The cultural heritage that marks architecture in Latin America is that of its history, rich in miscegenation (African, Indian, Spanish, Portuguese) violated by colonialism, dictatorships, and North American hegemony.
“YALA. Young Architects in Latin America”
13 December, 2018 – 17 February, 2019
Architecture Center Arc en Rêve,
7 Rue Ferrere, 33000 Bordeaux
The displacement of the colonial economy to the benefit of the metropolises, towards a modern, capitalist economy, responsible for the dependence of the people, has served the development of the New World, to the detriment of the local communities plundered by the various predatory powers.
Modernist utopias have certainly impressed their traces in the twentieth century with gigantic social housing (for example the Pedregulho residence in Rio by the architect Affonso Reidy), but neo-liberalism has rapidly, implacably, widened social inequalities by substituting itself for public policies. Social discrimination has worsened under the forces of globalization that have accelerated the global phenomenon of urbanization, and at the same time the expansion of favelas, where settle and organize the poorest, more and more numerous. It is in this context that the new generation of architects is returning to the social obligation of architecture.
59 projects of young Latin-American architects, not without echo of the Amerindian and European heritage, are presented in the exhibition. They are located in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, El Salvador, Uruguay, Venezuela. Social commitment, landscape, environmental concern, constructive innovation, diversity of approaches and practices; these achievements in multiple scales and programs (houses, collective dwellings, public buildings, community spaces), all testify to a renewed architectural creativity in Latin America.