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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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Daniel Libeskind to Design the Regional Museum of Iquique in Northern Chile

08:30 - 21 March, 2019
Daniel Libeskind to Design the Regional Museum of Iquique in Northern Chile, Cortesía de I. Municipalidad de Iquique y autorías ©StudioLibeskind
Cortesía de I. Municipalidad de Iquique y autorías ©StudioLibeskind

“The Dragon of Tarapacá,” a new project for Museo Antropológico Regional de Iquique (Regional Museum of Iquique) that will overlook Playa Huayquique, is moving forward with the design presented by Daniel Libeskind. The proposal comes after extensive work that began in December of last year, when the American-born architect visited Chile to familiarize himself with the the project, originally proposed by Mauricio Soria Macchiavello, the local mayor.

How To Recycle Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) To Turn it Into Paint

04:00 - 14 March, 2019
How To Recycle Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) To Turn it Into Paint, Cortesía de Idea-Tec
Cortesía de Idea-Tec

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) is a plastic material widely used for thermal insulation (and in some cases, acoustics) in building envelopes.

Chilean Houses And Their Kitchens In Detail

11:00 - 7 February, 2019
Chilean Houses And Their Kitchens In Detail

Traditionally, Chilean housing has used the kitchen as a central space in their designs, from which all other venues are deployed. Being a focal point within each project, it's important to deepen its design and occupy every available square meter in favor of its effective use. Today, we review 7 kitchens designed specifically in Chilean homes; each one with particular details and distributions, and different combinations of materials, furniture, and equipment.

Why Public Spaces are the Safest Investment for Secure Cities

08:00 - 2 December, 2018
Why Public Spaces are the Safest Investment for Secure Cities, © Rodrigo Tagle
© Rodrigo Tagle

Architecture is powerful, and like nuclear energy, it all depends on how it is used. While it can create uninhabitable municipalities, it can also create safer cities that improve quality of life.

AIA Committee on Design Holds the First South American Conference in Chile

15:00 - 17 October, 2018
AIA Committee on Design Holds the First South American Conference in Chile, Santiago, Chile. Image via Flickr User: alobos Life. Used under CC BY 2.0
Santiago, Chile. Image via Flickr User: alobos Life. Used under CC BY 2.0

The American Institute of Architects Committee on Design is holding its first South American conference this week in Santiago and Valparaíso, Chile. Starting on October 20 and running through the 27th, the conference is organized by the Copperbridge Foundation in collaboration with Chilean Constructo and Massantiago. The CoD conference will include a focus on each city's contemporary architecture and urban fabric, as well as tours, presentations and exhibitions with Chilean institutions.

The Best Universities in Latin America That Have Architecture Programs

16:00 - 19 July, 2018
The Best Universities in Latin America That Have Architecture Programs, © <a href="//commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:The_Photographer">The Photographer</a>, used under <a href="http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/deed.en">CC0</a>. Image Teatro Municipal in São Paulo, the city with the most universities featured in the regional ranking of the Times Higher Universities
© The Photographer, used under CC0. Image Teatro Municipal in São Paulo, the city with the most universities featured in the regional ranking of the Times Higher Universities

Times Higher Education (THE) revealed its ranking of the best universities in Latin America and the Caribean. The list is based on the same 13 indicators used in their global ranking, but with modifications that "better reflect the characteristics of Latin American universities," explains the organization. 

Explore the Local Wood Work of Chiloé Island, Chile

08:00 - 18 July, 2018
Explore the Local Wood Work of Chiloé Island, Chile , Courtesy of Glaciar Films
Courtesy of Glaciar Films

Chiloé is a five-part video series produced by Glaciar Films and directed by Diego Breit and David Guzmán; it explores the architectural identity of the southern island off of Chile. Architects, carpenters, artisans, and inhabitants present the constructive history of the island and explore how it is faced with the imminent changes of modern production and practices.

Opinion: The Chilean Pavilion Offers the 2018 Venice Biennale's Most Powerful Architectural Statement

09:30 - 24 June, 2018
Opinion: The Chilean Pavilion Offers the 2018 Venice Biennale's Most Powerful Architectural Statement, © Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

This article was originally published by Common Edge as "STADIUM: the Venice Biennale’s Most Powerful Architectural Statement."

Spotlight: Smiljan Radić

09:30 - 21 June, 2018
Spotlight: Smiljan Radić,  The Winery at VIK. Image © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
The Winery at VIK. Image © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma

Mainly known outside of his home country for his design of the 2014 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, architect Smiljan Radić (born June 21, 1965) is one of the most prominent figures in current Chilean architecture. With a distinctive approach to form, materials, and natural settings, Radić builds small- to medium-sized projects that flirt with the notion of fragility.

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.

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