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Chilean Architecture

Capital Santiago

Language Spanish

Area 756,096.3 km2

Population 18,006,407

Chile's architecture ranges from a traditional colonial aesthetic to contemporary modern architecture as it traverses the variety of landscapes that make up the South American country. Chilean architecture and chilean architects have continued to define their place in contemporary architecture, with firms such as Alejandro Aravena and Pezo von Ellrichshausen garnering global attention and awards. This list of projects, news, and interviews delves into the intersections of geographies and styles that make up the chilean architectural identity.
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Smiljan Radic Receives the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize 2018

14:00 - 26 May, 2018
Smiljan Radic Receives the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize 2018, Image © Iwan Baan
Image © Iwan Baan

Chilean architect Smiljan Radic was announced the winner of the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize 2018 Architecture Awards from The American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York.

These Are The Latin American Cities With The Best Quality of Life

16:00 - 20 May, 2018
These Are The Latin American Cities With The Best Quality of Life, © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/jikatu/20111772669'>Jimmy Baikovicius [Flickr]</a>, licensed under  <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>. ImageMontevideo, Uruguay
© Jimmy Baikovicius [Flickr], licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. ImageMontevideo, Uruguay

Mercer, the multinational consultancy recently announced that Vienna, Austria has been ranked as the city with the best quality of life in the world, for the ninth year in a row. In a ranking that is dominated by European cities in the highest positions, this year Vancouver (5th), Singapore (25th) and Port Louis (83rd) are the highest-ranking cities in North America, Asia, and Africa, respectively. 

Chilean Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Recreate Physical Model of National Stadium to Illustrate the Politics of Housing

16:00 - 16 May, 2018
Chilean Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Recreate Physical Model of National Stadium to Illustrate the Politics of Housing, Propuesta: Acceso. Image Courtesy of Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes
Propuesta: Acceso. Image Courtesy of Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage we present the proposal for the Chilean Pavilion. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words.

What Makes a City Livable to You?

09:30 - 28 April, 2018
What Makes a City Livable to You?, © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/design_aditi/15988588224/'>Flickr user design_aditi</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>. ImageA street festival in Singapore
© Flickr user design_aditi licensed under CC BY 2.0. ImageA street festival in Singapore

Mercer released their annual list of the Most Livable Cities in the World last month. The list ranks 231 cities based on factors such as crime rates, sanitation, education and health standards, with Vienna at #1 and Baghdad at #231. There’s always some furor over the results, as there ought to be when a city we love does not make the top 20, or when we see a city rank highly but remember that one time we visited and couldn’t wait to leave.

22 Projects Named Continental Winners of Prix Versailles 2018

14:00 - 16 April, 2018
22 Projects Named Continental Winners of Prix Versailles 2018, Apple Store Michigan Avenue © Nigel Young - Il Mercato image © Documentación Arquitectónica - Ateliê Wäls image © Daniel Mansur - Japan House São Paulo image © FLAGRANTE - Norton Restaurant Image © Haruo Mikami - Ixi’im Restaurant Image © Eduardo Calvo Santisbón. Image
Apple Store Michigan Avenue © Nigel Young - Il Mercato image © Documentación Arquitectónica - Ateliê Wäls image © Daniel Mansur - Japan House São Paulo image © FLAGRANTE - Norton Restaurant Image © Haruo Mikami - Ixi’im Restaurant Image © Eduardo Calvo Santisbón. Image

On Saturday in Santiago, Chile, the Prix Versailles Committee announced the continental winners of its annual awards celebrating built commercial architecture.

A Guide to Santiago's Modern Architecture: 20 Projects You Need to Know About

16:00 - 11 March, 2018
A Guide to Santiago's Modern Architecture: 20 Projects You Need to Know About, Villa Olímpica / Rodolfo Bravo + Jorge Poblete + Ricardo Carvallo + Pablo Hegedus, Julio Mardones + Gonzalo Mardones + Sergio González. Image © María González
Villa Olímpica / Rodolfo Bravo + Jorge Poblete + Ricardo Carvallo + Pablo Hegedus, Julio Mardones + Gonzalo Mardones + Sergio González. Image © María González

The modern movement was a key player in the cultural construction of Chile in the 20th century. Although the first projects came from the private sector, their urban and landscape principles were adopted by the modernizing project of the welfare state that began to be built after the social conflicts that exploded in the 1920s. 

Eco-Friendly Insulation Offers Thermal Performance, Sound Absorption and Fire Resistance at the Same Time

14:00 - 25 February, 2018
Eco-Friendly Insulation Offers Thermal Performance, Sound Absorption and Fire Resistance at the Same Time, Cortesía de Rootman SpA
Cortesía de Rootman SpA

With the aim of promoting more efficient ways to isolate and protect building envelopes, the Chilean team Rootman has developed Thermoroot; a biodegradable and 100% natural insulation made from roots without genetic modifications or chemical additives. These roots make up what the company is calling a Radicular Mattress which, in addition to thermally and acoustically insulating the walls, floors, and ceilings of buildings, it is fire resistant.

Run, Jump, Hide and Slide on ELEMENTAL's Newly Designed Urban Children's Game

06:00 - 18 January, 2018
Run, Jump, Hide and Slide on ELEMENTAL's Newly Designed Urban Children's Game, La Serpentina en el Parque Cultural de Valparaíso, Chile. Image Cortesía de ELEMENTAL
La Serpentina en el Parque Cultural de Valparaíso, Chile. Image Cortesía de ELEMENTAL

A new children’s urban playground has captured the attention and energy of children of all ages in the center of Valparaíso’s Cultural Park (Chile). The metallic structure is 40 meters long and has a colorful undulating path where children can run, jump, hide and slide.

Astoundingly Colorful Chilean Sunset Captured In Timelapse Photo Series

08:00 - 6 January, 2018
Astoundingly Colorful Chilean Sunset Captured In Timelapse Photo Series , © Juan Cristóbal Lara
© Juan Cristóbal Lara

With over 10,000 followers, Juan Cristóbal Lara's (@eljuancri) Instagram account has become a go-to photographic essay of Chile's capital city, Santiago. His images show an urban area in which the giant Andes mountains, the city's hills, and the Mapocho River are the stars of the show. As the buildings and natural elements harness and reflect the changing light of the sun, Santiago has certified itself as one of the most photogenic cities around.

Best Vineyards in Chile & Argentina (For Wine and Architecture)

09:30 - 10 December, 2017
Best Vineyards in Chile & Argentina (For Wine and Architecture)

Each year millions of wine enthusiasts travel the globe in search of memorable tasting experiences. And architecture-loving Oenophiles (wine aficionados) are likely to seek vineyards that not only produce outstanding libations, but also those with impressive architecture. With world-famous wines and evergrowing international renown, the vineyards of South America accommodate thousands of wine tourists each year. Chile and Argentina currently sit in the top 10 wine-exporting countries; Chile exported $1.9 billion worth of wine in 2016 and Argentina exported $816.8 million in the same year.

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