A reading of Amancio Williams’s letters

Event, in English and French, Octagonal gallery, 23 November 2023, 6pm to 7pm

As part of our exhibition Far From Nostalgia, we invite you to a reading of the correspondence of Argentine architect Amancio Williams concerning his project La ciudad que necesita la humanidad [The City That Humanity Needs], in and around the gallery space, from 6 to 7pm on Thursday, 23 November.

Williams designed an elevated city that leaves the ground free and untouched—a linear city and a megastructure all at once—with the aim of improving the quality of life of its inhabitants. He imagined a future where civilization would be saved through architecture, and through his correspondence we also read the political, economic, and social context of Argentina from the 1960s to the 1980s, and his connection with architects of the Modernist movement. In vain, he sought the help of colleagues and governments to realize his project and to make it known. Today, his archives and letters are the repository of his ideas and an insight into how he practiced.

We invite you to listen to a reading of his correspondence, and to reflect on the context, contradictions, and resonance of his ideas in the face of contemporary challenges to architecture and urban development.


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