Medellín: Design Transformation



Medellín: Design Transformation
Matilda McQuaid, Camilo Restrepo Ochoa, Federico Restrepo, and Mauricio Valencia
Moderated by Mark Robbins

Saturday, May 22, 2010
2:00–4:00 p.m.
Rose Auditorium, The Cooper Union
41 Cooper Square
2.0 CEUs

Over the past ten years, Medellín, Colombia has been transformed from one of the most violent cities in the world to a vital community whose new architecture carries the powerful message of social and educational inclusion. Policymakers, planners, and architects from current and former administrations in Medellín will discuss the city’s design strategies in relation to its remarkable transformation.

Mendellin-22“Our most beautiful buildings must be in our poorest areas”: these are the words of former mayor of Medellín, Sergio Fajardo, who led the city’s efforts with a team of architects, urban planners, social workers, community members, and technical and social experts.

Speakers include:
Matilda McQuaid, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Deputy Curatorial Director

Camilo Restrepo Ochoa, is an architect who graduated from and is now teaching at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellín. Camilo Restrepo Architects is an architecture practice concerned with the managing, production, and administration of public space

Federico Restrepo, a civil engineer and General Manager of the utility EPM, and former Planning Director during the Fajardo administration

Mauricio Valencia, an architect and current Planning Director of Medellín, and former Secretary of Public Works during the Fajardo administration

Mark Robbins, Dean of the School of Architecture at Syracuse University, former Director of Design for the National Endowment for the Arts, where he developed an aggressive program to strengthen design in the public realm

This program is free and open to all. Due to space limits, reservations are suggested. RSVP by e-mailing: For general information, email or call 212.753.1722 x13. AIA and New York State continuing education credits are available.

This program is co-organized by Cooper-Hewitt The National Design Museum and The Architectural League of New York, and is co-sponsored by The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.

League programs are made possible, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Images courtesy of Cooper-Hewitt

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