Colombia Transformed

Colombia Transformed exhibition
Students viewing the Colombia Transformed exhibition in John Hartell Gallery. William Staffeld / AAP
Colombia Transformed exhibition
Colombia Transformed explored public projects in Colombia through photographs, slides, drawings, physical models, and film footage. William Staffeld / AAP
Colombia Transformed exhibition
Exhibition view of Colombia Transformed. William Staffeld / AAP
Colombia Transformed exhibition
Students viewing the Colombia Transformed exhibition in John Hartell Gallery. William Staffeld / AAP
Students viewing the Colombia Transformed exhibition in John Hartell Gallery. William Staffeld / AAP Colombia Transformed explored public projects in Colombia through photographs, slides, drawings, physical models, and film footage. William Staffeld / AAP Exhibition view of Colombia Transformed. William Staffeld / AAP Students viewing the Colombia Transformed exhibition in John Hartell Gallery. William Staffeld / AAP

Between believing and not believing, it is better to believe.
Between acting and disintegrating, it is better to act.

~ Le Corbusier

The exhibition Colombia Transformed features recently completed public projects in Colombia designed by leading local architects that include Daniel Bonilla, Orlando Garcia, Giancarlo Mazzanti, Felipe Mesa, Juan Manuel Pelaez, and Felipe Uribe, among others.

These visionary and socially conscious works — daycare centers, kindergartens, schools, libraries, and sport complexes — reflect on the significant societal shifts that are taking place in Latin America today. They demonstrate ideas of social and spatial inclusion through the implementation of progressive governmental policies as well as innovative approaches to the production of architectural forms and spaces, which have been steadily transforming Colombia's urban landscape in recent years.

The projects are explored through photographs, slides, drawings, physical models, and film footages that celebrate how these buildings are appropriated by the general public.

Curators: Vladimir Belogolovsky (Curatorial Project) and Fernando Villa (MAP). This exhibition is organized by Julian Palacio, visiting critic, Department of Architecture, as part of the Preston H. Thomas Memorial Lecture Series.