“Assess: Chile at Columbia” is an initiative led by the Latin Lab at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation’s (GSAPP) of Columbia University that discusses, in several formats, the state of contemporary cities in the southern country by addressing the question: who cares for Chilean cities?
This project aims to raise questions and skip external, often patronizing understandings of Chilean practices. To do so, “Assess: Chile at Columbia” invites Chilean scholars who— closely in touch with both national practices and international debates in the fields of architecture, public space, and urban projects—are uniquely positioned to initiate a critical conversation.
Distinguished Chilean scholars Luis Eduardo Bresciani, Romy Hecht, and Rodrigo Pérez de Arce selected three projects to represent each of the aforementioned categories in the exhibition Answers form Architecture, Public Space and Urban Projects, to be held on the 100 Level of Avery Hall. This show will inform the Conference “Who cares for Chilean cities?,” at which renowned US-based scholars Saskia Sassen, Stan Allen, and Iñaki Ábalos will assess the topics and works presented by their Chilean peers, opening up a further discussion moderated by GSAPP faculty Clara Irazábal, Galia Solomonoff, and Enrique Walker.
Architects: Luis Quezada
Location: Pencahue, Maule, Chile
Photographs: Courtesy of Luis Quezada
Architects: Izquierdo Lehmann Arquitectos
Location: Las Condes, Santiago, Chile
Project Architects: Luis Izquierdo W., Antonia Lehmann S.B, Raimundo Lira V., José Domingo Peñafiel E.
Collaborators: Miguel Villegas G.
Site Area: 1,765.30 sqm
Total Built Area: 17,235 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Izquierdo Lehmann
Located in the heart of Valle del Elqui, a narrow valley stretched in between the Andes Mountains in Chile, the Elqui Domos Hotel by architect Rodrigo Duque Motta is known for its wooden-structured cabins that provide translucent fabric domes, enabling an truly unique experience that encourages a close connection with nature. This experience is highlighted in this time lapse video by James Florio, in which he includes over 6 months, 23,000+ photos and 300GB of time-lapse.
Architects: Matias Zegers
Location: Casablanca, Valparaíso Region, Chile
Collaborating Architects: Carlos Bisbal, Pablo Alfaro, Felipe dell´Orto, Daniela Peñailillo, Daniela Thomsen, Eduardo Maldonado
Drawings: Pablo Alfaro, Felipe dell´Orto, Eduardo Maldonado
Area: 364.0 sqm
Photographs: Cristobal Palma
After collaborating with Rick Joy on projects all over the US for over three years, Matías Zegers went back to Chile and founded Matías Zegers Architects. Last year, this Guest Pavilion, located in the Casas del Bosque winery in the Casablanca Valley, was finished. Cristobal Palma has filmed this beautiful video, showing how the simple yet very powerful house overlooks the vineyards.
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