The Modernist Frontier:
Architecture and the Bureaucratic Medium in Latin America, 1950-1970
This talk stems from a book project titled, The Modernist Frontier, which takes a revisionist look at the “golden age” of modern architecture and design in Latin America (1950-1970). Through a comparative analysis of interventions spearheaded by architects closely tied to state bureaucracies in Mexico, Brazil and Peru, the book demonstrates that the active participation of these figures in politics not only propelled this panorama of heightened architectural production but was crucial in establishing their domains of expertise and expanding architecture's territorial scales of operation.
Luis M. Castañeda is an Assistant Professor of art history at Syracuse University and the author of Spectacular Mexico: Design, Propaganda and the 1968 Olympics (University of Minnesota Press, 2014). Castañeda's research examines multiple aspects of the visual culture and urban history of the Americas, inscribing these spheres within broader horizons of economic, political and intellectual transformation in the region.
Discussant: Lucia Allais, Assistant Professor, History and Theory of Architecture
This program is co-presented by the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities, the Princeton University School of Architecture, and Program in Latin American Studies.