ACTIONS

Conception and organization of seminars, discussions, activities, and conversations, curatorship, and thesis tutoring.

Seminar Title: Dissidence in Practice. Disidencia en la Práctica. Students: Daniela Araya, Esteban BarrantesStephanie Franchi, Alejandro Quesada.

OFELIA SANOU CHAIR-ONGOING

The Commemorative Chair is established around the contributions of architect, architectural historian and activist Ofelia Sanou Alfaro (1950-). Created by Natalia Solano-Meza and Luis Durán Segura. Image: Zetty Alonso. Link to YouTube channel.

ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIES PODCAST-ONGOING

Featuring: Daniela Navarrete Calix, David Rocha, Edward Salazar, Oscar Ruíz-Schmidt, Mimian Hsu, Mariela Richmond, Florencia Quesada, María Alejandra Triana, and Leonardo Santamaría. Organized and curated by Natalia Solano-Meza with the assistance of Irena Fonseca, Irene Coto and Zetty Alonso. Listen in Spotify

OPEN LECTURES-ONGOING

Series of open lectures organized and promoted by the Theories and Histories Section, Created by Natalia Solano-Meza. Image by Zetty Alonso and Irena Fonseca. Link to Instagram.

OFELIA SANOU CHAIR-ONGOING

Franz Beer Chaverri: una exploración histórica alrededor de la experimentación. 1982-1994
Franz Beer Chaverri: a historical exploration around experimentation. 1982-1994 by Jeremy Salazar Aguilar. 
This thesis project was awarded with special funding by the University of Costa Rica due to its quality. Image credit: Jeremy Salazar and Franz Beer

THESIS

Ensamblajes: Proyectos ganadores, tendencias y paisajes tropicales en la Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura 1996-2018
Assemblages: Winning projects, trends and tropical landscapes at the International Architecture Biennale 1996-2018
by Julio Matamoros Alberty
Image credit: Julio Matamoros Alberty

OPEN LECTURES-ONGOING

La sede del Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y Arquitectos: Concurso, diseño y objeto arquitectónico.
The headquarters of the Federated Association of Engineers and Architects: Competition, design and architectural object.
by Adriana Corrales Rodríguez
Image credit: Adriana Corrales Rodríguez.

AUSTERITY-2021

In 2020, Costa Rica began negotiations with the International Monetary Fund. As coordinator of Theories and Histories cluster, I have proposed to examine the effects of austerity policies on architectural education, the profession, and the design and construction industries in Costa Rica. Developed by Natalia Solano-Meza. Image: Zetty Alonso.

TALKS with HERNAN JIMENEZ and FRANZ BEER

A conversation between two Costa Rican architects and the thesis graduates who have been researching their contributions. Convened by Natalia Solano-Meza. Image: Jeremy Salazar.

ARCHIVE AND ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE-2020

Series of academic conversations focused on discussing the role of the archive in architectural research and practice. Interventions from: Nancy Reyes, Leonardo Santamaría, Rebeca Woodbridge, Oscar Ruíz-Schmidt, Ana Paula Montes, David Rocha, Luis Durán, Victor Hugo Acuña Ortega, Natalia Solano-Meza. Organized by Rebeca Woodbridge, Luis Durán Segura and Natalia Solano-Meza

SPECULATIONS-II 2020

Under the name “Speculations” students and teachers were invited to formulate theoretical and practical exercises exploring borderlines, the policies of borders, geopolitical conflicts, contamination, violence, colonization and conditions related to both physical and digital boundaries. Conceived and organized by Natalia Solano-Meza. See our Behance platform.

THESIS

Exhibir lo tropical: Imágenes en la VIII Bienal Internacional Estudiantil. Costa Rica 2018. Exhibit the tropical: Images in the VIII International Student Biennial. Costa Rican 2018.

by Jose Daniel Picado García. Image credit: Jose Daniel Picado García.

SPECULATIONS I-2020

In Epidemics and Society, Frank M. Snowden argues that epidemics constitute a distinctive category for the analysis of history. Snowden argues that it is possible to trace the impact of epidemics on art, philosophical thought, religion, the rise of modern medicine — and with it hospital architecture—, on public health policies, and on the configuration of infrastructure. In the mid of the global emergency resulting from the spread of COVID-19, students were invited to speculate on architecture, confinement and isolation. Conceived and organized by Natalia Solano-Meza. Published in Issuu.

PRAXIS

An exhibition of students work after an exploration on drawing methods and mapping. Results served to raise questions about architectural teaching methods and conflicts between scientific notions and creativity.

WAS IT YOUR BOYFRIEND WHO DID THIS?

Did your boyfriend help you? A teacher asked a student this question during a design critique. With the support of the academic staff, female students designed an installation featuring the work of female students within the School.

BUILDING INTERVENTION

A conversation revolving on the effects of proposed interventions to the building of the School of Architecture.


Especulaciones desde el Aislamiento. 2020