2015 Barcelona Bienal Latinoamericana Pamplona Madrid
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Labiano, R. (2015). ""BAL2015. IV Bienal de Arquitectura Latinoamericana en Pamplona"". Revista de Arquitectura, 17, pp. 93-98
El pasado mes de abril se celebró en Pamplona la IV Bienal de Arquitectura Latinoamericana BAL2015. Una convocatoria que tras su cuarta edición se consolida como lugar de encuentro de la arquitectura joven del continente americano. Con la participación de los doce equipos seleccionados para la presente edición, provenientes de siete países, y abierta a la participación de los bienalistas anteriores que suman dos países más, fueron en total treinta los equipos que tuvieron ocasión de presentar y exponer sus trabajos, convirtiendo a Pamplona por unos días en una celebración del mejor presente de la arquitectura emergente latinoamericana y anticipadora de su futuro inmediato. Como novedad de la presente edición el programa contó con extensiones en Madrid y Barcelona.
Last April, while international focus on modern Latin American architecture of the past was firmly placed on the ambitious exhibition held by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Fourth Latin American Architecture Biennial, BAL 2015, was held in Pamplona. In its fourth year, the Biennial has gained momentum as a meeting point for celebrating the fresh, new architecture of Latin America. Twelve teams from seven countries (Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru) were chosen to participate in this edition. Teams from two prior participating countries (Uruguay and Paraguay) also attended. A total of 30 teams from nine countries had the opportunity to present and describe their projects. For a few days, Pamplona was a celebration of the best of today’s emerging Latin American architecture and provided a glimpse of what its immediate future might look like. The Biennial lasted three days and included lectures, roundtable discussions, exhibitions and cultural visits. For the first time, the program included additional activities in Madrid and Barcelona.
In 2009, the Latin American Architecture Biennial (BAL) was created to present, in Spain, recent, noteworthy examples of the professional output of young Latin American architects (not yet 40). As a space in which bonds can be tightened and distances shortened, the Biennial is a strong, sound counterpoint to similar events in the English-speaking world. It is held in odd-numbered years so as not to coincide with the Spanish government’s Spanish-American Biennial Fair of Architecture and Town Planning (BIAU). With the growing support of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, the BAL is being integrated more fully into the BIAU’s formal structure so that the critical focus can be placed on each level of intervention making up the complete Spanish-American panorama at the BIAU. This makes it possible to explore the experiences of several recent teams from all over Latin America who have managed to develop their own architectural discourse and have taken on the task of turning the dream of building a continent into a reality. This global strategy of the BAL aims to build bridges between Latin America and Spain and to consolidate the event as the biennial of young Latin American architecture.
This year, with Mexico as the invited guest, a traveling monographic exhibition curated by Miquel Adrià was held on Mexican architecture with the support of the Mexican Embassy and the Cultural Institute of Mexico in Spain. It will on display in Madrid in June before traveling to Latin America. Mexico was also the main topic of the lectures and roundtable discussions by Carlos Sambricio, Andrea Griborio, Alberto Campo Baeza and Miquel Adrià.
The Latin American Architecture Biennial is an initiative of the AS20 research group at the University of Navarra’s School of Architecture. It is sponsored by the University of Navarra, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, the Pamplona City Council, the Association of Towns in Pamplona County and the Navarre branch of the Basque- Navarrese Institute of Architects Association.