Colombia Transformed Exhibition

Join us on Thursday January 9th at 5:30pm for a reception and presentation by featured architect Orlando Garcia, G-Ateliers Architecture.
Made possible in part through the City’s Initiative Grant Program of the Houston Arts Alliance.
Reception sponsored by Gensler.
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November 14, 2013 - January 10, 2014
Architecture Center Houston
315 Capitol, Suite 120
Houston, TX 77002

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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.

Featured Architects:
Giancarlo Mazzanti
Felipe Mesa Plan b arquitectos
Daniel Bonilla
Felipe Uribe +UdeB
Juan Manuel Pelaez
Orlando Garcia & Adriana Aristizabal, G-Ateliers Architecture

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, is an Associate Principal with New York City-based Magnusson Architecture & Planning. Trained at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellín, Colombia, he has been recently appointed as  the co-chair of the AIANY Housing New York and a member of the Architecture for Education 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 Aristizabal, G-Ateliers Architecture
Photography: Sergio Gomez, Iwan Baan, Jorge Gamboa, Rodrigo Davila, Vasquez & Villegas.