This new series of weekly Instagram posts invites architects and thinkers to contribute their spatial ideas and thoughts around the inside, the outside, and the in-between space(s). In a moment when a large amount of the world population is locked down, forced to negotiate between isolation, interiority, and connectivity in unprecedented ways–we urge to rethink: How are we navigating this crisis spatially? How are we shaping this new everyday experience across the Americas and the world at large? Where is the architecture discipline today, how is it transforming, and how is it going to help shape a better world for the future?
Curated by Laura González Fierro and Agustin Schang. In collaboration with the Center for Architecture.
Image: The IN SITU Salon. Americas Society's Mexican Room intervened with art historical references, by Laura González Fierro and Agustin Schang.
Alejandra Celedón is a Chilean architect, researcher, and curator based in Santiago. Her doctoral thesis from the Architectural Association, "Rhetorics of the Plant," studies the link between drawings and words, objects, and discourses. She curatored "Stadium: a building that renders the image of a city," the Chilean Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018, and co-curated (alongside Nicolas Stutzin and Javier Correa) "The Plot: Miracle and Mirage" at the Chicago Architecture Biennale 2019. She conducts research on educational infrastructure from the scale of the furniture, the classroom, the building, to the institutional and political program. She is the director of the architecture master's program at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Gloria Cabral is a Paraguayan architect living and working in Asunción. Since 2009, she has been a partner with Solano Benitez at Gabinete de Arquitectura, researching architecture’s capacity in the construction of society. In 2010 they participated in the Bienal Panamericana with the CRIT Teleton building. In 2014 she participated in the Rolex Mentor & Protégé program, where she worked alongside Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. The studio received the Golden Lion at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition—La Biennale di Venezia for “Breaking the Siege,” and the Panorama prize in 2016 for their project Quincho de la Tia Coral. In 2018, Cabral received the Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture and juried the RIBA prize Home of the Year. She currently teaches at UNA in Paraguay and HKU in Hong Kong.
José Esparza Chong Cuy is an architect, curator, and writer. In October 2018, he was appointed executive director and chief curator at Storefront for Art and Architecture. Previously, he was the Pamela Alper associate curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where he joined in 2016. It was there that he developed large-scale retrospective on the life and work of Lina Bo Bardi, co-organized with the Museu de Arte de São Paulo and the Museo Jumex in Mexico City. Before the MCA, Esparza Chong Cuy was associate curator at the Museo Jumex. From 2007-2012 he held positions as curatorial associate at Storefront for Art and Architecture, research fellow at the New Museum for Contemporary Art, and contributing editor at Domus magazine. In 2013 he was co-curator of the Lisbon Architecture Triennial, titled Close, Closer.
Wonne Ickx is a Belgian architect living and working in Mexico City. He is a founding partner of PRODUCTORA. The studio has received many awards for its work, including the Young Architects Forum (2007) and Emerging Voices (2013) by the Architectural League of New York. In 2016, the firm received the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize for emerging architects at the IIT and the Oscar Niemeyer Prize for Latin American Architecture. He is the founding director of LIGA, Space for Architecture, an independent platform that stimulates an interchange of ideas and investigation on contemporary Latin American architecture in Mexico City since 2011. He has taught architecture and urbanism at Harvard GSD, IIT, UCLA, RICE, and several universities in Mexico.
Florencia Rodriguez is an architect and has dedicated her career to writing and editing. In 2014, she received the Loeb Fellowship from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In 2010, she founded PLOT magazine, and in early 2017 she embarked on a new project with Pablo Gerson, the editorial platform Lots of architecture publishers, whose main product is the periodical publication –NESS. On Architecture, Life and Urban Culture. Until 2019 she served as Professor of Landscape Theory and Technology Theory at Torcuato Di Tella University, and has taught at other institutions including Universidad del Litoral and The Boston Architectural College. She has received awards for her editorial work and has recently been invited to guest edit the next issue of the Harvard Design Magazine, together with Mark Lee.