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In 1989, the collapse of the communist bloc brought the Cold War to an end and a new reconfiguration of international economic and political structures emerged. In Latin America, the difficult period between the late 1950s and '80s, characterized by hyperinflation, social turbulence, and dictatorships, was followed by new democratic governments and inclusion in the progressive global economy, strongly influenced by neoliberal ideologies. This project considers how the restructuring of Latin American economies correlated to the intense processes of regional urbanization, as well as how these changes impacted architectural production. The research, initially developed at Princeton University's School of Architecture, analyzes specific case studies in different countries, identifying common and divergent elements, and will produce specific narratives supported by archival material, interviews, thematic maps, diagrams, and photographic surveys.
Fabrizio Gallanti holds a PhD in architectural design from the Politecnico di Torino (2001) and a MArch from the University of Genova (1995). In 2003, with Francisca Insulza, he cofounded Fig Projects. From 2007 to 2011, he was the architecture editor at Abitare. He has contributed to international architectural magazines such as Domus, San Rocco, the Journal of Architectural Education, and Volume. Between 2004 and 2008, he was the jury chairman at Akademie Schoss Solitude, Stuttgart, and from 2011 to 2014, he was associate director of programs at the Canadian Centre of Architecture in Montréal, Canada. He has previously taught architectural design and theory at universities in Chile, Italy, USA and the United Kingdom. In 2014, he was the first Mellon Senior Fellow at Princeton University. He currently teaches at McGill University, Montreal. Fig Projects curates\d the exhibition The World in our Eyes for the 2016 Lisbon Architecture Triennale.
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