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Foreword: The New Architecture of Chile: Bandaging the Wounded Site

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pp. vii-viii

There's one thing we all know for certain about Chile: that the poet Pablo Neruda won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971 and became a national hero in his own country. In his personal life and in his poetry he took a bold stand against the violation of human dignity. The Nobel Prize Committee praised his poetry as "a celebration of the...

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Introduction: The Cultural and Professional Background of Modern Architecture in Chile

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pp. ix-xiii

The tradition of a self-conscious architectural culture, differing from that of the colonial master builders and more clearly attached to the concept of professional practice, goes back, in Chile, to the late eighteenth century. It is connected with the presence and work of Joaquín Toesca in Chile over two decades. Born and educated in Italy, Toesca practiced in Spain as a collaborator of Francesco...

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1. Theory and Practice of Domestic Space between 1950 and 2000

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pp. 1-43

The practice of architecture in Chile seems to have been closely connected with certain theoretical activities, which have accompanied the work of a significant number of architects as well as permeating the entire professional culture. This is fundamental to our understanding of architectural production in the second half of the...

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2. Material Circumstances: The Project and Its Construction

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pp. 45-89

A close-up view of a precarious structure, clearly in process of decay, appeared in a recent issue of Casabella magazine, serving as the introduction to a discussion of contemporary architecture in Chile. But why was such an image selected for this purpose? One reason might be the absence of a more suitable icon. Perhaps another reason was a...

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3. Abstraction and Tectonics in Chilean Architecture since 1950

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pp. 91-155

The most typical conditions of Chilean architecture in recent years have been dominated by several factors: a pressure to build quickly a product that expands the country's economic growth; the availability of a significant quantity of architectural projects for the market; the crisis of a welfare state; and the absence of a public entity that...

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pp. 157-163

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pp. 165-174

In Memoriam: Malcolm Quantrill

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p. 175