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Friday, September 18, 2020
Guallart Architects, Rec House in Igualada (Barcelona)
18/09/2020

Guallart Architects, Rec House in Igualada (Barcelona)

In Igualada’s Rec neighborhood, once an industrial area focused on leather tanning and now becoming a cultural hub, the Barcelona practice of Vicente Guallart (Valencia, 1963) has turned two late-19th-century buildings that hosted a residence and a small textile...

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The United Nations of Uniqlo
18/09/2020

The United Nations of Uniqlo

The Economist / Amelia Lester

Unusually for a clothing company, Uniqlo measures its significant milestones not in iconic outfits but in manufacturing breakthroughs. Today over 1,000 researchers there work on inventing new fabrics...

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The southern hemisphere skipped flu season in 2020
17/09/2020

The southern hemisphere skipped flu season in 2020

The Economist

Not only have countries in the southern hemisphere slowed the spread of covid-19, but they also appear inadvertently to have stopped the proliferation of another deadly disease: the flu...

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Sharon Davis Design, Bayalpata Hospital in Achham (Nepal)
17/09/2020

Sharon Davis Design, Bayalpata Hospital in Achham (Nepal)

The New York practice of Sharon Davis worked with the NGO Possible Health and the Nepalese government in raising new medical facilities in Achham, one of Nepal’s poorest and most remote regions. Surrounded by mountains in the Seti River Valley, the complex...

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Designing Time
16/09/2020

Designing Time Pdf

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Architects design space, but also time. Imagining the city after the pandemic, they strive to reconcile the need for social distance with the convenience of proximity...

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OOIIO Arquitectura, terraced houses in Madrid
16/09/2020

OOIIO Arquitectura, terraced houses in Madrid

The Madrid firm established by Joaquín Millaìn Villamuelas, OOIIO Arquitectura, built these two houses in the Montecarlo residential area of Madrid’s Fuencarral-El Pardo district. Adapted to the particular needs of two different families, the designs present personalized...

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KAAN Architecten
16/09/2020

KAAN Architecten

Based in Rotterdam but running offices in São Paulo and Paris as well, KAAN Architecten was set up by Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen, and Dikkie Scipio as a new professional venture after the 2014 closure of Claus en Kaan, the firm they had worked together as partners...

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‘Danny Lyon: The Destruction of Lower Manhattan’ at Museo ICO
16/09/2020

‘Danny Lyon: The Destruction of Lower Manhattan’ at Museo ICO

On view from 16 September to 17 January at the ICO Museum in Madrid are 76 images taken by the photographer and filmmaker Danny Lyon – born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1942 – that show the architectural transformation of Lower Manhattan. Curated by Lyon himself...

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Estudio Cavernas, Koh Kong Mangrove Lodging (Cambodia)
15/09/2020

Estudio Cavernas, Koh Kong Mangrove Lodging (Cambodia)

Based in Mae Sot (Thailand), Estudio Cavernas – founded by the Cuevas Durán brothers from Spain, Juan (1984) and Yago (1989) – built these shelters amid mangrove forests in the southwestern Cambodian province of Koh Kong. Drawing inspiration from traditional...

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How China Controlled the Coronavirus
14/09/2020

How China Controlled the Coronavirus

The New Yorker / Peter Hessler

Afew days before my return to classroom teaching at Sichuan University, I was biking across a deserted stretch of campus when I encountered a robot...

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Ruiz-Larrea & Asociados, building renovation at Paseo de la Castellana 19 in Madrid
14/09/2020

Ruiz-Larrea & Asociados, building renovation at Paseo de la Castellana 19 in Madrid

The Madrid architecture practice of César Ruiz-Larrea, Antonio Gómez, and Gorka Álvarez – in collaboration with Miguel Ángel Díaz Camacho (MADC) – has won the ideas competition that the CCS (Insurance Compensation Consortium) has organized with a view...

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Tower blocks are 'not so bad'
13/09/2020

Tower blocks are 'not so bad'

The Guardian

2 September 1975: Pioneering designs, such as those by Le Corbusier, included outdoor spaces and gardens but these have been ignored, a symposium on buildings hears...

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Concéntrico 06
12/09/2020

Concéntrico 06

The Logroño International Festival of Architecture and Design, an annual reflection on the urban environment and the city, held its latest edition from 3 to 6 September 2020.

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'Twelve Cautionary Urban Tales' at Matadero Madrid
11/09/2020

'Twelve Cautionary Urban Tales' at Matadero Madrid

On view through 31 January is this exhibition curated by Ethel Baraona and designed by Taller de Casquería...

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Barkow Leibinger, Fidelio Opera Set in Vienna (Austria)
11/09/2020

Barkow Leibinger, Fidelio Opera Set in Vienna (Austria)

The only opera that Ludwig van Beethoven wrote, Fidelio, has not ceased to attract music connoisseurs since it premiered in Vienna in 1805. For the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth, the Theater an der Wien has presented – with set designs by the architect...

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petrjanda/brainwork, visitor center in Abu Dhabi
10/09/2020

petrjanda/brainwork, visitor center in Abu Dhabi

The firm of the Czech architect Petr Janda has won the competition to build a visitor center in the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve, located in the United Arab Emirates capital, where flamingos abound. The project seeks to make the building blend into the landscape...

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MVRDV, Concordia Design building in Wroclaw (Poland)
09/09/2020

MVRDV, Concordia Design building in Wroclaw (Poland)

Located in the western Polish city of Wroclaw, which was the German Breslau, the Concordia Design building highlights the Dutch firm MVRDV’s capacity to deal with all kinds of situations. In this case the situation could hardly have been more complicated. The task at...

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Guillermo Hevia & Catalina Poblete, courtyard house in Lago Ranco (Chile)
08/09/2020

Guillermo Hevia & Catalina Poblete, courtyard house in Lago Ranco (Chile)

En la región chilena de Los Ríos se sitúa esta vivienda de madera con 400 metros de superficie construida, destinada a acoger a una familia numerosa. Con un sistema basado en pilares, puntales y vigas, la estructura se encuentra por delante del revestimiento...

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Air pollution is returning to pre-covid levels
07/09/2020

Air pollution is returning to pre-covid levels

The Economist

Covid-19 is not all bad, as any city-dweller who stepped outside this year will have seen. The virus has killed hundreds of thousands of people...

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OMA, Prince Plaza building in Shenzhen (China)
07/09/2020

OMA, Prince Plaza building in Shenzhen (China)

This mixed-used skyscraper designed by OMA / David Gianotten contains 60,000 square meters of offices over a 40,000-square-meter podium mall. Built by the real estate developer China Merchants Shekou Holdings in Shenzhen’s Shekou economic zone, the 200-meter...

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Frank Lloyd Wright home in Phoenix set for new lease of life
05/09/2020

Frank Lloyd Wright home in Phoenix set for new lease of life

The Guardian

Desert home was built for son and daughter-in-law in 1952 Buyers reportedly intend to preserve and restore house...

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China makes its mark on the world of tattoos
04/09/2020

China makes its mark on the world of tattoos

The Economist

The innovations pioneered by China’s tattooists are transforming the art of inked flesh everywhere...

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Basel’s Stadtcasino reopens
04/09/2020

Basel’s Stadtcasino reopens

The firm Herzog & de Meuron recently completed the renovation and new extension of the Stadtcasino Basel. Built in 1876, this concert hall is one of Europe’s oldest, world-renowned for its acoustics. What started as an urban study in 2012 has resulted... (video)

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Nieto Sobejano win competition for the Cité du Théâtre in Paris
03/09/2020

Nieto Sobejano win competition for the Cité du Théâtre in Paris

The Madrid architects Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano, in collaboration with the Parisian firm Marin + Trottin Architectes, have finished first in the competition for the Cité du Théâtre in Paris, organized by the French Culture Ministry and three prestigious theater...

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How Syria's blasted landmarks are starting to rise from the ruins
03/09/2020

How Syria's blasted landmarks are starting to rise from the ruins

The Guardian / Rowan Moore

From Aleppo to Palmyra, many of the country’s architectural treasures have been reduced to rubble, but restoration has begun...

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Hugo Mompó Architecture, house in Bétera (Valencia)
02/09/2020

Hugo Mompó Architecture, house in Bétera (Valencia)

On the outskirts of the city of Valencia, in the municipality of Bétera, located east of the comarca Campo de Turia, stands this residence built by Hugo Mompó and Juan Grau. Applying local codes and a maximum economy of means, a distilled rectangular block...

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Richard Rogers to retire
02/09/2020

Richard Rogers to retire

The Guardian

Rogers, 87, will have his name removed from the firm of Rogers, Stirk, Harbour + Partners in the coming months as part of the practice’s constitution...

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Louise Michel rescue vessel in action
02/09/2020

Louise Michel rescue vessel in action

The Banksy-financed Louise Michel lifeboat reached Lampedusa after rescuing 219 refugees who had been drifting for days in the Mediterranean Sea.

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MAD Architects, ‘Gardenhouse’ in Beverly Hills (Los Angeles County)
01/09/2020

MAD Architects, ‘Gardenhouse’ in Beverly Hills (Los Angeles County)

This mixed-use building is the first project carried out by MAD Architects, the firm of Ma Yansong (Beijing, 1975), in the United States. Located in Beverly Hills, at 8600 Wilshire Boulevard, the 4,460-square-meter complex named Gardenhouse presents a shopping...

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A Second Virus Wave Grips Spain
01/09/2020

A Second Virus Wave Grips Spain

The New York Times

The coronavirus is spreading much faster in Spain than anywhere else in Europe. After a relative lull during the summer...

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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 227 - KAAN 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 99 - FOSTER+PARTNERS 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
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 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.
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.
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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