Modules and Systems: Architecture for Social Inclusion - A Lecture by Giancarlo Mazzanti

‘Colombia: Transformed/Architecture=Politics’ is an exhibition currently taking place at the Center for Architecture. In relation to the exhibition, Colombian architect Giancarlo Mazzanti will be giving a lecture on architecture for social inclusion, Friday, October 11 at 8:30am.

More information after the break.

The buildings shown in Colombia Transformed/Architecture=Politics aim to evolve into a means of social inclusion in order to help improve lifestyle factors and financial competitiveness in Colombia’s deteriorated environments, thus promoting social well-being and building a fairer and more sustainable society based on architecture.

We believe that architecture’s worth is based not only in itself but in what it produces - in its capacity to perform more so than in its capacity to represent. This is why we are interested in architecture that is defined by what it does and not by its substance.

We are interested in inducing actions, happenings and relationships. This will allow us to develop forms, patterns or open material organizations that act in the construction of social actions, not through the introduction of authoritarian, functional schemes, but rather through the stimulus of new everyday interactions; an architecture that is capable of generating new behaviors and relationships, encouraging people to behave, mentally and physically, in ways they would have never thought possible.

Giancarlo Mazzanti (1963, Barranquilla, Colombia) is an Architect of the Javeriana University in Bogotá (1987) with a postgraduate in Industrial design from the University of Florence in Italy (1991). He has taught in several Colombian universities and at Princeton University in 2012. He has been invited to dictate conferences at Pratt, Yale, Berkeley, University of Valencia, Monterrey, Buenos Aires, and more. Amongst some of his most relevant projects are the Convention Center, Biblioteca España and the South American Games Coliseum in Medellín. He has received several national and international awards and honors. In 2006, he won the public space award at the XX Colombian Architecture Biennial and in 2008 he was the winner of the Ibero-American Biennial in the category of Best Architectural Work (Lisbon, Portugal) and the Panamerican Architecture Biennial in the category of Architectural Design (Quito, Ecuador). In 2010, he was the winner of the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture. His work is also exhibited in MoMA's permanent collection. Social values are at the core of Mazzanti's architecture projects. He searches for projects that empower transformations and build communities.

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