South America’s best young architects on display in Santiago

The Program for Latin American Architecture is the first program of its kind in Chile and is designed to reach out new and budding architects.

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As of Jan. 6 students will be able to enter and experience architectural installations designed to approach an urban landscape in an environmentally friendly way, in the large patio of the Matucana Cultural Centre, Santiago.

The first work to be built is entitled Sombras de Color (Shades of Color) and was designed by Eduardo Castillo, student from the architecture school at Universidad Católica and winner of the annual program: an attractive platform that generates opportunities for talented, emerging architects.

The installation´s objective is to improve the quality of the patio area for collective use by providing shade, water, seating and bars. The judging criteria also specified sustainability, with the idea of it as a contemporary problem that involves an intelligent and creative use of resources.

The final architects on display were chosen from a list of nominees, selected by a jury within the Chilean academic architectural community. Nominees could be newly qualified, or young architects at a later stage in their career who may have embarked on a research journey of specific interest.

Consequently, nominees were asked to prepare portfolios which specifically reflected the areas of interest highlighted. All the portfolios submitted will also be on display alongside the installation in the next door Concrete Gallery M100.

The patio expects to receive a large volume of visitors on weekdays, and audiences over the weekends, for a series of musical and audiovisual events that will be held every Saturday for the duration of the program.

The temporary work also aims to examine new proposals for collective space and civic engagement, as well as creating a gathering point around for the young, creative architects present.