LatinGSD Lecture: Pablo Landa, “Unfoldings and Assemblages: Mexican Pavilion at the Venice Biennale”

The pavilion is built around a principal axis of historic manuals. The manuals, and the work connected to them, shifts the focus from architecture’s common perception of unique authors and stand-alone works. These manuals provide the knowledge for self-determination, allowing communities to build their own environments and asking what modern instruments or technologies can further bring the public into architecture.

Pablo Landa is a PhD candidate in Princeton’s Anthropology Department and a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Woodrow Wilson School. His dissertation examines the relation among planning, statecraft, memory and everyday life in Unidad Santa Fe, a modernist housing project in Mexico City. As part of his dissertation research, Pablo coordinated the transformation of documents kept by the family of Mario Pani into an archive, which was deposited in the Tec de Monterrey in 2012. Pablo also curated the retrospective Mario Pani, architecture in process for Monterrey’s Contemporary Art Museum (MARCO, 2014) and edited the exhibition’s catalogue

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