arquitectura911sc; Atelier TAG
Jose Castillo and Saidee Springall; Katsuhiro Yamazaki
Introduced by Dan Wood
Friday, March 30, 2012
Rose Auditorium, The Cooper Union
41 Cooper Square
1.5 AIA and New York State CEUs
The fourth and final evening of the 30th annual Emerging Voices lecture series, featuring arquitectura911sc and Atelier TAG. Emerging Voices spotlights individuals and firms based in the United States, Canada, or Mexico with distinct design voices and the potential to influence the disciplines of architecture, landscape design, and urbanism. For more information on the competition and annual awards, click here.
Confronted with the complexity and political uncertainty of Mexico City, Jose Castillo and Saidee Springall of arquitectura911sc strive for a “dual commitment to an architecture that connects the physical with the social, and architecture that is grounded and informed by the city.” Their performing Arts Center in Guadalajara is under construction. Recently completed projects include a low-income housing development, bookstores, offices, and commercial spaces in Mexico City, as well as urban planning and infrastructure projects throughout Mexico.
Atelier TAG “seeks to reinterpret the civic function of architecture through the careful study of sociocultural context…in order to create evocative spaces where society as a collective can express itself.” Building primarily in the public realm, the firm has completed projects, including the Bibliothéque Raymond-Levésque in 2011, as well as the Théâtre du Vieux-Terrebonne, and the Bibliothéque Municipale de Chateauguay. Based in Montreal, Atelier TAG is led by Manon Asselin and Katsuhiro Yamazaki.
Dan Wood is a founding partner of WORKac. He served on this year’s Emerging Voices committee.