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eahn 2014


I’m excited about presenting my work at EAHN 2014. I’m in the panel titled “Southern Crossings: Iberia and Latin America in Architectural Translation,” chaired by Marta Caldeira and María González Pendás. My presentation is titled “Reentry: Antonio Bonet’s return to Spain.”

I examine Antonio Bonet’s return to Spain in the context of the failure of the Barrio Sur urban development project in Buenos Aires (1956), commissioned by the short-lived, de facto government of Pedro Aramburu (who led the military coup that deposed populist president Juan Perón). I explain how Barrio Sur ’s failure was turned into success, providing the perfect narrative for Bonet’s return to Spain in the context of the “Spanish Miracle” and the liberalization of the Spanish economy in the late period of the Franco dictatorship. This episode, I argue, points to modern architecture’s turn from revolution to nostalgia.


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la escuelita and fau-usp at radical pedagogies


i’m happy to be part of the radical pedagogies exhibition at monditalia in the venice biennale. i contributed with two entries, la escuelita in buenos aires, argentina, and fau usp in são paulo, brazil. i’m proud to be part of the group of scholars that have participated in this project, which has been honored with a special mention at the venice biennale. an interview with beatriz colomina highlights my research on rossi here. i wish i could have foregrounded the founders of the school, tony díaz, ernesto katzenstein, and jujo solsona, a bit more. i’ve uploaded my research on the translation of rossi in buenos aires and new york to my academia page here (ensayo publicado en español en la revista plot 8).

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