Course Description The course presents an analysis of contemporary Chilean architecture and its close ties to the cultural traditions of the country, despite strong European influence. The physical characteristics of the Chilean landscape are described along with how this has influenced population distribution. The course provides an overview of Chilean architecture over recent years, starting with general aspects and then moving onto a number of firms and their work, including both completed projects and projects that are still under construction. The course offers a comprehensive overview of different types of architecture and the use of technologies and materials to meet the requirements of building functions. Extensive images, technical drawings, and an introductory text are used to present this architectural language.
Learning Objectives After reading this article and studying the drawings, you will be able to:
Analyze the cultural traditions, and the geographical and economic contexts in which the new generation of Chilean architects is working.
Describe the significance of training at the Pontifical Catholic University of both young and the previous generation of architects who have shown the path to be followed.
Identify the design choices made to implement the social aims of the project and its sensitivity to the problem of poverty and§ Chile’s strong economic imbalance.
Identify, in the detailed analyses of recent projects, elements of the architectural language that represent both innovation and respect for tradition