El Equipo Mazzanti Giancarlo Mazzanti e Carlos Medellín, interview

Paolo Schianchi, El Equipo Mazzanti,



Sustainable Architecture, Intervista,

El Equipo Mazzanti (Giancarlo Mazzanti and Carlos Medellín) talk about architecture as a tool for social change. El Equipo Mazzanti sees architecture in Colombia as a scenario for promoting inclusion in society.

El Equipo Mazzanti Giancarlo Mazzanti e Carlos Medellín, interview

In your contribution to the volume “Architecture on the web. A critical approach to communication”, edited by Paolo Schianchi, you discuss shared knowledge in the internet age. How and why does connection with many aspects of our daily lives stimulate and transform architecture?
In recognizing the city as a catalyst of complex cultural dynamics grounded in social practices like exchanges, the recognition of norms, the establishing of networks, the creation of collective memory, and innumerable experiences, symbolisms and creative negotiations of shared meaning, we can make visible the non-expert agents of learning present in them.

We have always explored the role that the architecture plays under contemporary conditions and the capacity to be an agent of/for social transformation. We value architecture not only in itself but for what it produces, the social effects it can cause.

Therefore believing that architecture is about dynamics - dialogs, between the city and the architecture piece, the people and the building or a scenario where people meet and exchange, relates it directly with processes of sharing information.

The transformation on how we share information through the flow of digital data have had strong influence on how we relate to each other and how those cultural exchanges take place on our society, that of curse has repercussions on the public space an the architecture, hoe we use and live space is not linked just to the physical sphere now, there’s a strong virtual space we need to understand and take advantage from.

Your projects often feature complex layouts made up of connections between central shared spaces and volumes. Your architecture seems intended to improve social and cultural relationships. Can you explain this architecture of integration that you and other Colombian architects have introduced? 

Within the specifically Colombian context, architecture is an example of how politics and infrastructure can come together as a means for achieving social inclusion and physical transformations. We work with minimal tools and resources to obtain architectural objectives that generate inclusion. 

As designers in this context we shall attempt to understand the phenomena that make up the Latin American city. Therefore our designs seek to engender an architecture that creates more with less, as part of a learning process appropriate to the current social-economical moment. In particular, is basic to recognize the role of buildings as mechanisms for the construction of communities and social inclusion, and the way they can encourage new relations and behaviours among communities, looking for a greater sense of self steam and redefining the public infrastructure as an earned right. 
It is about leaving empty spaces ready to be filled and embraced by people.


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