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PLOT magazine is an international publication of architecture based in Buenos Aires. We are a new platform for the diffusion of practice and thinking of the cultural field for contemporary architecture in Latin America and the rest of the world.

PLOT 34. The December 2016 – January 2017 edition is already available in bookstores and in our virtual store. If you subscribe to the magazine, you have a 20% discount on the cover price.

In the Magazine section of this issue of PLOT we publish an article about the 3 td Istanbul’s Design Biennale entitled “ARE WE HUMAN?, about the role of the design and the ways of interrogate humanity reflecting about the way we live in a world immersed in design. Following that, he article “From Knowledge to Development” presents the 9th International Urbanism Conference (IFoU), the first edition in Latin-America. In this event, developed in the Architecture School of University of Buenos Aires (FADU/UBA). Then, we present the 25th Belgium´s Biennale Interieur entitled “Silver Lining – Interior”, with reference of the Silver Lining concept and the human quality´s life of interior designed spaces. Following that, we present two Latin-American recent collective buildings under the article “Local traditions”, which shows a reinterpretation of local constructive traditions, in Paraguay and Brazil.

In the Practice section we published a block dedicated to  “Spaces for the culture”, with the reinterpretation of the museum´s program and the role of the architectural design in the actual status of art. The published buildings presents a variety of approaches to diverse institutions and contexts, making visible form to the different edges that this program presents in the 21st century. However, the implicit value of their joint presentation is the panorama of contemporary architecture that is inevitably constructed.

In the Theory section, we presented a conversation between Arturo Lyon, Alejandra Bosch and Ciro Najle, about international experiences and their professional trajectory in Chile. Then, we published an interview with Aaron Betsky, the article “The domestic interior of Domus” and the illustrate epilogue with Diane Berg´s drawings entitles “Archicult (and other draws)”.




Marina Zuccon, “ARE WE HUMAN? 3rd Istambul´s Design Biennale”.The third Istanbul’s Design Biennale, entitled “ARE WE HUMAN”, with Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley as curators, explores the ways that design interrogate the humanity, and shows a reflection about the way we live our planet, immerse in the design as a geological layer in our history.

“From Knowledge to Development”– 9th Conference of International Urbanism Forum. This IFoU conference edition, the first in Latin-America, organized by the Architecture, Design and Urbanism School of University of Buenos Aires (FADU/UBA), discussed about models and paradigmatic management methods between the academia and government, tending to the social integration, the communitarian strengthening, the environmental efficiency and territory development.

OFFICE KGDVS, Richard Venlet, Joris Kritis / “Biennale Interieur 2016”. During October 2016, the 25th Biennale Interieur based in Cortrique, Belgium, presented the interior design innovations to general public – and not to professional public, as usual – and shows a different look for the interiors and domestic life.

Local traditions / Una Arquitetos, Huma Klabin, José Cubilla, Edificio San Francisco. These collective-residences building in São Paulo, Brazil and Asunción, Paraguay, are the example of innovation and reinterpretation of local traditions, made by consolidated-trajectory local professionals.


Christ & Gantenbein, Switzerland National Museum.The Switzerland National Museum´s expansion, opened in July 2016, complements the existent building from 1898 designed by Gustav Gull. The new part is next to the Platzpitz park, on the edge of the River Limmat, in the center of the city of Zurich.

SO-IL, Bohil Cywinski Jackson, Museo de Arte Manetti Shrem.The building, which works as a visible access portal to the campus, is made up of a series of pavilions located beneath a large permeable roof, and seeks to integrate exterior and interior spaces and blur the usual hierarchical relationship between exhibition and teaching spaces.

Studio Anne Holtrop, Fort Vechten Museum. With summary by Kristen Hannema. To the Fort Vechten Museum, Anne Holtrop proposed to make a buried building that takes the existing landscape as a mold for its architecture. The design process consisted simply in choosing the sufficient number of existing landscape level contours, necessary to design the walls of the museum spaces.

Flores & Prats, Duch – Pizá, Casal Balagher Cultural Center. With a summary of Enrique Encabo and Imaculada Maluenda. The Casal Balaguer is a palace in the historic center of Palma, a large aristocratic house from the 14th century, renovated in the 16th century and enlarged in the 18th century. At the end of the last century, the City Council decided to turn the building into a cultural center. With this project, begins a new stage of the Casal, which goes from being a family home to a public building open to the whole city.

Machado Silvetti,Center of Asian Art of Ringling Art Museum. The John and Mable Ringling Art Museum, legacy of art collector John Ringling and his wife Mable, is located on a 66-acre historic site where also are located the Venetian-Gothic mansion Cà d’Zan – Ringling-, the reconstruction of the Asolo Theatre of the XVIII century, and the Museums of the Circus.

David Chipperfield Architects, Jumex Museum.The extreme individuality of neighboring buildings and the absence of an urban landscape with a discernible aesthetic eliminated the possibility of a contextualist approach to the project and allowed the architects to design a unique and distinctive building that contributes to the public space of the neighborhood. Seen from the small triangular plaza at the end of the lot, the Jumex Museum can be described as a free ground floor pavilion that matches the eccentric nature of neighboring buildings.

Paulo Mendes da Rocha, MMBB Arquitetos, Bak Gordon Arquitectos, National Carriages Museum.The project for the new part of the National Museum of Carriages proposes, especially in architecture, two basic issues: from museology, establish the basic criterion for the exhibition of a remarkable heritage, and from urban planning, define its implantation in a monumental site, based on the government project; from the museological point of view, the project incorporates a criterion centered in the idea of the definitive preservation of the national treasure.

Snøetta, SFMOMA´s Expansion. The Expansion of San Francisco´s MoMA, projected by Snøhetta, is a ten floor building annexed tu the original museum, designed by Mario Botta in 1995. The 15.790 m² incorporation, with interior and exterior galleries made to order to the collection, with a 4.180 m² low level with free access. That allows SFMOMA to exhibit a greater number of works of art and to connect itself more directly with the immediate environment.


Out of Time 33: Arturo Lyon and Alejandra Bosch in conversation with Ciro Najle. During a walk through the Botanic Garden of Buenos Aires, Ciro Najle talks with the pair of Chilean architects, about their academic and professional experiences abroad and their current projects in Santiago.

El interior domestico de Domus (1948-1978). Julia Campomaggi. During the years when Gio Ponti was its director (1948-1978), the magazine Domus published a collection of houses that make up the image of one of the most fruitful times of the domestic interior space design. The collection of heterogeneous interiors was grouped under a unique way of looking at the discipline by the editor, who explored the domestic interior from different fields related to the design.

Entrevista a Aaron Betsky. Javier Agustín Rojas. The architecture beyond the buildings. To this idea -the expanded cultural field of the discipline that at present can go from the cinema to the software design – has dedicated its race the American architect, academic, critic and educator Aaron Betsky. A significant voice in the North American architectural culture of the last two decades, Betsky seeks, through his various cultural projects, to expand the interdisciplinary links between architecture and the practice of the other arts.

Arquiculto (y otros dibujos). Diane Berg.Made entirely by hand with a Rotring 0.1, the precise drawings surpass the strict technical representation to count, in a benevolent way, possible human stories behind the buildings designed by the architects. Berg does artwork for projects from different institutions and international architectural offices, but her work also pursues a personal desire to explore the ingenuity and irony hidden in buildings, cities and worldly spaces.

See content for other PLOT issues:

PLOT 01 PLOT 02 / PLOT 03 PLOT 04 / PLOT 05 PLOT 06 / PLOT 07 / PLOT 08 / PLOT 09 PLOT 10 PLOT Special Edition Nº2: Constructive details. 1º Unfinished Technological Map / PLOT 11 PLOT 12 / PLOT 13 / PLOT 14 / PLOT 15 / PLOT Special Edition Nº3: Constructive details. 2º Unfinished Technological Map/ PLOT 16 / PLOT 17 / PLOT 18 / PLOT 19 / PLOT 20PLOT 21PLOT 22PLOT 23PLOT 24PLOT 25PLOT 26PLOT 27PLOT Special Edition Nº5: Landscapes of the unstable / PLOT 28 / PLOT 29 / PLOT 30 / PLOT 31 PLOT Special Edition Nº6: Constructive details. 3º Unfinished Technological MapPLOT 32/ PLOT 33 / PLOT Special Edition Nº7: Super Urban 

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