Held in conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art exhibition, Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980 (March 29-July 19, 2015), Learning from/in Latin America is a two-day conference co-organized by Princeton University and MoMA designed to further explore key positions, debates, and architectural activity arising from Cuba, Mexico, and South America over three decades of architectural and urban development from 1955 to the early 1980s. Practitioners, planners, architecture and urban design historians, humanities scholars, curators and critics will contribute to a polyphonic conversation about architecture in Latin America, its social and political implications, and the persistent legacies of modernization.
This roundtable conversation brings together contemporary architects from Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia to reflect on their current activity in relation to the quarter-century of architectural and urban development featured in the exhibition.
Introduction: Barry Bergdoll, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA
Moderator: Fabrizio Gallanti, Princeton-Mellon Initiative, Princeton University
Angelo Bucci, SPBR Arquitetos, São Paulo (Brazil)
Tatiana Bilbao, Tatiana Bilbao SC, Mexico City (Mexico)
Felipe Mesa, Planb: Arquitectos, Medellín (Colombia)
Established and emerging scholars of architecture and urbanism will convene for a day-long symposium to discuss ideas central to the formulation of the exhibition: campuses as urban laboratories, the image and imaginary of the city, and the concept of the informal city.
10:00am / Welcome and Introduction
Stan Allen, School of Architecture, Princeton University
Bruno Carvalho, Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures, Princeton University
10:30am / The Campus as a Laboratory for the Ideal City
Moderator: Carlos Eduardo Comas, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Respondent: Anita Berrizbeitia, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Eduardo Luis Rodríguez, independent scholar, Havana, Cuba
Sylvia Ficher, University of Brasilia, Brazil
Cristina López Uribe, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City
Fernando Pérez-Oyarzun, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago
1:30pm / Session Two: Urban Imaginaries
Moderator: Patricio del Real, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA
Respondent: Diana Agrest, Cooper Union
Guillermo Barrios, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas
Luis Castañeda, Syracuse University
Beatriz Jaguaribe, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
4:00pm / The Form of the Informal
Moderator: Jorge Francisco Liernur, Universidad Torcuato di Tella,Buenos Aires, Argentina
Respondent: Helen Gyger, Columbia University
Sharif S. Kahatt, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú, Lima
Felipe Correa, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Gabriel Duarte, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, PUC-Rio, Brazil
Learning from/in Latin America is co-organized by The Museum of Modern Art and the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities. Major support for Learning from/in Latin America is provided by the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities, a program of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional funding is provided by The Museum of Modern Art and the Princeton University School of Architecture.