Platform Latijns Amerikaanse Architecten in Nederland

ArchitecNAtura 3rd PLAAN International Symposium


We would like to invite you to the third symposium of PLAAN (Architecture Platform of Latin American Architects in the Netherlands) on Saturday 26th of November 2016, at the ABC Architectuurcentrum Haarlem, from 13:00 to 17:30.

For 6 years we have been spreading and sharing our Latin American and international experience in the field of architecture, design and urbanism. Architecture and nature are the common subjects in this year’s symposium: “ArchitecNature”. We will present different approaches by two architecture studios (Vitaal Architectuur & Studio Selva) and a master student of TU Delft (Noelia Clemente), in an effort to integrate technological, vernacular and innovative knowledge.

As a special guest we have professor Ana de Brea, Faculty at Ball State College of Architecture & Planning of Indiana USA, presenting her latest book: “Total Latin American Architecture” – a compilation of the 21st century of Latin American architecture.
We are looking forward to see you at this event.

Date: Saturday 26th November 2016

Location: ABC Architecture Centrum, Haarlem

Time: 13:00 / 17:30 hs.



13:00 reception

13:30 Introduccion by PLAAN members

13:45 presentation Vitaal Architecture, Haarlem

14:15 presentation Studio Selva, Amsterdam

14:45 presentation Noelia Clemente

15:15 Coffee break

15:30 Book presentation. Professor Ana de Brea

16:30 Borrel



More information about the speakers:

Vitaal Architecture

Studio Selva

Noelia Clemente

Ana de Brea


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This book is not about a folk or typical Latin American architecture. Latin America is not some faraway, isolated region, rather a huge and universal laboratory. It shows a different Latin America through its recent architecture, which flourishes in our time of global communications. It does have roots in the past; but does not appeal to nostalgia. Architecture thought for the present and designed for the near future. Total Latin American Architecture intends to communicate a targeted objective, to circumscribe a segment, a series of observations and actions in architecture.

Professor De Brea has selected and coordinated the entries of recent work (2000-2014) from the diverse spectrum of Latin American countries in a 400 pages fully illustrated book that she will present in the Gallery of the School of Architecture. This book complements the current exhibition inaugurated last week in MoMA New York, Latin America in Construction (1955-1980) in transmitting the visions and achievements of Latin America in the field.

About the Author

Ana de Brea, graduated in Architecture from Buenos Aires University, Argentina, is a professor, practitioner, and critical observer of architecture and design. She was among the founders of Paralelo 35 in Buenos Aires and Grupo R in Rosario. With more than fifteen years as columnist and chief editor of the Architecture & Design insert in two of the most important newspapers in Spanish language, Clarin and El Cronista. She taught at several universities in Argentina for fifteen years, and joined Ball State University first as visiting scholar and later as a faculty member where she was granted tenure in 2007, basing her teaching on architecture and the allied arts. She was awarded as Virginia Ball Center for Creative Inquiry Center fellowship 2005-2006 through the seminar America, the North and the South. Ana s teaching, artwork, and research are focused on the meaning of body in the contemporary, modern architecture, particularly in Latin America but contrasted with the global architectural discussion. She has lectured, led exhibitions, and published articles in these fields nationally and internationally. Ana is the director of the BSU CAP Americano Sur a study abroad program on art and architecture since 2004, in which she collaborates with practitioners, scholars, and alumni from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Portugal, Spain, and Uruguay invigorating the link between the north and the south of the Americas. Her published work includes Senores Arquitectos Dialogos con Mario Roberto Alvarez y Clorindo Testa (with T. Dagnino, 1999) and 10×50: Terreno de Arquitectura (2000)