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ARCHIVE -. Index Upcoming Architecture

©National Art Museum of China-MAD-architects

©National Art Museum of China MAD architects

Time for another Theme Week: Upcoming Architecture Worldwide. The week we will be focusing purely on architecture from around the world, focusing on one architectural practice per continent. Before starting the week with an exclusive interview between Indechs and the Seoul based architect Peter W. Ferretto, we will start introducing young architects from across the world, one per continent. First of all we will head over to South America, introducing Alejandro Aravena and his practice in Santiago de Chile.

© Alejandro Aravena Elemental 2004

© Alejandro Aravena Elemental 2004

Aravena, who has held visiting professorships at Harvard and the AA and is widely published, and has received numerous prizes. Since 2006, he is Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Elemental S.A, a com­pa­ny with especially so­cial in­ter­est, work­ing in pro­jects of in­fras­truc­ture, trans­porta­tion, pub­lic space and hous­ing, part­ner­ing with Universidad Catolica de Chile, and COPEC, Chilean Oil Com­pa­ny. Elemental’s projects work within tight policy restrictions and with few resources. The idea is to provide a set of conditions that allow the building units to be adapted and increase in value over time, redefining social housing as an investment not an expense.Later this week, Peter W. Ferretto will discuss his practice with us in more detail. Having studied in the UK and having worked for several leading architects, Ferretto decided to finally settle down in Asia and open his personal office in Seoul.

©SEOUL SQUARE Media Art PW Ferretto

© SEOUL SQUARE Media Art PW Ferretto

Throughout the conversation he will elaborate on this decision, the differences between the European and Asian market, its opportunities and consequences. Moreover, he will give further insight into his practice to which the understanding of architecture as a thinking process where concept and observation are fundamental to the process of generating spaces is, crucial.

©Yongsan International Business District by REX Architecture

©Yongsan International Business District by REX Architecture

Index (Indechs): Something that serves to guide, point out, or otherwise facilitate reference – an ARCHIVE -. Index is a new platform for Art, Architecture, Design, Film and Literature.

Author/Photos: Friedrich Gräfling/Johanna Stemmler