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a+u 2022:03 Feature: Colombia

a+u 2022:03

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English + Japanese / 168 Pages / 219 x 292 mm / 610 g

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a+u’s March issue features the architecture, landscape, and cities of Colombia. A land of intoxicating natural beauty, Colombia has employed architecture as a key agent in rebuilding its cities and civil society as it recovers from decades of civil strife stemming from drug trafficking and guerilla warfare. Situated at the northern tip of South America, the country borders the Pacific Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and the Amazon basin and is equidistant to New York and Rio de Janeiro. Photographic work by Camilo Echavarría illustrates how travels through the country cause one to feel a homogeneous, abstract passage of time. With no seasons, architecture is conditioned by various landscapes formed by the rich geographic diversity across regions. Medellín-based architect and guest editor Camilo Restrepo Ochoa takes us on a journey through his country, where architects create spaces as “types, elements, and instruments of architecture made to question limits, to build an inhabitable threshold that participates in the spatial experience of moving from outside to inside.” Changes in the way of thinking about architecture as an academic, social, and urban tool have created works “articulated through a narrow materiality and low-tech structural systems,” with “a tint of geographically driven tactile richness and a certain pragmatism.” Works by 14 architectural practices across 3 generations are presented in this issue. Also featured is the city of Medellín’s remarkable achievement of reinvigorating its poorest neighborhoods through mobility and urban space. As explained by Rahul Mehrotra, a civil society where patronage, the culture of architecture, and urban planning are aligned has enabled a city to become more efficient, accessible, equitable, and pleasant. (a+u)

Photo Essay:
Atlas of the Andes
Camilo Echavarría

Toward a Critical Tropicalism
Camilo Restrepo Ochoa

Farallones Coffee Wet Mill

+UdeB Arquitectos

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Carpinelo Kindergarten

Edgar Mazo
Prado Park

El Equipo Mazzanti
Control and Operations Center

LCLA Office
Ballen House

Siete Vueltas School

Pacheco Estudio de Arquitectura
TX Arts Building, University of Los Andes

Yemail Arquitectura
Espacio Plural Gallery

TAB – Taller de Arquitectura de Bogot 

Santiago Pradilla, in association with Zuloark
Woven House

AGENdA, in association with JPR architects and PLAN:B

AGENdA, in association with JPR architects
Gabriel Garc a M rquez School

AGENdA, in association with Dellekamp Schleich
Se or de Tula Sanctuary

Learning from Medellín: the Alignment of Politics and Civil Society
Rahul Mehrotra

Recuperation of Gullies with Consolidated Housing Blocks
Linear Park La Herrera

Medellín, Architecture for Public Life:
Construction of the City as a Collective Agenda
Jorge Pérez-Jaramillo