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Fri 10.11.2013

Modules and Systems: Architecture for Social Inclusion - A lecture by Giancarlo Mazzanti

AIA CES: 1.5 LUs

When: 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM FRIDAY, ARCHTOBER 11

Where: At The Center   

The buildings shown here aim to evolve into a means of social inclusion in order to help improve life-style factors and financial competitiveness in Colombia’s deteriorated environments and, thus, try to promote social wellbeing and to build a fairer and more sustainable society based on architecture.

We believe that architecture’s worth is based not only in itself but in what it produces, in its capacity to perform more so than in its capacity to represent and this is why we are interested in architecture that is defined by what it does and not by its substance.

We are interested in inducing actions, happenings and relationships; this will allow us to develop forms, patterns or open material organizations that act in the construction of social actions, not through the introduction of authoritarian, functional schemes, but rather through the stimulus of new everyday interactions; an architecture that is capable of generating new behaviors and relationships, encouraging people to behave, mentally and physically, in ways they would have never thought possible.

Giancarlo Mazzanti (1963, Barranquilla, Colombia)is an Architect of the Javeriana University, Bogotá - Colombia (1987) with a postgraduate in Architecture history and theory, and Industrial design from the University of Florence. Italy (1991). He has been teacher in several Colombian Universities and taught at Princeton University in 2012. He has been invited to dictate conferences at Pratt, Yale Berkeley, University of Valencia, Monterrey, Buenos Aires, Católica del Peru and more. Amongst some of his most relevant projects are the Convention Center, Biblioteca España and the Southamerican Games Coliseums in Medellín, Colombia. Also, the Tercer Milenio Park and more recently Jardín Social Porvenir in Bogotá, Jardín Social Timayui in Santa Marta and the Velodrome in Medellín.
He has been the distinguished winner of the XX Colombian Architecture Biennial in the category of public space in 2006. The winner of the Ibero-American Biennial in the category of Best Architectonic Work in 2008 (Lisbon, Portugal). Winner of the Panamerican Architecture Biennial in the category of Architectonic Design in 2008 (Quito, Ecuador).Winner of the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture (Paris France ) in 2010 and chosen by the MoMA (New York) to exhibit his work in their permanent collection.
He has received several national and international awards and honors. Most of his architecture work involves social values at its main core, it searches for projects that empower transformations and build communities.

Price: Free for AIA members and students with a valid student ID; $10 for non-members

This program is related to the exhibition Colombia Transformed/Architecture=Politics on view until October 26, 2013.

This exhibition was made by possible in part by the 2013 AIANY Inaugural Fund:


Affiliated Engineers, Inc.
Ennead Architects, LLP
Hopkins Foodservice Specialists, Inc.
Jaros, Baum & Bolles
Levien & Company
Mancini Duffy | TSC
New York University
Perkins Eastman
Porcelanosa Group
Robert A. M. Stern Architects, LLP
Robert Silman Associates
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP
Vanguard Construction & Development Co. Inc.

FXFOWLE Architects, LLP
JFK&M Consulting Group
New York Building Congress, Inc.
Syska Hennessy Group, Inc.
TEN Arquitectos
Vanguard Construction & Development Co., Inc.
Vantage Technology Consulting
Weidlinger Associates, Inc.

A program of Archtober, Architecture and Design Month New York City, October 2013.


Exhibition Opening
Thursday, July 11 , 2013, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Medellin's Renaissance
Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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