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Pedro Alonso

Studio grant holder in Stockholm 1 August – 27 October 2019

Pedro Ignacio Alonso is an Architect and Master in Architecture, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2000. Ph.D in Architecture, Architectural Association School of Architecture, United Kingdom, 2008. Alonso is Associate Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Visiting Professor at the Architectural Association, and Princeton-Mellon Fellow 2015-2016 at Princeton University.

Photo: Pedro Alonso

His publications include Panel (London: Architectural Association, 2014), Acronym (Santiago: ARQ, 2016), and Space Race Archaeologies: Photography, Biographies, and Design (Berlin: DOM, 2016). He has published articles in AA Files, San Rocco, Manifest and Circus, and book chapters with Actar (2016), MIT Press (2014), and Routledge (2013). Together with Hugo Palmarola he was awarded a Silver Lion as curator of the Chile Pavilion -Monolith Controversies- at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennial 2014, and their Monolith Controversies book (Hatje Cantz, 2014) obtained the DAM Architectural Book Award from the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in 2014.

The plan for the iaspis residence consists in the preparation of an exhibition entitled Flying Panels, curated together with Hugo Palmarola (and with the collaboration of José Hernández). This will take place at the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design (ArkDes) between October 2019 and February 2020. Largely based on our research work on the history of large-concrete panel construction, Flying Panels is a unique exhibition about the cultural history of a notorious and ubiquitous building technology: prefabricated concrete panels. It will describe the history of a technology that proliferated across the world in the 20th century, housing billions of people, not least in Sweden. It will show 1:1 prototypes, historical artefacts, posters, film, opera, paintings, advertising, drawings, models, and more, telling the story of a technology that embodies both our belief in a better modern world, and the death of that dream.

Architect and MSc in Architecture, PUC 2000. Ph.D AA, 2008. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions (curated together with Hugo Palmarola): Flying Panels, ArkDes Museum, October 2019 to February 2020; Panels for export, LIGA Gallery, Mexico City, November 2018 to January 2019; and Welfare Panels, Tensta Konsthall Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (project by Erik Stenberg), October 2017 to January 2018.