Author: Florencia Rodriguez, Mercedes Peralta, Jeannette Sordi
Publisher: Lots of Architecture –publishers
Publication Year: 2020
NESS and Lots of Architecture – publishers are pleased to present the second issue of our monographic series NESS.docs 2: Landscape as Urbanism in the Americas. The issue reflects on the project of Landscape as Urbanism in the Americas, led by Charles Waldheim and the Office for Urbanization at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and was done with the support of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Curated together with Mercedes Peralta and Jeannette Sordi, it explores the potentials for landscape as a medium for urban intervention in the specific contexts of Latin-American cities.
It is the first publication to put together so many Latin American practices working in the field of landscape. These are grouped in five different themes: Biological Environments, Resilient Grounds, Performative Systems, Revealed Protocols, and Assembled Natures. Finally, a conversation between Charles Waldheim, Florencia Rodriguez, and Luis Callejas deepens the discussion of academic curricula, drawing as representation, political spaces, and the general sensitivity around landscape.
Florencia Rodriguez is an architect and has devoted her career to writing and editing. She was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design between 2013 and 2014.
In 2010, Florencia founded PLOT, a publication about architecture which she continued to direct until 2017. Under her stewardship, PLOT quickly became one of the leading publications in Latin America. In early 2017 Florencia embarked on a new project with Pablo Gerson, the editorial platform Lots of Architecture –publishers, whose main product is the periodical publication NESS. On Architecture, Life, and Urban Culture.
Florencia has lectured, curated several exhibitions, and organized international symposia in different institutions. She was a Professor of Landscape Theory and Technology Theory in the Torcuato Di Tella University graduate programs and has taught theory courses at other universities such as Universidad del Litoral or The Boston Architectural College. She has received awards for her editorial work and published a number of articles in books and specialized media such as Domus, Oris, Summa+, Arquine, a+u, and Uncube.
Florencia is now working in a book that compiles and revises her work, and has been invited to co-edit the 48th issue of the Harvard Design Magazine together with Mark Lee.
Mercedes Peralta is an architect and researcher currently working with Professor Charles Waldheim as a Research Associate atthe Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Office for Urbanization. She holds a Master of Architecture and a Certificate in Media and Modernity from Princeton University (2017), in addition to her professional diploma in architecture from University of Buenos Aires(2012). Before Harvard, Mercedes worked in New York (2017-18). She was part of the Princeton-Columbia research team for Beatriz Colomina’s and Mark Wigley’s Istanbul Biennial “Are We Human?” (2016) and a presenter for the 2017 ECAADE conference at Sapienza Universita di Roma. Between 2010 and 2015, she worked in Buenos Aires in different design initiatives. Mercedes was a designer for Claudio Vekstein’s Monumento al Grito de Alcorta, represented in the last Argentinian pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale. Her teaching experience includes Harvard, Princeton, and University of Buenos Aires. Her writing appears in Summa+. Her current research focuses on the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. Her latest projects include design research and editorial work on the re-use of obsolete infrastructure, mobility design, branding proposals for new cities, identity systems, and the design-curatorship of Future of the American City platform initiative.
Jeannette Sordi is an architect and urban planner based in New York City. Until 2018 she was Associate Professor of Landscape and Urbanism at Adolfo Ibanez University in Santiago de Chile. Her PhD (UNIGE, 2013) focused on the genealogy of landscape urbanismand was published as “Beyond Urbanism” (List, 2014; Sacabana, 2017, Spanish edition). She is part of the Landscape as Urbanism in the Americas initiative since its beginnings in 2015 and co-organized conferences in Medellin, Santiago, Brasilia, Mexico, and Buenos Aires. Her main publications include the books “Andrea Branzi. From Radical Design to Post- Environmentalism” (ARQ, 2015, with Felipe Vera), “The Camp and the City. Territories of Extraction” (List, 2017, with Felipe Vera and Luis Valenzuela), and “Part-time Cities” (ARQ, 2018). She currently teaches at NYIT and is a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank on projects in Uruguay and Argentina.