Latin American Architecture 1929-1960: Contemporary Reflections

Symposium Fri 11 Oct 2002 The New School, Tishman Auditorium
66 West 12th Street
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In September 1929, Le Corbusier was invited to lecture in Buenos Aires, Montevideo, and Rio de Janerio. He found a culture ready to apply and transform European Modernism to the needs of a new and vibrant economy, and he himself designed a plan to expand Rio. When he returned to Brazil in 1936 to work with Lucio Costa, Oscar Neimeyer, Alfonso Reidy, and Jorge Moreira, modern architecture had taken throughout Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay. From 1929 with Calder and Villanueva's Aula Magna and Niemeyer's plans for Brasilia. Why did Modernism enjoy this striking triumph (commercially and artistically) in Latin America, and why did this golden age abruptly end after twenty years? Presenters include Kenneth Frampton, Mario Gandelsonas, Lauro Cavalcanti, Jose Antonio Aldrete-Haas, Jorge Francisco Leimor, and Jorge Silvetti.



Participants
Kenneth Frampton, Ware Professor of Architecture, Columbia University
Mario Gandelsonas, Professor of Architecture, Princeton University and Principal, Agrest and Gandelsonas Architects
Lauro Cavalcanti, Architect and Doctor of Social Anthropology
Jose Antonio Aldrete-Haas, Architect, Aldrete-Haas & Associates Architects, Mexico City
Jorge Francisco Liernur, Chairman, Center of Studies on Contemporary Architecture, Torcuato Di Tella University, Buenos Aires
Jorge Silvetti
Terence Riley, Chief Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The museum of Modern Art
Carlos Brillembourg, Architect, Carlos Brillembourg Architects, Caracas/New York
Paulina Villanueva, Professor of Architecture, Universidad, Central
Monica Ponce de Leon
, Principal, Office dA, Associate Professor in Architecture, Gratuate School of Design, Harvard University
Ruth Verde Zein, Architect, Critic, Professor of Architecture, MacKenzie University, Sao Paulo
Enrique Norten, Architect, TEN Arquitectos, Mexico City
Rafael Viñoly

Cosponsored by the Vera List Center and the Museum of Modern Art Department of Architectural Design.