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Javier García Librero

Architect and Master`s Degree in Architectural Design. Interested in the history of architecture, education and design. Twitter / Instagram: @j_garcialibrero

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Download All of COAM Architecture Journal's Issues From the Last 100 Years for Free

06:00 - 3 July, 2018
Download All of COAM Architecture Journal's Issues From the Last 100 Years for Free, Número 359. Image via Wikimedia Commons
Número 359. Image via Wikimedia Commons

The College of Architects of Madrid (COAM) has made the initial digitization process of their Architecture Journal public, making one of the most important and influential Spanish architectural publications of the twentieth century available to everyone. COAM is a publication known as a platform for debate, thought, and a vital resource for architects, urban planners, and professionals from other closely related sectors.

Founded in 1918 as the official publication of the Central Society of Architects, the journal ARQUITECTURA, became the first publication of the Spanish architectural press. However, the Spanish Civil War would halt its normal development, transforming the magazine, as was required by the new times, into the National Journal of Architecture. It was edited until 1946 by the Directorate General of Architecture, then eventually placed in the hands of the Ministry of the Interior.

Enric Geli-Ruiz to Design The Future CaixaForum in Valencia

14:00 - 3 March, 2018
Enric Geli-Ruiz to Design The Future CaixaForum in Valencia, Cortesía de Obra Social "La Caixa"
Cortesía de Obra Social "La Caixa"

Earlier this month, in a conference held by the City of Arts and Sciences (Valencia) the winner of a private architecture competition to build the new CaixaForum Valencia was announced. The future cultural center in the Spanish city will be located inside one of Santiago Calatrava's building.

Of the nine proposals presented, architect Enric Ruiz-Geli (Figueres, 1968) from Studio Cloud 9 was chosen as the winner. An investment of around 18 million euros is expected to be needed to make the CaixaForum Valencia project a reality. In addition, about 5 million euros will be allocated annually for the maintenance, programming and operation of the center.

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Galicia Publishes a Guide to Colors and Materials Of Its Traditional Architecture

12:00 - 16 December, 2017
Galicia Publishes a Guide to Colors and Materials Of Its Traditional Architecture, La Guardia Municipality in Pontevedra, Spain. Image © José Luis Cernadas Iglesias [Flickr], licensed brand CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
La Guardia Municipality in Pontevedra, Spain. Image © José Luis Cernadas Iglesias [Flickr], licensed brand CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Last October 23, in the small Galician city of Ares (Spain), the "Guide of colors and materials" was publicly presented, with which the administration of the Galician community - in collaboration with the Galicia College of Architects (COAG) - aims to establish aesthetic criteria and recommendations in the search for a better image and urban quality of Galician populations. 

This document is composed of fourteen volumes and its publication was made possible by a laborious process in which, for a year, architects, historians, and graduates of Fine Arts, had analyzed more than 3,800 buildings in rural, urban and peri-urban areas, as well as in industrial properties in the four Galician provinces.