Exposed Architecture

Exposed Architecture

Exhibitions, Interludes and Essays

An inspiring insight into the work and working environment of young architectural firms in Latin America, and an exploratuon of practices of exhibiting architecture




Edited by Isabel Abascal and Mario Ballesteros

1st edition

, 2018

Text English and Spanish


312 pages, 77 color and 61 b/w illustrations

18 x 23 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-082-4

In cooperation with LIGA – Space for Architecture, Mexico City


Exposed Architecture offers an overview of work by young architects in Latin America. It is published in collaboration with LIGA – Space for Architecture in Mexico City. Founded in 2011, LIGA is an independent initiative for the promotion of contemporary architecture in Latin America by staging exhibitions and conferences and by publishing books on selected topics.

The book's first part documents twelve innovative exhibitions created between 2013 and 2016 by firms from Argentina, Brazil/Uruguay, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, and from Portugal at LIGA’s exhibition space in Mexico in images and brief texts. The second part recounts twelve “Interludes”—public events such as lectures, installations, performances, or studio visits—that for an essential part of LIGA’s program, shedding light at practice and aesthetics in contemporary Latin American architecture.

The third part comprises short essays by curators from a range of institutions. They offer individual perspectives of exhibiting architecture, which has become a self-contained disciplinary topic in recent years. Contributors include Agnaldo Farias, Barry Bergdoll, Carlos Minguez Carrasco, Daniel Fernández Pascual, Florencia Rodriguez, Anna Puigjaner and Jorge Munguia, Rory Hyde, Tina Dicarlo, and Wonne Ickx. They look at key aspects and topics against a backdrop of manifold difficulties and challenges the region poses for the production and communication of architecture.

Autoren & Herausgeber

Isabel Abascal

 (* 1984), architect and director of LIGA in Mexico City since 2015. Following her studies in Madrid and Berlin, she has worked, among other firms, with SANAA in Tokyo and taught at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, Escola da Cidade in São Paulo. She has also contributed to various magazines, such as Domus, Wallpaper, or Avery Review.

Mario Ballesteros

 (* 1980), is director and curator of Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura in Mexiko City. He has previously been founding editor of the Mexican edition of Domus magazine.

Carlos Bedoya

Barry Bergdoll

 is Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology at New York’s Columbia University, and has served as the MoMA’s Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design 2007–13.

Tina Dicarlo

Ruth Estévez

Agnaldo Farias

Daniel Fernández Pascual

Rory Hyde

Wonne Ickx

Victor Jaime

Guillermo López

Carlos Mínguez Carrasco

Jorge Munguía

Abel Perles

Anna Puigjaner

Florencia Rodriguez

Paola Santoscoy