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Win a Scholarship for the AA Visiting School in Santiago

UPDATE: The Jury has selected Jeremy Jacinth and Luliana Teodora Amza as the winners of the £600 scholarship to participate in the GIPpy workshop at the AA Visiting School in Santiago, Chile. 

What does Soviet Union architecture have to do with Chilean astronomy? A lot more than many realize. In the 1960s, the Soviet Union manufactured three Grand Passage Instrument telescopes (GIPpy), and their accompanying domes in Saint Petersburg. Unfortunately, they fell into ruin after the Soviet astronomical mission’s departure from Chile following the 1973 military coup d-etat. Now, however, the Architectural Association Visiting School in Santiago, Chile, in partnership with the Pontifical Catholic University, will host a 10-day workshop in January on the GIPpy telescopes. The workshop is organized by the team that was recently awarded the Silver Lion at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale for their work on Soviet prefabricated housing in Chile, and we’ve teamed up with the Architectural Association Visiting School to give away two £600 scholarships to attend the workshop! 

For more information on the workshop and to find out how to enter to win a scholarship read on after the break…

Saunas and Pools in Atacama / Germán del Sol

  • Architects: Germán del Sol
  • Location: San Pedro de Atacama, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region, Chile
  • Area: 940.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2000
  • Photographs: Guy Wenborne

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Resiter Office Building / Raimundo Lira Arquitectos

  • Architects: Raimundo Lira Arquitectos
  • Location: Los Conquistadores 2752, Providencia, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architects In Charge: Raimundo Lira, Marlene Fischer
  • Partner Architects: Francisco García Huidobro, Carolina Jara, Arturo Saavedra
  • Area: 1455.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Pedro Mutis

© Pedro Mutis © Pedro Mutis © Pedro Mutis © Pedro Mutis

TED Talk: My Architectural Philosophy? Bring the Community Into the Process / Alejandro Aravena

“If there is any power in design, that’s the power of synthesis.”

In this TED Talk Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, the founder of ELEMENTAL, speaks about some of the design challenges he has faced in Chile and his innovative approaches to solving them. Emphasizing the need for simplicity in design, Aravena talks about three of his projects: the Quinta Monroy social housing project, through which he developed the “half-finished home” typology for governments to provide quality homes at incredibly low-prices; his “inside-out” design for the Pontifical Catholic University’s Innovation Center UC – Anacelto Angelini, which reduced energy costs by two-thirds; and lastly his masterplan for rebuilding a resilient coastline in Constitución Chile after the city was hit by the 2010 earthquake.

Aravena also emphasized the importance of community participation in his projects, saying: “We won’t ever solve the problem unless we use people’s own capacity to build.” Watch Aravena’s full talk above and take a peek at some of his key projects below. 

TED Talk: My Architectural Philosophy? Bring the Community Into the Process / Alejandro Aravena TED Talk: My Architectural Philosophy? Bring the Community Into the Process / Alejandro Aravena TED Talk: My Architectural Philosophy? Bring the Community Into the Process / Alejandro Aravena TED Talk: My Architectural Philosophy? Bring the Community Into the Process / Alejandro Aravena

Puritama Thermal Bath / Germán del Sol

  • Architects: Germán del Sol
  • Location: Río Puritama, San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta Region, Chile
  • Area: 1190.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2000
  • Photographs: Guy Wenborne , Courtesy of Felipe Camus, Courtesy of Germán del Sol

Courtesy of Felipe Camus © Guy Wenborne © Guy Wenborne Courtesy of Felipe Camus

Casa Retiro Kawelluco / Lira Arquitectos Asociados

  • Architects: Lira Arquitectos Asociados
  • Location: Pucón, Pucón, Araucanía Region, Chile
  • Architect In Charge: Raimundo Lira, Daniel Marín
  • Constructor: Ramón Salazar
  • Area: 350.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Lira Arquitectos Asociados

Courtesy of Lira Arquitectos Asociados Courtesy of Lira Arquitectos Asociados Courtesy of Lira Arquitectos Asociados Courtesy of Lira Arquitectos Asociados

A Home in the City / Romero Silva Arquitectos

  • Architects: Romero Silva Arquitectos
  • Location: Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect In Charge: Diego Romero, Ernesto Silva
  • Area: 230.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Bruno Giliberto

© Bruno Giliberto © Bruno Giliberto © Bruno Giliberto © Bruno Giliberto

House at Chicureo / Cristian Izquierdo Lehmann

  • Architects: Cristian Izquierdo
  • Location: Chicureo, Colina, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Project Area: 215 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Alberto Browne

© Alberto Browne © Alberto Browne © Alberto Browne © Alberto Browne

Meri House / Pezo Von Ellrichshausen

  • Architects: Pezo Von Ellrichshausen
  • Location: La Florida, La Florida, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect In Charge: Mauricio Pezo, Sofia von Ellrichshausen
  • Area: 170.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Courtesy of Pezo von Ellrichshausen Courtesy of Pezo von Ellrichshausen Courtesy of Pezo von Ellrichshausen Courtesy of Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Video: Alejandro Aravena on PRES Constitución and Rebuilding After Disaster

Santiago-based architect Alejandro Aravena of Elemental discusses the sustainable reconstruction of Constitución in Chile following a devastating earthquake in 2010. Given just 100 days to design a resilient masterplan, capable of protecting the city against future natural disasters, Elemental implemented a natural solution: planting a forest that would protect the city from future floods. The design has since receive international recognition, most recently being awarded first prize in the Zumtobel Group Award’s Urban Development & Initiatives category.

JustPeople / Cristián Olivi

© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh
  • Architects: Cristián Olivi
  • Location: Las Condes, Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Design Team: Daniela Reyes, Diana Menino, Roberto Gutierrez, SimpleLab
  • Furniture Design: Manuel Oneto
  • Area: 1100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Nico Saieh

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh

Amunategui Building / Alemparte Morelli y Asociados Arquitectos

Courtesy of Alemparte Morelli y Asociados Arquitectos Courtesy of Alemparte Morelli y Asociados Arquitectos Courtesy of Alemparte Morelli y Asociados Arquitectos Courtesy of Alemparte Morelli y Asociados Arquitectos

San Damián Housing Estate / Chauriye Stäger Arquitectos

  • Architects: Chauriye Stäger Arquitectos
  • Location: Camino San Francisco de Asís, Las Condes, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
  • Architect In Charge: Rodrigo Chauriye, Beatriz Stäger
  • Area: 3200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Midas / Pablo Blanco

© Midas / Pablo Blanco © Midas / Pablo Blanco © Midas / Pablo Blanco © Midas / Pablo Blanco

Elemental, Arup, and Studio Tamassociati Win Zumtobel Awards for Innovation

Courtesy of Massimo Grimaldi and Emergency ngo
Courtesy of Massimo Grimaldi and Emergency ngo

Jury chairman Winy Maas has announced three projects by Arup, Studio Tamassociati and Elemental as winners of the 2014 Zumtobel Group Awards. With a goal to promote innovations for sustainability and humanity in the built environment, the awards represent three categories: Applied Innovations, Buildings and Urban Developments & Initiatives. This year’s winners were selected from 15 nominees, shortlisted from a competitive pool of 356 submissions. 

The winning projects are marked by their innovative and ground-breaking character: “The voting to find the number one project was very close in all three categories, because in each case we were able to choose from among a large number of heterogeneous projects of high quality," Described Maas. "One key criterion for the jury this year was the innovation factor, both in a technical sense and with a view to planning and participation processes as well as ecological and social challenges.”

See the winning projects, after the break.

Charred Cabin / DRAA

  • Architects: DRAA
  • Location: Olmué, Olmué, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Area: 15.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Felipe Camus

Courtesy of Felipe Camus Courtesy of Felipe Camus Courtesy of Felipe Camus Courtesy of Felipe Camus

Casa Monjas / Molo Arquitectos

  • Architects: Molo Arquitectos
  • Location: Valparaíso, Valparaíso, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architect In Charge: Daniel Morales Escudero
  • Area: 101.0 m2
  • Year Project: 2013
  • Photography: Cortesia de Molo Arquitectos

Courtesy of Molo Arquitectos Courtesy of Molo Arquitectos Courtesy of Molo Arquitectos Courtesy of Molo Arquitectos