Spread the Word: Theory and Territorialization of Latin American Architecture

Fall 2015 Student Lecture Series: Florencia Rodriguez

Spread the Word: Theory and Territorialization of Latin American Architecture

© Boston Architectural College; Video by: Matt Gelineau

October 21, 2015

Abstract: Contemporary modes of communication that may seem dispersed and dissolved are not at all equivalent to the annulment of new possibilities for the written word and critical thinking. On the contrary, they suggest a wider reach - spilling, disseminating, and distributing - a sort of cultural sprawl. They imply new ways of thinking about territory, ideas, discourse, transculturation and absorption. This lecture will explore the possibilities of generating territory and conforming fields through concepts and ideas. A second part will present new theoretical narratives in Latin American contemporary architecture.

Florencia Rodriguez is an architect and critic as well as founder and editorial director of Piedra, Papel y Tijera publishers in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her editorial work is complemented by other development and dissemination activities aimed at triggering cultural "agitation" to provoke and inspire a collective evolution of the discipline.

In 2010 Florencia created the publication PLOT, a platform committed to the dissemination of practices and critical thinking about contemporary architecture. One of its main aims is to integrate Latin-American architecture within global debates and production, and to promote the active role of criticism and theory in the transformation of our built environment. With the same intention, she has previously curated symposia and exhibitions such as "hEX, Arquitectura Argentina Contemporánea" (2007), "Nunca Fuimos Eternos" (2008) and "Post Post Post" (2009/11); collaborated in the Buenos Aires Biennale (since 2007); and coordinated the program of Centro de Estudios de Arquitectura Contemporánea of the Torcuato Di Tella School of Architecture (2009, 2010) among other activities.