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The 10 Best Global* Architecture Projects of 2016 (*Asia, Africa and South America Not Excluded)

08:00 - 15 January, 2017
The 10 Best Global* Architecture Projects of 2016 (*Asia, Africa and South America Not Excluded)

As the common phrase attests, “history is written by the victors.” We therefore know that the story of the West is that of Europe and the United States, while the other actors in world history are minimized or invisible: it happened to the Chinese and Japanese during World War II, to the Ottoman Empire in sixteenth-century Europe, and to racial majorities in the common reading of Latin American independence. The same thing happens in architecture.

The current boom of the Global South is based not only on new work, but rather on the recognition of an invisible architecture which was apparently not worthy of publication in the journals of the 1990s. The world stage has changed, with the emergence of a humanity that is decentralized yet local; globalized, yet heterogeneous; accelerated, yet unbalanced. There are no longer red and blue countries, but a wide variety of colors, exploding like a Pollock painting.

This serves as a preamble to consider the outstanding projects of 2016 according to the British critic Oliver Wainwright, whose map of the world appears to extend from New York in the West to Oslo in the East, with the exception of Birzeit in Palestine. The Global South represents more than 40% of the global economy and already includes most of the world’s megacities, yet has no architecture worthy of recognition? We wanted to highlight the following projects in order to expand the western-centric world view, enabling us to truly comprehend the extent of architectural innovation on a global scale.

UVA Sol De Oriente / EDU

10:00 - 12 August, 2016
UVA Sol De Oriente / EDU, © Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

© Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Area

    3719.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

UVA El Paraíso / EDU - Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano de Medellín

10:00 - 29 February, 2016
UVA El Paraíso / EDU - Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano de Medellín, © Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

© Víctor García © Julian E.Gómez © Víctor García © Julian E.Gómez +44

CAI Perifericos / EDU

01:00 - 5 April, 2012
CAI Perifericos / EDU, Courtesy of  edu
Courtesy of edu

Courtesy of  edu Courtesy of  edu Courtesy of  edu Courtesy of  edu +30

  • Architects

    Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano EDU - Medellin Taller de Diseño Gerencia de Proyectos Urbanos
  • Location

    Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Project Year

    2011

Belen Police Station / EDU

01:00 - 17 January, 2012
Belen Police Station / EDU

Belen Police Station / EDU Belen Police Station / EDU Belen Police Station / EDU Belen Police Station / EDU +35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Colombia - Medellin, Zona Sur Occidental - Comuna 16 Belén, Carrera 73 con calle 14
  • Project Team

    Arq. John Octavio Ortiz; Arq. Carlos Mario Rodriguez, Arq. Andres Lujan, Arq. Carmen Hurtado, Prac. Arq. Patricia Arango
  • Construction

    Coninsa Ramon HS.A
  • Area

    4.098 sqm