An exhibition opened last week to mark Chile’s 200th anniversary, which has some of the world’s best architects showcase designs that highlight their ideas about country’s past, present and future.
SCL2110 reflected on the space in which Chileans live, and the changes the country has suffered in the last years. Chilean architect Rodrigo Tisi was given the task of rethinking different urban spaces in Santiago and Valparaíso, for which he felt the best approach would be to invite a panel of mostly-foreign architects and designers.
Visitors to the exhibition will pay between 400 – 600 Chilean pesos to be able to experience ‘a trip into the future’, travelling around a high tech maze of well-known spaces such as the central Santiago market La Vega, modified according to the visions of foreign architects such as U.S. based Bernard Tschumi, LOT-EK and Roselee Goldberg.
Perspectives varied from architectural planning to looking at the symbolic value of featured installations. The exhibition was conceptual and none of the projects have entered the planning phase. Tisi, project manager, said that it “seeks to create a participatory dialogue on the key attributes that shape our identity as a country, questioning how the cities we love should be for the next 100 years.”
Other projects in the exhibition envision the famous lifts in Valparaíso extended to increase their functionality and capacity, and a giant smog-recycler on top of Santiago’s Cerro San Cristobal to inject clear air into Santiago.
For more information about the project, visit http://scl2110.mess.cl/
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