Colombia

Turbo


Jorge Lizarazo is the owner and founder of Hechizoo, a textile firm based in Colombia. Lizarazo originally worked as an architect, which has influenced his textiles in terms of structural clarity and use of materials. His designs also benefit from his staff, who bring with them an expertise in the rich weaving traditions of their region. He trains his staff to work with new and unusual materials that complement the often understated and basic textile structure.
Hechizoo, Colombia, tradition, weaving

Why Design Now?: MedellĂ­n, Colombia


Why? A team of architects and urban planners, social workers and citizens has transformed Medellín, Colombia, from the most violent city in the world into a community whose architecture carries a powerful message of social inclusion. Public buildings, parks, libraries, schools, and museums were inserted in the most desperate neighborhoods to provide crucial public services. The Orquideorama, an orchid canopy in the Botanical Gardens, exemplifies the citys renaissance.
Medellin, Colombia, collaboration, transformation, social inclusion, Orquideorama, Why Design Now, Exhibition

Ascendant Public Architecture


Public architecture in South America put North America to shame. There’s something about the emerging Latin American countries that promotes viable, scalable, building projects that can transform a neighborhood, even a city – for everyone.
Design for the Other 90% Cities, Exhibition, Architecture, public, South America, Latin America, resources, Medellin, Colombia, instititutional, building, Santiago, Chile, housing, social, Elemental