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Join the Architectural Association El Alto 2019

01:30 - 25 February, 2019
Join the Architectural Association El Alto 2019, The "Crucero del Sur", one of the cholets which students will visit during the AAVS
The "Crucero del Sur", one of the cholets which students will visit during the AAVS

La Paz
Monday 22 July – Sunday 4 August 2019

Portable Cholets

As you walk in the streets of La Paz, you immediately understand that there is a mystic feeling in paceños. There is a practical and a sacred sense in all the things they do: the most ordinary routines can be naturally transformed into unique spiritual happenings. The VS El Alto will persist on questioning notions of identity, folklore and contemporary rituals translated into architecture.

If last year the VS investigated the masks, the costumes and the choreography of an actual Bolivian traditional dance – the Diablada – in the 2019 edition we

Uncle's House / Paola Ruffo Ruffo – Montserrat Perpuli Hallal Arquitectas

13:00 - 2 June, 2018
Uncle's House / Paola Ruffo Ruffo – Montserrat Perpuli Hallal Arquitectas, © Ruso Ortiz
© Ruso Ortiz

© Ruso Ortiz © Ruso Ortiz © Ruso Ortiz © Ruso Ortiz + 27

New Documentary on Freddy Mamani Explores the Connection Between Architecture and Cultural Identity

09:30 - 29 September, 2017
New Documentary on Freddy Mamani Explores the Connection Between Architecture and Cultural Identity, © Isaac Niemand via screenshot from documentary
© Isaac Niemand via screenshot from documentary

Soon you will be able to satisfy your wanderlust free from altitude sickness; on Wednesday October 4th, the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam will see the world premiere of the documentary Cholet: The Work of Freddy Mamani. From director Isaac Niemand comes the story of Bolivia's unlikely architectural phenomenon, and one of ArchDaily’s 2015 leaders in architectural design and conceptualization.

Bolivia's Ignored Satellite City is Building Itself a Whole New Identity

08:00 - 24 July, 2015

La Paz, the historic de-facto capital of Bolivia, is widely renowned for its incredible setting, colonial architecture, and cultural buildings. El Alto, on the other hand, is not. It was, in fact, La Paz's rather dismal satellite city, all low rise brick and commuting. Yet El Alto has become the centre of an entirely new, independently evolved architectural style that is rapidly catching on across South America.

Casa Tabique / TAC Taller de Arquitectura Contextual

03:00 - 17 December, 2014
Casa Tabique / TAC Taller de Arquitectura Contextual, © Willem Schalkwijk
© Willem Schalkwijk

© Willem Schalkwijk © Willem Schalkwijk © Willem Schalkwijk © Willem Schalkwijk + 30

Todos Santos Houses / Gracia Studio

00:00 - 16 September, 2010
Todos Santos Houses / Gracia Studio, © Sandra Muñoz
© Sandra Muñoz

© Sandra Muñoz © Sandra Muñoz © Sandra Muñoz © Sandra Muñoz + 31