Upcoming releases —
Launch: September 25th 2023
Hector Valdés. La instalación de la modernidad en Chile. Utopía y realidad
Pablo Altikes (ed); several authors
This choral book reconstructs the figure of Héctor Valdés from a diversity of perspectives and materials. The result of meticulous archival work, it delves into the social, political and cultural contexts of which Valdés was a witness and protagonist, specifically the historical moment when the study of classical architecture gave way to enthusiasm for the modern movement. The title addresses various aspects of his life and work: from his prolific production with the firm Bresciani Valdés Castillo Huidobro (BVCH); his commitment as president of the Colegio de Arquitectos of Chile; his public participation as vice president of CORVI; his teaching work, among others. It also brings together planimetric and photographic material that expands the existing documentation on several of his works, including the analysis of more than twenty works and the collaboration of prominent architects and academics -who situate the work of Héctor Valdés and revisit his legacy.
Release: Sep / Oct 2023
ARQ Docs Sylvia LavinSylvia Lavin; Camila Reyes Alé (ed.)
This next issue of the ARQ Docs series is dedicated to Sylvia Lavin (BA, Barnard College, Columbia University; MA, Columbia University; PhD, Columbia University, 1990), Professor of History and Theory of Architecture, and Co-Director of the Program in Media and Modernity of Princeton University. In her first essay, Lavin traces a question about the cultural role of model making, examining the contemporary obsession with the model as a pedagogical tool in contrast to its historical role as a cultural object (or fragment) of the world. The second essay, on the other hand, critically reads Claude-Henri Watelet's “Essai sur les jardins” in light of the picturesque and its relationship to notions of femininity (and control of the feminine) in eighteenth-century France.