Architecture for everyone: EL CROQUIS, DARDO MAGAZINE, GUSTAVO GILI...

July 9, 2013


A true professional or a passionate amateur. Your level of specialization doesn’t matter. At visualMANIAC we’ve carefully cooked up a varied catalogue of architecture publications so that there is something for everybody. What’s your favorite? Here you have five recommendations.

El Croquis: This bimonthly internationally-recognized Spanish magazine delves into the fascinating geometric and emotional world of celebrated architects, as well as into the dissection of different projects. Among its latest content, we recommend the long conversation in the 167th issue between Enrique Walker and the iconic Chilean architect Smiljan Radic.

Vidas construidas
(Ed. GG):A kind of almanac for curious viewers in search of some food for thought and a good time. Anatxu Zabalbeascoa and Javier Rodríguez Marcos collect biographies of distinct and well-known architects in twenty portraits that don't necessarily respond to the classic image of the profession. Quite the contrary. A sneak peek to the behind the scenes and inside story of architecture, from the Renaissance to Modernism.

DARDO Magazine
For those who prefer a wider context than just architecture, this publication also covers design and contemporary art and its centrifugal force is divided between Spain, Portugal, and Brazil. In the 22nd issue, Rem Koolhaas, curator of the next Venice Biennial in 2014, promises an edition centered in architecture, not in architects.

La arquitectura de la ciudad
: Italian architect Aldo Rossi, Pritzker Prize winner in 1990, published this book in 1966, his first written work and an indispensable theoretical title. Notwithstanding its theoretical weight, the approach to architecture as an “urban science” and the monument as an essential part of collective urban imagination are two fascinating concepts for any lover of art history.

Agricultura urbana
(Ed. GG): Scholars and laymen in urban gardening, you’ve found the book you’ve been looking for. A little treasure born with lenticels of the earth. Sharing in the experience of cities which have succeeded in urban agriculture like Barcelona, Toronto, Vienna, or Havana, the correct steps for the development of projects in this rising practice are described, while coherently explaining their economic and environmental reasons away from fads.

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