Carlos Medellin: We play They play

english with russian translation

Carlos Medellin is a Columbian architect and a graduate of Strelka Institute’s SENSEable City Moscow studio. At Strelka he studied social taboos, and in his final project, “How to renew a city, violating social taboos” he invented special glasses that would remove Muscovites’ inherent sexual inhibitions.

Carlos has now returned to Columbia, where he works at the El Equipo de Mazzanti architecture bureau. The work of Giancarlo Mazzanti and El Equipo de Mazzanti has had a tremendous impact on the development of the social environment in Columbia. The exhibition “We play They play” was dedicated to Giancarlo’s creative methods.

The exhibition included designs for modular pre-school and school buildings in Santa Maria and Bogota, the library in San Cristobal, the innovation and sports centre in Medellin, the international children’s centre in Milan, and others that illustrate El Equipo di Mazzanti’s special approach to architecture. Before coming to Strelka, the exhibition toured Cornell and Princeton universities in the United States.

At the opening night of “We play They play” Carlos talked about how new architecture can change the world, and how new approaches to architectural design can change the customary functions of places and the everyday behaviour of their residents.