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AR_EA Colombia: Taller Síntesis

‘In a globalised society bombarded with images, architecture should be an opposing force’

Who are you?
An architecture and urbanism office founded in 2009 by David Cuartas, Lucas Serna and Farhid Maya.

Why did you become architects?
Because we are very stubborn.

What kind of work do you do?
Essentially public projects, many of them won in public competitions and which have a direct impact on marginalised communities.

What is it like being an architect where you are?
Colombia is still a country in the making, so being architects we participate in shaping society and building the country’s identity, particularly through the construction of civic projects.

What is the context (social, political, architectural) in which you are working?
Due to the political climate, smaller towns hit by the years of violence and ignored by the authorities are a priority. In these remote locations, the impact of architectural projects is strong and immediate.

What inspires you?
Landscape and the history of architecture.

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Source: Taller Sintesis

The Museum of Memory in Bogotá by Taller Sintesis

What project are you most proud of and why?
The Pueblo Bello House of Memory which was born out of and successfully connected with the harsh histories of the place and people.

What is unique about your work?
In a globalised society, constantly on the move and bombarded with images, we believe architecture should be an opposing force, deeply anchored in its context, conveying a sense of place, providing spaces that bring calm to the users. We don’t know if this makes us unique, but it is what we try to do.

What is your favourite building material or technique?
Materials that best suit both site and climate and we aim to keep construction techniques as simple as possible.

What would be your ideal project?
One that, just inaugurated, seems to have been there for a long time.

Where do you hope to go from here?
We want to continue travelling around Colombia with our buildings.

What do you want to be remembered for?
We are only 35, it is too early to say.

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