Santiago Urban shopping mall in Santiago de Chile.

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NEOLIBERAL ARTIFACTS: Housing Infrastructures and the Domestic Urban Experience

Wednesday 11 – Friday 20 July 2018

In a context determined by neoliberal policies in Santiago de Chile, the urban design of the public domain has been progressively limited to internalized-private spaces. Particularly to the model of the shopping mall, which instead of being a suburban solution, it has become a driver for the development of central and, paradoxically, already equipped areas of the city. Urban shopping malls are large consumption artifacts that allow not only to accumulate a broad number of infrastructures, programs, and services – aiming at answering most of everyday demands – but also are a "real" possibility of creating urban spaces with a spatial and even a “symbolic richness” that cannot be found elsewhere in the city. Such a complexity is however at the expense of the abandonment of the urban experience, being housing the outcome of an undifferentiated proliferation of dwellings, blocks, and streets that have no other function beyond that of lodging. The 2018 AA Visiting School to Santiago will both study and challenge the conditions for architecture set in such a neoliberal context, through design projects that will speculate about the functional and spatial decompression of the shopping mall as a set of housing infrastructures deployed in the domestic realm, which can ultimately bring back problems of urban design.

 Prominent Features of the workshop/ skills developed

- Architectural representation

- Tools for architecture and urban design

- Computational skills

- Theoretical understanding

- Interdisciplinary lecture series


1) You can make an application by completing the online application found under ‘Links and Downloads’ on the AA Visiting School page. If you are not able to make an online application, email for instructions to pay by bank transfer. 

2) Once you complete the online application and make a full payment, you are registered to the programme. A CV or a portfolio is not required.

The deadline for applications is: 4 July 2018.

All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required, and are advised to contact their home embassy early. After payment of fees, the AA School can provide a letter confirming participation in the workshop.


Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Estudios Urbanos / Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile: Avenida El Comendador 1916, Providencia, Santiago, Chile


The AA Visiting School requires a fee of £695 per participant, which includes a £60 Visiting membership fee. Fees do not include flights or accommodation, but accommodation options can be advised. Students need to bring their own laptops. Please ensure this equipment is covered by your own insurance as the AA takes no responsibility for items lost or stolen at the workshop.


The workshop is open to current architecture and design students, phd candidates and young professionals. Software Requirements: no


Escuela de Arquitectura and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Programme Heads Bio

PEDRO ALONSO is an architect and Master of Architecture, Catholic University of Chile, 2000. PhD in Architecture, Architectural Association School of Architecture, 2008. His 2014 Chile Pavilion titled Monolith Controversies, and co–curated with Hugo Palmarola, was awarded a Silver Lion during the 14th Venice Architecture Biennial. Together they have curated exhibitions and presented their work at the Architectural Association in London, the Pratt Institute in New York, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and the São Paulo Cultural Centre. They are the authors of the books Panel (Architectural Association, 2014) and Monolith Controversies (Hatje Cantz, 2014), which was awarded a DAM Architectural Book Award from the Deutsches Architekturmuseum and Frankfurt Book Fair in 2014. He is associate professor at Catholic University of Chile in Santiago, visiting tutor at Architectural Associationin London, and Princeton-Mellon Fellow 2015-2016 at Princeton University.

ALVARO ARANCIBIA is an architect graduate of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, holding an MPhil in Urban Design (Projective Cities Programme) and a PhD in Architectural Design from the Architectural Association. Since 2007 he has been undertaking research and practice on the problem of social housing and urban design in Santiago. As a researcher, he received the AA Graduate Prize for Research: Outstanding Work 2015-2016 for his PhD thesis ‘The Social Re-Signification of Housing: A Design Guide for Santiago de Chile’. Also, his MPhil work ‘The Social Housing Centre’ was awarded with distinction and selected to be part of the AA Graduate Honours Exhibition 2013. As a practitioner, he has participated in a number of housing competitions, among which stands out the first prize in Architecture and Social Integration: Communities of Different Incomes (2008). In addition, his practice focuses on commissioned private houses, being the CS House nominated for the Mies Van der Rohe Crown Hall Americas Prize - Emerging Architecture (2016). Alvaro’s writings and design proposals have been published internationally and also has lectured in several universities in Chile and the UK. Most recently: The Royal College of Art, The Bartlett School of Architecture, The Architectural Association, and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

CHARLES RICE is Professor of Architecture at the University of Technology Sydney. He has previously taught at the University of New South Wales, the Architectural Association, and Kingston University London, where he was Head of the School of Art and Design History. His research considers questions of the interior across art, architecture and design. His book The Emergence of the Interior: Architecture, Modernity, Domesticity (Routledge 2007) established the domestic interior as a category of the nineteenth century, and charted its impact on key developments into the twentieth century. His new book, Interior Urbanism: Architecture, John Portman and Downtown America (Bloomsbury 2016), uses Portman’s vast urban interiors as a lens through which to assess the changing developmental landscape of the post-war city. Charles is Editor-in-chief of The Journal of Architecture (Routledge & RIBA). He has co-edited several collections of essays, and his own essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He has been invited to lecture at universities and cultural institutions internationally, most recently: Parsons, The New School for Design (New York), Geneva School of Art and Design, The Berlage Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design (Delft), The University of Manitoba (Canada), and The Architectural Association (London). He has acted as an external examiner for undergraduate, graduate and research degrees at universities in Australia, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and South Africa. He is a member of the Peer Review College of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK).


Programme Heads
Pedro Alonso and Alvaro Arancibia

Santiago de Chile Coordinator
Alvaro Arancibia

Head of Visiting School

Christopher Pierce

T +44 20 7887 4014
F +44 20 7414 0782

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