Colorado’s Biennial of the Americas has invited artists and architects from across the Americas to participate in the second edition of Draft Urbanism: a citywide exhibition that examines the evolving relationship we have with our cities. This year, four architects – plan:b arquitectos (Colombia), Pezo von Ellrichshausen (Chile), June14 Meyer-Grohbrügge&Chermayeff (New York/Berlin), and Alex Schweder (New York) – were commissioned to each design and build a large-scale installation that address site-specific urban challenges and key planning issues presently facing downtown Denver.
With urban challenges ranging from Denver’s over abundance of surface parking lots to the effects of an 8-lane thoroughfare that splits the downtown core, these four installations aim to portray a deep understanding of the city’s history while proposing innovative ways in which art can address our urban future.
Read on to learn about the installations and view a short film for each by Cristobal Palma.
Architects: Giancarlo Mazzanti + Felipe Mesa (planb)
Location: Bogota, Colombia
Project Team: Jaime Borbon, Andres Sarmiento, Maria Fernanda Pizarro, Jorge Gomez, Ivanovha Benedetto, Juan Pablo Giraldo
Façade Graphic Design: Juan David Diez
Design Year: 2008
Construction Year: 2009 – 2010
Photographs: Sergio Gomez
Cristobal shared with us another high quality video of this new generation of Colombian architects: The Flor del Campo school in Cartagena de Indias.
I really like the organic shapes of the school, and the pre cast concrete elements on its facade with openings that allow cross ventilation. You can browse more projects by Colombian architects, and projects shot by Cristobal Palma.
Architects: Plan B Arquitectos (Felipe Mesa) + Giancarlo Mazzanti
Location: Urbanización Aposentos, Sabana de Bogotá, Colombia
Collaborators: Viviana Peña, Jose Orozco, Jaime Borbón, Andrés Sarmiento, Juan Pablo Buitrago
Contractor: Jaime Pizarro
Structural Engineer: Nicolás Parra
Design Year: 2006-2007
Construction Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: Rodrigo Davila