Earthquakes, rubble and memories.
In preserving urban memories, what we have commonly considered to be a weakness may become our main tool. Symbolic rubble can be reinterpreted from its current identity as waste, and instead be considered as useful material to be used in projects. These are filled with memories, but where / how / when can these be reused?
Patricio Mora, co-founder and executive director of Proyecta Memoria Foundation, will talk about a new form of damaged heritage conservation. Occupying squares, parks and pedestrian areas as sites for these projects, he will discuss educational approaches to creating resilient communities, and show recent work in Mexico responding to the September 2017 earthquake, creating “Rubble Hospitals”.
Mora is a Chilean architect. Co-author of the publication “Symbolic Rubble and Public Space” winner of the 2nd International Prize for Criticism and History of Architecture at the Pan-American Architecture Biennial 2014. He was one of 100 Young Leaders of Chile 2013. He has exhibited in Spain, Germany, Japan, Mexico and XII Venice Architecture Biennale with Proyecta Memoria. Currently in charge of Communities and Education at the Council of National Monuments of Chile.