Latin American Architecture
Six Voices
Architecture - Latin American Studies
7 x 9.5, 240 pp.
111 b&w photos., 33 line drawings.
Pub Date: 07/01/2000
Studies in Architecture and Culture
Price:        $60.00


Published by Texas A&M University Press

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Latin American Architecture

Six Voices

Edited by Malcolm Malcolm Quantrill

The countries of Latin America exist within a framework of individuality supported by a unity based on the similar factors of urban population, rural morale, and ethnic conformation. The area is isolated even as it is centrally located in geographical terms, almost in a time warp of culture that mixes the modern with the arcane, the elite with the poor, and the primitive with the sophisticated. The common history, common destiny, and common role in the world inherent to the major countries of Latin America—Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Uruguay, and Venezuela—justify the efforts of regional architects to create a continental identity.

Latin American Architecture: Six Voices is a compilation of profiles of architects, one from each of the six major countries. The essays capture the political and social changes that altered the face of Latin American countries and how the architects who work there continually attempt to balance the old with the new, intimating at the same time the continuity and cultivation of a tradition so persistent in Latin American architecture. In doing so, the artists reveal the two major schools of development: minimalist and tectonic tradition.

Michael L. Tribe and Pablo J. Rodriguez P., along with editors Malcolm Quantrill and Kenneth Frampton, focus on prominent figures in Latin American architecture such as Colombia's Rogelio Salmona, Mexico's Ricardo Legoretta, and Venezuela's Jesús Tenreiro-Degwitz. Their intent is to correct an imbalanced treatment of the region's architecture at the hands of international critics, who lauded Latin America as the proving ground of modernism in the late 1940s but then quickly lost interest.

A refreshing look at some less-famous architects, whose skill is equal to if not greater than that of some stars of the "developed world," Latin American Architecture provides an ideal introduction for the architecture student or anyone interested in architecture as a reflection of culture.

Malcolm Quantrill is Distinguished Professor of Architecture at Texas A&M University.Kenneth Frampton is Ware Professor of Architecture at Columbia University in New York City.Pablo J. Rodriguez P. is founder of the architectural firm TEKTON Arquitectura in Caracas, where he practices and teaches architecture.Michael L. Tribe is an associate with Peter Gisolfi Associates of Westchester, New York, where he designs residential, institutional, and commercial projects.

What Readers Are Saying:

“. . . the Studies in Architecture and Culture series published by Texas A&M University Press has established itself as a serious forum for reflecting on the evolving legacy of modernism. . . . I was delighted to see some projects that I had never seen before, and to read essay by some excellent critics who are rarely published in English. The people in charge of the Studies in Architecture and Culture series must be applauded for turning their attention to Latin America.” --Cite

“The book’s main contribution is to move beyond the classic masterpieces of Latin American architecture and to highlight exceptional architects from the late twentieth century . . . Each chapter is handsomely illustrated . . .” --Latin American Research Review

“Contemporary architectural criticism has the unfortunate tendency to focus on and review the work of a relatively small group of architects and an even smaller selection of regions. Seis Arquitectos is without doubt a positive step out of this elitist provincialism. This collection of essays presents powerfully the tactics used by these leading South American architects in handling several facets of architectural imagination.” --Marco Frascari, G. Truman Ward Professor of Architecture,Washington-Alexandri

“I strongly believe that the course of U.S. architecture in the next century will be more closely aligned with that of the rest of the Americas. . . . For this reason I believe that it is absolutely essential for English-speaking audiences to obtain a better knowledge of the accomplishments and historical background of contemporary Latin American architecture. . . . In addition to identifying the major architectural figures, the [book] has the added benefit of introducing a group of critics and historians to a broader readership.” --Terence Riley, Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art

“It is refreshing to hear voices concerned with the situation of architecture in Latin America, while Americanization is getting new momentum through tele-communication technologies. [Seis Arquitectos] is timely. It addresses issues pertinent to developing countries and touches on certain aspects of contemporary crisis in architectural theory and practice.” --Gevork Hartoonian, author of Modernity and Its Other


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