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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

9 Drawings to Celebrate Our 9th Birthday

09:30 - 9 March, 2017

9 years ago today, ArchDaily launched with a challenging mission: to provide inspiration, knowledge and tools to the architects tasked with designing for the 3 billion people that will move into cities in the next 40 years. Over these 9 years, as we have developed innovative approaches to help architects tackle the urban challenges facing our world, our work has brought us into contact with some of the most creative and respected architects in the world. To help us celebrate our 9th birthday, we asked 9 architects who are renowned for their creative and imaginative abilities to create drawings inspired by our logo, to show the world what ArchDaily means to them.

Giancarlo Mazzanti’s “Speaking Architecture” Exhibit at The Chicago Biennial Gives a Voice to the Visitors

08:00 - 14 January, 2016
Giancarlo Mazzanti’s “Speaking Architecture” Exhibit at The Chicago Biennial Gives a Voice to the Visitors, © El Equipo de Mazzanti
© El Equipo de Mazzanti

In response to the question posed by the curators of the Chicago Architecture Biennial – what is The State of the Art of Architecture today? -- Colombian firm El Equipo de Mazzanti (Giancarlo Mazzanti) developed their exhibition “Speaking Architecture,” which looks at architecture as “a living process rather than a finished and static object.”

The installation puts the visitor in control, breaking with the typical conception of an exhibition as something controlled, static, limited and unidirectional, and creating “a place to play.”

Learn more about the exhibition after the break. 

AR Issues: Architecture Has Nothing in Common with Luxury Goods

00:00 - 11 November, 2014
AR Issues: Architecture Has Nothing in Common with Luxury Goods, Courtesy of The Architectural Review
Courtesy of The Architectural Review

ArchDaily is continuing our partnership with The Architectural Review, bringing you short introductions to the themes of the magazine’s monthly editions. In this editorial from AR’s November 2014 issue, AR Editor Catherine Slessor uses the opening of Frank Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton as occasion to examine the split that has developed within the architectural profession, musing "On how architecture can be either manifestation of vanity or source of social transformation."

One of the most depressing illustrations of how far architecture has lost its grip on reality is Frank Gehry’s new handbag. Along with other selected ‘iconoclasts’ from the world of fashion, art and design, Gehry was tasked by French luxury goods purveyor Louis Vuitton to design a bespoke limited edition ‘piece’. Gehry’s new Fondation Louis Vuitton has just opened in Paris and he is the man of the hour, so it seems obvious that after designing a monumental repository for contemporary art, he should turn his hand to the trifling matter of a fashion accessory. The handbag is yours for £2490. The art museum is yours for around £100 million, though some speculate that it cost much, much more.

Pies Descalzos School / Giancarlo Mazzanti

01:00 - 5 September, 2014
Pies Descalzos School  / Giancarlo Mazzanti, © Sergio Gomez
© Sergio Gomez

© Sergio Gomez © Sergio Gomez © Fundación Pies Descalzos © Fundación Pies Descalzos + 41

  • Architects

  • Location

    Cl. 51, Cartagena, Cartagena, Bolívar, Colombia
  • Associated Manater

    Juan Manuel Gil
  • Project Area

    11200 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

MCHAP Shortlists the 36 Most “Outstanding Projects” in the Americas

01:00 - 24 June, 2014
MCHAP Shortlists the 36 Most “Outstanding Projects” in the Americas

Wiel Arets, Dean of the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and Dirk Denison, Director of the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP), have announced the inaugural MCHAP shortlist – 36 “Outstanding Projects” selected from the 225 MCHAP nominees.

“The rich diversity of these built works is a testament to the creative energy at work in the Americas today,” said Arets. “When viewed alongside the innovative work by the MCHAP.emerge finalists and winner, Poli House by Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen which we honored in May, we see the evolution of a distinctly American conversation about creating livable space.” See all 36 winners after the break.

Modules and Systems: Architecture for Social Inclusion - A Lecture by Giancarlo Mazzanti

00:00 - 5 October, 2013
Modules and Systems: Architecture for Social Inclusion - A Lecture by Giancarlo Mazzanti, El Porvenir Social Kindergarden / © Rodrigo Davila
El Porvenir Social Kindergarden / © Rodrigo Davila

‘Colombia: Transformed/Architecture=Politics’ is an exhibition currently taking place at the Center for Architecture. In relation to the exhibition, Colombian architect Giancarlo Mazzanti will be giving a lecture on architecture for social inclusion, Friday, October 11 at 8:30am.

Timayui Kindergarten / Giancarlo Mazzanti

00:00 - 25 January, 2012
Timayui Kindergarten / Giancarlo Mazzanti, © Jorge Gamboa
© Jorge Gamboa

© Jorge Gamboa © Jorge Gamboa © Jorge Gamboa © Jorge Gamboa + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santa Marta, Magdalena, Colombia
  • Design Team

    Susana Somoza, Andres Sarmiento, Nestor Gualteros, Oscar Cano, Lucia Largo
  • Structural Engineer

    Nicolas Parva
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

El Porvenir Social Kindergarden / Giancarlo Mazzanti

00:00 - 21 November, 2010
El Porvenir Social Kindergarden / Giancarlo Mazzanti, ©  Rodrigo Dávila
©  Rodrigo Dávila

©  Rodrigo Dávila ©  Rodrigo Dávila ©  Rodrigo Dávila ©  Rodrigo Dávila + 17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bosa - Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
  • Project Team

    Fredy Pantoja, Susana Somoza, Ricardo Silva, Andrés Sarmiento, Juliana Angarita, Rocio Lamprea, Jairo Ovalle, Andrés Morales, Maria Alejandra Perez
  • Collaborators

    Felipe Castro, Beatriz Robayo, Ramon Morales
  • Model

    Jaime Borbon
  • Area

    2100.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

V House / Giancarlo Mazzanti + Plan B Arquitectos

00:00 - 24 March, 2010
V House / Giancarlo Mazzanti + Plan B Arquitectos

©  Rodrigo Dávila ©  Rodrigo Dávila ©  Rodrigo Dávila ©  Rodrigo Dávila + 23

  • Architects

    Plan B Arquitectos (Felipe Mesa) + Giancarlo Mazzanti
  • Location

    Bogota, Colombia
  • Collaborators

    Viviana Peña, Jose Orozco, Jaime Borbón, Andrés Sarmiento, Juan Pablo Buitrago
  • Structural Engineer

    Nicolás Parra
  • Contractor

    Jaime Pizarro
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

Giancarlo Mazzanti gives a lecture in University of Southern California

12:30 - 30 March, 2009

University of Southern California’s School of Architecture presents Border Architectures 2000-2008, a lecture by colombian architect Giancarlo Mazzanti.

Gerardo Molina School / Giancarlo Mazzanti

00:00 - 11 November, 2008
Gerardo Molina School / Giancarlo Mazzanti

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Bogotá, Colombia
  • Architect

    Giancarlo Mazzanti
  • Collaborators

    Andrés Sarmiento, Juan Manuel Gil, Gina Amado, María Constanza Saade, Carlos Melo, Alberto Aranda, Ana María González, Jorge Gómez, Manuel Mendoza, Edgar Mazo
  • Project Year

    2008

Two residential buildings in Bogotá, Colombia / Giancarlo Mazzanti

00:00 - 26 October, 2008
Two residential buildings in Bogotá, Colombia / Giancarlo Mazzanti

Two residential buildings in Bogotá, Colombia / Giancarlo Mazzanti Two residential buildings in Bogotá, Colombia / Giancarlo Mazzanti Two residential buildings in Bogotá, Colombia / Giancarlo Mazzanti Two residential buildings in Bogotá, Colombia / Giancarlo Mazzanti + 73

  • Architects

    Giancarlo Mazzanti, Alejandro Castaño
  • Location

    Bogotá, Colombia
  • Collaborators

    Sergio Garzón, Alberto Aranda, Diana Vásquez
  • Contractor

    CNB Constructora
  • Construction

    2004
  • Design

    2003
  • Project Year

    2005

Nazca Restaurant / Giancarlo Mazzanti

00:00 - 5 September, 2008
Nazca Restaurant / Giancarlo Mazzanti

Nazca Restaurant / Giancarlo Mazzanti Nazca Restaurant / Giancarlo Mazzanti Nazca Restaurant / Giancarlo Mazzanti Nazca Restaurant / Giancarlo Mazzanti + 17

  • Architects

     Giancarlo Mazzanti and Paula Galarza
  • Location

    Bogotá, Colombia
  • Collaborators

    Sergio Garzón, Alberto Aranda, Diana Vásquez
  • Contractor

    Jaime Pizarro
  • Construction

     2004
  • Project Year

    2004

España Library / Giancarlo Mazzanti

01:00 - 17 June, 2008
España Library / Giancarlo Mazzanti

España Library / Giancarlo Mazzanti España Library / Giancarlo Mazzanti España Library / Giancarlo Mazzanti España Library / Giancarlo Mazzanti + 33

  • Architects

  • Location

    Santo Domingo, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Architect

    Giancarlo Mazzanti
  • Collaborators

    Andrés Sarmiento, Juan Manuel Gil, Freddy Pantoja, Camilo Mora, Pedro Saa, Alejandro Piña, Iván Ucros, Gustavo Vásquez
  • Steel Structure

    Alberto Ashner
  • Concrete Structure

    Sergio Tobón
  • Area

    5500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005

Leon de Grief Library Park / Giancarlo Mazzanti

00:00 - 10 May, 2008
Leon de Grief Library Park / Giancarlo Mazzanti

Leon de Grief Library Park / Giancarlo Mazzanti Leon de Grief Library Park / Giancarlo Mazzanti Leon de Grief Library Park / Giancarlo Mazzanti Leon de Grief Library Park / Giancarlo Mazzanti + 36

  • Architects

  • Location

    La Ladera, Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
  • Services

    Constructor AIA CONSTRUCTORES
  • Structural Engineer

    Sergio Tobón
  • Materials

    Concrete, Wood, Glass
  • Area

    6.8 m2
  • Project Year

    2007