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New Parklet Program Enlivens São Paulo’s Urban Streets

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São Paulo, Brazil is making history with newly signed legislation for a permanent parklet program in the city. The new decree, which marks the first legal change of its kind in Latin America, follows the success of last year’s temporary parklets experiment held during Environment Week. Like the San Francisco parklet program predecessor, São Paulo’s new parklets program will help convert small pockets of street space into miniature pedestrian-oriented public spaces. Each parklet must follow set construction standards and can be designed in a variety of styles and materials.

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Latin America in Construction

Latin America in Construction
[All photographs by John Hill – see more in my Flickr set on the exhibition.]

Earlier in the week I got a preview of the MoMA exhibition Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980, opening Sunday and running until July 19, 2015. The large-scale show, located on the museum's sixth floor (where Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes took place two years ago), is notable for being Barry Bergdoll's swan song at MoMA, although he organized the show with a number of people: Patricio del Real, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art; Jorge Francisco Liernur, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Carlos Eduardo Comas, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil; as well as an advisory committee from across Latin America.

2016, the Year of Aravena

[Photo: Cristobal Palma]

Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena has been named the 41st recipient – and fourth from Latin America – of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Here is the announcement video from the Hyatt Foundation:

In addition to the prestigious prize, Aravena is directing this year's Venice Architecture Biennale, which goes under the theme, "Reporting from the Front." Needless to say, he's having a good year.

First things first, though: Aravena was far from the top choice in the poll that was on this blog for the last three weeks. The results of the poll (which, as a test, allowed voters to choose more than one architect) are as follows:
1: Steven Holl, with 819 votes
2: David Chipperfield, with 781 votes
3: Bjarke Ingels, with 744 votes
T4: Kengo Kuma, with 736 votes
T4: Tod Williams Billie Tsien, with 736 votes
T13: "Other," with 718 votes

Feel the love. 7 (projects) in 7 (countries)

Seven communities in seven countries in Europe and Latin America are partnering with us to strengthen local arts, crafts and health through architecture. In celebration of the February 14th and our mutual love of architecture we are pleased to present our partnership with Enel Cuore. Please join us in recognizing the powerful social impact of the architecture we love. Learn more about the places we've left our heart this February.


Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Start Date: December 1, 2013
Type: Volunteer Project Management Intern
Application Deadline: November 1, 2013

Program Background
Since March of 2012 Architecture for Humanity has partnered with Enel Cuore Onlus on a program that will build capacity in communities affected by considerable poverty and social disadvantage. The program consists of 7 community infrastructure projects in 4 countries in Latin America and 3 countries in Europe, across both rural and urban areas. Through sustainable practices and community empowerment, this program will promote innovative development for local communities and build social infrastructure for the long term. More details can be found on the program website

The Latin America team seeks a member with design and construction knowledge, understanding of construction administration, strong graphic design skills, and an interest in grant research and writing, to assist us at the Bogotá field office.

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4 April Events

Here is a heads up on four architecture-related events taking place in New York City this April. I posted about a couple of the events previously, and am including them here as reminders, while the other two events are featured here for the first time. Details on each are below the list.

April 2: 2015 Mumford Lecture: Rebecca Solnit
April 6: Oculus Book Talk: "Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture"
April 9: Architecture's Appeal Launch and Panel
April 16-17: Facades+ New York Conference

Thursday, April 2: The 2015 Lewis Mumford Lecture on Urbanism will be given by writer, historian and activist Rebecca Solnit. The 11th annual lecture is presented by the Graduate Program in Urban Design, Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at City College of New York (CCNY), and will be held in the Great Hall of Shepard Hall at CCNY, Convent Hall at 138th Street. It's free, open to the public, and no reservations are necessary.

Office for Urbanization to convene Landscape as Urbanism in the Americas series this month

The Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Office for Urbanization will convene a three-part “Landscape as Urbanism in the Americas” series across Latin America in March