Paths, Sounds, Ruins: Imagining Architecture in Candelaria

This publication showcases designs and writings inspired by a vast aquatic territory in Argentina, where the extant ruins of a group of Jesuit missions in the middle of the subtropical jungle make tangible the colonial encounter with the Guaraní people and their language, culture, and territory. Taught in conjunction with a seminar on the concept of the ruin, the last and conclusive studio highlighted three themes as drivers for an imaginative architecture: paths, or the threading together of points in space conjuring up mnemonic itineraries and journeys; sounds, alluding to the intangible elements (music, song, poetry, and myth) that are integral to culture; and, finally, ruins themselves as generators of architectural form.

Paths, Sounds, Ruins: Imagining Architecture in Candelaria is a Studio Report from a seminar taught in the Spring 2016 semester along with studios taught in the Spring 2014, 2015, and 2016 semesters at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Published by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Spring 2017.

Instructed by Jorge Silvetti & Erika Naginski
Series design by Zak Jensen & Laura Grey
146 pages, softcover, 17 x 24.5 cm
ISBN 978-1-934510-58-2

Available for purchase from the Frances Loeb Library and