Andrew Nolan Davis, second-year student in the Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices Program at Columbia GSAPP, speaks with Mexican Architect Frida Escobedo, whose exhibition ‘No. 9’ opened at the Arthur Ross Architectural Gallery on October 20, 2017.
They discuss the tension between social and historical time, and how that can shape understandings of architecture. Escobedo also touches on her desire to reactivate forgotten spaces, such as in the Hotel Boca Chica, and how the process of making No. 9 echoed the creation of the original sculptures.
“Exhibitions and biennials have allowed us to understand architecture in a very different timeframe. When you think about architecture you think about years … But with these temporary installations you get to see architecture from a different perspective, it’s almost like compressing the life of architecture.”
Source by Columbia GSAPP
Lecture date: 2015-03-05
Architecture should now draw on difference and cultural diversity, immersion in local cultures, and climatic, ethnic and regional contrasts as a source of inspiration and creativity if it is to be consistent with the current diverse world.
Looking back over fifty years of experimentation with the architectural idiom, having outlived Structuralism and other trends -ranging from the utopias of the sixties to history revivalism, from Postmodernism to Deconstructivism, Minimalism and Conceptual Art - I now regard such trends as partial attempts to achieve a personal language. Architecture has leapt to the forefront of formal research. The new architecture of the 21st Century will gradually take shape as the consequence of a series of social definitions, still to be formulated, in the fields of knowledge and science.
Ricardo Bofill was born in Barcelona in 1939. He graduated from the School of Architecture in Geneva. In 1963 he gathered a group of architects, engineers, sociologists and philosophers, creating the basis for what today is the Taller de Arquitectura (Architectural Workshop) an international team with 50 years experience.
Watch the interview with the Mexican architect Frida Escobedo about her participation in the design of the Serpentine Pavilion 2018. Escobedo is the first Mexican architect after Zaha Hadid who participated in the year 2000 and the youngest in this renowned event.
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Friday, November 7, 2014 12:00pm
Tatiana Bilbao and Frida Escobedo
In conversation with Galia Solomonoff, Columbia GSAPP
On November 7, GSAPP welcomes exemplary Mexican architects with solid groups of diverse built work, Tatiana Bilbao and Frida Escobedo. What is it like to practice architecture in Mexico today? Bilbao and Escobedo will present a snapshot of tectonic culture in their bustling metropolis, and share how it has influenced and shaped their work—an accomplished range from private homes to museums to sites of worship.
“There is a DIY culture [in Mexico City] which can be seen from street vendors to architects—it’s a very free and liberating place to work,” notes Escobedo, whose many projects include La Tallera Siqueiros Museum in Cuernavaca, a new public square built around the heralded muralist’s works. How does Escobedo's work relate to the millenary tectonic traditions of Mexico, and expand contemporary notions of masonry work?
"The people are really the ones who are planning. The people invade spaces. They create new areas and the government arrives with new infrastructure, instead of the other way around," suggests Bilbao, whose many projects include Gratitude Open Chapel and master plan for the Ruta del Peregrino, a 117-kilometer mountainous Catholic pilgrimage route that features other contemporary landmarks by Ai Wei Wei, Alejandro Aravena, and others. How does Bilbao's work connect to both specific site and the global contexts?
Translating as "Rock, Paper, Scissors," this wide-ranging exchange is hosted by GSAPP faculty member Galia Solomonoff, a practicing architect who is interested in expanding the understanding of Latin American influences on architecture, and in exploring the proximities of art and architecture.
Frida Escobedo discusses the influences on her 2018 Serpentine Pavilion. From the celosia walls found in her native Mexico to the work of El Lissitzky, Escobedo weaves these references into her courtyard-based design, which harnesses a subtle interplay of light, water and geometry.
Architect Frida Escobedo, celebrated for dynamic projects that reactivate urban space, has been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2018. Here she talks about the inspiration behind her design. The Serpentine Pavilion opens on 15 June 2018.
Film by Candida Richardson.
Architect Frida Escobedo, celebrated for dynamic projects that reactivate urban space, was in conversation with architect and educator Mohsen Mostafavi, architect and researcher Marina Otero Verzier and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries, discussing the material and historical inspirations behind this year's Serpentine Pavilion and the expression of time in architecture.
Recorded: October 14, 2012
In this excerpt from his 2012 Current Work lecture, Alberto Kalach reflects on his design philosophy through key projects like the Jose Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City, a French school in Guadalajara, Jalisco, and three houses in Mexico and California. Here, Kalach demonstrates an approach characterized by strong connections between interior and exterior, architecture and landscape, across a variety of programs and scales. Discussing simplicity and his use of materials, Kalach emphasizes an attraction to wood: “we’ve started learning how to work with wood, I think [wood] is a fantastic way of building…wood is on the scale of a house.”
Cited as one of the most versatile and prolific architectural voices in Mexico City today, Alberto Kalach co-founded the firm Taller de Arquitectura X (TAX) in 1981. Kalach works collaboratively, completing projects that range from residential commissions to civic structures with firms and contemporaries such as Teodoro González de León, Juan Palomar, Tonatiuh Martínez, Gustavo Lipkau, and Jose Castillo. His award-winning Jose Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City remains the largest public library in Latin America.
The Architectural League’s Current Work series presents the work of significant international figures, who powerfully influence contemporary architectural practice and shape the future of the built environment.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Revise: Revisiting Labrouste in the Digital Age
Housing nearly 600,000 volumes, the 2006 Biblioteca Vasconcelos in Mexico City by Taller de Arquitectura X (TAX) is the largest library in Latin America. In BOMB, TAX Principal Alberto Kalach notes that the design, which combines cantilevered levels of shelves with a long gallery, allows visitors to "see all the books, all the knowledge simultaneously," and to draw connections to the local life of the capital. Built on a once-barren strip of land, the library is wrapped by a botanical garden, where "[t]he classification of plants and the classification of books [can] be congruent." Kalach presents this library within the legacy of Henri Labrouste in a Keynote Address for the two-day GSAPP/MoMA symposium Read: Revisiting Labrouste in the Digital Age.
In conjunction with Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light, on display March 3--June 24 at MoMA
Mauricio Rocha Iturbide and Gabriela Carrillo Valadez
Recorded: March 20, 2014
As founding principals of the Mexico City-based TALLER |MauricioRocha+GabrielaCarrillo|, Mauricio Rocha and Gabriela Carrillo emphasize “the importance of the vernacular, craftsmanship, sustainability, and socially-responsible design.” Established in 1991 by Rocha as TALLER DE ARQUITECTURA, the firm was renamed TALLER IMauricioRocha+GabrielaCarrilloI in 2011.
In 2014, The Architectural League named TALLER |MauricioRocha+GabrielaCarrillo| an Emerging Voice. The annual Emerging Voices award spotlights individuals and firms based in the United States, Canada, or Mexico with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design, and urbanism. Each year, winners are invited to participate in the Emerging Voices lecture series.
In their presentation, Rocha and Carrillo discuss the importance of light and shadows, engaging context, material decisions, and, above all, designing “spaces for people.” The selected projects highlight the firm’s interest in ephemeral interventions —Temístocles, Contemporary Art Gallery, Exteresa Museum, The Wind Tower, and Sound Pavilion — as well as buildings sensitive to user needs and responsive to the climate — School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Vasconcelos Library for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Public Warehouse, San Pablo Oztotepec Market, School of Plastic Arts, Cultural and Academic Centre San Pablo, and EL TIGRE, El Hípico, Hotel y Cabañas.