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2016 Venice Biennale Will Begin a "Crusade Against Indifference"

14:15 - 3 March, 2016

Yesterday, and for the first time in La Biennale's history, the press tour included a stop in the Southern Hemisphere. From his home city of Santiago, Alejandro Aravena shared more details about the upcoming exhibition in Chile's presidential palace (La Moneda) alongside the president of the Biennale and the president of Chile. 

The main information to emerge from the press conference was the presentation of the lone image that represents this year's Biennale and the announcement of the participants. In the video above, Aravena gracefully explains how Bruce Chatwin's image of German archaeologist Maria Reiche encapsulates "the Biennale as a whole." 

Aravena stressed that he wanted the disclaimer for the exhibition to be the exact opposite of "Don't Try This At Home." He explained, "Given the complexity and variety of challenges that architecture has to respond to, 'Reporting from the Front' will be about listening to those that were able to gain some perspective and consequently are in the position to share some knowledge and experiences with those of us standing on the ground."

Live Streaming from Santiago: Alejandro Aravena Speaks at the 2016 Venice Biennale Press Conference

11:03 - 2 March, 2016

Today at 10am EST, the press conference for the 2016 Venice Biennale will take place at Chile’s Presidential Palace La Moneda. During the conference Alejandro Aravena will present “Reporting from the Front,” his central exhibition for the Biennale. 

You can watch a live streaming of the press conference above. 

Alejandro Aravena y Paolo Baratta. Image © Natalia Espina bajo licencia CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / CNCA Conferencia de prensa sobre Bienal de Venecia 2016. Image © Natalia Espina bajo licencia CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / CNCA Ernesto Ottone, Alejandro Aravena y Paolo Baratta. Image © Natalia Espina bajo licencia CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / CNCA Michelle Bachelet, Alejandro Aravena y Paolo Baratta. Image © Natalia Espina bajo licencia CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / CNCA +5

De Pablo A Violeta / SCL – Studio Caceres Lazo

12:00 - 23 February, 2016
De Pablo A Violeta / SCL – Studio Caceres Lazo, © Pablo Casals Aguirre
© Pablo Casals Aguirre

© Pablo Casals Aguirre © Pablo Casals Aguirre © Pablo Casals Aguirre © Pablo Casals Aguirre +24

ARQ Yearbook App Features Three Years of Academic Articles Related to Architecture and Urbanism

04:00 - 23 February, 2016
ARQ Yearbook App Features Three Years of Academic Articles Related to Architecture and Urbanism, Courtesy of ARQ Magazine
Courtesy of ARQ Magazine

ARQ Magazine, described as of the most prestigious academic architectural journals in Latin America, have released a new app (ARQ Yearbooks) dedicated to collecting and presenting English-language articles published in their magazine over the past three years. Since its foundation in 1980, ARQ (the journal of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile School of Architecture in Santiago) has been published without interruption. In this new app, papers which address issues related to representation, construction techniques, urban history, cultural processes, landscape architecture and more have been aggregated together.

VIK Hotel / Marcelo Daglio Arquitectos

09:00 - 15 February, 2016
VIK Hotel / Marcelo Daglio Arquitectos, Courtesy of Viña VIK
Courtesy of Viña VIK

Courtesy of Viña VIK Courtesy of Marcelo Daglio Arquitectos Courtesy of Viña VIK Courtesy of Marcelo Daglio Arquitectos +21

Fire Training Camp / BMRG Arquitectos

15:00 - 12 February, 2016
Fire Training Camp / BMRG Arquitectos, © Mauricio Lorca
© Mauricio Lorca

© Mauricio Lorca © Claudio Leiva © Claudio Leiva © Claudio Leiva +21

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    María José Bizama del P, Gonzalo Rudolphy B, Paula Bruna J
  • Area

    1480.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Jardines del Sur House / DX Arquitectos

09:00 - 11 February, 2016
Jardines del Sur House  / DX Arquitectos, © Pablo Blanco
© Pablo Blanco

© Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Antofagasta, Antofagasta, Antofagasta Region, Chile
  • Author Architects

    Juan Luzoro, Raul Chernilo
  • Area

    230.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

House LG10182 / Brugnoli Asociados Arquitectos

09:00 - 8 February, 2016
House LG10182  / Brugnoli Asociados Arquitectos, © Juan Durán Sierralta
© Juan Durán Sierralta

© Juan Durán Sierralta © Juan Durán Sierralta © Juan Durán Sierralta © Juan Durán Sierralta +34

Open Call: CAP Steel's 30th Contest for Architecture Students

07:00 - 1 February, 2016
Open Call: CAP Steel's 30th Contest for Architecture Students

Founded in 1950, in the city of Talcahuano, CAP Steel is the main Chilean steelmaker, offering a variety of steel products for industrial, mining and building companies across the country. The enterprise, also known as "Siderúrgica Huachipato," forms part of the CAP Group of Enterprises, the chief producer of iron minerals and pellets along the American Pacific Coast, in addition to being the main steel producer in Chile and the most important steel manufacturer of the South Cone.

La Reina House / Gonzalo Iturriaga Atala + Catalina Gómez Beck

09:00 - 29 January, 2016
La Reina House / Gonzalo Iturriaga Atala + Catalina Gómez Beck, © Pablo Casals Aguirre
© Pablo Casals Aguirre

© Pablo Casals Aguirre © Pablo Casals Aguirre © Pablo Casals Aguirre © Pablo Casals Aguirre +25

Biological Medicine Center / Vientos Arquitectura

13:00 - 28 January, 2016
Biological Medicine Center / Vientos Arquitectura, © Martin Garcia de la Huerta
© Martin Garcia de la Huerta

© Martin Garcia de la Huerta © Martin Garcia de la Huerta © Martin Garcia de la Huerta © Martin Garcia de la Huerta +29

Parrish in Las Cabras / WHALE! + Carlos Arce Valdés

15:00 - 26 January, 2016
Parrish in Las Cabras / WHALE! + Carlos Arce Valdés, Courtesy of Pablo Lobos Pedrals
Courtesy of Pablo Lobos Pedrals

Courtesy of Pablo Lobos Pedrals Courtesy of Pablo Lobos Pedrals Courtesy of Pablo Lobos Pedrals Courtesy of Pablo Lobos Pedrals +37

  • Architects

  • Location

    Las Cabras, O'Higgins Region, Chile
  • Project Area

    871.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of Pablo Lobos Pedrals

Constitución Cultural Center / Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL

09:00 - 25 January, 2016
Constitución Cultural Center  / Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL, © Felipe Diaz Contardo
© Felipe Diaz Contardo

© Felipe Diaz Contardo © Felipe Diaz Contardo © Felipe Diaz Contardo © Felipe Diaz Contardo +11

Call For Papers: New Architectures, Infrastructures and Services for Future Cities

12:50 - 22 January, 2016
Call For Papers: New Architectures, Infrastructures and Services for Future Cities

Driving urban infrastructure modernization, improving citizen life by means of technology, sustainable innovation, wide band, Big Data… These are some of the subjects that will be discussed at the International Conference on City Sciences, that will take place at Santiago de Chile on the 16th and 17th of June.

AD Round-Up: The Best of Contemporary Chilean Architecture

06:00 - 22 January, 2016
AD Round-Up: The Best of Contemporary Chilean Architecture, Innovation Center UC / Elemental. Image © Nico Saieh
Innovation Center UC / Elemental. Image © Nico Saieh

Chilean architecture, having long stood in the shadow of more established design traditions in Europe and North America, has been catapulted to the forefront of global attention with the news that architect Alejandro Aravena has been named the 41st Pritzker Prize Laureate – the first Chilean to receive the award. He is also the director of this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, which focuses on the role of architects in improving the living conditions of people across the globe, especially in cases where scarce resources and the “inertia of reality” stand in the way of progress.

Casa Vitacura / Riesco+Rivera architects

11:00 - 21 January, 2016
Casa Vitacura / Riesco+Rivera architects, © Aryeh Kornfeld
© Aryeh Kornfeld

© Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld © Aryeh Kornfeld +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vitacura, Vitacura, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Creating Architects

    Francisca Rivera Palma, Jose Riesco Urrejola
  • Area

    166.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

2016 Pritzker Prize Winner Alejandro Aravena's Work in 15 Images

14:00 - 20 January, 2016
2016 Pritzker Prize Winner Alejandro Aravena's Work in 15 Images, © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Alejandro Aravena is the first Chilean architect to ever receive a Pritzker Prize. Praised for reviving the socially engaged architect, the 48-year-old architect and executive director of ELEMENTAL has proved architecture's ability to solve pressing global issues through his diverse portfolio. Read on to see 15 projects that exemplify Aravena's contribution to architecture so far. 

Three Years in Villa Verde, ELEMENTAL’s Incremental Housing Project in Constitución, Chile

14:00 - 18 January, 2016

Where were you when it happened? On February 27, 2010 an 8.8-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck Chile, causing destruction across the country. Ask any Chilean what they were doing at the time, and they will have a story to tell.

Oriana Pinochet Villagra and her family were in Constitución when the ground started to shake. A town centered around the forestry industry, Constitución is surrounded by green mountains, and situated where the Maule river meets the Pacific Ocean.

It was one of the cities most affected by the earthquake in 2010. The ocean water flooded the river, wrecking everything that the earthquake hadn’t already destroyed. Those that lived along the riverbank were left in the street with mud burying their houses -- Oriana's family lost 30 years of memories.

Almost six years after the natural disaster, we visited Constitución where Oriana Pinochet showed us one of the major reconstruction projects in the city: Villa Verde Housing, a residential neighborhood for 484 of the affected families. With partial financing from housing subsidies and based on the idea of incremental housing, the project is designed by ELEMENTAL, the “Do Tank” of 2016 Pritzker Prize laureate, Alejandro Aravena