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Giant Stilts I

Other Territories is a suite of ephemeral interventions proposed for a hilly neighborhood in Belo Horizonte: Buritis. The plan envisages an instantaneous transformation of the landscape through the simultaneous occupation of the many stilt systems propping up the hillside buildings.

The array of forgotten spaces, ignored for their unsightly strangeness, will be infused with city life through an event that posits an open field of study: the latent possibilities in the existing city. This will be an opportunity to test new ideas, exchange experiences and awaken sensibilities; a way of showing that modest interventions with limited resources can generate lasting change (whether material or institutional) and become instruments through which to devise alternative solutions for the urban recomposition of such a frayed urban fabric as Belo Horizonte's. Video projections, light art, plays, horticulture, landscape interventions, paintings, objects, ephemeral constructions and extreme sports are just some of the many possible ways these spaces could be occupied.

The interventions will be chosen through a public, international open call for projects and the selected ideas will comprise an exhibition at the left-field venue Viaduto das Artes (Arts Underpass)—Phase I.

Phase II of Other Territories will execute a number of the projects selected during Phase I and organize a free itinerary for visiting the executed works. The idea is to configure a circuit for debate on issues pertaining to the city, explore interfaces between architecture, the visual arts, public lighting and the cityscape, and problematize city management, environmental and architectonic liabilities, urban voids and the real-estate market.

Launch of the Call for Projects
06/11/2018

Deadline for registration and digital receipt of submissions
until 22/01/2019

Requests and queries
until 11/01/2019

Jury sessions
23 to 28/01/2019

Release of the results
29/01/2019

Opening of the exhibition
March 2019

organizers

vazio aurora eduardo de jesus

sponsor

mercantil

institutional support

iab pbh viaduto asbai

media partner

youngbird

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Architects' Journal interview

Merlin Fulcher, journalist at the Architects Journal in London, sent us some questions whose answers we’d like to share with you:

Architects Journal: Why are your holding a competition for a series of installations in Belo Horizonte, Brazil? (Where did the idea for the contest come from? Why is it important for judges to choose from a range of projects? Why are you keen for local, national and international participation?)

OT Organizers: The contest was organized by three partners (Vazio S/A, Coletivo Aurora, and Eduardo de Jesus). Vazio S/A is an architecture office that works just like any other, and that however understands the limitations of practice and the possibilities of less self-centered projects. Aurora is a collective focused on the interface between lighting and other disciplines, with a view to co-creating actions capable of disseminating the impact lighting has on people’s lives and of discussing its relevance to the re-signification of spatial and emotional experiences. And Eduardo de Jesus is a curator with interests in architecture and the interface between the visual arts and the city.




Architects Journal: What is your vision for the thought-provoking installations? (What facilities or aesthetics might they provide? How big are the contest sites and what are the potential constraints? How important will design innovation and quality be to the end result? Are sustainable issues an important part of the brief?)

OT Organizers: The proposals will be selected by a multidisciplinary jury that includes curators of architecture, art and design; as well as a representative of the Buritis neighborhood association, the site of the interventions. The locations vary greatly in size (150m2 to 1300m2) and, in principle, there are no pre-established conditions or rules.

The interventions can take any form so long as they are feasible and explore the potentialities/difficulties of the stilt structures in question. According to the brief, “by intervention the Call understands any work that addresses the specific characteristics of the sites in order to question and problematize its aesthetic and conceptual dimensions, resulting in a stance taken on the chosen theme and/or intervention context.”




Architects Journal: What sort of architects and designers are you hoping will apply? (Is the opportunity open to smaller emerging practices and undiscovered talents? Could architects and designers make their names on this project? Do international teams need to collaborate with local firms to apply?)

OT Organizers: We expect to receive proposals from architects and other cultural agents, either recognized or emerging, established or newly formed. It is not necessary to associate with Brazilian architects to participate in the Call.




Architects Journal: Which other design opportunities are on the horizon and how will the architects/designers be procured? (What other schemes might you be moving forward in the near future? Will there be any design contests for future buildings, green interventions, public realm improvements or other smaller commissions?)

OT Organizers: The selected proposals will be presented at an exhibition at Viaduto das Artes (www.viadutodasartes.com), a novel and instigating cultural venue installed under a pair of overpasses in Barreiro, Belo Horizonte, and totally aligned with the overall concept of Other Territories, namely to explore possible ways of activating these lacunas left by urban infrastructures.

Later, these proposals will be discussed with residents associations and potential Festival sponsors so that they can come to fruition during Phase II, the Other Territories Cultural Festival, which we hope to host towards the end of the first semester of 2019.




Architects Journal: Are there any other innovative installation projects you have been impressed by? (If so, please specify the project, location, completion date and design team)

OT Organizers: Yes, there are many. But we prefer not to mention any reference project since the purpose of the Call is to provoke a fresh platform for discussion.


Architects Journal

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published in Dec. 9, 2018, 9 a.m.

Jury member: Antonio Yemail

Next member: Antonio Yemail!

Antonio is a talented architect and industrial designer from the Javeriana University of Bogotá. Since 2007, he has been directing Yemail Arquitectura (formerly Oficina Informal), a studio focused on the research, design and production of cultural infrastructure and productive spaces, and experiments with different techniques and scales in the city.

He is co-editor of Archipelago de Arquitectura, and Teoria de Conjunto (Mesa Editores 2010 and 2016). His works have been published in several specialized magazines, such as Harvard Design Magazine, Arquitectura Viva and Proyecto Diseño, among others. Among the awards he received are those of the Ibero-American Biennial, the XX Biennial of Architecture in Quito, and the VIII BIAU. He was nominated for the Iakov Chernikhov International Award for Young Architects (2014), for the Rolex Mentor and Protegé Arts Initiative (2012), and the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize 2014/2015. His work has already been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Medellín (2009), the Architecture Museum of Buenos Aires (2009), the 12th Venice Biennale (2010), and at El Matadero, Madrid 2.0 (2014), among others.

Yemail Arquitectura

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published in Dec. 8, 2018, 9 a.m.

Arts Underpass

Some pictures of the Arts Underpass (Viaduto das Artes), the venue of the Outros Territorios exhibition to be showcased in March 2019. This cultural space would never be a reality if it were not the personal commitment of sculptor Leandro Gabriel, who also uses part of the Viaduct as his atelier.

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published in Dec. 4, 2018, 7 a.m.

Jury member: Eduardo de Jesus

Continuing the list of jurors of Outros Territorios, we now present, also very proudly, Eduardo de Jesus.

Eduardo holds a degree in Social Communication from PUC Minas, a Master in Communication from UFMG and a Doctor of Arts from ECA / USP. He was professor of the post-graduation program of the Faculty of Communication and Arts of PUC Minas; and was curator of the exhibitions Dense Local (Festival Transitio-MX, Mexico City, 2009), Esses Espaços (Belo Horizonte, 2010), SESC_Videobrasil Contemporary Art Festival (São Paulo, 2013), FIF-International Photography Festival (Belo Horizonte, 2013), among others.

Eduardo is currently a professor of the Department of Social Communication at UFMG. Last October, he launched the book Walter Zanini - Vanguards, dematerialization, technologies in art (Martins Fontes, 2018), an extensive research on this renowned curator (Zanini is one of the curators interviiewed by Hans Ulrich Obrist in his A brief history of curating).

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published in Nov. 27, 2018, 8:16 a.m.

Jury member: Davide Sacconi

We will be presenting the jury members throughtout the Call, and the first one we proudly announce is Davide Sacconi.

Davide is an architect, curator and educator based in London where he is PhD candidate at the Architectural Association, Director of the Syracuse Architecture London Program and Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art.

He is co-founder of CAMPO, a space for architecture in Rome for which he has organised several events, exhibitions and workshops, and edited the book The Supreme Achievement (2016).

As an independent curator he has worked for Storefront for Art and Architecture of New York and for the FRAC Centre of Orleans, for which he is preparing an exhibition on the Brazilian collective Arquitetura Nova to be showcased at the Biennale of Orleans 2019.

He is also editor of the books Interior Tales (2015) and Savage Architecture (2016), which comprise an exhibition showcased in several institutions in Europe including the Architectural Association in London, the Polytechnic in Milan and the CIVA foundation in Bruxelles.

Davide also worked for internationally renowned offices, such as IaN+ and MVRDV on a variety of architecture, landscape and urban design projects and awarded in national and international competition with his own projects.

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published in Nov. 14, 2018, 2 p.m.

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