In a talk titled “Architecture Matters,” Jean Pierre Crousse, a principal of Barclay and Crousse (Lima), will argue that architecture is fabricated by matter—not only the physical matter that shapes the way in which a project becomes a building but also the cultural, personal, social, technological and local background. Crousse will show that in projects of Barclay and Crousse, who work in a region where climate conditions make the search for shelter a superfluous notion in the conception of architecture, a multi-dimensional approach emerges naturally and nurtures each project differently, at the scale of the landscape and the detail, for the sake of local pertinence. Following his talk, Crousse will engage in conversation with Felipe Correa, Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Design and Director of the Urban Design Degree Program.
Felipe Correa is the co-founder and director of the The South America Project (SAP), a trans-continental applied research network that proactively endorses the role of design within rapidly transforming geographies of the South American Continent. SAP specifically focuses on how a spatial synthesis best afforded by design can provide alternative physical and experiential identities to the current spatial transformations reshaping the South American Hinterland, in particular fast paced modes of resource extraction and an unprecedented regional integration at a continental scale (primarily through roads, energy grids, fluvial corridors, and telecommunication networks).
Launched by Felipe Correa and Ana María Durán Calisto, with the support of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, and the Loeb Fellowship, the project brings together a broad host of academic insitutions, scholars and designers from diverse fields, in order to create a projective platform that can allow for Architecture and the diverse disciplines affiliated to the constructed environment to actively partake in proposing more comprehensive models of urbanization for South America.