Politics of Fabrication Laboratory
Universidad Católica de Valparaiso, Chile
By Politics Fab Lab
Image (c) Ivan Ivelic
From Felix Candela’s double-curvature concrete shells to Eladio Dieste’s undulated brick surfaces or Alberto Cruz Covarrubias poetic wood constructions, Latin American architecture has demonstrated an outstanding vitality in material expression. However, the work of these architects not only traced new symbolic and expressive architectural trajectories in the history of modern architecture, but also challenged the relationship between architecture and the public in a broader sense. Following this tradition, Politics of Fabrication Symposium (PFS) explores the changing political implications of material experimentation when applied to the construction of public spaces. The symposium brings together academic leaders, practitioners and architectural personalities to open up a conversation on the implications between particular socio-cultural conditions and current digital fabrication techniques.