When Rojas negotiated the sale of UniDis, he retained the Costa Rican Foundation for Design, Art and Architecture (FundARQ)—the organization with which he originally founded the school—as well as internship agreements he had signed, in particular the one with Renzo Piano Building Workshop Foundation. And, despite all the recent changes, the so-called Mundaneum—a biannual symposium organized by Rojas’s FundARQ that brings together international practitioners and academics to speak at the school—stayed on course this year and lived up to the high expectations set by the conferences of years past. Founded in 1998 by Rojas and architects Guillermo Honles and Teddy Cruz, the Mundaneum, in a (literal) departure, took to the road this year when FundARQ signed an agreement with the University of Mendoza, Argentina, to hold the conference there. The local organizing committee was coordinated by architect Stella López Frasca and university administrator Cristina Párraga.
The theme of this year’s gathering was women in architecture and design. Over the course of three days in mid June, 16 “conferencistas” (predominantly women, with a smattering of men), presented their work and spoke on topics ranging from winery design in Mendoza to a women’s center in Rufisque, Senegal, to examining the built world from a feminist perspective.
Eliana Bórmida (Mendoza, Argentina)
Mónica Bertolino (Cordoba, Argentina)
Tatiana Bilbao (Mexico)
Beth Broome (New York)
Ming Fung (Los Angeles)
Susana García/Francisco Serrano (Mexico)
Guillermo Honles (Los Angeles)
Mia Lehrer (Los Angeles)
Alejandra Lillo (Los Angeles)
Stella López Frasca (Mendoza, Argentina)
Zaida Muxí (Barcelona)
Álvaro Rojas (San José, Costa Rica)
Carolina Trigo (Los Angeles)
Helena Sandman (Helsinki)
Cazú Zegers (Santiago, Chile)
Here are a few photos from the event.
Zaida Muxí, Stella López Frasca, Francisco Serrano, Susana García, Mónica Bertolino, Álvaro Rojas, Cazú Zegers.
Mia Lehrer, Stella López Frasca, Hsinming Fung.
Eliana Bórmida in front of Bodega Septima, the winery in Mendoza her firm designed.