17 July 2012

Re-designing Medellín

"Around the world, followers of architecture with a capital A have focused so much of their attention on formal experiments, as if aesthetics and social activism, twin Modernist concerns, were mutually exclusive. But Medellín is proof that they’re not, and shouldn’t be."
I lifted the comment above from this article in The New York Times which recounts the renaissance of Medellín, Colombia. I just tonight came across the link courtesy of Fonna Forman. There is an interesting entanglement of architectural focus on public space, cultural activism, and democratic participation at work here. No panacea promised, just a hopeful example.

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Blogger thefoolofthecabin said...

The is no country called Columbia. Medellín is in Colombia. :-)

18 July, 2012 03:05  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

Duly noted! (and remedied).

18 July, 2012 11:00  
Blogger Fonna Forman said...

Much to learn about urban renewal from activist mayors in Medellín and Bogota... Check out this latest NYT piece on similar strategies in Bogota -- http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/08/arts/design/bogota-with-pockets-of-hope-in-recent-architecture.html?_r=2&ref=world&pagewanted=all

20 July, 2012 19:04  

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