LATITUDE 6 : Architecture in the Americas

Conception and execution of a 2-day symposium
UT Austin/Center for American Architecture and Design


Betsy Wiliamson
Joshua Aidlin
Fernanda Canales
David Barragán
Francisco Tómboly und Sonia Carisimo
Rodrigo Perez de Arce
Federico Mirabal Pietra

from Nord-Center- and South America


Kevin Alter
Barbara Hoidn
Wilfried Wang

Latitudes proposes that the careful examination of key examples of architecture from across the Americas will reveal those aspects of the field that are most compelling.

Looking deeply into the architecture of the Americas enables us to see our peculiar relationships with the enormous multiplicity of landscapes that are the result of different latitudes and attitudes; we see our differences as well as that which we share. Each building presented here abides in an authentic relationship with its place, and it is through this authenticity that each work is so compelling.

The qualities of immediacy and detail that define these buildings appear at first to exist in opposition, but might also be understood as parallel paths towards meaningful architecture.

The collection of work discussed here argues for reconciling the potency of raw material articulation with the intensity of sophisticated constructional aplomb in the quest to create meaning; to build something that matters.