DESIGN | Le Centre Georges Pompidou

Today we have been digitalizing an old VHS to DVD in AAGRAFA. A documentary realized by Richard Copans about the Centre Georges Pompidou, an awesome building located in the heart of Paris designed more that 30 years ago by architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers. I Hope many people can enjoy it now in it's new format. The VHS tape had only one audio track but I found out two more audio tracks on the net so I've been able to author them in a single disc and make a menu using a children's drawing of the building  founded online. I/m preety happy with the final product. Available in ETSAM library with the Deposit Number [V-687]

DESIGN | Architecture Week 2006

The Architecture Week is back once again, and there are events focusing on architecture all over the city as well as long hour lines to visit the most symbolic buildings in Madrid. The Architecture School has been organizing lectures from the beginning of October and the AAGRAFA team was there to record them all and make them available in DVD. Now you have the chance to revive them all from the comfort of your couch. Available in ETSAM library.


1 | Joaquín Ibañes "El tiempo construido"
October 2, 2006 / 48 min. / Deposit number [V-680]

2 | Darío Gazapo + Concha Lapayese
"Hibridaciones, interferencias, arte y arquitectura"
October 3, 2006 / 120 min. / Deposit number [V-681]

3 | Antonio Juarez "Baukust"
October 3, 2006 / 53 min. / Deposit number [V-682]

4 | Jose Luis de Arana "La arquitectura como memoria"
October 4, 2006 / 46 min. / Deposit number [V-683]

5 | Alberto Morell "Miguel Fisac"
October 4, 2006 / 38 min. / Deposit number [V-684]

6 | Almudena Ribot
"Arquitectura sin titulo y unas pequeñas piezas parasitarias"
October 4, 2006 / 65 min. / Deposit number [V-685]

Air Jordan melo V.5

I needed some new basketball shoes, so this time I bought this pair for 80€ in Footlocker. As it is explained in this sticker in the box, the shoe is a medley between the Air Jordan V and Air Jordan VI. This is the model Carmelo Anthony is wearing this season so they've call them: Air Jordan Melo V.5 Some days later my brother also needed some shoes so instead of the black ones, he got the white version.

It's not common finding Jordan brand shoes for this price so I ended up buying another pair of nike shoes the same day. The Nike Star Classic in black. I ended up wearing those shoes for almost three years in a row.

Koji Morimoto + Koji Yamamura

Today I ordered two nice books from Amazon Japan.

Orange Koji Morimoto Scrapbook

A collection of nice drawings and sketches by master animation director Koji Morimoto

Yamamura Animation

A beautiful book by Koji Yamamura that collects the behind the scenes of the works of this great Japanese animator.

Nintendo DS lite released in Spain

Last March Nintendo DS lite was launched in Japan. And today was released in Spain. We have never own a portable video game console, and we were exited about this new release. It seems to be perfect for playing, two screens one of them touch-screen, small and foldable, easy to carry around... So my brother and I bought a couple of them, one white and one black. It's been our first video gaming console in a decade since Nintendo 64.

DESIGN | Cutty Sark

We presented a poster for the Cutty Sark contest titled "Jovenes cerebros". The point was to use the template of the Ad campaign the brand was already using in magazines with the motto 'DONDE HAY AMIGOS' and give it a a new twist. Our proposal is this: 
It's said that in every party they are the queens
Their friends know they are republicans

Amazon Japan Marketplace

Today I made my first order in which I bought used books from Amazon Japan. After receiving them, I believe I will continue buying more on the second hand marketplace. It's amazing how pristine Japanese collectors keep their books and DVDs.

One of the differences about buying in this marketplace is that the owner himself ships the product and Amazon just acts as an intermediary, so full shipping cost must be paid for each item. If the items are not very expensive it's a good option though. The most important reason to buy those used items instead of brand new ones is that all of them are out of stock. They are not on sale on the main store anymore making the marketplace the only place to find this items you can't find anywhere else. 

You have to make sure though, that the seller ships internationally. Check for the phrase: 海外向け&国内向け発送料金 in the item specifications. This means overseas shipment is available, only then it's possible to proceed and place the order to an international address. I have realized that it could be pretty annoying having to check for this phrase every-time. It would be great if Amazon Japan improves its  system some day letting the customer search only for items that are available to ship overseas.

AKIRA e-konte 1

The continuity of AKIRA by Katsuhiro Otomo. The firts of two books that collect the complete storyboard drawn by Otomo for the AKIRA he directed in 1988.

Robot Carnival DVD Special Edition

Nine japanese animaton directors: Katsuhiro Otomo, Takashi nakamura, Koji Morimoto among others...joined their shorts about robots under the same title.

Palme no Ki script

Written and directed by Takashi Nakamura. Palme no Ki is a nice great animation film.
Sarutan bōeitai

Three manga short stories published in 1984, one of them written by Katsuhiro Otomo

DESIGN | Luigi Prestinenza

We have reelased in AAGRAFA a new DVD with the conference by Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi, architect and professor in La Sapienza, called ¿Were is Architecture today? that took place the 4th of May in Madrid Architecture School. Available in the ETSAM library.

¿Hacia donde va la arquitectura hoy?
D. Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi - Arquitecto. Profesor La Sapienza, Roma
135 min. / Deposit number [V-631]


Today, I ordered two American classics to Amazon US, Schulz's Peanuts and some Michael Jordan's NBA videos. 

Peanuts 1950-1954 Box set & peanuts 1955-1958 Box set

Peanuts is a cartoon written and drawn by Charles M. Schulz that was published in news papers all over the world  from 1950 to 2001. This gorgeous Fatagraphics edition aims to collect all of the strips in 25 books starting on may 2004 for 12 and a half years. A long way ahead. I ordered the first four volumes that come bounded in two thick cardboard boxes an include the strips from years 1950 to 1958.

Ultimate Jordan

A 3 DVD set of Michael Jordan NBA videos of the nineties with some of its best performance games as a bonus. 

DESIGN | Espegel, Galvez + Wieczorek

We have finished a new AAGRAFA release, a talk that took place in Madrid Architecture School last May 3rd between architects Carmen Espegel, María Auxiliadora Galvez and Izabella Wieczorek. Available now in the ETSAM libary with the Deposit number [V-675].

DESIGN | Three Philosophers

Three philosophers have visited the Madrid Architecture School and gave some lectures last month. We have recorded and authored them in DVD in AAGRAFA and thery are now available in ETSAM libray.

Vida y espiritu Fernando Savater
2006-III-21 / 82 min.
Deposit Number [V-864]

Razón Común y espíritu Agustín García Calvo
2006-III-28 / 86 min.
Deposit Number [V-865]

Tópicos contar el espiritu Aurelio Arteta
2006-IV-4 / 156 min.
Deposit Number [V-866]

CONCEPT VIDEO | Tres piedras

Spain | 2006 | 5min 30s (x3) | Color | 4:3 

Images by
Ricardo Santonja & Marcos Sánchez

Music by 
Antonio Cortés

Videos by 
Ioannes Busca

May 10-13, 2006. IFEMA, Madrid

Audiovisual triptych for the exhibition Im[EX]presiones_libertad_Piedra by i+d+art featured in Piedra ’06, the annual stone fair that takes place in the Trade Fair Institution of Madrid.

DESIGN | IAU+S workshop

This last DVD just released by AAGRAFA completes the IAU+S collection. It features a workshop around The  Community of Madrid,  that took place during February on the Architecture School. Available now on ETSAM library

IAU+S 2006

144 min. / Deposit Number [V-817]

Otomo, Toriyama, Nakamura & Kon

Today, I ordered nine books from Amazon Japan.

TWILIGHT by Takashi Nakamura

The early manga works by Takashi Nakamura collected for the first time. Nakamarura worked as animation director in Katsuhiro Otomo's AKIRA and has directed such remarkable anime films as Catnapped!  and Tree of Palme among anime series like Peter Pan no Boken. An article about the book and interviews with author in

The script of the Steam Boy film written and directed by Otomo.

SteamBoy Adventure Book

This book is a complete story digest of the movie and design sketches.

Domu  by Katsuhiro Otomo

An epic manga by Katsuhiro Otomo awarded with the 1983: Japan Science Fiction Grand Prix. The first time a manga was awarded in this category.

The perfect companion for the Dragon Ball manga re-reelase in Kanzenban format. 

Dragon Ball Forever

Even more data about Dragon Ball

Neko Majin by Akira Toriyama

The latest manga by Toriyama collected in kanzenban format. The adventures of Neko Majin and Neko majin Z.

Kon's Tone by Satoshi Kon


We have released a new AAGRAFA collection DVD set: IAU+S 2006, The Architecture, Urbanism and Sustainability convention that took place in the Madrid Architecture School for three days last February. The collection consists on  6 DVDs divided in three packs featuring each pack a whole day of conferences and lectures. Available now in ETSAM library.

DISCS 1 + 2 

February 27, 2006 | 150+113min | Deposit number [V-785]

Presentación / inauguración
Javier Uceda Rector UPM.
Juan Miguel Hernandéz de León Director ETSAM.
Jose Manuel Naredo Dr. en Economía, España.
Saskia Sassen Profesora de Sociología U. de Chicago, EEUU.
Lara Almarcegui Lic. Bellas Artes Psg Atelier 63 Rótterdam, Holanda.
Ekhart Hahn Arquitecto Urbanista, Berlín, Alemania.
Mesa redonda 1
Luis Jimenez Herrero Director Observatorio de la Sostenibilidad de España.

DISCS 3 + 4 

February 28, 2006 | 140+132 min. | Deposit number [V-786]

Ed Van Hinte Profesor de estructuras U. de Delf, Holanda.
Santiago Cirugeda Arquitecto y Activista Cultural. Sevilla, España.
Fernando Casás Dr Bellas Artes, escultor, profesor U. de Vigo, España.
Jose Manuel Moreno Dr. Biología, catedrático Ecología U. de Castilla la Mancha, España.
Mesa redonda 2
Luis Andrés Orive Director C. Estudios Ambientales Vitoria-Gasteiz, España.

DISCS 5 +6 

Wednesday March 1, 2006 | 164+108 min. | Deposit number [V-787]

Antonio Estevan Ing Industrial,  España. Planificación territorial y ambiental
Anne Whiston Spirn West Philadelphia Landscape Project, Profesora MIT, EEUU.
Phillipe Rahm Arquitecto, profesor ECAL Lausanne, Suiza
Susannah Hagan Arquitecta U. East London, Reino Unido.
Mesa redonda 3
Ramón Fernandez Durán Ingeniero de Caminos y Urbanista Madrid, España.

CONCEPT VIDEO | Luz Tecleada

My friend Gonzalo Pardo asked me to make a video using a Nokia T70 phone for his main page in fresh forward,  a site about young architects in Madrid.  Gonzalo is this kind of incredible guy that is always making competitions and winning them, such an efficient architecture passionate hard worker, so I decided to make a tribute to the classic phrase that some architect once said: "architecture is the play of light and shadow" and literally I played with the light bulb. The keying of course  refers to the now a days inseparable relationship of architects with the computer keyboard.


On february 2006 IAU+S convention took place in our School. AAGRAFA proudly presents the first two DVDs. Available now on ETSAM library.

Rueda de prensa presentación IAU+S

60 min. / Deposit number [V-795]

Conferencia Josep García Cors

48 min. / Deposit number [V-796]

DESIGN | Contemporary Architecture Appreciation Course

We have been working this days in AAGRAFA on eight lectures focused on architecture that took place in Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid from October 24th to December 19th, 2006. Available now in ETSAM library


Catedrático de Historia de la Arquiectura.Istituto Universitario di Architectura di Venezia
Frank Lloyd Wright e il Guggenheim Museum 
October 24, 2005 / 127 min / Deposit Number [V-634]

Arquitecto y Catedrático de Composición Arquitectónica de la Universidad de Valladolid
Nueva consistencia: Estrategias formales en la arquitectura de la última década del siglo XX
November 2, 2005/ 126min / Deposit Number [V-635]

Ciudad sin modelos arquitectónicos
November 10, 2005 / 69 min / Deposit Number [V-636]

Historian, critic, writer, painter, photographer 
Disjuntion and Continuity: Contemporary Spanish Architecture
November 16, 2005 / 120 min & 44 min / Deposit Number [V-637] part 1, [V-638] part 2

Profesor Historia del Arte en la Escuela de Arquitectura de Barcelona
El otro lado (Mies, Le Corbusier, Loos)
November 23, 2005 / 70 min / Deposit Number [V-639] 

Josep Lluis Sert Professor of Architecture
Otra Modernidad
November 30, 2005 / 105 min / Deposit Number [V-640]

Catedrático de la Escuela de Arquitectura de Madrid
La resonancia del lugar (Arquitectura contemporánea y contexto)
December 14, 2005 / 126 min / Deposit Number [V-641]

Contexto o sin él 
December 19, 2005 / 86 min / Deposit Number [V-642]