“Colombia: Transformed/Architecture=Politics,” on exhibit at the Houston chapter of the American Institute of Architects, spotlights work from six contemporary Colombian architects. The group “really look at political and economic conditions in their country, and respond by creating architecture that empowers people,” says Mat Wolff, the AIA’s exhibitions coordinator. “A lot of these are public spaces. There’s a library. There’s also a botanical garden. They’re responding to the needs of the population, and to the economic, political and social context of the times.” The exhibition is a perfect fit for Houston, which has itself seen an increase in the development of public spaces, such as the recently completed Navigation Boulevard Promenade. “Some of our exhibitions are very local, but we also want to have national and international conversations,” Wolff adds. “When we talk about contemporary architecture that’s progressive in other areas of the world, it can tie back to things that are happening right here.”
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