Archinect - News 2017-07-21T16:59:17-04:00 Halfway there? The limits to Aravena's social housing Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-14T12:52:00-04:00 >2016-06-17T23:45:19-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"In most cities in Latin America, most of the building over last 50 years&mdash;depending on the city&mdash;40, 50, 60, 70 percent has been through incremental construction.&rdquo; [...] The majority of Aravena&rsquo;s social housing work has also rested on the unique conditions and high level of investment from Chile&rsquo;s social housing program. [...] Isn&rsquo;t asking the poor to shoulder more of the housing burden an inherently unfair proposition?</p></em><br /><br /><p>More discussion of Aravena's practice and impact can be found here:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">News coverage of Aravena's 2016 Venice Biennale</a></li><li><a title='"Making A Pritzker Laureate" &ndash; Martha Thorne, executive director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, gives us an inside look at the prestigious award, on Archinect Sessions #48' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Making A Pritzker Laureate" &ndash; Martha Thorne, executive director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, gives us an inside look at the prestigious award, on Archinect Sessions #48</a></li><li><a title="Watch a live tour of the Venice Biennale with curator Alejandro Aravena" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Watch a live tour of the Venice Biennale with curator Alejandro Aravena</a></li><li><a title="Chile's local hero: Michael Kimmelman profiles Alejandro Aravena" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chile's local hero: Michael Kimmelman profiles Alejandro Aravena</a></li><li><a title="Decoding Alejandro Aravena's Pritzker" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Decoding Alejandro Aravena's Pritzker</a></li></ul> Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: rewarding obscurity Andrea Dietz 2016-05-31T17:22:00-04:00 >2016-06-03T00:58:13-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Much will be published over the coming days about the Biennale's national pavilion winners&mdash;Spain&rsquo;s &ldquo;Unfinished&rdquo; (with the Golden Lion) and Japan&rsquo;s &ldquo;en: Art of Nexus&rdquo; and Peru&rsquo;s &ldquo;Our Amazon Frontline&rdquo; (with special mentions). It is a phenomenon that conceals the terrain, limiting the perspective of the majority, and inaccurately reduces the dynamism of the lived experience. At the same time, after the fascination with the nominations wears off, it garners those passed over with a certain mystique. In the interest of representation and curiosity, then, it seems fitting to acknowledge a (very) small sampling of the more and wider.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Oh, Canada. This year, per curator Pierre B&eacute;langer, the Canadians overcame &ldquo;a list of every possible bureaucratic, logistical, and material blockade imaginable multiplied times three&rdquo; in order to participate in the Biennale. With their permanent pavilion closed for construction and an agitator&rsquo;s stance, the &ldquo;Extraction&rdquo; team&rsquo;s contribution is all fight. They t...</p> Chile's local hero: Michael Kimmelman profiles Alejandro Aravena Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-23T12:59:00-04:00 >2016-05-31T00:29:16-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Aravena polished off his beer when a stranger sidled up to the table. It happens all the time now. Drivers in passing cars stop him in the street. Shop clerks, politicians, long-lost acquaintances and schoolteachers ask for selfies with him. They all say the same thing. &ldquo;Thank you,&rdquo; the stranger said to Aravena, who smiled and posed arm in arm with the man for a picture. Thank you &mdash; as if the Pritzker prize...had been awarded on behalf of everybody in Chile.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic for the&nbsp;<em>New York Times,&nbsp;</em>profiles Alejandro Aravena's projects in his native Chile, on the cusp of this year's Venice Biennale opening (which Aravena is also directing). The profile largely focuses on Aravena's social practice, and its attempts at coordinating efforts among the Chilean government, construction companies and actual citizens &ndash; most prominently, after the 2010 earthquake in Constituci&oacute;n.</p><p>For a comparative take on Aravena, from before he won the Pritzker or was named director of the 2016 Venice Biennale, check out Carolina A. Miranda's (art critic for the&nbsp;<em>Los Angeles Times</em>) piece <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">profiling Chile's emerging group of promising and talented architects</a>.</p><p>For more on Aravena and the Chilean architecture scene:</p><ul><li><a title="Inside Aravena's open source plans for low-cost yet upgradable housing" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Inside Aravena's open source plans for low-cost yet upgradable housing</a></li><li><a title="How Chile&rsquo;s strict building codes help reduce the country's earthquake casualties" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Chile&rsquo;s strict building codes help reduce the country's earthquake casualties</a></li><li><a title='Mathias Klotz: "The Poetics of Boxes" exhibit opens next month' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mathias Klotz: "The Poetics of Boxes" exhibit opens next month</a></li><li><a title="Chilean Skyscraper Overshadows The City" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chilean Skyscraper Ove...</a></li></ul> Inside Aravena's open source plans for low-cost yet upgradable housing Julia Ingalls 2016-04-06T14:35:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T01:42:32-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alejandro Aravena accepted the Pritzker Prize yesterday</a>, his firm Elemental released four open source plans for low income housing that, according to the firm's website, balance the constraints of "low-rise high density, without overcrowding, with possibility of expansion (from social housing to middle-class dwelling)." The plans were released partly as a response to the looming housing crisis of 2030, in which it is estimated that two billion people will be living under the poverty line.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Aravena's self-described "incremental housing" is partly a governmental effort, and partly an individual one. By providing plans for proven models of sustainable housing, people can have greater agency in housing themselves. "Given the magnitude of the housing shortage, we won't solve this problem unless we add people's own resources and building capacity to that of governments and the market," reads Elemental's statement.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The four projects Elemental has released plans for are Quinta Monroy, V...</p> How Chile’s strict building codes help reduce the country's earthquake casualties Alexander Walter 2015-09-18T13:39:00-04:00 >2015-09-18T17:39:07-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="491" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Wednesday night&rsquo;s 8.3-magnitude earthquake had left 11 dead and a 175 houses damaged. While the toll wasn&rsquo;t negligible, the quake &mdash; the world&rsquo;s strongest this year &mdash; might have leveled less-prepared countries. &ldquo;Our structural engineering is world class,&rdquo; Santos, a 62-year-old engineer at the firm Ingener&iacute;a Estructuras Consultor&iacute;a, said by phone. &ldquo;And it&rsquo;s made in Chile.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deadly 7.9-magnitude earthquake in Nepal destroys architectural landmarks</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are India's cities prepared to withstand an earthquake like in Nepal?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">First Japanese skyscraper gets retrofitted with rooftop vibration control system</a></li></ul> Chilean architecture is coming out of its shell Alexander Walter 2015-05-18T13:41:00-04:00 >2015-05-26T21:15:20-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Chilean architects have begun to exert an influence well beyond the size and scale of their string-bean nation. [...] &ldquo;There are enough people working here in a way that shifts the art,&rdquo; explains Aravena, sitting in the middle of his firm&rsquo;s buzzing Santiago offices. &ldquo;There is healthy competition and there is critical mass. When you have a critical mass, you are not alone in trying to push boundaries.&rdquo; The result: remarkable buildings all over Chile.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Snapshots of Cristián Undurraga's Alberto Hurtado memorial museum Justine Testado 2015-03-24T15:18:00-04:00 >2015-04-04T22:36:45-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 2010, a sanctuary in Santiago was completed in [Hurtado's] honor &mdash; at the very site where he founded the Hogar de Cristo back in the 1940s. The building was designed by Chilean architect Cristi&aacute;n Undurraga, of Undurraga Dev&eacute;s Arquitectos, and it is elegant and serene &mdash; a true space of contemplation. It also makes the most of simple materials: rough B&eacute;ton brut concrete, glass blocks and blond wood ceilings that don't overwhelm the artifacts on display...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Calming photos of the Santiago-based memorial museum, which Chilean architect&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cristi&aacute;n Undurraga</a> designed in honor of Jesuit priest Father Alberto Hurtado and his humanitarian work.</p> Smiljan Radic: A Rock Star Among Architects Alexander Walter 2014-07-10T13:13:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T21:36:03-04:00 <img src="" width="495" height="693" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Two weeks ago, a translucent pod of glass-reinforced plastic, poised atop enormous sandstone boulders, appeared on a curve of lawn in Kensington Gardens in London. The folly [...] is by the Chilean architect Smiljan Radic, whom the nearby Serpentine Galleries chose to create a temporary structure in its front yard. It is the 14th year that the museum has commissioned a Serpentine Pavilion, always turning to an architect who has not previously built in Britain [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Chilean artist steals and destroys $500 million worth of student debt papers Archinect 2014-05-20T17:29:00-04:00 >2014-05-21T18:36:56-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="402" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Late last week, Chilean police arrived at Santiago&rsquo;s Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral and removed a white bin of gray ash &mdash; allegedly all that remained of $500 million worth of student debt notes. In the video, which went viral last week in Chile, Papas Fritas confessed he had recently stolen the documents from the for-profit Universidad del Mar. Then he set them ablaze in a defiant, brazen act of art.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Mathias Klotz: "The Poetics of Boxes" exhibit opens next month Justine Testado 2013-08-13T16:25:00-04:00 >2013-08-29T23:12:28-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="532" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> "The Poetics of Boxes" is the first monographic exhibit in Europe of the work of Mathias Klotz, currently one of Chile's most acclaimed international architects. The exhibit opens on Sept. 13 at Aedes Berlin.</p> <p> The upcoming exhibit will reveal the design approaches and methods of Klotz's characteristic works, as described in the press release below.</p> <p> "<strong>The Poetics of Boxes</strong><br><strong>Mathias Klotz, Chile</strong></p> <p> Location: Aedes am Pfefferberg, Studio, Christinenstr. 18-19, 10119 Berlin<br> Exhibition dates: September 13 &ndash; October 17, 2013<br> Opening: Friday, September 13, 2013, 6:30 PM<br> Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11 AM &ndash; 6:30 PM, Sat/Sun, 1 &ndash; 5 PM</p> <p> Klotz&rsquo;s works are characterised by their structural clarity. The distinct volumes and lines of his buildings correspond with perfect conceptual rigour to the landscape. In the exhibition this cosmopolitan from the Pacific presents his approaches and working methods..."<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> "Alongside his work as an architect for over thirty years, Mathias Klotz is also active as a ...</p> Chilean Skyscraper Overshadows The City Anna Johnson 2013-01-07T00:30:00-05:00 >2013-01-20T00:05:22-05:00 <img src="" width="550" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The skyline of Chile&rsquo;s capital city, Santiago, has a new addition with the Gran Torre skyscraper casting a two-kilometre shadow across the historic city. The 70-storey residential building stands more than 300 metres tall, making it the tallest building in South America. The five-ton steel structure cost an estimated one billion dollars to build and tenants are expected to move into the building next March.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Residencia - architecture by Auer + Weber;video by Tramnesia Archinect 2012-07-11T16:48:00-04:00 >2012-07-11T20:23:33-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Residencia is a hotel for staff and guests at the European Southern Observatory's Paranal Observatory in northern Chile. Located in an extremely remote and desolate section of the Atacama desert, the Residencia was designed by the German architecture firm Auer + Weber as a sanctuary in an environment that has never supported life. The L-shaped building was dug into the ground as if to conceal its presence, presenting profoundly different faces depending on the approach.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Kouvo & Partanen to Design Hotel Residence in Atacama, Chile Alexander Walter 2012-01-17T13:58:00-05:00 >2012-01-17T13:59:07-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Finnish architects Kouvo &amp; Partanen have just recently been chosen to design a hotel residence for the astronomers, engineers, and other observatory staff working at ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array. At 2,900 meters above sea level, the hotel residence will be built at the ALMA Operations Support Facility in the Atacama Desert, in the foothills of the Chilean Andes.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>