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Spotlight: Alejandro Aravena

05:00 - 22 June, 2019
Innovation Center UC - Anacleto Angelini. Image © Nico Saieh
Innovation Center UC - Anacleto Angelini. Image © Nico Saieh

As founder of the “Do Tank” firm ELEMENTAL, Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena (born on June 22, 1967) is perhaps the most socially-engaged architect to receive the Pritzker Prize. Far from the usual aesthetically driven approach, Aravena explains that “We don’t think of ourselves as artists. Architects like to build things that are unique. But if something is unique it can’t be repeated, so in terms of it serving many people in many places, the value is close to zero.” [1] For Aravena, the architect’s primary goal is to improve people's way of life by assessing both social needs and human desires, as well as political, economic and environmental issues.

Cultural Centers: 50 Examples in Plan and Section

06:00 - 9 September, 2018
Cultural Centers: 50 Examples in Plan and Section, Cortesía de Fabián Dejtiar
Cortesía de Fabián Dejtiar

How many times have you been faced with the challenge of designing a cultural center? While this may seem like quite a feat, many architects have had to design a program that blends a community center with culture.

Among the projects published on our site, we have found numerous examples that highlight different responses, from flexible configurations to sites that prioritize central gathering areas for citizens and activities. See our series of 50 community centers and their plans and sections below.

UC Casa Central's Student Cafeteria / OMN Arquitectos

11:00 - 16 July, 2018
UC Casa Central's Student Cafeteria / OMN Arquitectos, © Felipe Díaz Contardo
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Av Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 340, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
  • Category

  • Architect in charge

    Osvaldo Muñoz Nordenflycht
  • Collaborator Architects

    Rodolfo Guajardo, Christian Jorquera
  • Client

    Dirección de Infraestructura, Pontificia Universidad Católica
  • Area

    900.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photography

    Felipe Díaz Contardo

Kitchens that Double As Dining Rooms: Architectural Design Inspiration

06:00 - 22 November, 2017
Kitchens that Double As Dining Rooms: Architectural Design Inspiration, © Akihide Mishima
© Akihide Mishima

Proven to be tied to the areas of the brain responsible for emotion and memory, smells are more tied to a perception of place than any other human sense. And there are few sensations more powerful than the smell of delicious food wafting in from your own kitchen. In that regard, kitchens are the true heart of the home, the space most closely related to joyfulness, childhood, and family.

Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite kitchens that also double as dining rooms – spaces where you can bake your cake and eat it too. Each different in material and arrangement, these kitchens all share one thing in common: We can’t seem to shake them from our memory. Check out the list below!

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Passalacqua Lahsen House / GITC arquitectura

17:00 - 13 October, 2017
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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.

2Y House / Sebastián Irarrázaval

09:00 - 14 November, 2016
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Casino and Hotel Ovalle / Turner Arquitectos

11:00 - 3 October, 2016
Casino and Hotel Ovalle / Turner Arquitectos, © Felipe Díaz Contardo
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Ovalle, Coquimbo Region, Chile
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Patrick Turner, Josefina Vergara, Gastón Fuenzalida
  • Collaborator Architects

    Rodrigo Mardones, Isidora Puelma, Andrea Borraez, Julián Elorrieta y Jasmin May
  • Area

    14020 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Padre Renato Poblete River Park / Boza Arquitectos

15:00 - 7 September, 2016
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Av Costanera Sur 3201, Quinta Normal, Región Metropolitana, Chile
  • Category

  • Author Architects

    Cristián Boza D, Cristián Boza W, Diego Labbé, Eduardo Ruiz-Risueño, Michel Carles Tapia
  • Collaborators

    Pedro Pedraza,Víctor Reyman, Karina Lecaros,Felipe Selman, Víctor Alegría
  • Promoter and Client

    Promotor y Propietario Gobierno de Chile – Ministerio de Obras Publicas MOP
  • Project year

    2015
  • Photographs

Rosales Quijada House / GITC arquitectura

09:00 - 22 July, 2016
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Constitución Public Library / Sebastian Irarrázaval

09:00 - 3 May, 2016
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  • Architects

    Sebastian Irarrázaval
  • Location

    Constitución, Chile
  • Category

  • Collaborators

    Macarena Burdiles, Carlos Pesquera, Alicia Arguelles, Sebastián Mancera
  • Area

    350.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Constitución Cultural Center / Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL

10:00 - 25 January, 2016
Constitución Cultural Center  / Alejandro Aravena | ELEMENTAL, © Felipe Diaz Contardo
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AD Round-Up: The Best of Contemporary Chilean Architecture

06:00 - 22 January, 2016
AD Round-Up: The Best of Contemporary Chilean Architecture, Innovation Center UC / Elemental. Image © Nico Saieh
Innovation Center UC / Elemental. Image © Nico Saieh

Chilean architecture, having long stood in the shadow of more established design traditions in Europe and North America, has been catapulted to the forefront of global attention with the news that architect Alejandro Aravena has been named the 41st Pritzker Prize Laureate – the first Chilean to receive the award. He is also the director of this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, which focuses on the role of architects in improving the living conditions of people across the globe, especially in cases where scarce resources and the “inertia of reality” stand in the way of progress.

2016 Pritzker Prize Winner Alejandro Aravena's Work in 15 Images

14:00 - 20 January, 2016
2016 Pritzker Prize Winner Alejandro Aravena's Work in 15 Images, © Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma
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Alejandro Aravena is the first Chilean architect to ever receive a Pritzker Prize. Praised for reviving the socially engaged architect, the 48-year-old architect and executive director of ELEMENTAL has proved architecture's ability to solve pressing global issues through his diverse portfolio. Read on to see 15 projects that exemplify Aravena's contribution to architecture so far.

Physics Department Building / Marsino Arquitectura

12:00 - 17 November, 2015
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  • Architects

  • Location

    18 de Septiembre 2222, Arica, Región de Arica y Parinacota, Chile
  • Category

  • Project Architects

    Jorge Marsino P. / María Inés Buzzoni G. / Diego Achurra Q
  • Project Area

    1283.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013

Barn House at Lake Ranco / Estudio Valdés Arquitectos

13:00 - 15 September, 2015
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Lago Ranco, Chile
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Alberto Cruz Elton, Carlos Ignacio Cruz Elton.
  • Collaborator Architect

    Isabel de la Fuente
  • Area

    192.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015

El Maqui House / GITC arquitectura

09:00 - 27 August, 2015
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Olmué, Chile
  • Category

  • Project Team

    Rodrigo Belmar Expósito, Felipe Vera Buschmann, Carlos Estay Olguín, Rodrigo Del Castillo Celis, Felipe Muñoz Sepúlveda, Logna Barrientos S
  • Structural Calculation

    Roberto Soto V
  • Area

    253.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

Ministry of Social Development Headquarters / Undurraga Devés Arquitectos

09:00 - 21 August, 2015
Ministry of Social Development Headquarters / Undurraga Devés Arquitectos, © Felipe Díaz Contardo
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