruences between the design and the built reality.


Iconic landmarks:
A view from above

The world’s greatest architects spend hundreds of hours perfecting the visual impact of their buildings from every angle: inside, outside, from street level, and from the air. But who gets to see these incredible structures from above?...


Better disposable coffee cups

The Economist

They can be made with the waste from sugar cane. Sugar cane contains around 10% sugar. But that means it contains around 90% non-sugar...


Experimental or Aspirational?

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The house can be a laboratory of innovation, but also a theater of dreams. Most of the residences featured in general publications have...


AI that scans a construction site

MIT Technology Review / Will Douglas

Building sites in Europe are now using image recognition software made by Buildots that flags up delays or errors automatically...


Norra Tornen by OMA wins the International Highrise Award

Norra Tornen, the residential towers in Stockholm, designed by OMA / Reinier de Graaf, has been announced the winner of the ninth edition of the International Highrise Award (IHA)...


US presidential election 2020

The Times

A nation divided: Joseph Biden 69,954,665 votes (50.2%), Donald Trump 66,980,356 votes (48.1%). The 12 battleground states...


Color and Crime

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Architecture has a difficult relationship with color. If heroic modernity embraced a clinical, hygienic white, subsequent revisions extended the palette to the natural tones...


Masks Work. Really. We’ll Show You How

The New York Times

A visual journey through the microscopic world of the coronavirus shows how masks provide an important defense against transmission...


Brad Pitt-narrated documentary ‘Unity Temple: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Modern Masterpiece’

The Architect's Newspaper

Harboe Architects-led restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois, will be available to stream for a limited time on Vimeo starting October 30...


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...


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...


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)


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...


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...


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...


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...


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.’


The floating church

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

The area around London’s Olympic Park is a regeneration hothouse with micro-breweries, tech startups, speakeasys and spas. Now their spiritual needs are being met – with a beautiful chapel on a barge...


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...


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…


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...


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...


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...


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.


‘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...


Snøhetta wins Cooper Hewitt National Design Award

Snøhetta was honored as the recipient of the 2020 National Design Award for Architecture, bestowed by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. The studio was selected for the impact of their designs, particularly in the areas of social and environmental sustainability...


Winners Announcement


The Winners of the Young Talent architecture Award (YTAA) 2020 and of the Asia Edition of YTAA 2020 have just been announced!...


Centre Pompidou could close for three years for renovations

The Art Newspaper

French government also considering option of a seven-year overhaul that would allow the Paris gallery to stay partially open...


Akon just unveiled his $6 billion ‘futuristic’ city in Senegal

The Washington Post

The twisting metallic skyscrapers planned for Akon City look like they could sprout on Mars in the distant future — blueprints that scream: Bring your hoverboard...


Cosentino presents ‘C 17 - Architecture & Everything Else’

As part of the celebration of the World Architecture Day and the World Habitat Day, Cosentino publishes issue No.17 of its magazine C - Architecture & Everything Else...


David Adjaye wins 2021 RIBA Royal Gold Medal

Awarded by the Royal Institute of British Architects and personally approved by the Queen, the Royal Gold Medal recognises those who have dedicated their lives to the "advancement of architecture"...


‘Architecture Fragments’,
by Marià Castelló

It is a project that was born tangent to the borders between different plastic arts, especially drawing, photography, painting, sculpture and architecture. Concrete paintings, plaster projections or dreamlike architectures...


Winners of the Brick Award 20

In 2020, six winners were awarded in five categories: Sharing Public Spaces (University of Silesia, Faculty of Radio and Television, by BAAS Arquitectura), Feeling at Home (Can Jaime I n'Isabelle, by TEd'A arquitectes)...

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