Latin American Incrementalism: From PREVI to the Present
A symposium exploring the contributions of Latin American progressive housing strategies and participatory design to architecture and urban development
Speakers include: Barry Bergdoll, Lucía Calcagno, Rosalie Genevro, Catalina Justiniano, Peter Land, Manuel Llanos, Fernando Luíz Lara, Alejandro de Castro Mazarro, Patricio del Real, and Felicity Scott
5.0 AIA and New York State CEUs
This program is presented by The Architectural League of New York, Columbia University Latin Lab, and The Museum of Modern Art in conjunction with the exhibition Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980.
This day-long symposium will explore the contributions of Latin American progressive housing strategies and participatory design to architecture and urban development. Beginning with an analysis of the precedent-setting Proyecto Experimental de Vivienda (PREVI) developed in the late 1960s in Peru, the symposium will examine the spectrum of more recent strategies in Latin America, where architects and local communities use the intense need for housing and usable public space as premises for their “incrementalist” design solutions.
Symposium attendees will have complimentary access to the exhibition Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980 in between the morning and afternoon sessions.
After an overview of Latin American architecture in the 1960s provided by exhibition co-curator Patricio del Real, the morning session will focus on PREVI, a project developed by the Peruvian government and the United Nations Development Programme that incorporated innovative architectural strategies for the construction of popular housing in Lima. Peter Land, the director of the international PREVI competition and development, and Manuel Llanos, a PREVI competition winner who subsequently designed and built a substantial amount of housing, will discuss their experiences with the design and realization of the project.
The afternoon session will open with an overview of Latin American contemporary practices dealing with incremental strategies by Alejandro de Castro Mazzaro, and then examine three contemporary practices whose work addresses some of the concerns and methodology embedded in the PREVI project. Fernando Luíz Lara, Catalina Justiniano, and Lucía Calcagno will present both theoretical and practical perspectives on popular modernism and participatory processes in Brazil; on vertical incremental housing in Argentina; and on collective construction of public space in Chile. Their projects exemplify new paradigms of incremental architecture, and will serve as a point of departure for debate following their presentations.
10:00 a.m. Welcome by Barry Bergdoll
10:15 a.m. Lecture by Patricio del Real
Overview of Latin American architecture in the 1960s
10:45 a.m. Presentation by Peter Land
11:15 a.m. Presentation by Manuel Llanos
11:45 a.m. Discussion of PREVI with Peter Land and Manuel Llanos, moderated by Rosalie Genevro
Break for lunch (not provided) and opportunity to visit exhibition
2:00 p.m. Alejandro de Castro Mazarro
Overview of Latin American contemporary practices dealing with incremental strategies
2:30 p.m. Fernando Luíz Lara
On popular Modernist architecture in Brazil and the crisis of participatory processes
3:00 p.m. Lucía Calcagno
On “Proyecto Rehabitar” (“Re-Dwelling Project”), Argentina, using incremental housing strategies in social housing blocks
3:30 p.m. Catalina Justiniano
On a selection of her projects, related to participatory design for public spaces and community facilities, at the NGO “Junto al Barrio” (“With the Neighborhood”), Chile
4:00 p.m. Discussion moderated by Felicity Scott
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
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