Architecture & Urbanism 594 – Architecture in Chile (In Search of a New Identity)
Architecture & Urbanism 594 | Located at the end of the world, Chile’s idyllic landscape creates a perfect canvas for its architects to express poetry in their architecture. To many, it is the utopian holiday homes that brought Chilean architecture into the international scene. Examples of these houses were previously featured in a+u 06:07, such as the House for the Poem of the Right Angle, and Loba House.
However, following 2010, we began to see a different group of architects looking into less individualistic visions. Guided by a moral compass, they engage with the public or take up non-profit projects that focused on social and sustainable issues which had come to a halt during the time of oppression.
In an introductory essay, Diego Grass, architect and tutor at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, sets down to share his insights into Chilean architecture from the 1990s. He describes how having gone through the years of persistent domestic unrest, the country seeks to forge a new cultural identity that would bring a divided Chile together.
18 projects are selected in this issue to broaden our perspectives into architecture in Chile, and the many ways these architects respond to its landscape and urban territory contexts.