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Giancarlo Mazzanti develops Architectural Toy Series inspired by Bogota Pavilion

11:00 - 1 February, 2019
Giancarlo Mazzanti develops Architectural Toy Series inspired by Bogota Pavilion, Courtesy of El Equipo Mazzanti
Courtesy of El Equipo Mazzanti

El Equipo de Mazzanti, led by Giancarlo Mazzanti, has developed a line of toys inspired by their playful Bosque de la Esperanza sports center on the outskirts of Bogotá, Colombia. The first edition of the “We Play You Play” toy series inspired by the firm’s most recognizable architectural and social projects, the Bosque de la Esperanza toy set embodies Mazzanti’s ethos of “using the playful as a design tool.”

15 Colombian Projects Pushing the Brick Envelope

05:00 - 28 November, 2018
15 Colombian Projects Pushing the Brick Envelope, Casa La Serena / Sebastián Gaviria Gómez. Image © OLMO Fotografía
Casa La Serena / Sebastián Gaviria Gómez. Image © OLMO Fotografía

The greats of twentieth-century Colombian architecture were regarded for their genuine interest in brick. To this day, many of Colombia's iconic neighborhoods are filled with brick buildings. 

The Same People who Designed Prisons Also Designed Schools

08:00 - 18 November, 2018
The Same People who Designed Prisons Also Designed Schools, New City School, Frederikshavn / Arkitema Architects . Image Cortesía de Arkitema Architects
New City School, Frederikshavn / Arkitema Architects . Image Cortesía de Arkitema Architects

According to architect and academic Frank Locker, in architectural education, we keep repeating the same formula from the 20th-century: teachers transmitting a rigid and basic knowledge that gives students, no matter their motivation, interests, or abilities, little to no direction. In this way, says Locker, we are replicating, literally, prisons, with no room for an integral, flexible, and versatile education.

Top 10 Architectural Photography Locations in Bogotá

06:00 - 4 November, 2018
Top 10 Architectural Photography Locations in Bogotá, Torres del Parque. Image © Stefanía Álvarez
Torres del Parque. Image © Stefanía Álvarez

If you're an architecture aficionado, the Colombian capital of Bogota should be high on your list. The city's architecture contains bits and pieces from throughout the country's history, from colonial structures to classical designs from the time of the Republic.

Bogotá, Through the Lens of Leo Matiz

06:00 - 21 October, 2018
Bogotá, Through the Lens of Leo Matiz, “Vendedor de periódico” shows a newspaper and magazine stand on a sidewalk in Bogotá, 1962. Photo by Leo Matiz.. Image via Library of Congress
“Vendedor de periódico” shows a newspaper and magazine stand on a sidewalk in Bogotá, 1962. Photo by Leo Matiz.. Image via Library of Congress

Bogota's modernization between 1940 and 1970 is featured in a wide array of books, magazines, and photo albums, as well as in the city's own public and private archives. Every one of these sources reveals a deliberate, as well as critical, approximation of how modern architecture reconfigured the city's center and brought together the new buildings and urban space with the already existing cityscape.

Pablo Escobar's Former Residence in Medellín Will Be Demolished to Build a Public Park

06:00 - 22 September, 2018
Pablo Escobar's Former Residence in Medellín Will Be Demolished to Build a Public Park, © datruth8 | Instagram
© datruth8 | Instagram

After a series of failed attempts, the Monaco building in Medellín will finally be demolished at the beginning of 2019, according to the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo.

From China to Colombia, 5 Cities That Made Their Streets Safer With Urban Design

06:00 - 8 September, 2018
From China to Colombia, 5 Cities That Made Their Streets Safer With Urban Design, Joel Carlos Borges Street, in São Paulo, was transformed overnight to improve road safety, including enlarging the pedestrian area.
Joel Carlos Borges Street, in São Paulo, was transformed overnight to improve road safety, including enlarging the pedestrian area.

In 2015, the world community pledged to decrease half the number of deaths and grave injuries caused by traffic accidents by 2020. However, more than 3,200 deaths caused by collisions occur every day, and with the growing number of vehicles, that number can triple by 2030. 

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. 

6 Upcoming Projects that Will Improve the Quality of Life in Colombia

14:00 - 20 May, 2018
6 Upcoming Projects that Will Improve the Quality of Life in Colombia, Museo Nacional de la Memoria / MGP + estudio.entresitio. Image Cortesía de MGP Arquitectura y Urbanismo / estudio.entresitio
Museo Nacional de la Memoria / MGP + estudio.entresitio. Image Cortesía de MGP Arquitectura y Urbanismo / estudio.entresitio

Colombia is a country whose architecture continues to surprise us with projects that seek to improve the quality of life of its residents, which in turn tends to attract individuals to learn and contribute to proposals that generate and create much more vibrant cities.

Francisco Sanin and Lim Jaeyong appointed as co-directors for the 2019 Seoul Biennale

04:00 - 17 May, 2018
Francisco Sanin and Lim Jaeyong appointed as co-directors for the 2019 Seoul Biennale, © Tommaso Tanini - <a rel="nofollow" class="external free" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/imagearchive/3709498895/in/set-72157622307379208">https://www.flickr.com/photos/imagearchive/3709498895/in/set-72157622307379208</a>, <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0" title="Creative Commons Attribution 4.0">CC BY 4.0</a>, <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35831971">Link</a> Francisco Sanin (left), Peter Wilson, Felicit Scott, Pier Vittorio Aureli during the Symposium (curated by Pietro Valle) "Architecture, visions and Power". in Florence, Italy
© Tommaso Tanini - https://www.flickr.com/photos/imagearchive/3709498895/in/set-72157622307379208, CC BY 4.0, Link Francisco Sanin (left), Peter Wilson, Felicit Scott, Pier Vittorio Aureli during the Symposium (curated by Pietro Valle) "Architecture, visions and Power". in Florence, Italy

Colombian professor Francisco Sanin and South Korean architect Lim Jaeyong were appointed as co-directors for the 2019 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. The announcement is followed by an inaugural edition held in 2017 with 460,000 visitors in total.

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