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Exhibition of Mid Century Latin America Architecture…

Arch Daily have just informed me of an exhibition which starts at the end of March. Unfortunately for me it’s at the MOMA in New York …

Entitled Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980, it sounds like something right up my street, full of idealistic 1960’s and 70’s designs, when imagination was only limited by the ability to which it could be drawn

These two images in particular caught my attention.

The first is from 1969 and is a magnificent proposal for a hotel at Machu Picchu, Peru by Miguel Rodrigo Mazuré. Having been lucky enough to visit Machu Picchu a few years ago, I can imagine where this was probably going to be located, on the slopes above Aquas Calientes, where the buses on the switchback road slowly take you up to the citadel and a sight that I will never, ever forget

As such my heart tells me that I’m quite pleased it wasn’t built. But my head absolutely loves it.. all those cantilevers and cable cars and funicular railways and dynamic concrete planes.. ohhh, yes please…

Machu Pichu Hotel
This second image is slightly more conceptual in that it appears to have a record cutting lathe acting as a central civic hub of some form, with routes in and out being represented by oil refinery pipework.

It still looks bloody marvellous though…. I can’t find anything about this image from the exhibition blurb, but it looks a little bit like it’s sitting in the beautiful Peruvian valley of Cusco, so again, probably a good thing it never made it off the drawing board…

MoMA_Rigamonti-1000

So all in all, it looks like it could be a good exhibition, although unless it crosses the ocean, one I won’t get to see. I’ll have to find out if there’s a shiny and informative, fully illustrated book to accompany the exhibition (and let’s face it, there usually is..) and be satisfied with that…

My own small contribution to spreading the word of South American post war architecture was a piece I wrote a couple of years ago for the Modernist Magazine, about the Argentinian Brutalist architect Clorinda Testa, whose work in Buenos Aires, I found particularity memorable and deserving of far greater recognition worldwide…

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  1. Obs
    March 7, 2015 at 18:46

    A bit of Googling brought up this caption for the hub collage: “Jorge Rigamonti. Caracas Nodo de Transferencia (Caracas Transfer Node). 1970. Photocollage. 9 ¼ x 15” (23.5 x 38.1cm). Museum of Modern Art, New York. Latin American and Caribbean Fund”

    Rigamonti was a well known Venezuelan architect, and a bit more Googling brought up this collection of his urban collages:

    https://www.behance.net/gallery/12271737/Urban-Collages-(1966-1971)

    • March 7, 2015 at 22:19

      Excellent detective work Obs..
      There are some truly wonderful images on that site, Mr. Rigamonti certainly had a very distinctive style… Thanks very much for the link, and thanks for taking the time to comment, always appreciated.
      Joe

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