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Atelier Banchini

NEOTOPIA - XOCHIMILCO

A site specific workshop by Atelier Banchini

NEOTOPIA - XOCHIMILCO

Mexico City

 May 13-20, 2023



 

Neotopia is searching for neo-vernacular utopias to counterbalance its dystopian present ; It is interested in contemporary informal architectures. Although often born from social injustice, self-built urban environments are the physical result of a temporary utopia, free from the mediation of the architect or the control of the legislative power. Avoiding the aestheticization of poverty, Sonido Pirata looks at these architectures driven by a strict economy rather than abstract concepts and question top-down approaches to architecture. Far from the groomed city centers, It looks at the forgotten suburbs of the neo-capitalist landscape. Focusing on the physical gesture of construction he understands architecture through the lens of workmanship and always envision the act of building as an Action. Leaving formalism behind, he creates architectures born from the deep understanding of the ofen-painful act of construction and sees architecture as a social and political act rather than a design exercise.

 


LEOPOLD BANCHINI


Leopold Banchini Architects aims to develop an eclectic and non-dogmatic architecture celebrating simplicity, economy and sustainability. We see architecture as a tool to support unexpected and diverse ways of living together and refuse to use buildings as representations of power, wealth or cultural superiority. We value the poetry of construction over composition and admire direct answers to unique sites and contexts. We look for humble aesthetics based on the veracity of expression against preconceived functionalism.

We use creativity to encourage alternative models to commercial methods of production and expand the traditional definitions of project making using DIY cultures as means of emancipation.

We challenge established relations of knowledge supremacies and admire the beauty of neo-vernacular buildings and popular intelligence. We see the origins of architectural elements beyond borders and historical periods.

We place political and environmental considerations at the very heart of our practice and address architecture as a form of social action. 

 

SITE

Xochimilco lies 28 km south of Mexico City. With its network of canals and artificial islands, it testifies to the efforts of the Aztec people to build a habitat in the midst of an unfavourable environment. Its characteristic urban and rural structures, built since the 16th century and during the colonial period; have been preserved in an exceptional manner.

 

Xochimilco forms part of a cultural World Heritage site but on a national level it is also a protected natural area, which leads to the involvement in the management of the Ministry of the Environment, which acts through the Natural Resources Commission of the government of the Federal District.


 

APPLICATIONS

1)    You can apply by completing the online application form (founded under ‘Book now’ button) on this page.

2)    Once you complete the application form and make a full payment, you will be registered to the programme.

3) There are to different periods of registration:

 

EARLY REGISTRATION

October 12 (2022) to February 28 (2023)

 

LATE REGISTRATION

March 1 to April 30 (2023)

 

The deadline for applications is the 30th April,  2023

After payment of fees, the IESARQ can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.

 

ELEGIBILITY

The workshop is open to students as well as professionals worldwide of a wide range of disciplines (architecture, art, design, etc).

 

FEES 

EARLY REGISTRATION FEE

875 USD

 

LATE REGISTRATION FEE

1050 USD

 

*Fees include a weeklong workshop and the workshop material. Each participant will also get a tote bag and sketch book. A 5% commission will be charged on Paypal payments. Bank commissions or transfer fees are not included in the registration price. The applicant must assume these costs.

*At the end, a Diploma will certificate each participation.

​*Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their own laptops.


REGISTRATION

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

PAYMENT METHODS


BANK TRANSFER


BANK NAME                 BBVA BANCOMER

NAME                              INSTITUTO ESPAÑOL DE ARQUITECTURA S.C.
ACCOUNT NUMBER   01 1114 8729
CLABE                             01 2180 0011 1148 7296
SWIFT                          
 BCMRMXMM

PAYPAL

EARLY REGISTRATION