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Sunday, September 15, 2019
Barcelona's car-free 'superblocks' could save hundreds of lives
15/09/2019

Barcelona's car-free 'superblocks' could save hundreds of lives

The Guardian

A study calculates that the city could prevent 667 premature deaths every year if it created all 503 superblocks envisaged in its initial plan...

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Barcelona's shipping container homes
14/09/2019

Barcelona's shipping container homes

The Guardian

Just a stone’s throw from La Rambla, the Spanish city is building 12 shipping container flats to help tackle its social housing crisis...

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Open House Madrid 2019
13/09/2019

Open House Madrid 2019

The architecture-and-city festival Open House Madrid is set for 28 and 29 September, and this time pays tribute to Miguel Fisac through exhibitions and visits to some of his major built works. More than 120 guided tours will be offered this year, free of charge and including...

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‘Karl Blossfeldt. Urformen der Kunst’ at Thyssen
11/09/2019

‘Karl Blossfeldt. Urformen der Kunst’ at Thyssen

On view through 5 October at the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum in Madrid is a free-entry exhibition on the work of the German photographer Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932), organized by Loewe and curated by Juan Naranjo. The beauty of nature is captured...

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Izaskun Chinchilla, the new seven lamps of artisanal beauty
10/09/2019

Izaskun Chinchilla, the new seven lamps of artisanal beauty

Until 8 September the Museo Centro Gaiás in Santiago de Compostela’s Cidade da Cultura de Galicia hosted ‘Thinking With Your Hands: Basketry, Pottery, and Jewelry of Galicia,’ for which the curator, Verónica Santos Farto, selected 250 objects made by 65 craftspeople...

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Puig·Mir, Godmar Rectory in Callús (Barcelona)
03/09/2019

Puig·Mir, Godmar Rectory in Callús (Barcelona)

At the end of the 19th century, the textile industry of the town of Callús flourished and developed along the Cardener River, which became the center of activity. As a consequence, both the small castle of Godmar and the church of Sant Sadurní fell gradually into disuse...

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Bouzas & Del Águila, ‘The Catenary and the Arch’ at Can Balaguer
02/09/2019

Bouzas & Del Águila, ‘The Catenary and the Arch’ at Can Balaguer

In the framework of the Insólit 2019 festival held in Palma de Mallorca last July, the architects Manuel Bouzas (Pontevedra, 1993) and Santiago del Águila (Madrid,1992) designed the temporary installation called 'The Catenary and the Arch' for the courtyard...

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Competition for Plaza del Mar revamp in Sanxenxo (Pontevedra)
28/08/2019

Competition for Plaza del Mar revamp in Sanxenxo (Pontevedra)

The Madrid firm Paredes Pedrosa has won the idea competition for Plaza del Mar, a square in the Galician city of Sanxenxo, and its immediate surroundings. Carme Pinós and Emilio Tuñón came in second and third. There were 35 entries in all...

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SUMO Arquitectes + Yolanda Olmo, Villa Urania Civic Center in Barcelona
21/08/2019

SUMO Arquitectes + Yolanda Olmo, Villa Urania Civic Center in Barcelona

Villa Urania is a small residence from the late 19th century – home of the astronomer Josep Comas i Solà (1868-1937) –, the last example of the garden-city of El Farró in the Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district. The redensification of the neighborhood left the building and...

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Magén Arquitectos, Arcosur Preschool in Zaragoza
19/08/2019

Magén Arquitectos, Arcosur Preschool in Zaragoza

The neighborhood of Arcosur is the first residential expansion towards the south of Zaragoza. The building is located on one of the structuring axes of the area, and it is the first public facility completed there, so these two aspects together give the building...

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Francisco Mangado, Norvento Headquarters in Lugo
15/08/2019

Francisco Mangado, Norvento Headquarters in Lugo

The new headquarters of Norvento, a group that specializes in renewable and efficient energy sources, aims to maximize power quality and respect for the environment. The building’s design addresses the double nature of the site...

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Jiménez Torrecillas arquitectos, Alcázar Genil Station in Granada
14/08/2019

Jiménez Torrecillas arquitectos, Alcázar Genil Station in Granada

The Granada Metro construction works, which began in 2007, involved building a single rail line crossing the city, connecting it with several towns in the metropolitan area and linking many of its key activity hubs and sites. This infrastructure covers approximately...

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Enric Ruiz-Geli / Cloud 9, Villa Stgilat (Spain)
12/08/2019

Enric Ruiz-Geli / Cloud 9, Villa Stgilat (Spain)

This experimental house in Aiguablava (Girona) has two principal characteristic features: the sustainable way it engages with its surroundings and the manner in which it is built. The first results from adapting to the topography, respecting the property’s...

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Fuertes-Penedo arquitectos, House in Miraflores (Spain)
09/08/2019

Fuertes-Penedo arquitectos, House in Miraflores (Spain)

The renovation of this dwelling in Miraflores, a small locality in Muros (A Coruña), was first and foremost based on utmost respect for the place. This necessitated paying close attention to realities like the scale of the house’s surroundings, to preexisting elements...

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PICHarchitects/Pich-Aguilera & 2BMFG, Sant Pau Research Institute in Barcelona
07/08/2019

PICHarchitects/Pich-Aguilera & 2BMFG, Sant Pau Research Institute in Barcelona

The building for the Research Institute of the Santa Creu i Sant Pau Hospital concentrates the research activity of this foundation, previously scattered throughout the hospital complex. The proposal is located on the northeast end of the ensemble designed...

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Fuses-Viader Arquitectes, Art Center in Sant Julià de Ramis (Girona)
05/08/2019

Fuses-Viader Arquitectes, Art Center in Sant Julià de Ramis (Girona)

The project sets out to refurbish the Sant Julià de Ramis castle, a military fortress raised at the end of the 19th century, and that is located in the town of the same name, close to Girona. The ensemble was closed down in 1970, and was gradually abandoned since...

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Norman Foster wins contest to expand the Fine Arts Museum of Bilbao
23/07/2019

Norman Foster wins contest to expand the Fine Arts Museum of Bilbao

The British architect Norman Foster has with the Basque Luis María Uriarte won the competition to revamp Bilbao’s Museum of Fine Arts, which wanted 2,250 square meters of its current floorage renovated and at least 5,140 square meters added, and in a way that...

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Nomo Studio, stone house in Menorca
16/07/2019

Nomo Studio, stone house in Menorca

On a slope with views of the north coast of the island of Menorca sits this one-family residence built by Nomo Studio, the Barcelona firm of Alicia Casals and Karl Nyqvist. The composition of the facade pursues a reinterpretation of the Menorcan custom of framing windows...

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Pablo Muñoz Payá Arquitectos, full renovation of a house in Petrer (Alicante)
09/07/2019

Pablo Muñoz Payá Arquitectos, full renovation of a house in Petrer (Alicante)

The local firm headed by Pablo Muñoz Payá renovated this single-family home in Petrer, a municipality located in the interior of Alicante province. The regulations did not allow enlarging the existing surface area of the one-level house – 138 square meters...

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Finishing Gaudi's Last Masterpiece: Sagrada Familia
04/07/2019

Finishing Gaudi's Last Masterpiece: Sagrada Familia

Time

The race to complete one of the world's longest-running construction projects. The first stone of the Sagrada Familia was laid more than 130 years ago...

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Alfredo Payá Benedito, Playa Flamenca Seconday School in Orihuela (Alicante)
03/07/2019

Alfredo Payá Benedito, Playa Flamenca Seconday School in Orihuela (Alicante)

This public high school has garnered the 2019 FAD Award for Architecture for Alfredo Payá Benedito and his Alicante-based practice, noname 29. Besides addressing an educational program, the design creates a rich inner passage that helps withdraw the school...

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Arquitectura G, House in San Cugat del Vallés (Barcelona)
02/07/2019

Arquitectura G, House in San Cugat del Vallés (Barcelona)

Halfway between Barcelona and Sant Cugat, La Floresta is a low-density residential neighborhood in the Collserola mountain range. Located on a plot with a deep slope, the house replaces a small dwelling that was self-built by the client’s parents in the 1960s...

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Carquero arquitectura, dwelling in Ubrique (Cádiz)
24/06/2019

Carquero arquitectura, dwelling in Ubrique (Cádiz)

With its white facades and sloping tiled roofs, the municipality of Ubrique is part of a tourist route through white villages of the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga. A work of the Cádiz firm Carguero arquitectura – led by Carlos Quevedo Rojas – in collaboration with Carlos Peinado...

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Blázquez Palacios, Albaidas building in Madrid
17/06/2019

Blázquez Palacios, Albaidas building in Madrid

The Madrid practice of José Blázquez and Juan Manuel Palacios designed this apartment building in the Valdebebas neighborhood of northern Madrid. A plinth will offer spaces for stores and offices, and the residential block will rise on it. Every unit has a spacious terrace...

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Balcells + Rius + Tigges, Til-ler School in Sardañola del Vallés (Barcelona)
12/06/2019

Balcells + Rius + Tigges, Til-ler School in Sardañola del Vallés (Barcelona)

Edward Balcells, Ignasi Rius, and Daniel Tigges worked together on this new building housing the kindergarten and the communal spaces of El Til-ler, a Waldorf-Steiner school in Bellaterra, in the Catalonian municipality of Sardañola del Vallés. Arranged along a zigzagging...

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Vázquez Consuegra, Casa A11 in Seville
11/06/2019

Vázquez Consuegra, Casa A11 in Seville

In the old quarter of Seville stands this house, a work of the local firm Vázquez Consuegra. The lot is very irregular, long and narrow. The project reuses a metal structure of floor slabs and pillars that addresses a different sort of program...

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AZAB, 35 public housing units in Badajoz
10/06/2019

AZAB, 35 public housing units in Badajoz

With a project titled ‘La casa por el tejado,’ the Bizcay firm AZAB – established in 2018 by Cristina Acha, Miguel Zaballa, Ane Arce, and Iñigo Berasategui – won the competition for the commission to build four subsidized apartment buildings taking up entire urban blocks...

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‘Landscapes Framed: European Photographic Missions, 1984-2019’
06/06/2019

‘Landscapes Framed: European Photographic Missions, 1984-2019’

On view from 7 June to 8 September At the ICO Museum in Madrid is a gathering of the work of 56 photographers who between 1984 and 2019 traveled through seven countries with the express purpose of capturing the transformations that Europe’s landscapes...

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Madrid could become first European city to scrap low-emissions zone
06/06/2019

Madrid could become first European city to scrap low-emissions zone

The Guardian

Dismantling Madrid Central may be a complicated affair, with environmentalists mounting a rearguard defence of the pollution measure in the city council and courts of law...

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Ábaton, pantheon in Madrid
06/06/2019

Ábaton, pantheon in Madrid

The Madrid firm Ábaton – established in 1998 by Camino Alonso, Ignacio Lechón, and Carlos Alonso – has in collaboration with Marta Hombrados designed this funerary monument in a cemetery located in the northwestern part of the Autonomous Community of Madrid...

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