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Wednesday, July 08, 2020
Anna Heringer, Anandaloy Building in Rudrapur (Bangladesh)
03/07/2020

Anna Heringer, Anandaloy Building in Rudrapur (Bangladesh)

In Rudrapur, a village in the Dinajpur District of northern Bangladesh, stands this mud and bamboo construction that houses a therapy center for people with disabilities and a workshop for Dipdii Textiles, a clothes-making project for local women that Anna Heringer...

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Geometrical Janus
03/07/2020

Geometrical Janus

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Looking at the past and the future at the same time, the Roman god of thresholds and transitions sums up well the profuse career of Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus...

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Could Doomsday Bunkers Become the New Normal?
03/07/2020

Could Doomsday Bunkers Become the New Normal?

The New York Times / Mira Ptacin

When we were told to stay inside our homes, a portion of the population quietly went below ground...

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Detroit’s opulent ruins
02/07/2020

Detroit’s opulent ruins

The Guardian

Detroit’s early 20th-century buildings were astonishingly grand – now they’re being destroyed. Philip Jarmain captured their fading glamour...

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Bonfire of Stone
02/07/2020

Bonfire of Stone Pdf

In line with the 20th anniversary of the death of Enric Miralles on 3 July 2000, we reprint Luis Fernández-Galiano's tribute to the Catalan architect, published in AV Monografías 87-88.

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Sanden+Hodnekvam Arkitekter, red concrete house in Lillehammer (Norway)
01/07/2020

Sanden+Hodnekvam Arkitekter, red concrete house in Lillehammer (Norway)

The Norwegian practice of John Sanden and Ingvild Hodnekvam has designed this residence, located in the city of Lillehammer, as a simple building kit of concrete pieces. It can be easily reconfigured to meet new needs, the inner walls being independent...

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Herzog & de Meuron, Uniqlo flagship store in Tokyo
30/06/2020

Herzog & de Meuron, Uniqlo flagship store in Tokyo

The Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron has turned the Marroniere Gate department store in Tokyo’s Ginza neighborhood into a new global flaship store for the Japanese clothing and accessories brand Uniqlo. The conversion of the 1984 edifice revolves around subtraction...

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Milton Glaser (1929-2020)
29/06/2020

Milton Glaser (1929-2020)

The New York Times

Master Designer of ‘I ♥ NY’ Logo. He was also a founder of New York magazine, created a memorable Bob Dylan poster and produced designs for everything from supermarkets...

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AVL + Antoni Bou, renovation of apartment building in Tarragona
29/06/2020

AVL + Antoni Bou, renovation of apartment building in Tarragona

The Catalan practices of Asun Vidal Layel (AVL Arquitectura) and Antoni Bou i Moncús worked together in renovating two buildings in the historical center of Tarragona. Connected on the ground floor, they harbor a total of eight apartments. The intervention respects...

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How Cairo is losing architecture it never knew it had
28/06/2020

How Cairo is losing architecture it never knew it had

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

From grand visions that fail with the departure of a president to everyday buildings knocked down before they can be considered for heritage protection, a new book unpicks...

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Snøhetta, cabins by the Jostedalsbreen glacier (Norway)
26/06/2020

Snøhetta, cabins by the Jostedalsbreen glacier (Norway)

In Veitastrond, a small village belonging to the municipality of Luster, in Norway, one finds these wooden shelters for hikers, a work of Snøhetta, the firm founded by Trædal Thorsen and Craig Dykers. Named Tungestølen, the complex overlooks the Jostedalsbreen...

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Heatherwick Studio, Maggie’s Yorkshire Leeds (United Kingdom)
25/06/2020

Heatherwick Studio, Maggie’s Yorkshire Leeds (United Kingdom)

Maggie’s Centres are places where people with cancer, and their friends and families, can go to find free practical and emotional support. Heatherwick Studio was commissioned to design a new center at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds...

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'Manchester town hall and my local library were the buildings that shaped me'
24/06/2020

'Manchester town hall and my local library were the buildings that shaped me'

The Guardian / Norman Foster

Winston Churchill said: “We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us.” The first building that shaped my future was Manchester town hall, where I started work at the age of 16...

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Design Hacks Will Dominate the Coronavirus Recovery Landscape
24/06/2020

Design Hacks Will Dominate the Coronavirus Recovery Landscape

Bloomberg

Caution tape. Painted circles. Plastic dividers. The most impactful coronavirus designs are coming from mostly nonprofessionals adapting urban space on the fly...

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Taller de Casquería, Pilarica 81 in Madrid
23/06/2020

Taller de Casquería, Pilarica 81 in Madrid

Shortlisted in the Interiors section of the 2020 FAD Awards, this refurbishment by Madrid-based Taller de Casquería (Elena Fuertes, Ramón Martínez, Álvaro Molins, Jorge Sobejano) is a bid to protect the Spanish capital’s industrial heritage through use...

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Estudio Herreros / MIM-A, Mixed Housing Bulding, Sant Boi (Spain)
23/06/2020

Estudio Herreros / MIM-A, Mixed Housing Bulding, Sant Boi (Spain)

Dictated by simplicity and efficiency criteria, a compact volume combines officially protected units with free-market ones, all around a central void containing the core of circulation elements. A series of subtraction operations forms large collective and individual terraces which, besides resulting in diagonal views, lighten the  density and scale of the volume and facilitate cross ventilation.

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Nieto Sobejano, extension of sports center in Berlin
22/06/2020

Nieto Sobejano, extension of sports center in Berlin

The Madrid firm of Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano has won the competition to enlarge a high-performance ice skating center in the Berlin borough of Lichtenberg. In compliance with functional and technical requirements, the new volume resembles the existing ice rink...

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Idom, Saint Pierre administration center in Reunion (France)
22/06/2020

Idom, Saint Pierre administration center in Reunion (France)

The firm Idom —Inés López, Iñaki Garai y Gohar Manrique— has won a competition for a complex encompassing a town hall, a local police station, a panoramic restaurant, and two parking levels. The location is Saint Pierre, in the south of Reunión, one of the Mascarene Islands...

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There’s No Reason for an Architect to Design a Death Chamber
22/06/2020

There’s No Reason for an Architect to Design a Death Chamber

The New York Times / Michael Kimmelman

As the country grapples with racial justice, architects should finally take a stand on the most barbaric aspects of a biased prison system...

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Lisbon Wood, by Plano Humano Arquitectos
21/06/2020

Lisbon Wood, by Plano Humano Arquitectos

The film about the residential building Lisbon Wood explores the movement and the dynamic of the project designed by the Portuguese architects Plano Humano!...

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Unesco's plan to ‘revive spirit’ of devastated Mosul gets under way
20/06/2020

Unesco's plan to ‘revive spirit’ of devastated Mosul gets under way

The Art Newspaper

Initiative involves local communities in rebuilding their historic landmarks and neighbourhoods. After a five-week lockdown, several conservation projects have begun in Mosul...

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Quantum Steampunk
19/06/2020

Quantum Steampunk Pdf

Scientific American

Just as steampunk fiction unites Victorian style with modern technology, a new branch of physics is updating 19th-century thermodynamics for today’s quantum systems...

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Thomas Lussi & Lola Domènech, Apartment Building for Four Friends
19/06/2020

Thomas Lussi & Lola Domènech, Apartment Building for Four Friends

The idea of raising this apartment block came after four friends, with ages between 55 and 65 and living in Lucerne, decided to build a second residence in which to spend periods of time and also with sights set on retiring in Barcelona, a city they have strong ties with...

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In the world of architecture, death is not always fatal
19/06/2020

In the world of architecture, death is not always fatal

The Economist

Witness a new building in Leipzig by Oscar Niemeyer—who died in 2012. The Niemeyer Sphere perches on a narrow supporting tower at the edge of a two-storey building...

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Driverless cars show the limits of today’s AI
18/06/2020

Driverless cars show the limits of today’s AI

The Economist

They, and many other such systems, still struggle to handle the unexpected. In march Starsky Robotics, a self-driving lorry firm based in San Francisco, closed down...

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Andrés Jaque reveals theme for the 2020 Shanghai Biennale
18/06/2020

Andrés Jaque reveals theme for the 2020 Shanghai Biennale

Titled Bodies of Water, the 13th Shanghai Biennale will operate as an eight-month “in crescendo” project, unfolding in three phases between November 2020 and June 2021...

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ODA, tower in Seattle
18/06/2020

ODA, tower in Seattle

The high-rise proposed by ODA, the New York practice of Eran Chen, incorporates a sculptural void with irregular openings giving views of the sea, mountains, and the city of Seattle. Designed for the real estate firm Crescent Heights, the 361-meter-tall mixed-use building...

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How Architecture Could Help Us Adapt to the Pandemic
17/06/2020

How Architecture Could Help Us Adapt to the Pandemic

The New York Times / Kim Tingley

The virus isn’t simply a health crisis; it is also a design problem. Architecture has to mediate between the perceived needs of the moment versus the unknowable needs of the future...

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Ruiz-Larrea & Asociados, 25 dwellings in Carabanchel (Madrid)
17/06/2020

Ruiz-Larrea & Asociados, 25 dwellings in Carabanchel (Madrid)

This building carried out for Madrid's municipal housing and land corporation (EMVS) in the Spanish capital's Carabanchel district, containing 25 apartments with 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms, is protected by rent regulation (VPPA). In designing the block the Madrid firm...

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Great cities after the pandemic
16/06/2020

Great cities after the pandemic

The Economist

How much harm has covid-19 done to large Western cities? Until recently big cities were unstoppable. Year after year places like New York, London and Paris grew richer...

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New Books
AV Monografías 225 - AIRES MATEUS 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 225 - VIDA Y VIRUS 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 98 - FALA 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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