Alejandro Aravena + Elemental Recent Projects: Monoliths and Trees

THE 18TH PIETRO BELLUSCHI LECTURE

After the 8.8 earthquake and tsunami that hit Chile in 2010, we have worked in the reconstruction of Constitucion proposing a mitigation forest as the main infrastructural work, but also dealing with housing, public buildings, productive activities and transportation. In 2011 we were called to perform a similar redesign of an entire city in the Atacama desert, where the Chilean Copper Company, Codelco, commissioned us to intervene at the whole scale of Calama where we are proposing an oasis. We have been also working in different buildings like the Angelini Innovation Center in Chile and the Mirador del Diablo in Mexico where architecture has become rather monolithic.

Alejandro Aravena

Architect, Elemental, Santiago de Chile

Alejandro Aravena received his degree from Universidad Catolica in 1992. He is executive director of Elemental. Since 2009, he has been a member of the Pritzker Prize jury. In 2010 he was named International Fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects. His awards include the Silver Lion of the Venice Biennale (2008) and the Index Award in Denmark (2011). His work was exhibited at MoMA in 2010 and at the Whitney Museum in 2011, and he has been included in the Pompidou collection. He is currently doing projects for Novartis and Vitra.