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September 2022

Andina CC book released

The self-titled 230-page book was released at Mextropoli Festival 2022. The book presents the works of nine of the collective's members, including TALLER. It showcases the testimony of the heterogeneous practices of the offices, looking forward to building encounters and discussion spaces around contemporary Colombian architecture. The book is the first step in acknowledging one another works to comprehend the dimensions of the shared territory where the collective works. It includes seventeen projects that range from the public to private sector, with diverse scales and types of intervention.

Andina is published by Arquine, with the creative direction of Isabel Garcés Ramírez, and includes texts of Jorge Perez Jaramillo and Andina CC practices.

September 2022

Social and ecosystemic connectivity in Montes de Maria at the IABR

TALLER and Herencia Ambiental Caribe Foundation display at the 10th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam is making a fuss between the visitors to the Ferro site exhibition. It presents the community-based project ‘Socio-ecological conservation through presence’. Developed by the Foundation in Colombia´s war-torn area of Montes de Maria, it addresses forest conservation and sustainable livelihoods in the area. More than 200 families, the Guardians of the Forest, are committed to preserving the dry tropical forests using the ancestral knowledge of the communities. The exhibition showcases a model that honors their role in preserving the forest, not only for them but for the other creatures living there. The model reveals the socioecological relations of the corridors the Guardians have created in the last ten year. It portrays the dialogue of the families with the territory, their landscape, other beings, and the ecosystems.

The project fits the curatorial interests of this year’s edition of the Biennale, which is a call to action that hints at the ‘time pressure under which we are trying to counteract the effects of climate change and connect them to other social challenges. Instead of showing a pessimistic view of our future, it wants to ‘show the real, hopeful possibilities of new, more radical courses toward a livable future. The Foundation and Guardians project is a great example of the justice and ecology-led transition toward a livable future that the IABR wants to share.

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September 2022

‘Muestrario Geográfico’ pavilion present in Mextropoli 2022

The Colombian collective Andina CC, from which TALLER is a member, and the Sociedad Colombiana de Arquitectos (SCA) are taking part in Mextropoli Architecture and City Festival 2022, in Mexico City. Andina CC members are exhibiting a collective view of Colombian architecture from a geographical perspective in Alameda Central Park, next to the historical Palacio de Bellas Artes. The installation features a scaffolding-made pavilion that displays compositions illustrating each member’s view on the cultural and geographical diversity of the territory. The intervention is not limited to the view of Andina CC. The SCA made an open call to architects, collectives, and young offices to create their own images, to exhibit a wider spectrum of this catalogue of views.

The Alameda Central Park exhibitions are open to the general public from September 21st to 25th.

September 2022

TALLER is part of the 10th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam

In partnership with Herencia Ambiental Caribe Foundation, we are participating in the 2022 edition of the IABR, with an exhibition about the Social and ecosystemic connectivity in Montes de Maria. This is part of the Ancestor design strategy set by the curatorial team for the Biennale, which "considers the consequences that design choices made now or in the past will have for future generations".

This year's Biennale addresses the increasingly noticeable consequences of our footprint on planet Earth and the future of our existence through alternative ways of growing. The exhibition IT’S ABOUT TIME is taking place in the Ferro dome, a former natural gas container in Rotterdam’s western harbor area.

More information about this edition, the exhibition, and the activities on the Biennale's website.

August 2022

Los Gemelos Park and Sports module in Cancún reaches completion

The construction of our second project in the Yucatán Peninsula, in México, is finished. The designs for the park located in the north of Cancún were delivered in April 2021 to the Secretaría de Desarrollo Agrario, Territorial y Urbano (SEDATU), as a part of the PMU Ruta Maya. The project links and improves two existing deteriorated parks, Los Gemelos, replacing the dividing street with a 100 meters long covered pedestrian path. The project intervenes in an area of 11,118 square meters. Besides the covered path, the program includes a playground oasis, two football fields, and two sports courts, one of them covered. One of the football fields and the open-air sports court are refurbished from the former parks. The central pergola includes service areas and bleachers for both football fields. It, along with the landscape project, creates new shadow areas for the community to enjoy the public space during more time of the day.

The park is one of the projects designed in the Yucatán Peninsula in collaboration with local practices DC-MX, ORU, Departamento del Distrito, and Ricardo G. Santander in 2021. Other projects under construction include a cultural center and museum in Puerto Morelos and the Cancún City Theater.

More information in SEDATU’s press release.

August 2022

Herencia Ambiental Caribe Foundation invited TALLER to lead a workshop on trails construction and signage in Montes de María

From August 1st to 5th, a team from TALLER traveled to the Montes de Maria, in the north of Colombia, for a workshop with the local community of Raiceros. The workshop is part of the project Conectividades Socio-ecosistémicas from the Herencia Ambiental Caribe Foundation, developed in the past decade in the region with the help of National Natural Parks, the government, and several allies, from who TALLER is now part of. In this project, the Foundation has developed conservation projects with the communities for them to co-exist with the ecosystem. It has achieved the construction of more than 40 km of environmental corridors.

From the program, some communities have decided to start projects of community tourism, looking for new alternatives for sustainable income. There, the communities and the Foundation have identified the touristic potential and the values of the communities, to create viable projects and products. TALLER is helping with its know-how on trail planning and construction to create more value from the communities to their local initiatives.

The one-week workshop was around infrastructure: the trail and signage construction for the Raiceros community to develop and expand it in their territory. The workshop started with theoretical lectures about signage, trail types, and typologies. Then coming to a practical part with the construction on site of trails in different conditions of slope, terrain, and ecosystems. With the prototypes, more than 100 m of trails were built, as well as a system of stencil-based signage that can be used and improved later by the community. Our technical know-how was adapted for the use of local materials that are familiar to the people of the region. By the end of the workshop, the Raiceros people had improved their learning curve in the construction of local sustainable infrastructure, for them to continue to grow their community tourism initiatives.

You can find more information about the Conectividades Socio-ecosistémicas project on the Foundation website and its social media.

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August 2022

Open call to collaborate on the pavilion Andina CC and the Sociedad Colombiana de Arquitectos - SCA will be doing for the Mextropoli Festival in September 2022

TALLER is part of the initiative for the construction of a pavilion in the Mextropoli Architecture and City Festival 2022, in Mexico City. This collaboration is promoted by the Colombian architecture collective Andina, from which TALLER is a founding member, and supported by the Sociedad Colombiana de Arquitectos - SCA.

We are inviting architects, collectives, and young offices with reflections on the practice and the territory they live within, to be part of the Muestrario Geográfico to be exposed in the pavilion.

Link to the open call: Construcción colectiva de una mirada geográfica de la arquitectura colombiana

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July 2022

Neotrópicos Foundation, TALLER, and OPUS are rethinking El Garcero Nature Reserve

Since 1991, in the alluvial plain of the Magdalena River, a territory of 600 hectares, 15-minutes away from El Banco, has been preserved by the Neotrópicos Foundation as a Civil Society Natural Reserve. These kinds of reserves usually are threatened in the long term due to difficulties in their social and economic sustainability. Since past January, the Foundation invited TALLER and OPUS to rethink how to solve the problems the reserve and its social, economic, and ecological systems might face ahead.

Right now, both offices and the foundation are working side-by-side analyzing how to shake the idea of conservation meaning the isolation of the reserve from the outside people and their activities. To tackle the effect of the Reserve being an island, making it economically sustainable and with a sense of belonging from the surrounding communities. TALLER and OPUS, besides their ideas, are helping to create diffusion channels so more people know about the Reserve, as well as structuring research projects within it.

You can get more information about El Garcero Natural Reserve on their newly opened Instagram account or the Neotrópicos Foundation website.

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July 2022

Tultitlán Fire Station is completed

Construction of the first of five public projects in Tultitlán, Mexico, has been finished. Located south of Tultitlán, the General Felipe Ángeles Fire Station will house the municipal firefighters in their 3,151 m2, of which 1,883 m2 are open areas. In addition to the typical program of a fire station, the project includes a training plaza and a sports court, which allow access from the community. The relationship between firefighters and citizens will be improved thanks to the day-to-day use of these private areas for public use.

In collaboration with ORU, Departamento del Distrito, and Ricardo G. Santander.

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July 2022

PUJ Engineering Labs selected for the Colombian Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

Designed in collaboration with Juan Pablo Ortíz, the Engineering Labs tower has been selected for the Architecture Project category of this year’s Colombian Architecture Biennale.

The project creates a plinth which integrates the existing brick building and over it, a freestanding tower with a structural facade. The space between old and new give way to the atrium: a covered public space that connects the different pedestrian paths surrounding the building and provides a communal room for the Engineering Faculty within the university campus.

The 28th edition of the Biennale commemorates the 60th anniversary of the event. The project was selected among a total of 398 presented projects and it will be competing against other 30 projects in the same category. Winners will be announced in the Biennale event in November.

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May 2022

The Cultural Center and Site Museum in Pisté is now open

Pisté citizens and Chichén Itzá visitors can now enjoy the renovated central square of Pisté in the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico. Local authorities and the community have received from the Secretaría de Desarrollo Agrario, Territorial y Urbano (SEDATU) new exhibition spaces and public landscape areas.

The new Cultural Center and public space were designed to create a new gathering place for the community. The building attempts to establish a dialogue with the presence of the historic Chapel of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. The restoration was done with the guidance of the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) from Mexico. During construction works, the INAH also uncovered the foundations of military facilities, dated from the XIX century, and the original chapel dated from the XVII century. The findings became a main feature of the public space design and are now an integral part of the landscape.

The interventions in Pisté are two of five public projects designed in the Yucatán Peninsula in collaboration with local practices DC-MX, ORU, Departamento del Distrito, and Ricardo G. Santander in 2021.

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April 2022

Statement from the partners about the war in Ukraine

When we first started our company, it had always been a dream of ours to contribute design ideas well beyond our borders. In April 2011, having submitted our proposal for a waterfront park in the historic city center of Kyiv, bordering the Dnipro river, we became one of eight finalists in an international competition.

All of a sudden we found ourselves on a plane to Ukraine, perhaps more frightened than excited, and charted into a completely different territory from our own. The cultural shock of our arrival that night even made us beg the question: do we actually want to win this? Do we want to work in this city? In this country?

The following morning in Kyiv, we found a warmth and empathy in their people that immediately made us feel welcomed and valued. However different everything seemed, in the end, our common struggles, hopes and fears, brought us close to many Ukrainians who later became close friends and family.

It never ceases to amaze us how far ideas can take us, but more importantly, how we are able to find people in other parts of the world who share our values and energy for positive change. After having presented our project, the closing night of the CANactions Festival, a toast was made on our behalf, the winners of the competition.

Yes, whether we wanted to or not, we had dealt our hand already. This victory sealed our fate with this wonderful city and its beautiful people.Our trip to Kyiv marked a milestone in TALLER’s story, without it, we would not be where we are today.

As we surpass 45 days of Russia’s full scale invasion of Ukraine, we stand in solidarity with all the people who are protesting against this war on all sides of the spectrum. It is unfathomable to witness, in the twenty-first century, violence and suffering of this magnitude.

It crushes our heart to see our colleagues, friends, and family going through this difficult moment in their lives. The entire world is now witnessing the level of humanity, bravery, and courage of the Ukrainian people, they are an inspiration to us all.

We will continue to support Ukraine in whatever way we can, we ask people not to remain silent and normalize this war. There are larger things at stake, the fate of Ukraine is fundamental to mankind and the possibility of a brighter future.

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April 2022

Pre-feasibility studies for three strategic projects in the Bogotá Metropolitan Region delivered

TALLER and ORU (Office of Urban Resilience) delivered the conceptual vision for the Metropolitan Parks of the Bogotá River, the Sabana Bike Path Network, and an Ecological Agro-park. Through the active participation of multiple stakeholders - municipalities, consultants, the private realm, the academy, and citizens - the studies analyzed the territory in relation to its main ecological infrastructure. The outcome of the consultancy defines a holistic vision for the development of the territory, its main objectives, strategies, and action plan.

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February 2022

Honorable Mention in the BEP BOG 2021

The temporary installations for La Perseverancia and La Concordia Markets were awarded an Honorable Mention in the Comprehensive Management of Public Space category in the second edition of the Bogotá Public Space Biennale 2021.

The projects made in collaboration with Colab-19 and the Sociedad Colombiana de Arquitectos (SCA) are being showcased along with the winners and other shortlisted projects in the awards’ catalogue.

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February 2022

Third Prize for the Sirius Embankment Competition in Russia

Our proposal “One seafront, three ecosystems” for the 7,5km embankment located on the Black Sea coast, has won 3rd prize in the International Architecture and Planning Competition in Sirius, Russia. The project, in partnership with LOLA Landscape, envisioned Sirius as the Riviera of the region. The main idea consists in transforming the massive concrete dike into a versatile, social, and nature-inclusive infrastructure. The renewed waterfront of Sirius aims to become a lush and lively environment where leisure, education, health, and a new economy converge in a contemporary way.

The approach highlights the existing assets of Sirius and uses them as a framework for an attractive landscape. The main asset is the climate, visually expressed through lush subtropical vegetation. Our proposal unfolded the grace of Sirius in three parts: the Harbor Gardens, the Natural Islands, and the Green Grid. By re-naturing the seafront, re-introducing the natural Imereti lowland ecosystems, and creating a socially inclusive seafront, the project aimed to create a new identity for the newborn Federal Territory of Sirius.

The jury highlighted the proposal for the marina: “There’s an understanding of the context. A port that’s interesting from a business point of view, opening up opportunities for investment. It has shading and protection from the rain. Green walls that protect from soil erosion, etc. There are gardens, and points of self-expression, public life, grandstands of sorts. Port is not just a place for the yachts, but a place where visitors can enjoy the environment.” As well as the solutions for the area facing the Olympic Park site: “The small-scale venues are stationed skillfully here. There’s a good connection to the areas located behind the embankment.”

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January 2022

New Studio in Amsterdam

We are pleased to announce that our Amsterdam office has moved to a new location to match our ambitions. The central location of the Weesperstraat 103 puts us in the heart of the city, where we will be sharing the space with our friends from the architecture office Elephant. The vibrant space represents our positive culture and atmosphere and brings us together with like-minded colleagues, clients, and partners. We are looking forward to welcoming them into our new and creative environment.

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