V Bienal de Arquitectura Latinoamericana. BAL2017 en Pamplona
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5th Biennial of Latin American Architecture. BAL2017 in Pamplona
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Labiano-Novoa, R. (Rubén). "V Bienal de Arquitectura Latinoamericana. BAL2017 en Pamplona". Ra. Revista de Arquitectura. 19, 2017, 117 - 122
La celebración el pasado mes de abril de una nueva edición, la quinta, de la Bienal de Arquitectura Latinoamericana BAL2017 congregó en Pamplona a una selección de quince equipos de arquitectos jóvenes latinoamericanos, provenientes de siete países. Con la inclusión de los trabajos enviados por bienalistas de ediciones anteriores, fueron en total treinta y dos los equipos y ocho los países representados, convirtiendo a Pamplona por unos días en un escaparate del mejor presente de la arquitectura emergente latinoamericana.
The celebration last April of a new edition, the fifth edition of the BAL2017 Biennial of Latin American Architecture, brought together in Pamplona a selection of fifteen teams of young Latin American architects from seven countries. With the inclusion of the works sent by biennialists of previous editions, there were a total of thirty-two teams and eight countries represented, making Pamplona in a showcase of the best emerging Latin American architecture for a few days. The Biennial, which also offers its programs in Madrid and Barcelona, has two parts: one in which a guest country, Colombia in this case, stars in the conferences and debates that this time focused almost thematically on the well-known social achievements achieved in Medellín and Bogotá with the strategic use of architecture as an effective tool of social action, and a second where the selected teams presented their work. What has been seen has been a set of proposals of great interest and quality, with programs as small as single-family housing to as large as an intermodal center or a government building; with environments that range from the urban periphery, the historic center or the lush landscape. A set that conveys a feeling of optimism before an architecture with commitment, with reflection, with an ethical attitude in the proportion between the means and the ends pursued, with a constructive emphasis in the approaches. An architecture with a preferential option for the most with less that has a lot of common sense and a lot of ambition and intensity in the contents and that developed in an environment lacking the suffocating European regulations produces results that seen from this periphery are enviable.

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