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Architecture Guide to Medellín: 20 Places that Every Architect Should Visit

08:00 - 7 November, 2017
Architecture Guide to Medellín: 20 Places that Every Architect Should Visit, Architecture Guide to Medellín: 20 places that every architect should visit. Image © Iván Erre Jota [Flickr], under licence CC BY-SA 2.0
Architecture Guide to Medellín: 20 places that every architect should visit. Image © Iván Erre Jota [Flickr], under licence CC BY-SA 2.0

In 2013, Medellín (Colombia) was declared the most innovative city in the world as part of the City of the Year Competition, organized by the Wall Street Journal. It competed alongside metropolises like New York and Tel Aviv. 

Although it may seem strange, this distinction is not so out there. The Antioquian capital has become one of the most advanced technological and intellectual epicenters in Colombia, not to mention the important urban development that has occurred in the city since the beginning of 2010. 

The city’s mobility-orientated integrated infrastructure together with interventions of high social impact have turned Medellín into the center of the debate on the growth and development of Latin American cities. 

In the following 20 projects, tell you the story of a city that bet on urban consolidation through quality public spaces and projects that encouraged citizen management by supporting the development of marginalized areas in a process of social reconstruction, where architecture has played an important role as a spatial formulation tool.

MAMM extension/ Ctrl-G + 51-1 Arquitectos. Image © Manuela Bonilla New office of the Urban Development Company/ EDU - Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano de Medellín. Image © Alejandro Arango Plaza de Cisneros / Juan Manuel Peláez Freidel + Luís Fernando Peláez. Image © Juan Manuel Peláez Freidel Civic Centre Liberty Plaza / OPUS + Toroposada Arquitectos. Image © Sergio Gómez + 21

The 10 Best Global* Architecture Projects of 2016 (*Asia, Africa and South America Not Excluded)

08:00 - 15 January, 2017
The 10 Best Global* Architecture Projects of 2016 (*Asia, Africa and South America Not Excluded)

As the common phrase attests, “history is written by the victors.” We therefore know that the story of the West is that of Europe and the United States, while the other actors in world history are minimized or invisible: it happened to the Chinese and Japanese during World War II, to the Ottoman Empire in sixteenth-century Europe, and to racial majorities in the common reading of Latin American independence. The same thing happens in architecture.

The current boom of the Global South is based not only on new work, but rather on the recognition of an invisible architecture which was apparently not worthy of publication in the journals of the 1990s. The world stage has changed, with the emergence of a humanity that is decentralized yet local; globalized, yet heterogeneous; accelerated, yet unbalanced. There are no longer red and blue countries, but a wide variety of colors, exploding like a Pollock painting.

This serves as a preamble to consider the outstanding projects of 2016 according to the British critic Oliver Wainwright, whose map of the world appears to extend from New York in the West to Oslo in the East, with the exception of Birzeit in Palestine. The Global South represents more than 40% of the global economy and already includes most of the world’s megacities, yet has no architecture worthy of recognition? We wanted to highlight the following projects in order to expand the western-centric world view, enabling us to truly comprehend the extent of architectural innovation on a global scale.

UVA Sol De Oriente / EDU

10:00 - 12 August, 2016
UVA Sol De Oriente / EDU, © Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

© Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango © Alejandro Arango + 26

  • Architects

    EDU
  • Location

    Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Area

    3719.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

UVA El Paraíso / EDU - Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano de Medellín

10:00 - 29 February, 2016
UVA El Paraíso / EDU - Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano de Medellín, © Alejandro Arango
© Alejandro Arango

© Víctor García © Julian E.Gómez © Víctor García © Julian E.Gómez + 44

CAI Perifericos / EDU

01:00 - 5 April, 2012
CAI Perifericos / EDU, Courtesy of  edu
Courtesy of edu

Courtesy of  edu Courtesy of  edu Courtesy of  edu Courtesy of  edu + 30

  • Architects

    Empresa de Desarrollo Urbano EDU - Medellin Taller de Diseño Gerencia de Proyectos Urbanos
  • Location

    Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Project Year

    2011

Belen Police Station / EDU

00:00 - 17 January, 2012
Belen Police Station / EDU

Belen Police Station / EDU Belen Police Station / EDU Belen Police Station / EDU Belen Police Station / EDU + 35

  • Architects

    EDU
  • Location

    Colombia - Medellin, Zona Sur Occidental - Comuna 16 Belén, Carrera 73 con calle 14
  • Project Team

    Arq. John Octavio Ortiz; Arq. Carlos Mario Rodriguez, Arq. Andres Lujan, Arq. Carmen Hurtado, Prac. Arq. Patricia Arango
  • Construction

    Coninsa Ramon HS.A
  • Area

    4.098 m2