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PANEL CONTROVERSIES

Speakers: Pedro Ignacio Alonso & Hugo Palmarola
Date: Thursday 20 April 2017
Time: 6 pm
Place: KTH School of Architecture, Hall A108
Address: Osquars backe 9, Stockholm
Language: English


Lecture on post-war prefabricated housing, as well as the practical and political dimension of modular housing. This work builds upon studies of international Post-War prefabricated large concrete-panel housing, especially of its history and politics.

Alonso and Palmarola are invited to Sweden as part of Iaspis Visiting Expert Programme April 17–25 to meet with Swedish professionals in architecture.  Alonso and Palmarola are known in Sweden primarily for their contribution to the Venice Biennale 2014 Monolith Controversies, which showed the practical and political dimension of prefabricated modular housing in Chile with a trajectory through the Soviet Union and Cuba. It was awarded The Silver Lion. Alonso and Palmarola has since produced numerous exhibitions and publications including “Cold War Cool Digital”,  Pratt New York, “Panel” at the AA London and “Choreographies” at the Lisboa Architectural Triennial.
Organizers: Erik Stenberg and Ylva Frid at Architects Sweden in collaboration with the Iaspis Programme, at the Swedish Arts Grants Committee and KTH School of Architecture.

Pedro Ignacio Alonso
is an architect, educator and curator. He teaches theory of architecture and design at the Universidad Católica de Chile, where he is Associate Professor, and at the Architectural Association, where he is Program Director of the AA Visiting School to Santiago. His research on large-concrete panel systems of prefabrication and their international transfer during the Cold War years, from the USSR to Cuba and Chile is internationally renowned. This transdisciplinary research project touches not only on the histories of architecture and construction technology, but also visual culture, labor history, and international relations. Together they are the authors of the books Panel (Architectural Association, 2014) and Monolith Controversies (Hatje Cantz, 2014), obtaining a DAM Architectural Book Award granted by the Deutsches Architekturmuseum and Frankfurt Book Fair. With Palmarola, he has curated exhibitions at the Architectural Association in London, and has exhibited his work at Pratt Institute in New York, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and the Sao Paulo Cultural Centre in Brazil. Alonso holds a MSc in architecture from the Universidad Católica de Chile, and completed his Ph.D at the Architectural Association in London. He has received research grants from the RIBA in London and the Getty Institute in Los Angeles, and has been Visiting Scholar at the CCA in Montreal for his research on large-concrete panel systems of prefabrication. Alonso is also the author of Deserta: Ecology and Industry in the Atacama Desert (ARQ, 2012), and has published articles at AA Files, San Rocco and Manifest, and book chapters with Routledge (2013), and MIT Press (2014). He is an associate professor at the Catholic University of Chile in Santiago, a visiting tutor at the Architectural Association in London and a Princeton-Mellon Fellow 2015-2016 at Princeton University.

Hugo Palmarola
is a Designer, a Historian and a Professor of the School of Design at the Catholic University of Chile from the Catholic University of Chile (2004) and he holds a MA in Theory and History of Design, National Autonomous University of Mexico (2010). Together they have curated exhibitions and presented their work at the Architectural Association in London, the Pratt Institute in New York, the São Paulo Cultural Centre, Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Istanbul Design Biennial and Princeton University. They are the authors of the books Panel (Architectural Association, 2014) and Monolith Controversies (Hatje Cantz, 2014), which was awarded a DAM Architectural Book Award from the Deutsches Architekturmuseum and Frankfurt Book Fair (2014). Palmarola has published book chapters in Editorial Planeta, Blucher, Museo Reina Sofía, Routledge, MIT Press, Sternberg Press, Dom Publishers and Duke University Press, and articles in the journals ARQ, Diseña, AA Files and Design Issues. He has been an International Scholar at The Society for the History of Technology (2008), and a member of the Advisory Committee for Exhibitions at Los Angeles County Museum of Art in USA (2013).

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