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El Alto

Why Freddy Mamani is Leading A New Andean Architecture

08:00 - 25 November, 2017
Why Freddy Mamani is Leading A New Andean Architecture, © Alfredo Zeballos
© Alfredo Zeballos

The media outbreak for architect Elisabetta Andreoli and artist Ligia D'Andrea’s book "Andean Architecture of Bolivia", which focuses on the work of Freddy Mamani - ex-bricklayer turned engineer and constructor- has become the excuse to talk about everything else related to the highland country of Bolivia.

Such as the shortcomings and luxuries of the rapid urban expansion dispersed in El Alto, the youngest city in Bolivia; the birth of a new Aymara bourgeoisie in the shadow of the white elites; and the birth of a contemporary architectural identity that bothers purists and makes Aymaras proud, but is rejected by local architecture schools. Below, you can find out more about this new type of architecture together with photos by Alfredo Zeballos.

New Documentary on Freddy Mamani Explores the Connection Between Architecture and Cultural Identity

09:30 - 29 September, 2017
New Documentary on Freddy Mamani Explores the Connection Between Architecture and Cultural Identity, © Isaac Niemand via screenshot from documentary
© Isaac Niemand via screenshot from documentary

Soon you will be able to satisfy your wanderlust free from altitude sickness; on Wednesday October 4th, the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam will see the world premiere of the documentary Cholet: The Work of Freddy Mamani. From director Isaac Niemand comes the story of Bolivia's unlikely architectural phenomenon, and one of ArchDaily’s 2015 leaders in architectural design and conceptualization.

The New Yorker Releases Stunning Portfolio of the Works of Freddy Mamani

12:00 - 19 December, 2015
The New Yorker Releases Stunning Portfolio of the Works of Freddy Mamani, Mamani's Work is typified by its futuristic facades. Image © Peter Granser
Mamani's Work is typified by its futuristic facades. Image © Peter Granser

Despite not having an office, using a computer or drawing on paper, Bolivian architect Freddy Mamani Silvestre and his firm have completed over 60 projects in El Alto, the highest city in the world. Like most of his clients and fellow citizens, Mamani is an Aymara and his work is typified by its highly detailed, colourful facades, inspired by Aymara dress. In light of his visually exciting, daring work, The New Yorker has released a stunning photo portfolio by Peter Granser, with an introduction by Judith Thurman, showcasing some of Mamani's colourful projects.

Bolivia's Ignored Satellite City is Building Itself a Whole New Identity

08:00 - 24 July, 2015

La Paz, the historic de-facto capital of Bolivia, is widely renowned for its incredible setting, colonial architecture, and cultural buildings. El Alto, on the other hand, is not. It was, in fact, La Paz's rather dismal satellite city, all low rise brick and commuting. Yet El Alto has become the centre of an entirely new, independently evolved architectural style that is rapidly catching on across South America.