Graduate Architecture

Colombia Transformed

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, 06:30pm
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Meyerson Hall, Upper Gallery



Opening Event: 6:30PM, February 5th, in the Upper Gallery; with remarks by Fernando Villa (Co-Curator) and Orlando Garcia (Architect of Medellin Library)


Closing Event: 6:30PM, February 17th, in the Upper Gallery; with remarks by Vladimir Belogolovsky (Curator)


COLOMBIA: TRANSFORMED traces significant new projects that exemplify innovative architectural forms and spaces while serving as conduits for social inclusion. The curators have selected this collection of work to illustrate the current creative building energy in Colombia and celebrate the economic, political, and challenging conditions that have made these explorations possible.


These eleven recently completed projects by six of Colombia's top architects not only demonstrate the country's commitment to design, but also show how architecture can improve the lives of ordinary people. As a collection, these works--daycares, schools, libraries and community centers, parks, and sports facilities--reflect some of the significant social shifts that are happening in Latin America today. With these recent efforts, Colombia has shown that good design can lead to not just attractive public spaces, but also new identities for cities and their inhabitants. Now residents can be proud of their communities, which have transcended their reputations for crime and poverty to stand as examples of dignified urban centers and homes to architectural landmarks.

The projects are explored through photographs, slides, drawings, models, and film footage to celebrate how these buildings are appropriated by the public.


About the curators:


Vladimir Belogolovsky, founder of the New York City-based Intercontinental Curatorial Project, curates architectural exhibitions worldwide. Trained as an architect at Cooper Union, he is the author of books: Felix Novikov, Green House, Soviet Modernism: 1955-1985, and Harry Seidler (Rizzoli, 2014). His Harry Seidler exhibition will travel to Europe, North America, and Australia from 2012 to 2014.


Fernando Villa, AIA,LEED AP BD+C, is an Associate Principal with New York City-based Magnusson Architecture & Planning. Trained at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellín, Colombia, he is currently the co-chair of the Housing committee at the AIANY, lectures internationally on sustainable design, and is the international representative of the Colombian Society of Architects in NYC. He was a juror at the XXIII Colombian Biennial of Architecture last year.


Exhibition Graphic Designer: Maria Villa, Emphasize LLC


Exhibition Design: Orlando Garcia & Adriana Salazar, G-Ateliers Architecture


Photography: Sergio Gomez, Iwan Baan, Jorge Gamboa, Rodrigo Davila, Vasquez & Villegas.


Architects in the show:


Giancarlo Mazzanti:


Felipe Mesa Plan b arquitectos


Daniel Bonilla


Felipe Uribe +UdeB


Juan Manuel Pelaez


Orlando Garcia


For more information contact the Curators:


Vladimir Belogolovsky:


Fernando Villa AIA LEED AP BD+C: