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These Are The Latin American Cities With The Best Quality of Life

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Mercer, the multinational consultancy recently announced that Vienna, Austria has been ranked as the city with the best quality of life in the world, for the ninth year in a row. In a ranking that is dominated by European cities in the highest positions, this year Vancouver (5th), Singapore (25th) and Port Louis (83rd) are the highest-ranking cities in North America, Asia, and Africa, respectively. 

Chilean Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale to Recreate Physical Model of National Stadium to Illustrate the Politics of Housing

Propuesta: Acceso. Image Courtesy of Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes Propuesta: Acceso. Image Courtesy of Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes

As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage we present the proposal for the Chilean Pavilion. Below, the participants describe their contribution in their own words.

At the centre of Sala dell’Isoloto stands a large-scale model of a building made of rammed earth. On closer examination, the sixty pieces that comprise the building’s oval shape appear less to be made of earth as carved in it. Layers of soil with slight variations in colour and texture recall that it is land what is at stake at the Chilean Pavilion. The layering of the pavilion’s pieces is the footprint of an artisanal process of production by which a fragile, discrete material—soil, bare earth—is transformed into a stable, monolithic object. Simultaneously heavy and fragile, these objects are in turn symbolic fragments of another transmutation: one by which slum dwellers were transformed into property owners in an event at Chile’s National Stadium, and one by which a city that grew unplanned becomes visible and fixed in a plan, that of a building able to narrate its own history.

La Roja / Felipe Assadi Arquitectos

© Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda © Fernando Alda

Text description provided by the architects. La Roja is a small house, consisting of 87m2 distributed on two floors. Its shape arises from a solid cube and the subtraction of part of its mass, to generate a double height entrance terrace and the roof slopes. The house is located in a mountain area of a sparsely urbanized context that seems rural. It is a low-density area, with plots around 5,000 m2; therefore the houses are isolated, with no visual contact between them.

Jury Members for the 2018 Venice Biennale Announced

© Andrea Avezzù © Andrea Avezzù

The Board of Directors of La Biennale di Venezia, upon recommendation from 2018 curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects, have announced the jury for the forthcoming Venice Biennale.

The jury will be responsible for awarding the Golden Lion for Best National Participation, the Golden Lion for Best Participant in the International Exhibition FREESPACE, and the Silver Lion for a Promising Young Participant in the International Exhibition FREESPACEThey will also have the opportunity to award one special mention to National Participations and two special mentions to the participants in the International Exhibition.

The international jury consists of the following members:

12 Cachagua / Mobil Arquitectos

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh
  • Architects: Mobil Arquitectos
  • Location: Cachagua, Zapallar, Valparaíso Region, Chile
  • Architect In Charge: Patricio Browne
  • Area: 2470.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Nico Saieh

Smiljan Radic: "I Always Collect Things From All Over; There Is Little Invention"

Mestizo Restaurant / Smiljan Radic. Image © Gonzalo Puga Mestizo Restaurant / Smiljan Radic. Image © Gonzalo Puga

A lot of things are said about Smiljan Radic. Some say that he belongs to an architecture that borders on the sculptural. It is also said that both his aesthetic and his silence is admired by his peers. It is also said that he is so hermetic that he doesn’t even have a website to promote his work. All these things are said about the 52 years old Chilean architect, before he starts his talk "more or less a year," at the Puerto de Ideas Festival in Valparaíso (Chile), where he reviews his latest projects.

"Saying something -and saying something else- has always seemed impossible or very difficult for me. I always collect things from everywhere. And that's what I do. There isn’t much more to it than that: there is little invention. In spite of everything, one has to end up talking, saying things. And today we are going to talk about what I could and could not do in the past year", he says at the beginning of his talk at the Cousiño Palace in Valparaíso.

Neo-Rustic Concrete Retreat: Coastal Cottage Blends Brutalism & Minimalism

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Houses & Residential. ]

The simple and linear form of this remote vacation home juts out from a cliff over a sea-lion reserve in Chile; crafted to look aged and monolithic, it appears almost like a modern ruin in the natural landscape.

Designed by architects Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen, based in nearby Concepción, the Loba House juts out off the Coliumo Peninsula. For the clients, it is a dream getaway, but it takes a particular personality to enjoy the rugged forms and structural simplicity of this quiet place.

The heavy concrete structure is predominantly made of concrete, its roof forming a terrace overlooking the ocean below (with a stepped chimney sticking up from it).

Hualle House / Ampuero Yutronic

© Felipe Fontecilla © Felipe Fontecilla
  • Architects: Ampuero Yutronic
  • Location: Pucón, Chile
  • Author Architects: Javier Ampuero, Catalina Yutronic
  • Design Team: Javier Ampuero, Catalina Yutronic, Andy Wakefield
  • Area: 230.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Felipe Fontecilla
  • Construction: Constructora Nuevo Horizonte
  • Structure: Sigma
  • Project Manager: Omar Loyola
© Felipe Fontecilla © Felipe Fontecilla

Text description provided by the architects. Hualle House is a 230m2 family home located in the southern Araucania region of Chile, renowned for its natural beauty. 

PF House / [ b e l e v ê ] + Hrdalo Arq

© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh
  • Landscape: Passalacqua Paisajismo
  • Site Area: 1.019 m2
© Nico Saieh © Nico Saieh

Text description provided by the architects. This residential project was designed from a sloping terrain, where the main requirement is the location on the site, orientation and focus of the views towards the Andes mountains.

What Makes a City Livable to You?

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Mercer released their annual list of the Most Livable Cities in the World last month. The list ranks 231 cities based on factors such as crime rates, sanitation, education and health standards, with Vienna at #1 and Baghdad at #231. There’s always some furor over the results, as there ought to be when a city we love does not make the top 20, or when we see a city rank highly but remember that one time we visited and couldn’t wait to leave.