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Constitución Cultural Center / Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL

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

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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
  • Architects

  • Location

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

    Francisca Rivera Palma, Jose Riesco Urrejola
  • Area

    166.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

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

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

Grupo Sud Offices / 57STUDIO

13:00 - 18 January, 2016
Grupo Sud Offices  / 57STUDIO, © Caco Oportot
© Caco Oportot
  • Architects

  • Location

    Italia, Providencia, Providencia, Región Metropolitana, Chile
  • Area

    1500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Caco Oportot © Caco Oportot © Caco Oportot © Caco Oportot +27

Alejandro Aravena Wins 2016 Pritzker Prize

09:10 - 13 January, 2016
Alejandro Aravena Wins 2016 Pritzker Prize

Alejandro Aravena has been named as the winner of the 2016 Pritzker Prize. Highlighting his dedication to improve urban environments and to address the global housing crisis, the Pritzker Prize jury praised the way in which the Chilean architect has "risen to the demands of practicing architecture as an artful endeavor, as well as meeting today's social and economic challenges." Aravena is the 41st Pritzker Prize laureate and the first Chilean to receive the award.

At 48 years of age, Aravena has a large portfolio of private, public and educational projects in Chile, the USA, Mexico, China and Switzerland. But perhaps more notably, through his “Do Tank” firm ELEMENTAL he has managed to build 2,500 units of social housing, engaging in the public housing policies of governments where he works and taking an opportunistic approach to market forces to generate a powerful impact on lower-income communities.

"Alejandro Aravena epitomizes the revival of a more socially engaged architect, especially in his long-term commitment to tackling the global housing crisis and fighting for a better urban environment for all,” explained the Jury in their citation. “He has a deep understanding of both architecture and civil society, as is reflected in his writing, his activism and his designs. The role of the architect is now being challenged to serve greater social and humanitarian needs, and Alejandro Aravena has clearly, generously and fully responded to this challenge."

UC Innovation Center – Anacleto Angelini, San Joaquín Campus, Universidad Católica de Chile. Santiago, Chile 2014. Image © Nina Vidic Monterrey Housing. Monterrey, Mexico 2010. Image © Ramiro Ramirez Medical School, Universidad Católica de Chile. Santiago, Chile 2004. Image © Roland Halbe Siamese Towers, San Joaquín Campus, Universidad Católica de Chile. Santiago, Chile 2005. Image © Cristobal Palma +23

Beach Pavillion / PAR Arquitectos

15:00 - 12 January, 2016
Beach Pavillion / PAR Arquitectos, © Diego Elgueta
© Diego Elgueta
  • Architects

  • Location

    Cachagua, Zapallar, Región de Valparaíso, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Pablo Lopez, Alvaro Cortés, Tomas Pardo
  • Area

    70.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Diego Elgueta © Diego Elgueta © Diego Elgueta © Diego Elgueta +20

Stranded House / WHALE!

09:00 - 12 January, 2016
Stranded House / WHALE!, © Hugo Bertolotto
© Hugo Bertolotto
  • Architects

  • Location

    Tunquen, Algarrobo, Región de Valparaíso, Chile
  • Area

    180.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Hugo Bertolotto © Hugo Bertolotto © Hugo Bertolotto © Hugo Bertolotto +30

CML House / Ricardo Torrejón + Arturo Chadwick

09:00 - 11 January, 2016
CML House / Ricardo Torrejón + Arturo Chadwick, © Felipe Fontecilla
© Felipe Fontecilla

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IA House / Joannon Arquitectos

09:00 - 7 January, 2016
IA House / Joannon Arquitectos, © Ignacio Infante Cobo
© Ignacio Infante Cobo
  • Architects

  • Location

    Pje Quintay, Puchuncaví, Región de Valparaíso, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Nicolás Joannon A, Eugenio Joannon R
  • Area

    60.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Ignacio Infante Cobo © Ignacio Infante Cobo © Ignacio Infante Cobo © Ignacio Infante Cobo +23

Pumanque Community Centre / The Scarcity and Creativity Studio

11:00 - 5 January, 2016
Pumanque Community Centre / The Scarcity and Creativity Studio, Courtesy of The Scarcity and Creativity Studio
Courtesy of The Scarcity and Creativity Studio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Pumanque, Pumanque, O'Higgins Region, Chile
  • Teaching Staff

    Christian Hermansen Cordua, Michael U. Hensel, Solveig Sandness, Joakim Hoen, Haakon Matre Aaserød
  • Students

    Harold Vermeiren, Christiana Thorsen Clarke, Margarita Chaskopoulou, Marte Guldvik, Marina Haga, Jonas Osthagen Hamar, Anniken Høgset, Shohreh Kheirati, Kaja Gladhus Kolstad, Kamilla Merete Kristiansen, Gro Krüger, Caroline Krenc, Taavi Löoke, Ranveig Hesselberg Meland, Annette Katherine Mohr, Eskil Frøyen Nybø, Liv Mari Oppebøen, Brianne Parquier, Elissavet Pertigkiozoglou, Randi Ravndal, Erik Reiten, Kinga Rusin, Truls Schiefloe Sandbakk, Hedvig Margrethe Sanderud, Øistein Magnus Schive, Eirik Stiansen, Gustav Mattias Jitzhak Tellqvist, Magnus Vågan.
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of The Scarcity and Creativity Studio

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Walk the Line / The Scarcity and Creativity Studio

09:00 - 3 January, 2016
Walk the Line  / The Scarcity and Creativity Studio, Courtesy of The Scarcity and Creativity Studio
Courtesy of The Scarcity and Creativity Studio

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Calafquen House / García de la Huerta & Gleixner Arquitectos

09:00 - 30 December, 2015
Calafquen House  / García de la Huerta & Gleixner Arquitectos, © Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh
  • Architects

  • Location

    Lago Calafquén, Región de la Araucanía, Chile
  • Project Architects

    Tomás García de la Huerta y Xaviera Gleixner
  • Project Manager

    Sebastián Undurraga
  • Collaborators

    Eduardo Landia, Cristián Yazigi
  • Project Area

    411.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Nico Saieh, Courtesy of Tomás García de la Huerta

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh +26

The Wave: Public Performance Space / The Scarcity and Creativity Studio

12:00 - 25 December, 2015
The Wave: Public Performance Space / The Scarcity and Creativity Studio, Courtesy of The Scarcity and Creativity Studio
Courtesy of The Scarcity and Creativity Studio
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ecuador 428, Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile
  • Staff

    Christian Hermansen Cordua and Solveig Sandness
  • Students

    Anna Gran Berild, Eva De Meersman, Truls Glesne, Timothy Hancock, Morten Jakobsen, Hauk Jonathan Lien, Paul-Antoine Lucas, Carolina Martins, Malen Sønvisen Moe, Ida Gjerde Nordstrøm, Ragnhild E. Osbak, Fu Tung Sze, Silje Træen, Clara Trivino Massó, Vilde Vanberg, Yinan Zhang.
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of The Scarcity and Creativity Studio

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Consistorial de Constitución / PLAN Arquitectos

11:00 - 18 December, 2015
Consistorial de Constitución / PLAN Arquitectos, © Pablo Blanco
© Pablo Blanco
  • Architects

  • Location

    Constitución, Maule Region, Chile
  • Architects in Charge

    Rodrigo Cáceres Moena, Alejandro Vargas Peyreblanque, Alvaro Gonzalez Bastías
  • Structural Design

    JC Ingenieros
  • Area

    3033.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

© Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco © Pablo Blanco +28

Algarrobo House / García de la Huerta & Gleixner Arquitectos

10:00 - 10 December, 2015
Algarrobo House / García de la Huerta & Gleixner Arquitectos, Courtesy of Tomás García de la Huerta
Courtesy of Tomás García de la Huerta

© Sebastián Aedo / Estudio Apulso    © Sebastián Aedo / Estudio Apulso    © Sebastián Aedo / Estudio Apulso    Courtesy of Tomás García de la Huerta +25