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Wednesday, July 08, 2020
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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From Geography to History
14/06/2020

From Geography to History

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Some books are summed up on the cover, as these two are. The astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell expands the old link between geography and history to explain ‘how Earth’s...

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Codex Histories
31/05/2020

Codex Histories

Luis Fernández-Galiano

At the start of each decade, the book is predicted to die in the course of it. But this terminal patient is in good health, and since the definitive replacement of the roll...

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Eileen Gray, the design genius who scared the pants off Le Corbusier
02/05/2020

Eileen Gray, the design genius who scared the pants off Le Corbusier

The Guardian / Oliver Wainwright

Her ravishing interiors shocked Paris, thrilled the avant-garde and gave the world its most expensive chair. Le Corbusier actually vandalised her work naked...

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Amazon revealed as mystery £250,000 donor to bookshops
25/04/2020

Amazon revealed as mystery £250,000 donor to bookshops

The Guardian

Fundraiser for retailers facing hardship during the coronavirus pandemic reveals that benefactor is internet giant widely blamed for trade’s decline...

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Pascal Campion’s “Lifeline”
11/04/2020

Pascal Campion’s “Lifeline”

The New Yorker

In his latest cover, Pascal Campion nods to essential workers, who have continued to clock in during the coronavirus pandemic and who are seldom acknowledged for their contributions...

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The First Mean Streets
09/03/2020

The First Mean Streets

The New York Review of Books

Scott’s Against the Grain, published in 2017, depicts the world’s first citizens as disease-ridden, subjugated, and desperate to escape the city’s bounds...

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Environmental Histories
16/01/2020

Environmental Histories

Luis Fernández-Galiano

This environmental history deserves a plural name. The architect Eduardo Prieto has carved a 64-facet diamond to explore the ecology and climate dimension of building...

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Piketty vs. Fukuyama
06/01/2020

Piketty vs. Fukuyama

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The latest books of Thomas Piketty and Francis Fukuyama address the populist challenge from complementary perspectives. The French economist expands the scope...

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The Representation of Modernity
04/01/2020

The Representation of Modernity

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Modern architecture was based on montage and the metropolis. This is the main point of the splendid work of the Swiss historian Martino Stierli, chief curator of architecture at the MoMA...

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Foster in Hampstead
02/01/2020

Foster in Hampstead

Luis Fernández-Galiano

In some of Shakespeare’s works, ghosts play a decisive role in the story, as in Hamlet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Richard III, or Cymbeline...

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Wright in New York
30/12/2019

Wright in New York

Luis Fernández-Galiano

The Wright factory produces publications without pause, and most are dispensable. Not so the two Yale University Press books that explore the architect’s ambivalent...

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‘Estrategias y efectos de escala’, by Luis Suárez Mansilla
27/12/2019

‘Estrategias y efectos de escala’, by Luis Suárez Mansilla

The author tackles an essential theme of architecture: scale. For this he centers on modernity, in so far as it has the potential to reactivate two ideas abandoned by canonical modernity: monument and context. The result is an analytical work that dissects the scalar...

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Our Remote Origins
02/12/2019

Our Remote Origins

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Enmeshed with microhistories, we yearn for great narratives. The Annales school taught us to look at the longue durée of history under the prism of geography and economics...

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The Unsinkable Modernist
18/09/2019

The Unsinkable Modernist

The New York Review of Books

Whatever else one might think of Walter Gropius it is hard not to be impressed by his most salient talent: survival...

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Don’t panic. Yet
13/09/2019

Don’t panic. Yet

TLS

Gabrielle Walker on climate change – the scale of the problem and the possible solutions. we have a lot to learn from past mistakes in the battle against climate change...

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L’histoire contemporaine au prisme de l’architecture
26/08/2019

L’histoire contemporaine au prisme de l’architecture Pdf

Le Monde

Les chroniques architecturales écrites par Luis Fernandez-Galiano pour «El País», entre 1993 et 2006, tissent le récit passionnant d’une période de bouleversements intenses...

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Villoro’s City of Mexico
23/08/2019

Villoro’s City of Mexico

Luis Fernández-Galiano

If a horizontal Babel exists, it has to be the City of Mexico. The biblical Tower of Babel was for a long time the emblem of the cupiditas aedificandi...

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Drawing Buildings and Data
16/08/2019

Drawing Buildings and Data

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Coffee table books have bad press, but these two volumes deserve attention. Drawing Architecture gathers almost 300 drawings, from a Sumerian sanctuary floor...

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Shadows of Le Corbusier
13/08/2019

Shadows of Le Corbusier

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Le Corbusier continues to pass from lights to shadows. In 2015, the 50th anniversary of his death coincided with the publication of three books written by François Chaslin...

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Walter Gropius in Three Acts
10/08/2019

Walter Gropius in Three Acts

Joaquín Medina Warmburg

The centenary of the Bauhaus coincides with the fiftieth death anniversary of its founder and director, the architect Walter Gropius (1883-1969). The double celebration...

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Giedion and America
08/08/2019

Giedion and America

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Espacio, tiempo y arquitectura se publicó originalmente en inglés, y la carrera del autor de la biblia del Movimiento Moderno es inseparable de sus vínculos...

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Franco’s Engineers
05/08/2019

Franco’s Engineers

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Engineers built Franco’s regime. Contradicting the convention that sees Francoism distanced from technology and science, the young historian Lino Camprubí...

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‘Alexandrine Years’ in ‘Casabella’
31/07/2019

‘Alexandrine Years’ in ‘Casabella’ Pdf

Italian magazine Casabella (899-900) reviews The Age of Spectacle and Time of Uncertainty, in which Luis Fernández-Galiano compiles his articles on architecture published in El País from 1993 to 2006...

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The architect as biographer of recent modernity
27/07/2019

The architect as biographer of recent modernity

El País / Estrella de Diego

In Alexandrine Years, Luis Fernández-Galiano collects his articles on architecture published in El País from 1993 to 2006...

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Spectacle and uncertainty
25/06/2019

Spectacle and uncertainty

Revista de libros / Miguel Aguiló

With the English subtitle “A Chronicle of Architecture,” the two volumes of Alexandrine Years collect the articles published by Luis Fernández-Galiano in El País...

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A Chronicle of Architecture
19/06/2019

A Chronicle of Architecture

Fahrenheit 451 / Pablo Delgado

Luis Fernández-Galiano publishes a selection of his most important articles written between 1993 and 2006 on architecture...

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The ‘Bold Vagaries’ of Frank Furness
19/06/2019

The ‘Bold Vagaries’ of Frank Furness

The New York Review of Books

Late-nineteenth-century Chicago is widely deemed to have been the crucible of modern architecture in this country—the birthplace of the skyscraper, the city that nurtured...

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Central Asia's Wild Soviet Architecture
28/05/2019

Central Asia's Wild Soviet Architecture

Wired

Italian photographers Roberto Conte and Stefano Perego developed an interest in Soviet architecture while working on projects in Russia, Georgia, Armenia, and Belarus...

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An American Führer. Philip Johnson, a Biography
15/05/2019

An American Führer. Philip Johnson, a Biography

Luis Fernández-Galiano

Should biographers respect their subjects? Not necessarily, but even in books about serial killers, authors try to dig beneath the skin of protagonists. No such thing happens...

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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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