Architecture News: Letter from Colombia
Much of Colombia’s most intelligent and effective contemporary architecture has been dedicated to patching up a fractured society and healing the deep scars from an almost uninterrupted history of war and violence. Mayors like Antanas Mockus, Enrique Peñalosa and Sergio Fajardo, inspired by Brazil’s Jaime Lerner have seized upon the power of architecture to bring dignity and a sense of ownership back to the people of the country’s principal cities.
Enormous credit is owed to the country’s most celebrated architect, Rogelio Salmona, and a new generation of pioneering architects epitomised by Felipe Uribe de Bedout and Giancarlo Mazzanti that life in the country’s two main cities, Bogotá and Medellin, has been transformed in the last decade.
Colombia’s best architecture has created more democratic public spaces where the country’s irrepressible population have been able to ’replace fear with hope’, the slogan that encapsulates in particular Medellin’s remarkable transformation from murder capital of the world to one of the most fascinating architectural laboratories on earth.