SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS WILL REPRESENT CHILE
PRESIDENT MICHELLE BACHELET, AUTHORITIES AND ACADEMICS HIGHLIGHTED THE UNIVERSITY FOR COMING UP WITH THE “AGAINST THE TIDE” INITIATIVE, WHICH WILL BE SHOWCASED AT THE 2016 VENICE BIENNALE.
March 03, 2016
With the presence of the president of the Republic, Michelle Bachelet, it was presented the contents over which the XV International Exhibition of Architecture, Biennale of Venice, which bears the title “Reporting from the front”, will develop.
At the international event, our country will be represented by the “Against the Tide” project, led by academic Juan Roman, Director of the School of Architecture at our Institution.
The activity counted with the presence of President Álvaro Rojas; the president of the Biennale, Paolo Baratta; the curator of the exhibition and winner of the Pritzker Prize, the Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena; the co-curator of the Biennial, Jose Luis Uribe, a professor from the same School of the UTALCA; and the State Secretary for Culture, Ernesto Ottone, among other authorities.
At the opening of the event in the Las Camelias courtyard of the La Moneda Palace government headquarters, the Head of State emphasized the participation of Chile in the Biennial.
“It is essential to contribute to improving the environment in which we live: the challenge is to expand the boundaries of the possible (...) we look forward with interest and attention this “Report from the front” that the general exhibition of the Biennale promises,” said the Country’s President.
“And for that, we are also proud to be part of the struggle that is being waged on that front, astruggle to build and inhabit more just, more human and more fraternal societies; a society where Beauty is part of the everyday landscape and the meeting between the equals is also part of the everyday landscape, where living is simpler, more comfortable and more secure. Where life is gentler,” said the Country’s President.
Likewise, after making a public recognition for the team led by professor Román, Secretary Ottone valued that our country gets to Venice —from may 28 to November 27)— with “a proposal that is innovative, transformative, that gives a lot of answers to the things raised by Alejandro Aravena as challenges of the Biennale”.
“When the jury declared Juan Roman and the whole team from the School of Architecture of the University of Talca as the winner, we were happy because his proposal is in perfectly aligned with what we are trying to develop, which is how to enhance all the creativity, all the know-how, all the growth that has been going on in the regions, many times through the universities or of some institutions. And therefore, it could not fit better with what was being developed”, said the Secretary.
After participating in the event, the President of the University, Álvaro Rojas, said that the initiative of the School of Architecture was selected because it was able to interpret the topic of the Biennial, in terms that you have to see beyond what is in front of you. “This, without considering the new trends in architecture, but what the architects, the young people are proposing concerning the great issues of the communities.”
“Our School was able to offer something that is proper to its own work, something that is promoted during the curriculum. It was selected in this world event, which is a great recognition for its academics, its director and also, of course, for the UTALCA, which has also made a full commitment to the innovative educational model,” said the academic authority.
The curator of the international exhibition, Alejandro Aravena, emphasized that our Academic Institution “has shown, in current times, consistent high quality.” “From that point of view the difficulty of improving the environment, built by through architecture is going to require many strategies, a lot of knowledge, an understanding of how many types of challenges we have to face,” he said.
“In that sense, the University is somehow a renewal of the discussion. There are issues that had not been seen for a while, and improve the quality of the debate. From that point of view enriches the fact that we have more tools and more ideas to improve the people’s quality of life,” said Aravena.
For his part, professor Román, expressed that the mission of representing Chile in an event of the magnitude of the Biennale, is a distinction.
“It is certainly a recognition to the School of Architecture —something that has been happening from years in Chile and abroad— to the work done by students and professors, which has been highly recognized. And this comes to confirm it, to express it,” said the academic who has participated as speaker in several biennials and in 2015 won the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, organized by the Locus Foundation in Paris, France.
During last year, the jury chose unanimously Juan Román’s “Against the Tide” project among the proposals presented in the Competition of Ideas, which was convened by the National Council for Culture, with the stated aim.
According to the judges, the winning proposal manages to put the focus on the problem of the transformation of the rural territory, by means of certain production processes of agricultural exploitation. In addition, it presents a critical look from the construction of a series of elementary projects that relate to this new landscape.
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