The Berlage

Symposium Room K

Architecture, Nature, and the Americas: The Work of Paulo Mendes da Rocha

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This afternoon symposium seeks to challenge prevailing narratives about the contribution of the Global South to modern architecture by focusing on Latin America through the still largely overlooked work of Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha (1928–2021). In particular, the symposium will discuss the forms and methods that have shaped—and have been shaped by—Latin American “culture and nature” as envisioned by Mendes da Rocha. Organized by Vanessa Grossman, this symposium is part of a Berlage proseminar being taught in spring 2023, where students are contributing to “Constructed Geographies: Paulo Mendes da Rocha,” a forthcoming major retrospective exhibition at Casa da Arquitectura, in Porto to be held from May to September 2023. With contributions by Jean-Louis Cohen, Vanessa Grossman, Ciro Miguel, Guy Nordenson, Catherine Otondo, and Guilherme Wisnik.

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