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NYC Exhibition Examines Architecture and Politics in Colombia

By Beth Broome
July 15, 2013
Photo by Sergio Gomez
Colombia Transformed: Architecture=Politics features work by six designers including Felipe Mesa, Planb Arquitectos. His Orquidorama pavilion in Medellín’s Botanic Garden is shown here.

Last Thursday, July 11, the exhibition Colombia Transformed: Architecture=Politics opened at AIA New York’s Center for Architecture. The show examines 11 recent works by six of the Latin American country’s leading architects: Daniel Bonilla, Giancarlo Mazzanti, Felipe Mesa, Juan Manuel Pelaez, Felipe Uribe, and Orlando Garcia.

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The featured projects—from libraries and community centers, to sports arenas, to schools—reflect the wave of innovative design that has been driving social transformation across the country (most notably in Bogotá and Medellín). The exhibition was conceived by Fernando Villa, a New York City-based architect originally from Medellín, along with Vladimir Belogolovsky of the Intercontinental Curatorial Project, and features photography by Sergio Gomez and Iwan Baan, among others. The show runs through October 26 and includes a panel discussion on Medellín’s Renaissance on Tuesday, July 16 and a lecture by Giancarlo Mazzanti on Friday, October 11.

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