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International Summit: Architecture, Politics and Policies for Contemporary City: Projects of New City Ecology
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

Opening: December 8 to 10, 2011
Location: Puerto Rico
Host: School of Architecture of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
Registry: 25 USD students / 50 USD professionals, non-students

 

P.O.N.C.E. Projects of New City Ecology, an academic initiative of the School of Architecture of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, invites students, artists, architects and related professionals to the International Summit: Architecture, Politics and Policies for Contemporary City.

 

This event will gather the most prestigious and innovative voices in architecture and urbanism, in a series of lectures, panels and discussions.  The Summit, will take place during three days, opening on Thursday, December 8th, with keynote speaker Eric Owen Moss, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 

Eric Owen Moss, director of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) since 2003, is coming to Puerto Rico directly from London, where he will be receiving the 2011 Jencks Award, which is given each year to an architect who has made a major contribution to both the theory and practice of architecture, by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

 

The full International Summit will take place as follows:

 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

 

7:00 PM
Keynote Speech by Eric Owen Moss
Location: To be announced, San Juan PR

 

Friday, December 9, 2011Location: Main Lecture Hall, School of Architecture of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Ponce PR

 

Final Jury Day
(Academic initiative evaluation day: P.O.N.C.E)

 

9:30 AM–7:00 PM
Final Jury of the second year students Design Studio
School of Architecture – Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

 

Saturday, December 10, 2011Location:
Main Lecture Hall, School of Architecture of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico Ponce, Puerto Rico

 

International Summit (One hour discussion panels)

 

9:00 AM
Welcome and Registry

 

10:00 AM
Reprogramming Density:  The New City Skyline
Tom Wiscombe, Theodore Spyropoulos and Marcelo Spina

 

11:15 AM
Cultural Landscapes: Spaces for Exchange and Creative Value
Alanna Heiss, Celina Nogueras Cuevas, Carolina Stubbe and Hsinming Fung

 

2:00 PM
Calibrating Urban Topology: Mapping the City’s Natural Landscape
John Enright and Florencia Pita

 

3:00 PM
Global Mobility: Re-envisioning the City’s International Gateways
Hernán Díaz-Alonso and David Ruy

 

4:15 PM
Architecture, Politics and Policies for the Contemporary City
Theodore Spyropoulos, Hisiming Fung, Florencia Pita, David Ruy, John Enright, Alanna Heiss, Carolina Stubbe, Peter Zellner, Axel Fridman, Hernan Alonso, Tom Wiscombe, and Marcelo Spina

 

Moderator and Closing remarks: Associate Dean, Javier de Jesús Martínez

 

During the Friday work session, the participants of this Summit will benefit from the experiences of the P.O.N.C.E. Projects of New City Ecology, an experimental design studio, conceived as the Pontifical’s institutional response to the urgent need to analyze, interpret and intervene in the physical evolution of the urban, social and environmental realms of the city, and the responsibility of building its progressive identity.

 

This design studio has included several charrettes along the semester, in collaboration with international architects and designers such as Tom Wiscombe, Hernán Díaz-Alonso and Marcelo Spina, all from Sci-Arc. Participants will be taking part of the Final Jury board for the second year students design studio.

 

The School of Architecture of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico is located in Ponce, a municipality in the southern part of Puerto Rico and the second largest city in the island.  The School has adopted the concept of Regional Empathy as the ethical backbone of its academic, social, cultural and economic proposal for the southern region of Puerto Rico.  It is the School’s vision that asserting Regional Empathy will be the vertebrae of economic growth for global markets and networks.

 

The School is in the Ponce Historic District, in the Forteza building, designed in 1926 by Architect Francisco Porrata Doria. The Forteza building is an architectural jewel within Ponce’s Urban Center. Located just in front of the Plaza de las Delicias, just outside the Parque de Bombas landmark, this building was originally designed as a department store. Today, Forteza is transformed into the Catholic University’s new headquarters for the School of Architecture.

 

The new design, carried out by Architect Segundo Cardona of SCF, transforms this former commercial space into a learning environment of great spatial quality, design excellence and technological vanguard. Freshman and sophomore “Studio-Labs” are located on the first floor, with the Library and its Reading Garden, the Media-Lab and the Fab-Lab; all these spaces have great visibility of the urban life around them. On the second floor, you can find third and fourth year workshops, and the Aula Magna or Main Hall; located on the third floor are senior workshops, administration and other areas of support. Segundo Cardona’s design integrates an innovative proposal in harmony with the spatial, formal and tectonic contribution of Porrata Doria.

 

For more information on the Summit, please contact:
School of Architecture, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico[email protected]
(787) 841-2000 ext. 1310 – Lizbeth Anglada
www.ea-pucpr.com 
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/eapucpr
Dinorah Bonilla [email protected]
Phone (787) 721-8966

 

November 23, 2011