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XX Architecture and Urbanism Biennial 2017

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The XX Architecture and Urbanism Biennial is an initiative of the Colegio de Arquitectos de Chile in collaboration with the Association of Architecture Offices and the Network of Architecture and Urbanism Schools in Chile.

Considering the ‘unpostponable’ from within architecture and urbanism presents us with an urgency to work with those who reside in the margins and who have not seen their necessities and aspirations reflected in their urban environment. It is fundamental to generate a dialogue between the different forces that shape our cities, establish a connection with other countries of the global south countries and include in the discussion everybody who have been postponed throughout history.

The invitation is therefore for a Biennial that is not only commemorative but also provocative, a stimulation to take action. It will not be limited to the exhibition of projects and investigations that already exists, presenting also new developments; it will not be an enclosed disciplinary encounter, but instead, open to the city with its new forms of dialogue and interaction. It will not end with its closing date but will transcend through propositions, projects and actions that arise from it.

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Calls

The exhibition of XX Architecture and Urbanism Biennial, “Unpostponable Dialogues”, aims to be a deposit for ideas, projects, initiatives and works that help us reflect on what we consider to be unpostponable in today’s world.

Public Sector

We would like to invite the public sector to contribute with public polices or projects that are focused on, social groups or situations that we consider to be unpostponable. Certain groups, due to their socio-economic status, position in territory, ethnic condition, sexual orientation or other reasons, have been kept out of the reach of traditional public policies. Unpostponable conditions are also problematic in the social, ecological, rural, productive or patrimonial spheres which have occupied a marginal place in the public political discussion. In this way, the call is for a presentation of projects or ambitions that aim towards the inclusion of those who are situated at the margin.

The contributions of the public sector will be more than the exhibition of action of the state, since they will detonate intense dialogues to sensitize citizens capable of informing future public policies.

Academy

We would like to invite universities and research centers  to bring forward a dimension of reality that they consider needs to be investigated, discussed or rethought. These contributions can use as a vehicle of dialogue one or more investigations of architecture, urbanism, landscape or territory that, being a potent provocation, detonate an intense dialogue on things that cannot be further postponed. In its simplest definition, a dialogue is a shared conversation.

However, the difference between a conversation and a dialogue is that the latter presupposes a significant and transformative interchange, that not only connects two opposing positions but also constructs a third reality, opening new possibilities.

This call for submissions is an invitation to show investigations, projects or provocations that impulse us to establish new dialogues that we consider unpostponable for the development of a new profession, in new areas of investigation and in the imagination of a new discipline.

Activism

We would like to invite activists to contribute by exhibiting one of their fights—a dimension of reality for which they have, or believe should be, acted upon. These contributions can use projects of public space, city or territory, as a vehicle of such dialogues.

In its simplest definition, a dialogue is a shared conversation. However, the difference between a conversation and a dialogue is that the latter presupposes a significant and transformative interchange, that not only connects two opposing positions but also constructs a third reality, opening new possibilities.

This call for submissions is an invitation to dialogue with public, exhibiting themes that involve everyone and explore solutions together for problems that we consider to be unpostponable.

Professionals

We would like to invite architects to bring forth a dimension of reality that they consider urgently needs to be approached, projected, discussed or rethought. These contributions are to be vehicles of dialogue in the form of projects (constructed or not) of architecture, urbanism, landscape or territory that trigger an intense dialogue on issues that we cannot keep postponing. In its simplest definition, a dialogue is a shared conversation. However, the difference between a conversation and a dialogue is that the latter presupposes a significant and transformative interchange, that not only connects two opposing positions but also constructs a third reality, opening new possibilities and synthesizing in a third alternative, binary positions.

This call for submissions is an invitation to exhibit projects or provocations that stimulate us to establish new dialogues that we consider to be unpostponable for the development of a new profession, of new areas of intervention and the imagination of a new discipline.

Publications

Publications are vehicles for dialogue. Through them, ideas and arguments that impact the public sphere are proposed, informing debates or posing questions and proposals that modify the lines of discussion.

For this biennial, we are looking for publications that can raise dialogues and aspire to move the axis and shape the discussion. For, although publications might seem to be unidirectional (in which the transmitter and the receptor don’t necessarily come into contact), the ideas or arguments exposed suppose a potentially productive reaction from the reader.

In this way, this call is an invitation to present publications that, through topics and arguments, aspire to generate a dialogue about contemporary issues we are aware of, or even those we don’t yet see as such but that can be anticipated through this format of dialogue.

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Team

The Colegio de Arquitectos de Chile made a public call for the roles of curator and team for the 20th edition of the Architecture Biennial 2017. The winning team is composed by Chilean and International architects and presents disciplinary diversity, with professionals from academia, the public sector and urbanism among others.

Curatorial Team

Felipe Vera
Curator

Architect, graduated from Universidad de Chile (2009) with an MDes from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Director of Ecological Landscape and Urbanism Center of Design Lab UAI and Member of the Division of Urban Housing and Development of the Interamerican Bank of Development. He has curated international exhibitions such as the “Radical Temporalities” at the Shenzhen Biennial and “Does Permanence Matter” at the Venice Biennale. He is the author of a number of books, including Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Mega City and Ephemeral Urbanism Cities in Constant Flux.

Rodrigo Tisi
Co-curator and Creative Director

PhD in Performance Studies from NYU, also Architect with a Masters degree in Architecture from PUC of Chile. In academia he has been appointed as dean, director and professor. Tisi has been connected with the curatorial world since his project SCL2110 which has been exhibited in various events, among others, representing Chile at the Venice Biennial of Architecture and at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design. Through his studio, MESS, he has done different professional projects related to Visual and Scenic Arts. Recently, he collaborated with the studio of Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York. Tisi joined the DesignLab UAI in June 2016.

Jeanette Sordi
Co- curator, Area Academia

Architect PhD, graduated from University of Genoa (2013). Professor at the Adolfo Ibañez University, Researcher and Professor at the University of Genoa (2013-2014) and has been Visiting Researcher at Leibniz University Hanover (2014), and Visiting PhD candidate at Harvard Graduate School of Design (2011-2012). She has been the coordinator of various investigation projects in Italy, Germany, China and Chile, and is the author of a number of books.

Pablo Navarrete
Co- curator, Area Public Sector

Architect, graduated from Universidad de Chile, received a Masters in Urban Politics from the Institute de Sciences Politiques de Paris (SciencesPo) and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from London School of Economics (LSE). He worked at the Atelier Jean Nouvel in Paris and is currently the Executive Secretary of the Corporación Más Progreso and a Professor at the Universidad San Sebastián.

Pola Mora
Co- curator, Area Practitioners

Architect and Master in Cultural Management, graduated from Universidad de Chile. Since 2003 she has participated in various curatorial projects that look to promote contemporary Latin American architecture, and is currently Editor in Chief of ArchDaily.

José Mayoral
Co- curator, Area Academia

Architect, formed in Holland and Spain (2010), received a Masters in Architecture from Harvard University (2014). He worked at Herzog and de Meuron in Basel (2010-2012) and has exhibited his work in MoMA and in the Venice Biennale. He is currently Professor at the Universidad Católica de Chile and in the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Claudio Magrini
Co- curator, Area Activism

Architect, graduated from the Politécnico de Milán, received a Masters in Architecture at the Universidad Católica de Chile. Founding partner of Cancino & Magrini Architects and director of the Territory and Landscape Masters program of the Universidad Diego Portales, investigating different mechanisms of citizen participation in relation to territory and the city.

Miguel Cancino
Co- curator, Area Activism

Architect, graduated from the Universidad La República, Chile. Founding partner of Cancino & Magrini Architects, an office dedicated to the development of architecture projects and the study and planning of landscape and territory, with a multidisciplinary focus combining principals of design, art and engineering.

International Members of the Curatorial Team

Belinda Tato

Gloria Cabral

José Luis Vallejo

Rahul Mehrotra

Solano Benítez

National Members of the Biennial Team

General Coordination

Carolina Sepúlveda

Publication Area

Francisco Díaz

Workshops Area

José Mayoral, León Duval, Luis Felipe Venegas

Disciplinary Discussion

Claudio Magrini

Territorial link with Valparaiso

Claudio Magrini, Miguel Cancino, René Reyes

Content Coordination – Practitioners

Blanca Valdés

Content Coordination – Activism

Carolina Sepúlveda

Content Coordination – Academia

Anton Knyphausen

Content Coordination – Public Sector

Fernando Toro

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Program

For the second consecutive year Valparaíso will host the Architecture and Urbanism Biennial in its 20th edition, celebrating 40 years.

xx bienal arquitectura dialogos impostergables
Location:

PARQUE CULTURAL DE VALPARAÍSO

Date:

October 2017

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