Remains of Regional Identities

  • Design
  • New York
  • Thu, October 16 —
    Thu, October 30, 2014
Remains of Regional Identities

An exhibition and architecture roundtable about this year’s Venice Biennale theme ‘Absorbing Modernity 1914 - 2014.’

Curated by Javier Antón, this exhibition deals with the absorption of modernity in Spain, following the theme of this year’s Venice Biennale of Architecture: Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014.

Contextualizing the historical, social, political and economical situation of the country, this exhibition uses collage and film as a tool to display how modernity has blended with remains of regional identities through a particular case study: the twin houses built by Javier Carvajal in Somosaguas, 1967. These houses were granted the Fritz Schumacher prize for the best European architecture for translating traditional architectural features into a modern language. The transition to what seems like a universal architectural language is a more complex process than we typically acknowledge, involving significant encounters between cultures, technical inventions and ways of remaining “national.”

Round table prior to the opening on October 16, 2014 at 7 pm. Panelists: Kenneth Frampton, architect, critic and historian; Alberto Campo-Baeza, Head Professor of Design at the School of Architecture of Madrid. Moderator: Javier Antón, curator of the exhibition.


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Instituto Cervantes New York, 211 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017


Free and open to the public

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Instituto Cervantes New York


Organized by FAUSTOS (Foreign Architectural United Studios) in collaboration with Instituto Cervantes New York. Photo: Javier Carvajal, © Universidad de Navarra.



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