Alejandro Aravena graduated as an architect from the Universidad Católica de Santiago in 1992. He continued his studies of Theory and Art History at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV) in Venice. In 1994 he established his own practice, Alejandro Aravena Architects. From 2000 until 2005, he taught at Harvard University, where he founded the “do tank” ELEMENTAL with Andrés Iacobelli. In 2010 he was granted membership as an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He lead and curated the 15th Venice Biennale and in 2016 received the prestigious Pritzker Prize.
Since 2001 he has held the position of principal director of ELEMENTAL.
SHOULD WE GIVE THE PENCIL TO THE PEOPLE?
What do we mean by participation? Why should we have? Do we have to have it? What has been our experience at ELEMENTAL in participatory design processes? The lecture will give 7 clues to answer these questions based on what we have learned in social housing projects since 2003, in the reconstruction after the 2010 tsunami and earthquake in Constitucion and the 2012 social riots in the copper mining town of Calama.