AVANT-GARDE ARCHITECTS PRESENTED THEIR IDEAS AT UTALCA
NEW WAYS OF THINKING AND MANAGEMENT, WITH STRONG INNOVATIVE CONTENT, WERE SHOWED IN A SEMINAR HELD AT THE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE.
September 9, 2016
The presentations at the School of Architecture’s seminar “From Territory to Detail” had a clear corporate seal, which in its tenth edition linked outstanding Latin American professionals and academics from of the discipline with professors and students from the program.
This year, by coincidence, several of the speakers were the curators of the exhibitions of their respective countries in the biennial of Venice, an experience similar to the one by the School of Architecture of our University and its director, Juan Roman, who did the curatorship of the Chilean Pavilion there.
When speaking about this event, the director of the seminar, Germán Valenzuela, said that the Venice Biennale “was seen from Latin America as a feat. Is like getting to the Moon, a small step for mankind and a great step for architecture", he emphasized.
"What was presented was not exclusively Chilean architecture, but the thought of a small school from a peripheral country ", he said at the opening the conference, held in the "Diego Portales" Auditorium.
About the presence of architects from the biennial, Valenzuela stressed that "it means that the seminar has had very good results in the sense of choosing those who have had very interesting and innovative practices in Latin America, something that interest us very much".
He stressed, in particular, that the students have the opportunity of knowing first-rate architects. This year there were participants from Peru, Brazil, Argentina and Chile, with four different ways of thinking and managing architecture. "The all come from a well-informed academic world, they publish, make classes or are engaged in strengthening social movements. This year, the bias of the seminar had to do with social issues, in its broad spectrum", he said. In this regard, he argued that architecture is not the object; it rather involves space and quality of life.
Tamires Almeida Lima and Isadora of Andrade Guerreiro represented the Usina, from Sao Paulo, where 15 architects work, and some sociologists, too, who, as a group, assume projects, geared mainly to social housing. Their work involves an accompaniment process, from the organization of the community to the completion of the project.
The Usina has already participated in the design and execution of more than 5,000 housing units, as well as community centers, schools and nurseries in cities and rural settlements, especially in the States of São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Paraná. "We have a very political architecture, linked to the social movement," explained the architects and urban planners.
From Peru came the directors of Liga Llonazamora, Michelle Llona and Rafael Zamora, both workshop professors and researchers. To their credit, they have awards in various competitions related to interventions in the Machu Picchu National Archaeological Park, Eternit Urban House and the IX National Contest of Architectural Quality - Temporary Housing.
"We have been working together for years and all our projects have a quest. We started with small lights that approached us to the projects", said Michelle Llona.
Rafael Zamora talked about the synthetic thinking way to address them, despite the complexity they can have. "We try to make them visually understandable, that the intention of the project be readable and, on the other hand, to make a great effort not to fight with reality, but to adapt to it and to ensure the maximum quality of space and life," he said.
The award-winning Argentine architect Claudio Ferrari was another of those invited. He is director of the architecture program of the Universidad Nacional de San Martin and Visiting Professor of the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and also Visiting Professor of the Master’s degree in Urban Furniture of the Universidad de Barcelona.
Together with Daniel Becker, he makes up the BF architects office, which maintains a broad portfolio of works, with institutional and private clients, both Argentine and at international.
For his part, Chilean architect Joaquin Velasco, partner of the Velasco Rubio Architecture and Design Office, showed the work he has developed in the last 10 years in Valparaiso, and he also focused on the Hill Plan project , a grouping of professionals from the port who aim at the social aspects , "trying to understand the innovation and social urbanism issues and the balance relationship that should exist between what is individual and what is collective. And here I go out of the topic, because not only it has to do with architecture, there are many other disciplines in its environment and it is fundamental to work with them. It's a constant learning that we must carry on in the profession and vocation".
In addition to details of the Hill Plan, Velasco showed the Denmark Space, an old restored mansion and a group of houses in the Florida hill and the City Longstrom Hotel.
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