Architect Alejandro Aravena in Madrid: “The favela is part of the solution”



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In this edition: the gospel song he recorded Caetano Velosothe tropical world that existed in the Arctic and the neurosurgery they performed the Incas.

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1- ALEJANDRO ARAVENA: “YOUTH IS ANOTHER OF THOSE PROBLEMS THAT ONLY CONCERN ARCHITECTS”

The Pritzker Prize winner was in Madrid, where he participated in a talk with Norman Foster himself, and gave an extensive interview to the newspaper Villagein which he exposed the keys to his thinking.

  • Aravena is known for his contribution to the issue of social housing,like the Quinta Monroy neighborhood in Iquique, and for saying, among other things, that favelas are not a problem but part of the solution, in a Latin America where millions of people live in informal homes.

“I grew up in a context where the architect is asked to have total control over the project he executes. But making houses is more of a process than a product. When I look out of my office window and see the millions of square feet that the world of real estate and home-building produce out of architecture, I think it’s naïve to believe we can control such large forces, and we shouldn’t be trying to suppress or replace them. . I’m like a wave that can, ideally, be channeled”. was one of his comments.

  • He also pointed out that “housing is one of those issues which, although they are rude, are very genuine,and the false problem component of academic discussions must be removed. And it is good that as an architect one learns that this game does not allow for euphemisms, that it moves on another scale”.

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2- THE BOOK ABOUT RAPE BY THE CREATOR OF TINTIN THAT NO ONE WANTS TO PUBLISH

I come from the generation that grew up reading comics of Tintin and his dog Snowy or Asterix and his partner Obelix, when there were no cell phones or tablets and you had to wait for Sunday to see cartoons. That’s why this news moved me.

  • Because it turns out that an investigation into alleged abuse suffered by Georges Remi (1907-1983) caused a sensation in France,better known by his pseudonym Hergé, the creator of the famous Tintin.

  • Philosopher Mark Alizart’s text was rejected by several publishers,who fear being involved in a legal dispute, as an uncle of the artist is accused of having committed the crime.

  • The author conducted an investigation into the case taking into account Hergé’s comics.And although suspicions about abuses are not new, for the first time indications have been sought in the work of the Belgian cartoonist.

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3- CAETANO VELOSO RECORDS AN EVANGELICAL SONG

I’m a big lover of Brazilian music from the 70s and 80s, especially Caetano Veloso. How can we forget her interpretation of “Cucurrucucú dove” in the film Talk to her by Pedro Almodóvar? Or the free concert you gave in Plaza Italia in Buenos Aires for the 2010 Book Fair? If even in the pandemic I saw a concert by her for stream.

  • Well now it turns out that, despite declaring himself an atheist, the 80-year-old teacher recorded a song with singer and pastor Kleber Lucas, 54. It’s called “Deus cuida de mim” (“God takes care of me”) and they both presented it in one of the most famous shows on Brazilian television.

  • When asked why, he only replied: “I think it was God. It’s the only thing I can answer.” Veloso is still active and touring, although he had to suspend his current one after being diagnosed with Covid.

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4- INCAS CARRIED OUT A COMPLEX INTERVENTION

The BBC published an interesting article on the medical skills of the Incas, more advanced than previously thought.

  • The note focuses on a skull from the Inca cemetery in the Yucay Valley, and that it was described at the time by the American amateur archaeologist Ephraim George Squier, in the 19th century, who was struck by the fact that it had a rectangular perforation, indicating trepanation.

  • Squier published a text about it in 1877, but it received a lot of criticism, at a time when the fatality rate in these operations was 90%. However, he did not give up and took him to France, where an eminence of the time, Paul Broca – professor of external pathology and clinical surgery at the University of Paris and founder of the first anthropological society – concluded that the patient had survived the operation .

And although at first it was believed that this operation was performed for religious reasons, it seems that it was indeed for a medical reason, with a technique that dates back thousands of years.

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5- SUNDANCE WILL BE BACK IN PRESENTIAL FORMAT IN THE NEXT EDITION

After two years, the independent festival founded by veteran actor Robert Redford is finally back live on January 19, from the mountains of Utah.

  • The organizers have announced that this time the focus of the event will be the themes of fame and sex, with movies about characters like Brooke Shields and musician Little Richard.

  • Also there will be works of figures as Anne Hathaway, Emilia Clarke, Jason Momoa and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

  • The Chilean figures distinguished themselves in the competition like director Francisca Alegría, who prevailed there with her film And all the sky goes into the dead cow’s eye.


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